Reconnect with nature in the eco-adventure Can Gio forest tour to the mangrove forests of the Can Gio UNESCO Biosphere Reserve located 40 kilometers outside of Ho Chi Minh City. Alive with monkeys, gibbons, crocodiles and other tropical forest life, the wetland enchants visitors with its lush leafy palm and fresh air. Glimpse local life along the river at a nearby fishing hamlet and see why the fertile Mekong Delta region has enchanted centuries of travelers with its captivating colors, sound and aromas. An educational eco-adventure suitable for wildlife lovers and city-dwellers of all ages, this tour will give you a day off the grid to rediscover the simplicities of life.
Your scenic speedboat journey will take you from the heart of Saigon to the dense riverside jungles of idyllic Can Gio, via the verdant green canals of the Mekong Delta.
At the gateway to the Mekong Delta, you will stop at a lively local riverside market, where you can absorb all the colors, sounds and aromas of this fertile region.
Once we depart the Delta, the surrounding landscapes of emerald water palms give way to the tall mangrove forests of the Unesco Biosphere Reserve.
During the Can Gio Forest tour, you will explore Giant Bat Lagoon by rowing boat, visit a crocodile reserve, trek through mangrove jungle, meet monkeys and enjoy a spot of bird watching. Your Les Rives chef will serve a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
8:00 am: Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car to our boat at Saigon’s pier.
8:15 am: You boat will depart Saigon for the lush, green tributaries of the Mekong Delta. A light breakfast of pastries or sandwiches, tropical fruit and Vietnamese coffee (ca phe sua da) is served.
8:45 am: Visit Can Giuoc Market, a bustling local riverside market at the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Great photo opportunities!
9:45 am: At around this time, the surrounding landscape will begin to change from lush riverside water palms to dusky mangrove swamps as you move from the Delta towards Can Gio Forest.
10:00 am: Arrive at the Giant Bat Lagoon and explore gently by rowing boat, before trekking through the mangrove jungle.
11:30 am: Enjoy a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12:30 pm: Arrive in Vam Sat Eco Park, where you will visit a crocodile reserve (and feed them if you wish!) and see monkey in their natural habitat, as well as enjoy crab fishing and bird-watching
for exotic local and migratory species. You can also enjoy another mangrove jungle walk.
2:15 pm: Depart Can Gio’s mangrove jungles for Saigon.
4:00 pm: Arrive back Saigon’s central pier. Les Rives’ staff will take you back to your hotel by car.
Please note that due to the individual nature of the tours, times are approximate and can vary slightly.