ITINERARY BY DAY
CAN GIO MANGROVE FOREST BY SPEEDBOAT (-/L/-)
In the morning, at 7:30am your guide meets you in your hotel lobby for transfer to Ho Chi Minh City’s central pier, where you depart by luxury speedboat for the lush, green tributaries of the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a light breakfast of sandwiches or pastries, tropical fruit and Vietnamese coffee onboard your boat during the 2-hour journey to Can Gio. Once the target of chemical warfare, the UNESCO-designated Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, located south of Ho Chi Minh City, is teeming with wildlife and biodiversity in lush mangrove forests.
Make several scenic stops on your way to the reserve. Take in the bustling Can Giuoc Market, where you can sample local fruits and get great photo ops. Then cruise past a tapestry of green paddy fields, tropical fruit trees and water palms before moving into a landscape of mangroves.
Your guide explains the features of Can Gio, one of Vietnam’s most important ecosystems, where more than 52 flora species and 200 fauna species live. Visit traditional fishing hamlets, then cruise the tranquil waters of Giant Bat Lagoon in a rowboat. Your guide leads a short trek through the mangroves to a private riverside location where have a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
After lunch, head to Vam Sat Eco Park. There, you might spot gibbons and monkeys, try crab fishing and go bird watching for local and migratory bird species. See a crocodile reserve (and feed them via a fishing rod if you wish) to learn about the once-plentiful crocs that were hunted to near extinction. Alternatively, take another mangrove jungle walk with your guide.
Depart Can Gio in the afternoon, returning to Ho Chi Minh City by boat. At the central pier, transfer to your air-conditioned vehicle for drop-off at your hotel.