Can Gio Mangrove Forest Explore (day tour)

Cost: $109 / person, as a part of a group, minimum group size is 2 people

Inclusion: 1 boat trip, guide, manual motorbike including driver, entrance fees, good lunch including beer and soft drink, cold water throughout and fond memories. Insurance for riding pillion.

Duration: 1 day. Tour starts at 8.00 am.

Riding pillion with our drivers you will escape through the south-west of the city through the "Beverly hills of Saigon" in dist. 7. We take a wooden ferry across to Can Gio Island, drive the back roads through land containing shrimp farm, swallow bird houses for farming the bird nests, salt fields, and mangrove forest away from the tourist track to discover the real life of people living in this wetland.

Full Itinerary:

Our guide and drivers will pick you up at your hotel at 08.00 am. Riding pillion with our drivers you will escape through the south-west of the city through the "Beverly hills of Saigon" in dist. 7. We take a wooden ferry at 09.15 am across to Can Gio Island, drive the back roads through land containing shrimp farm, swallow bird houses for farming the bird nests, salt fields, and mangrove forest away from the tourist track to discover the real life of people living in this wetland.

Our stop is Vam Sat biosphere reserve. Here you will take a motorized wooden boat then a sampan, cruise zigzagging the quiet canals to the Bats reserve swamp. You will study how to fish for crab, have fun with crocodile fishing and climb up the observation tower to see the panorama of this vast forest wetland.

From May to October every year, thousands of birds come to this Biosphere Reserve to build nests and lay eggs. If you are here in the breeding season, you have the option of rowing a sampan to discover their live (additional fee is 4usd/person if you are here at this time).

We can prepare a picnic lunch in the Reserve or we can have lunch at a local restaurant with dishes and drink at your request!

We arrive back in Saigon in the late afternoon.

Additional option, costs 25 usd/person: (minimum group size is 2 people)

After lunch, we keep driving about 40km through the forest to the second stop: Monkey island with it's one thousand long tail monkeys.. With help from the staff, you can feed these cute primates and have many nice photos with them. Then we board a canoe and cruise to the former Vietcong base to see how the VC fighters survived and continued their resistance in this extremely difficult environment.

This tour requires an adventurous spirit and a strong backside. Sturdy outdoor clothing and footwear is recommended.

*Other food choices are also catered, including vegetarian.

Tips for guide/driver are appreciated.