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Can Gio - A nice choice

Updated on April 18, 2017
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Why Can Gio?

As a citizen or expat of Saigon, you may sometimes feel sick and tired of the hustle and bustle of the city. So noisy such a place wears you out from atom, so seeking an escape is of logical significance to make. However, time really matters since you can't get away for a long while. Here comes a nice suggestion: Make it to Can Gio.

Roughly 50km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Can Gio is a coastal suburban district that borders Nha Be District to the north, to which is connected by Binh Khanh Ferry Station. As an escaped prison, you of course want to see no building or a tsunami of vehicles, and the town eases all such worries with its enormous greenery and diverse ecosystem. Facing the East Sea, the district serves the waterfront that as a result hosts various swamps or mangrove forests. Just come and see.



Wrap up and let's go!

Hey city folks, forget your tight schedule at work! It's high time to live a life of freedom and amazement. Wrap up and let's go!

At the 23/9 Park smack in the mid of downtown Saigon, take the bus No. 75 for a straight ride to Can Thach Town of Can Gio. This 2 hour ride starts at 7:30 in the morning, followed by the other 2 at 11:30 and 18:30 from the downtown. And from Can Gio, it gets off at 4:20 a.m then 11:30 and the last departs at 16:30. Or take bus No. 20 to Binh Khanh Station and go on with bus No. 90 to the coast.

Another way is to make a ride by motorbike, following the bus route with the ferry fare of VND4.5k/person, then along the Rung Sat St. toward the town. Remember to fuel up because there's few fuel stations along the way. And bear in mind as well that the allowed speed is 40 km/h, and there are someone or some ones watching over you as your bike is running on the territory.

A nice view seen from the ferry
A nice view seen from the ferry | Source
A bunch of beautiful bridges along the way
A bunch of beautiful bridges along the way | Source
Each bridge connects river banks that are painted in vigorously green.
Each bridge connects river banks that are painted in vigorously green. | Source

What's going on there?

Here at Can Gio, what to do and where to go?

Visiting Vam Sat

Monkeying around the Monkey Island

Strolling along 30/4 Beach

Exploring Can Thanh Town

Roaming about Thanh An Island

Destinations
What to do
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Vam Sat
Exploring the mangrove forests, selfie at the 26m waterfall, canoing around the Can Gio Mangrove Reserve
VND400k/person for canoing
Monkey Island
Watching naughty monkeys playing around
Watch your stuff as well - they monkeys can be good sneak thieves
Can Thanh Town
Enjoying the laid back life, trying delish seafood, visiting Ca Ong Pagoda
Seafood is dirt cheap. Hit Hang Duong market
Thanh An Island
Sightseeing around and photographing, enjoying fresh seafood
VND10k/person for a boat ride
Concrete paths piercing through the lush green forests
Concrete paths piercing through the lush green forests | Source
Nice experiences getting over waterways
Nice experiences getting over waterways | Source
Fishing crocodiles for fun is of nice interest to try
Fishing crocodiles for fun is of nice interest to try | Source

Vam Sat

Vam Sat is an eco-tourist hub of Can Gio, which accommodates a plethora of regionally distinct plants and animals. Amongst those, there are over 150 botanical species - mainly mangroves,18 mollusc, 27 crustacean, 45 fishes and some amphibian species. Especially, saltwater crocodiles are now living around the reverse.

Regarding the mangroves alone, there are special types, namely Duoc Doi or Double-flower mangrove (Rhizophora apiculata B.L) and Duoc 4 bong or 4-flower mangrove. These plants play an significant role as the coastal botanical shield in recovering and protecting the mangrove forests. Also, they serves an ideal habitat for the mangrove fauna, including crocodiles, bats, storks, etc.

There you go by cano or boat. With your pants rolled up, sinking your bare feet deep into the dark smelly mud and wriggling through the forest while letting your eyes roam about. Many places inside Vam Sat you'd pay visits to, say Dam Doi or Bat Swamp, Wildlife Reserve, Tang Bong Waterfall.

Monkey Island

Lam Vien tourist park is home to 2000 monkeys of various species. The dominant animals scatter around on the ground or play about above mangrove trees. You just stroll along earth paths, feed those monkeys with bread or whatever, say cheese and take selfies with them. Like those in tourist places, the monkeys here are quite friendly, but be careful with your belongings because they can turn out to be excellent sneak thieves as well.

Monkeys dominate the island
Monkeys dominate the island | Source
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Can Gio Beach

Unlike other coastal places, beaches in Can Gio aren't that navy blue, instead, it owns an opaque color due to alluvial water from several rivers. Though poor in color, 30/4 Beach wins fame as a nice beach for swimming and sightseeing. Interestingly, you can pinic with your folks on the beach with a barbecue of seafood and beer toasted up high in sheer fun. Or else, just swing about on a hammock tied against Casuarina trees along the coast and enjoy coconut juice while coastal breezes blow about.

Hang Duong Market
Hang Duong Market | Source
The Whale Pagoda
The Whale Pagoda | Source

Can Thanh Town

About 8km from 30/4 Beach, Can Thanh is the capital of Can Gio District. So peaceful a town accommodates over 10000 residents alone, with thousands of tourists visiting monthly. The town oozes out a touch of laid back lifestyle with amicable thoroughfares as cool backdrops for photography.

Setting foot on Can Thanh, you must stop by Hang Duong Market where to buy fresh seafood. It's really cheap and fresh as compared to Saigon. You even just hole up in an eatery and order some seafood.

Then you optionally pay a visit to Ca Ong Pagoda. This is a worship temple for the whale which died and surfaced by the town. His 12m skeleton has long been reserved here for worship and tourism as well. Annually on 17th August in lunar calendar the festival named Whale The Aqual General (Nghinh ông Thủy Tướng) is celebrated, which attracts a huge horde of tourists to participate in.

Can Thanh Town

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A 30-min boat ride leads you to such a laidback island
A 30-min boat ride leads you to such a laidback island | Source
A long concrete seawall curling around the island, offering nice backdrops for photography
A long concrete seawall curling around the island, offering nice backdrops for photography | Source

Thanh An Island

Isolated smack-dab in the middle of nowhere, Thanh An Commune consists of 3 hamlets named Thanh Hoa, Thanh Binh, Thieng Lieng with the population of around 5000 residents. With fishing as a means to bring home bacon, the people here are really friendly and hospitable.

Just take a 30 minute boat-ride that costs only VND10k/person, you'll then dock the laidback small town. Thach Binh hosts several nice eateries where fresh cheap seafood is served. Don't forget to rest for a while and enjoy this foodstuff after strolling along small thoroughfares of the island.

Fresh seafood costs reasonable price
Fresh seafood costs reasonable price | Source

Around 8km away offshore, Thanh An Island hosts several places for photography, including a stony quay toward the sea, a long concrete seawall bordering around. Tourists usually trot about these to take photos as setting foot on the island. Also, there's a colorful temple of Caodaism. Far from the sea, your eyes are hit by its bright color emerging on the island.

Tourists gather at the dock
Tourists gather at the dock | Source
Boats anchor for a rest
Boats anchor for a rest | Source
Local kids go swimming ashore
Local kids go swimming ashore | Source
A colorful Caodai Temple
A colorful Caodai Temple | Source
The thoroughfare leads to the dock
The thoroughfare leads to the dock | Source
The peaceful landscape of the town
The peaceful landscape of the town | Source
Local kids go fishing for fun
Local kids go fishing for fun | Source
A nice viewpoint on board
A nice viewpoint on board | Source
A lonely dock
A lonely dock | Source
The man and the sea
The man and the sea | Source
Salt fields paints the landscape in crystal white
Salt fields paints the landscape in crystal white | Source

What's else?

Apart from those places above, you may stumble about salt fields where the locals make salt. In the early morning, many photographers trot about with their camera to capture nice shots of the people working on large white fields. It's also worthwhile to try gathering salt and subsequently learn how hard the farmers make salt.

On the way back home, you can drop by an eatery to shop for some local dry or fresh seafood for a cozy party.

Just a day trip to Can Gio can help you relax and recover energy with its fresh air, breath-taking beauty as well as fantastic seafood. It's near, cheap and time saving, so why don't we make it to this wondrous haven, huh?

Author's notes

The photos used in the articles are both of the author and other online sources. For further information, please feel free to contact me at nhphuc2310@gmail.com.

Thanks for your attention. Remember to check up further articles of mine if you're interested in this travel topic.

For other articles, please check out:

Tay Ninh Province at https://hubpages.com/travel/Tay-Ninh-Province-Why-not
Thu Duc Town at http://hubpages.com/travel/Thu-Duc-Saigon-A-joyful-suburb
Da Lat Half Way to Heaven at http://hubpages.com/travel/Do-we-need-a-long-trip-to-change-horses-in-midstream
Life Trap Escape at http://hubpages.com/travel/Life-Trap-Escape
Ke Ga Cape at http://hubpages.com/travel/Sunset-on-Ke-Ga-Lighthouse
Mui Ne Beach at http://hubpages.com/travel/Mui-Ne-Such-a-Paradise
Da Nang City at http://hubpages.com/travel/Thomas-Wanderlust
Hai Phong City at http://hubpages.com/travel/Hai-Phong-Once-Coming-Then-Staying
French Colonial Structures in Saigon at http://hubpages.com/travel/French-Colonial-style-Architecture-in-SG
Top 3 things to do in Saigon Vietnam at http://hubpages.com/travel/Top-ten-things-you-must-do-in-Saigon-Vietnam
Can Gio a nice choice at http://hubpages.com/travel/Can-Gio-A-nice-choice
Cat Ba Island at https://hubpages.com/travel/Cat-Ba-Island-Shining-in-the-Sun
Ta Dung at https://hubpages.com/travel/Ta-Dung-Vietnam-A-Pearl-of-The-Highlands

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 12 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      那个, 我不知到你什么时候来了那个地方,但我去了, 看到了很多有趣的事情. 你什么时候有空, 我可以跟你去吧!

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      Donald Chump 13 months ago

      Thanks for your useful information!

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 14 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      Thanks buddy. Let's take time and travel there someday

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      Eden Ly 14 months ago

      awesome! keep up the good work buddy, cant wait for more articles from you

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 14 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      Yeah. I'll take u there next time buddy.we'll then have a nice party on the beach, absolutely.

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      cuongnguyencat 14 months ago

      thanks a lot for sharing that kinda amazing place to relax for a while.

      I will come there asap .

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 14 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      Yeah. Just make it to this place with ya family. It's such a nice place for picnic!

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      Meow 14 months ago

      Gud review. I am so eager to visit there.

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 14 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      Have you ever been there? It's interesting to make a day trip to Can Gio at weekends.

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      trần bảo an 14 months ago

      good