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Visiting Vietnam: Pinic places in Dong Nai Province

Updated on May 31, 2018

Escape from the hustle and bustle

Just run away
Just run away
Hoa An Bridge connects Binh Duong and Bien Hoa City through 1K Highway
Hoa An Bridge connects Binh Duong and Bien Hoa City through 1K Highway

Wrap up and go for a picnic!

Hey Saigoners or those who are living in Saigon even for work or vacation, would you like to stick in such a crowded and polluted metropolis at weekends?

I guess you don't want to, some even get tired and sick of the city. Thus why don't you head out of town and chill out with friends in a picnic at somewhere nearby? You don't know any interesting places, huh?

Let me tell you some in Dong Nai Province within some one-hour ride from the city center.

Lotus blossoms flourish in Long An Lake
Lotus blossoms flourish in Long An Lake

Bửu Long Park

Located in an area of about 80 ha, Buu Long Cultural Park features two lakes, namely Long An Lake (Hidden Dragon Lake) and Long Van Lake. Its topography is almost hilly terrain with two mountains Buu Long (34 meters high), and Long Son (37 meters high).

These lakes and mountains were named after a historical event when the last Vietnam's monarchy emperor Gia Long was forced to flee to this place.

A markerbửu long -
Kp 4, đường P. Tp. T., Huỳnh Văn Nghệ, Bửu Long, Tp. Biên Hòa, Đồng Nai, Vietnam
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A dragon statue stands firmly at the entrance, simply illustrating the name Buu Long - Long means dragons, Buu means rare and sacred.
A dragon statue stands firmly at the entrance, simply illustrating the name Buu Long - Long means dragons, Buu means rare and sacred.
The Bridge of Love mirrors on the lake, which is a beautiful scene for couples in love to enjoy
The Bridge of Love mirrors on the lake, which is a beautiful scene for couples in love to enjoy
Some Trees of Love come fruitful with hearts, serving to beautify the love of visitors
Some Trees of Love come fruitful with hearts, serving to beautify the love of visitors
Such an ideal place for both comtemplating and reading as well
Such an ideal place for both comtemplating and reading as well
The verdant scenery brings a touch of peace and romance
The verdant scenery brings a touch of peace and romance
Entrance fee
VND50k/adult
Where to eat
Du Long Restaurant
What to do
- Babecue
 
- Photographing

When you arrive at the gate, there are 2 huge dragon statues standing strikingly with vigorous hue. Through the ticket gate, your eyes will stick right to a big facet hovering in the middle of nowhere flowing water, again, from nowhere. Then a long avenue with beautiful plants and flowers leads you toward Buu Long Cultural Park. For family with kids, this part of Buu Long is so cool to play around.

Go swimming. Go exploring. Go have fun with merry-go-rounds, ball houses and roller coasters.

Let's make a tour on the lakes by Duck Pedal Boat
Let's make a tour on the lakes by Duck Pedal Boat

For a group of friends or couples in love together, a picnic is of great delight to celebrate. The park offers endless green lawns carefully pruned with large shady trees. Remember to bring a canvas mat to lay down on the grass, you guys can hire some barbecue stuff at the restaurant and yeah, enjoy the picnic. If you don't want to sit on the lawns, there are lots of tourist huts scattering around the park, go find an ideal place to stay.

Lots of nice places for a picnic around the lakes
Lots of nice places for a picnic around the lakes

For those who are alone, never mind being lonely because such landscape will draw your utmost attention right at first sight. Take a walk around those lakes, take photos and yeah your day is just spent away in a blink of an eye.

A solotrip is not that boring here because your mind will be blown away by its striking beauty
A solotrip is not that boring here because your mind will be blown away by its striking beauty
You may jump out of blue as see such a brilliant scene
You may jump out of blue as see such a brilliant scene
Yeah, it's cool to hang out here, right?
Yeah, it's cool to hang out here, right?

And do not forget to take photos. Scenery abounds! Roam around and photograph.

Strolling around, you'll definitely feel better than ever
Strolling around, you'll definitely feel better than ever
The sky reflects itself on the lake, which is great to sit back and chill out.
The sky reflects itself on the lake, which is great to sit back and chill out.
Lotus flowers are blooming gorgeously
Lotus flowers are blooming gorgeously
So fresh as it is, what if we're allowed to swim around, huh?
So fresh as it is, what if we're allowed to swim around, huh?
It's just too good to be true!
It's just too good to be true!
Another day in the paradise
Another day in the paradise

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An idyllic point of view
An idyllic point of view | Source

Bò Cạp Vàng

Originally as a resident haven owned by a retired teacher, Bo Cap Vang was just a cool and peaceful countryside to hole up after all ups and downs in life. It came to fame when more people seeked such a place as a getaway from the hustling citylife.

Situated at Phuoc Khanh Commune, Nhon Trach District, Bo Cap Vang (literally named after Cassia fistula or golden rain flower) has idyllic scenery as bound by Ong Keo River (a branch of Dong Nai River) and covered by lush green trees. - only 25km away from Saigon, just a 45 minute ride leads you to so excellent a destination as you can both picnic and partake in heaps of outdoor activities.

Welcome to Bo Cap Vang
Welcome to Bo Cap Vang | Source
Such lush greenery refreshes you right at the gate
Such lush greenery refreshes you right at the gate
This resort is bound by rivers
This resort is bound by rivers | Source
Entrance fee
VND50k/adult, VND25k/kid
Parking fee
VND5k/day
Foodstuff
Upon your order
Life jacket for swimming
VND10k/piece/day
Floatie jumping
VND20k/game/day

Amusement activities

  • Water games: boat sailing, fishing, swimming, water-sliding, floatie jumping

The river water is so fresh and cool, why don't we go swimming and fool around?
The river water is so fresh and cool, why don't we go swimming and fool around? | Source
Let's sail, buddies!
Let's sail, buddies! | Source
Jump, Jump, Jump!
Jump, Jump, Jump! | Source
  • Partying: The eco-resort serves food as well. You just choose a table to sit, head to the resort restaurant to order and serve yourselves then. A bunch of dishes are offered such as hot pot, grilled seafood (you can ask to make it by yourself). If you don't want to order, you can bring your own stuff to party.

Such verdant landscape is ideal for picnic
Such verdant landscape is ideal for picnic | Source
Just sit back under shady trees and order what you want for lunch. Everything will be served in a wink!
Just sit back under shady trees and order what you want for lunch. Everything will be served in a wink!

And of course, taking photos is of great delight and you'll absolutely have beautiful snaps since the landscape is that excellent!

Is it enough to refresh your life?
Is it enough to refresh your life?
If not, get more!
If not, get more!
And adapt yourself into such an enormous pool of nature
And adapt yourself into such an enormous pool of nature
Energize your body with this snap
Energize your body with this snap
Sink yourself into the endless sunlight
Sink yourself into the endless sunlight
Comtemplate over the silence of nature
Comtemplate over the silence of nature
Observe what you have now - your esteem and Mother Earth
Observe what you have now - your esteem and Mother Earth
And learn to let go of worries and sorrows
And learn to let go of worries and sorrows
The charm of nature is always of great wonder
The charm of nature is always of great wonder | Source

Giang Dien Waterfall

Those destinations above are near Ho Chi Minh City, which is quite easy for you to visit. However, if you wish to explore more, Giang Dien Waterfall Resort will be cool enough for a day trip. Around 50km away from downtown Saigon, Giang Dien Waterfall is located in Giang Dien Commune, Trang Bom District, Dong Nai Province. This waterfall is actually a cluster of 3 waterfalls namely Chang (Guy), Nang (Girl) and Giang Dien (the main one). Under 2 typical seasons (rainy and sunny) in Southern Vietnam, the water changes time by time - opaque in the rain and fresh clear in the sun.

A huge gate that copies the style of an ethnical house impresses visitors as they arrive at the park
A huge gate that copies the style of an ethnical house impresses visitors as they arrive at the park | Source
Golden Rain flowers blossom glamorously along the way toward the waterfalls
Golden Rain flowers blossom glamorously along the way toward the waterfalls | Source
During rainy season, the water turns opaque as rain water merges itself into the waterfall
During rainy season, the water turns opaque as rain water merges itself into the waterfall | Source
During sunny season, it becomes fresh clear to swim around
During sunny season, it becomes fresh clear to swim around | Source

How to get there

You can take a bus No. 12 or 602 that lead straight to Giang Dien from Ho Chi Minh City. If you dare ride far, get on the motorbike and follow A1 Highway to Dong Nai Province. Be careful with your speed and traffic around.

For your info

Services (in VND)
Mon-Fri
Sat-Sun
Entrance fee
40k/adult, 25k/kid
50k/adult, 30k/kid
Movie making
7 Mil
7 Mil
Wedding photos
800k
800k
Karaoke
120k/hour
120k/hour
Tent hiring
150k-200k (per type)
180k-220k (per type)
Canvas hiring
60k/piece
80k/piece
Hut hiring
350k-400k (small - big)
400k-450k (small - big)
Kayak
40k
40k
Hotel room
400k-480k (day) & 500k-650k (night)
 

So what to do there?

Right, this 65ha park is such an ideal place for picnic or outdoor activities like team-building games or camping. Thanks to its distance, people from Saigon or elsewhere nearby can make a day trip. Well, if you have no idea of what to do, why don't you just stroll around and take photos? It's also of paramount importance to save your memory through outstanding pictures. Come and enjoy.

Team-building games are of great fun
Team-building games are of great fun | Source
Heaps of scenes as fantastic backdrops for your photos
Heaps of scenes as fantastic backdrops for your photos | Source
During Lunar Tet Holidays, flowers bloom in tremendous charm and glory, which is beautiful for photography
During Lunar Tet Holidays, flowers bloom in tremendous charm and glory, which is beautiful for photography | Source
Verdant space with lush shady trees and ever-green lawn offers a pleasing atmosphere for you to relax
Verdant space with lush shady trees and ever-green lawn offers a pleasing atmosphere for you to relax | Source
Just sit back and chill out
Just sit back and chill out | Source
Hold your breath and take a deep dive
Hold your breath and take a deep dive | Source
A red bridge looks strikingly impressive in such verdant landscape
A red bridge looks strikingly impressive in such verdant landscape | Source
It's cool, isn't it?
It's cool, isn't it? | Source

Mango Garden Resort

Established in 2006, Mango Garden Resort occupies 35ha over the area of Tan Cang, Phuoc Tan, Long Thanh - roughly 40km away from downtown Saigon. Originally as a farm, it has been developed into a garden resort with harmonious beauty of nature and wild animals. Besides, there are a stack of fun games for entertainment. Let's see how we can picnic there.

At the main gate
At the main gate | Source

Anything fun?

For a picnic, one just needs a shady green place to sit and have fun. Right, there's lots of verdant space around this resort. Many huts and rest stops here and there serve as nice shelters for visitors or anyone who needs a place to hole up. Fish ponds, artificial streams and waterfalls beautify the landscape and offer nice backdrops for photographing. If you go with kids, well take them to the zoo to learn about wild animals. If you go with friends, come join in team-building activities.

Giraffe cubs roaming about
Giraffe cubs roaming about | Source
A girl gets lost smack in the middle of wilderness
A girl gets lost smack in the middle of wilderness | Source
A pond abounds in Koi fish with various color
A pond abounds in Koi fish with various color | Source
Is she a cheerleader, huh? I think so (chuckle)
Is she a cheerleader, huh? I think so (chuckle)
Well, go beg under his shrine
Well, go beg under his shrine
A nice corner with rock and water
A nice corner with rock and water | Source

And if you are devil-daring (just kidding) or seeking adventure, go for orchid riding, grass sliding, crocodile fishing, coracle sailing or paint shooting. If more, come yell at the roller coaster or bumping cars.

Let's slide and cry YEAHHOO
Let's slide and cry YEAHHOO | Source
LOL
LOL | Source
Do you think you can make it go or just spin around?
Do you think you can make it go or just spin around? | Source

Anywhere else?

Spanning an area of 5,907 km² with diverse topography, Dong Nai owns mountain-and-river landscape that hosts a large number of tourist attractions. Above are 4 typical destinations for a picnic trip within a day. Still, there are many other places where you can pay a visit and enjoy yourself. They are Dao Dua Lua (Fire Coconut Island) in Phu Huu Ward, Nhon Trach District; Bang Lang Tim Garden Resort (near Bo Cap Vang), Chua Chan Mountain in Xuan Loc District and so on. These are also beautiful in nature and close in distance so that you can both have fun and learn more of the neighborhoods. Don't hesitate to travel, especially during weekends or holidays. Life's short, so go live the best of your life!

Morning breaks on Chua Chan Mountain
Morning breaks on Chua Chan Mountain | Source
So misty as it is in this place/ Who knows if love of yours is that great? (Han Mac Tu)
So misty as it is in this place/ Who knows if love of yours is that great? (Han Mac Tu) | Source
A cliff where young guys love to pose
A cliff where young guys love to pose | Source
Fire Coconut Island attracts everyone's attention with its verdant space
Fire Coconut Island attracts everyone's attention with its verdant space | Source

Which destination would you like to visit?

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GO FAR TO COME BACK HOME
GO FAR TO COME BACK HOME

Author's note

The author has been to all of the places I mentioned here (except those listed in Anywhere else). Many photos adopted in this article are collected from many sources online (instagram, newspapers), the rest is under courtery of the author.

For further information, please contact the author via email nhphuc2310@gmail.com or facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mrkid06

For other articles, please check out:

Tay Ninh Province at https://hubpages.com/travel/Tay-Ninh-Province-Why-not
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
Thu Duc at https://hubpages.com/travel/Thu-Duc-Saigon-A-joyful-suburb

© 2017 Nguyen Hong Phuc

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 9 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      @Ossy: yep, i know of natural beauty of Nam Cat Tien, to which I once visited. However, it's quite far for a day trip, so I didn't mention here in the article. Next time then.

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 9 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      @Mary Norton: Long An Lake is inside Buu Long Tourist Resort, which is nice for a picnic with friends. If you look for a scenic place, well, you may like it too.

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      Mary Norton 9 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lovely pictures. We were in Vietnam last May and June but I have not been to Long An Lake. I want to visit this place.

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 9 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      Hi there, many thanks for your comment ^^ Yep, those places are ideal for a weekend picnic or hangout. I've just practiced phone photography recently and tried to convey the natural beauty of the scenes (but seemingly I failed). Some pics were collected from the Internet (instagram, etc.) Thanks for reading

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      Visitor 9 months ago

      OMG this is a great hub, bro. It looks like a picture book about tourist attractions. I love this piece.

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