Best places to play farmer for a day in Saigon

What to do in Saigon during weekends if you’re tired of bars and movies?

(Can Gio – Saigon) Here are four options for those who want to leave city…

…life behind for a touch of countryside in the outlying district of Can Gio, 50 kilometers from downtown Saigon

Feeding crocodiles

Stand on a composite boat protected by a net to lure 40 crocodiles with your bait at Vam Sat eco-tourism site.

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Planting trees

Earn yourselves some good karma by adding a bit of green to the protective forest of Can Gio. You can buy this tour at travel companies in the downtown.

 

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Catching fish and snail

Jump into canals of Can Gio mangrove forest to see what you can get for lunch!- Justplay18

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Getting lost in a seafood market

Hang Duong Market near the April 30 Beach is a familiar address for seafood lovers. You can buy here fresh seafood and ask vendors to cook it for you.

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Can Gio is a low, palm-fringed island sitting at the mouth of the Saigon River, some 25km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. It was formed from silt washing downstream from the river, so don’t expect any white-sand beaches. A few hopeful resorts have sprung up along the murky 10km shoreline.

Of more interest is the forest. This listed Unesco Biosphere Reserve contains a high degree of biodiversity, with more than 200 species of fauna and 150 species of flora. If you’re looking for a relatively traffic-free route to explore by motorbike, it’s a great day trip.

The Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve is located in the coastal district southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.

The reserve provides opportunities to advance environmental protection across a continuum of habitats, ranging from coastal areas to the boundaries of Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest industrial city in Viet Nam.

The mangrove forest hosts the highest diversity of mangrove plant species, mangrove-dwelling invertebrates and mangrove-associated fish and shellfish species in the sub-region, and is regarded as the ‘green lungs’ of the city.

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