First, let’s learn a bit about the history of this beautiful place!
Before the Vietnam war, the Can Gio forest had a vibrant ecosystem, with many mangrove trees. However, during the war, bombs and toxic chemicals destroyed the forest. The area became barren and lifeless.
In 1979, Ho Chi Minh City launched a campaign to replant and restore the Can Gio mangrove ecosystem.
On January 21, 2000, Can Gio mangrove forest was recognized by UNESCO as Vietnam’s first biosphere reserve.
Nowadays, Can Gio mangrove forest covers more than 310 square km and is becoming a popular tourist destination.
The importance of Can Gio forest
The forest has become a “green lung” of Ho Chi Minh City, purifying the air and wastewater from the industrial cities in the upper areas of the Dong Nai River.
Over roles include:
Providing food and habitats for many animals
Providing many medicinal plants
Best time to visit Can Gio Forest.
The rainy season in Vietnam is usually between July and August.
During these times, it usually rains for 1-2 hours per day. Check the weather report so you can plan your venture accordingly.
Also, avoid going when a storm is predicted!
Try not to visit during major national holidays, such as Tet Holiday, because the area may be too crowded.
How to get from Saigon to Can Gio, Vietnam
Can Gio is about 50 km from Ho Chi Minh City.
Saigon to Can Gio by motorbike or car
Because Can Gio is not far from Saigon, you can get there by motorbike or car.
From the center of Saigon, follow the direction of Tan Thuan bridge.
Then, you can turn into Nguyen Van Linh street, then Huynh Tan Phat street, and after that, travel towards the direction of Binh Khanh port.
After crossing the river by ferry, continue to Vam Sat natural reserve. Along the way, you can visit monkey island.
A few tips:
The road to Can Gio has few gas stations, so don’t forget to fill your gas tank before you leave!
The condition of some of the roads is not good. Check your vehicle carefully before going and drive slowly.
This road usually has many traffic police. Remember your papers and license.
Saigon to Can Gio by bus
You can also travel by bus to Can Gio.
From Ben Thanh market, you can take bus number 20 toward Nha Be. Get off at Binh Khanh ferry, cross the river and catch bus number 90 to Can Gio.