Can Gio Biosphere Reserve Tour by Luxury Speedboat

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Can Gio Biosphere Reserve Tour by Luxury Speedboat
from USD $119.90
Take a scenic journey by luxury speedboat to the mangrove forests of the UNESCO-listed Can Gio Biosphere Reserve. This full-day eco-adventure takes you from Ho Chi Minh City past canals of the Mekong Delta, stopping at a lively riverside market. You’ll explore Giant Bat Lagoon by rowboat, visit a crocodile reserve, trek through mangrove jungle, observe gibbons and monkeys, and enjoy bird watching with a knowledgeable guide. A chef serves a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Numbers are limited to 14 people, ensuring an informative experience with a small group.
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In Brief

District 1, Vietnam
8 hours
Important InfoInfo
Once the target of chemical warfare and now resplendent with acres of mangrove forest, the UNESCO-designated Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, located south of Ho Chi Minh City, is teeming with wildlife and biodiversity.

After meeting your guide in your hotel lobby, you’re transferred to Ho Chi Minh City’s central pier in the morning. Then depart by luxury speedboat for the lush, green tributaries of the Mekong Delta. A light breakfast of pastries or sandwiches, tropical fruit and Vietnamese coffee is served on board as you relax in spacious comfort during the approx. 2-hour journey into Can Gio.

En route, your small-group tour visits the bustling Can Giuoc Market, which provides great photo ops of a traditional riverside market scene where you can sample the local produce. After you depart, the slow-paced agricultural world of the Mekong Delta begins to give way.

Cruise past a tapestry of green paddy fields, tropical fruit trees and water palms and move into a landscape of mangrove trees looming overhead. Once inside the reserve, listen as your guide discusses one of Vietnam’s most important ecosystems, which provides a habitat for 52 flora species and 200 fauna species.

Visit traditional fishing hamlets, where fishermen knot their nets by hand by the river, and then take to the tranquil waters of Giant Bat Lagoon by rowboat. After a short, guided trek through the mangroves, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a private riverside location, including fresh spring rolls, lemongrass chicken and a delicious Mekong Delta specialty.

In the afternoon, arrive in Vam Sat Eco Park, where you can visit a crocodile reserve (and feed them via a fishing rod if you wish) to learn about the once-plentiful crocs that were hunted to near extinction. Be sure to keep an eye out for gibbons and monkeys swinging from trees in their natural habitat. Enjoy crab fishing and bird watching for local and migratory species, including painted storks and duck-billed pelicans, or take another mangrove jungle walk with your guide.

At the end of your full-day tour, depart Can Gio’s mangroves for Ho Chi Minh City, arriving back at the central pier where you’re taken back to your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Transport via air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transport via luxury speedboat
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Center


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

Saigon Waterbus Station, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Traveler pickup is offered
We offer pickup and drop off from all locations in District 1, 2 and 3

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. An extra surcharge may apply for meal accommodations
  • Comfortable shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent is recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.86 out of 5 based on the last 14 recent reviews

This was an amazing trip! KHA was amazing tour guide. His english speaking is great.The food for lunch was very good. I love the extra attention to details.
• Submitted 15 Jan 2020
We loved it all, the ride to the biosphere was wondering including all the nice snack and refreshments! The meal was also wonderful that they provided! A+ trip!
• Submitted 08 Jan 2020
I highly recommend this tour, especially our guides and crew - Henry, Thy, Tu and Be - were super!!! They thought of everything and anything we may need, were so friendly, helpful and super informative about all the various things we experienced. They took care of us so well and made this a wonderful day out. I would especially recommend this to those that do not want to do the regular run of the mill tours and don't want to be packed in with a large number of tourists.
• Submitted 09 Oct 2019
We chose this tour as we wanted to see some of Vietnam's nature and to be in a small group only. Picked up by speedboat on the river we were served fresh fruit and cold soft drinks as the boat travelled along the river and then a canal, allowing us to see the people of Saigon. We stopped at a local market where our tour guide told us about the local cuisine and foods they eat. We then went to a mangrove forest where we were taken by small canoes across a lake to see a colony of fruit bats. Looking closer to the shore you saw crabs with purple claws holding onto the mangrove roots. Then off to dinner where, beforehand we went fishing for crocodiles! As well as this we saw wild monkeys being fed before a lovely lunch. Then back to the boat before the trip back and then transfer to our hotel. Throughout our guide was great, very knowledgable and his team kept us supplied with local food which they prepared on board. An excellent trip.
• Submitted 03 Apr 2019
This tour was very good. All the staff were friendly and professional. Cah our guide really knew his stuff and tthe boat was amazing I am really confident in recommending this tour.
• Submitted 03 Mar 2018
professional organisation and staff. beautifull places. an amazing tour!
• Submitted 20 Nov 2017
Tour Guide was awesome! Made a huge effort to speak with everyone individually and made note and comments about their interests. The food was amazing and constantly refreshed, as were the drinks. Tour was the right amount of adventure for everyone family, kids, adults
• Submitted 27 Aug 2017
Booked this tour to hopefully see a bit more of the life outside Ho Chi Minh and this tour did not disappoint. The tour crew were helpful friendly and considerate, ensuring we were well fed and refreshed all day. We were updated regularly as to what would happen next and what we could expect and the experience was a pleasure. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone especially if you only have time for one trip, do this one it will give you a snapshot of South Vietnam.
• Submitted 19 Jun 2017
Very interesting. Kept us busy doing various things. The monkey and crocodile visit was exciting. Both
• Submitted 06 May 2017
Outstanding tour. Our guide Hao was exceptional. Visiting a local market was a highlight. There were no other tourists there and Hao was very informative about the local produce and products. The mangroves and bat viewing was interesting. Visiting the monkeys and crocodiles was exciting. Our four children aged between 15 and 5 years thoroughly enjoyed the all day tour. I did not feel they were in any danger with the monkeys or crocodiles whilst on the tour with Hao. The speed boat added to the excitement and adventure. This tour is worth the extra cost. This was one of our favorite trips in Vietnam.
• Submitted 13 Apr 2017
GREAT experience. Our tour guide, Huo, was so helpful and informative to share the Vietnamese culture. The whole tour was great but my favourite was the market where Huo walked us through and spoke about the items for sale. Loved the crocodile and monkey part as well. GREAT day! Thanks so much. Would definitely recommend to friends.
• Submitted 09 Jan 2017
Well run tour - alot of fun.
• Submitted 01 Feb 2016
A nice trip that combined both a tour of the area around Ho Chi Minh as well as some up close and personal time with nature. You'll get to see the City itself from a different viewpoint than on the city streets and then head out into the nature reserve to spend time with monkeys, birds and crocodiles. Cap it off with an excellent meal before a return to the city. We had a fairly small group compared to the potential limit, so we had ample time at each location along with real direct interaction with our excellent guide, Henry. Nothing felt too rushed or hurried. We also had more than enough time at the crocodile feeding portion of the trip as opposed to the experiences of other reviewers and were each able to feed multiple crocs multiple times. If anything we maybe had a little too much time with the bats and at the bird sanctuary. Maybe if you were really into bats or birds it would have been more enjoyable but I personally found those parts of the tour to drag a little.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
A great day out. I was not one hundred percent happy on the small pontoons feeding the crocodiles, I would rather have been on something more substantial! lol.
• Submitted 12 Jan 2018