Can Gio Island

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I. Introduction

Can Gio Island, is the particle of Can Gio Districts (located to the Southeast of Ho Chi Minh City about 50 kilometers). This area is the Mekong delta merger between Saigon, Dong Nai, Vam Co rivers. In 2000, Can Gio became the first Mangrove biosphere in Vietnam. Can Gio Island consists of thousands of species including terrestrial (monkey), marines (crocodile) creatures.

II. Climate

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The climate of Can Gio mostly depends on monsoon, with two distinctive seasons. The rainy season starts from May to October, the dried season starts from November to April. In case you want to enjoy all the landscape of the Island favorably, make sure that you forecast the weather before packaging.

III. Topography

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Can Gio is a depression, the average altitude of the Island is 0-1.5 meters, except for Giong Chua is the highest area at an altitude of 10.1 meters. During the rainy season, the Island turns to the soggy swamp, marshy and quite inconvenient for the vehicles.

IV. How to get there

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The Island has no airport, so the only option is to travel via ferry, Long Tau river is the main route to Can Gio If you start in Ho Chi Minh city, cross Huynh Tan Phat road to get to Binh Khanh Ferry in Nha Be which usually takes about 30 minutes.

V. Can Gio economy

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Agriculture and fishery make up for 70% of the economy of Can Gio Island. Besides, the stunning landscape, along with the mangrove forest is promised to be the future of the Can Gio when the government tends to invest in Ecotourism on the Island.

VI. Things to do

1. Ecotour

Ecological tourism is the product that would bring you to nature closely. The highlight of the ecotour is that it helps to inhibit the degradation of the environment, maintain the integrity of the destinations, thus it promises to secure the stable numbers of visitors but still ensures the intimate approach, enjoyable moments during the tour. Luxury travel proudly introduces our friendly, sustainable eco-tourism which gives the most memorable expeditions to the natural habitat. 

a. Mangrove forest

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Can Gio Mangrove covers the area of 40.000 hectares, with the high density of the indigenous trees, some of them with the diameter is up to 25-40 centimeters. However, from 1962 to 1971, during the Vietnam War, the US army utilized tones of devastating substances including Agent Orange, defoliants killer that virtually demolished the ecology of Can Gio. Therefore, since 1979 Can Gio flora and fauna have been governed to recuperate. The most vital tree in this area is probably mangrove, mangrove has been brought from adjacent provinces to recover the ecology of Can Gio. After 22 years of persistently saving the forest, in 21/1/2000 UNESCO nominated Can Gio Mangrove forest as the first Biosphere Reserve in Vietnam, also known as Mangrove Biosphere Reserve.

b. Vam Sat Park

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As mentioned above, the campaign in 1979 has vastly saved the Mangrove forest. Furthermore, it has incidentally built the most attractive destination in Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Vam Sat Park. This place is exploited for not only tourism purpose but also the home to many species like monkeys or crocodiles. Besides, you could also have opportunity to explore the bat cave, bats in Can Gio are assumed to be the rare species in the world.

c. Dan Xay Mangrove Forest

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Since the inauguration in 2014, Dan Xay Mangrove Forest has become an ideal place to visit the natural scenery of Mangrove Biosphere Reserve, Dan Xay gives you the most empirical look to the habitat inside the Mangrove by activities including kayaking, foraging, cycling, camping. Especially, you could also challenge yourself by climbing to a 30 meters tower for a panoramic view of the Mangrove forest. Many others are available such as boat excursion, planting, playing with monkeys.

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2. Can Gio beaches

a. Can Thach beach

Located in Can Thach town, this is the most beautiful beach of Can Gio Island, the beach that remains untouched. Thanks to a good management system, this area is not overcrowded during the dried season.

b. Saigon Sunbay

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This is the project regarding the complex beach resort. It is promised to change the economy of Can Gio in the future. Currently, Saigon Sunbay is under construction at 30/4 beach.

c. 30/4 beach

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30/4 beach is the most famous in Can Gio. This area is named after Vietnam Independence day. When arriving, you would be astonished due to the black sand. However, you do not need to worry, because this is just the alluvium from Mekong Delta current.

3. Monkey Island

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Come to Monkey Island in Can Gio, you would be able to interact with monkeys and their habitat. The monkeys freely move around instead of being in the captivity circumstance.

4. Can Gio Museum

Can Gio museum is the museum near the Monkey Island. One thing you need to remember is that the entrance is free. This museum is the presentation of flora and fauna species in Can Gio that dates back thousands of years ago. Besides, you could also learn a bit about the history of the Vietnam-America War, one of the most brutal bloodshed that took the life of millions of soldiers.

5. Guerrilla base

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As you heard about the Vietnam-American War above, Guerrilla is a strategy that is used during this time by Vietcong soldiers. It is mostly used by the more feeble party to weaken the firepower of the other side. Guerrilla was strategically used to take advantage of green habitat to avoid the aerial sight.

6. Can Gio Saltwater Crocodile

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Along with the monkeys, Saltwater Crocodiles in Can Gio are now available to be seen. The fact that they are being preserved in Vam Sat Mangrove forest, whilst visiting those crocodiles, you could also feed them from the safety distance.

7. Kite surfing

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Thanks to the strong wind that blows far offshore from the ocean, Can Gio beach becomes one of the most ideal areas in Vietnam for kite surfing.

8. Can Gio temples

In Vietnam, temple is a religious building which is built to honor certain characters or influential individuals. Temple and pagoda greatly differ in the purpose. As mentioned, temple is the place where honors certain individuals who left enormous dedication after passing away. When arriving at some of the Can Gio temples, you would discover the meanings and the characters who are being worshipped.

a. Cao Dai temple

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Visit Cao Dai Temple to understand more about Vietnam’s sophisticated religion. It is said that Cao Dai originated on Phu Quoc Island, in case you are in favor of spiritual ritual and the meaning behind them, make sure the temple is in your list.

b. Whale temple

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In Vietnam’s coastal areas, the great size of the Whale comes with its meaning. In 1971, a 3.7 meters Whale washed up and the locals erected a temple, along with the skeleton remains in the glass to pray for safe, lucky expedition of fishermen.

9. Can Gio market-Hang Duong market

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Can Gio and Hang Duong market are the two most famous market in Can Gio. They start in the early morning and slowly dismiss in the evening. Seafood in these two markets is considered to be the cheapest in Vietnam. The fact that, thanks to the mangrove forest that brings the diverse marines life to the locals.

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