Once you’re already in Ho Chi Minh City
, why not spend some time to take a trip to Can Gio Island or Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve
? Also known as Monkey Island, Can Gio Island is a number of islands located near Saigon which together make a nature reserve of 80,000 hectares featuring mangroves and water coconut forests.
Once deforested during Vietnam-America War, nowadays, Can Gio Island has been revived and thriving as a Vietnam’s UNESCO recognized biosphere.
This is home to hundreds of monkeys and crocodiles. You can get close with both of the creatures, even feed the crocodiles with eels or small snakes.
With monkeys, you can even take pictures with them but be careful because they can be mischievous at times.
Can Gio is also a historical site and there are also a few beach resorts here to stay if you want to enjoy near the sea.