Around Ho Chi Minh (Sai Gon) City there are many interesting tourist sites, included: Can Gio - A biosphere Resever of The World, Vam Sat Tourist Site, Betel Hamlets, Binh Quoi Tourist Village, Suoi Tien Tourist Area, Van Thanh Park, Dam Sen Cultural Park, Dam Sen Water Park, Vietnam Golf and Country Club

   

 

   
 

 

Can Gio - A Biosphere Reserve of The World

Location: The ecological forest of Can Gio is situated 50km away from downtown Ho Chi Minh City.
Characteristic: With an area of over 70,000 ha, of which 35,000 ha is salt-watered forest, Can Gio has been recognized as a biosphere reserve of the world by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

 

 
   

 

   

 

Can Gio has been recognized as a biosphere reserve after evaluation of various aspects, including the people, ecology, environment and biosphere sustainability. Those who visited this place decade ago can hardly recognize it today, due to the countless towering trees and plants that stretch out of sight, and the harmonious biosphere of the coastal mangrove forest. So far nearly 40,000 ha of forest and land have been restored. According to the Can Gio Forest Managing Board, at present more than 600 households with 1,500 people reside in this area. They live on reforestation, forest protection and aquatic production. In the early 1970's, the concept of "Biosphere reserve" was announced with the aim of protecting the species in danger of extinction. The biosphere reserves must preserve the samples of the ecological systems in the world, and work as a laboratory where research and observation of these ecological systems are undertaken. The reserve seeks measures to help the local people benefit from nature.
Before the construction of a 20 km-long road linking Binh Khanh wharf to Can Thanh, which runs along Can Gio to beach April 30, Can Gio was a remote area whose residents lived on catching crabs and mussels. Now it is an interesting eco-tourist site attracting many people from Ho Chi Minh City and other places. The Saigon Tourism Company and Phu Tho Tourism Company have established eco-tours to this area. Visiting Can Gio, you will see crocodiles lying in the swamp and hundreds of monkeys that come from mangrove clumps to the walk-ways of Lam Vien ecological site, to welcome the visitors. They catch sugarcane the visitors give them, and eat them with delight. On holidays, there were averages of 2,000 visitors a day to Can Gio. At peak times there were over 6,000 visitors a day. Visitors could stay at the residential quarter April 30, adjacent to the beach or at Actmang quarter in the 2,100ha Lam Vien area with countless mangrove trees. Quite a few people like to hire hammocks and umbrellas to rest under the canopy of the trees.
In the near future the war zone in the shrub forest, which was Home to 800 commando soldiers in wartime, would be restored. It will become a 3,000m² preservation sites with 14 houses-on-stilts, roofed with date palm trunks and water-coconut leaves. When this project is completed, Can Gio will have another traditional tourist site, attracting not only young people, but also those who want to know more about the struggle of the fighters in the shrub forest in the past.
Taking a boat ride on the big Dong Nai and Long Tau Rivers or on the smaller Vam Sac, Dong Thanh and Soai Rap Rivers, which run through Can Gio, visitors will not think that they are visiting a district on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. They seem to be in the watery areas of Ca Mau and Kien Giang, the southernmost area in Vietnam with vast mangrove and cajeput forests. The roots of the mangrove trees on the sides of the river twist with one another then spread out and root deep into the earth. It is these roots that make Can Gio a protective forest safeguarding millions of city dwellers, and an ideal ecological tourist site as well.

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Vam Sat Tourist Site

Location: Ly Nhon commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City.

Tel: (84-8) 38876169/ 38894008
Email: 
kdlvamsat@gmail.com 
Website:
http://www.vamsat.com
Characteristics: Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Zone contains most beautiful forests of Can Gio which is one of the world's Salt-Marsh biosphere preserve.

 

 
   

 

   

Situated between the stream flows of Vam Sat and Long Tau River, Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Zone contains most beautiful forests of Can Gio which is one of the world's Salt-Marsh biosphere preserve, sited in Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City. Historically, this land had been damaged by toxic chemicals that turned the zone into an uninhabited land. Thanks to the hard work of people, the forest has gradually recovered, and its beauty and magnificence feature have been returned.
According to foreign specialists that Can Gio salt-marsh forest is the best recovered, taken care of, protected and managed in Vietnam and in the world. With total area of 75,740ha, Can Gio forest is diversified by wide variety of fauna and flora, which is an ideal place for scientific research, ecological tourism and rejuvenation.
Since its establishment in 2000, Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Zone has created tourist sites based on available natural environment. Bat Swamp is one of tourist points which can win the concern of visitors. The natural scenery is beautiful like a great work of art. Going into the swamp, tourists will see groups of flying foxes hanging themselves behind the foliages of high mangroves. Bats are very sensitive to the environment, so they live only in places that are certainly safe. The most interesting activity in Bat Swamp is crab angling. Giant pincers of crabs with succulent meat will make tourists' lunch more delicious.
Motorboat will bring tourists to the next tourist point. There is a crocodile farm consisting of 40 crocodiles in Vam Sat Tourist Zone. Tourists come here to observe the living environment and to learn about the habits and manners of how crocodiles hunt for food. There is a unforgettable game named Cruising while fishing crocodile. Fishing boat is made of composite plastic with special design and surrounded by high fence of B40 metal grid. Fishers only need to drop their baits and wait for the crocodile to take their baits.
The motorboat takes visitors to central zone for lunch and relaxation. While waiting for their lunch, tourists can check out a unique swimming pool in which they do not have to worry about being drown because the salt concentration in the pool is 10 times higher than that of the ocean. Therefore, a person density is lower than the density of the pool water. Hence, tourists are always afloat on top. They can swim any way that they like, even you can read newspaper while swimming.

After relaxing, tourists will have lunch at Vam Sat is restaurant. Specialties are mainly made from local available such as shrimps, crabs, fishes, shellfishes, If there is special request, tourist can have the delicious Mudskippers fish. After all people can take a nap and enjoy cool winds from the river on the swinging hammocks.
Since Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Zone is situated inside the core of the world's biosphere preserves, the compliance with environment is vital in the strategy of construction and development. Development of Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Zone is always in line with consultancy of specialists, biologists so that no damage can be done to the natural environment.
Thanks to this policy, Vam Sat has successfully constructed a natural bird sanctuary within an area of more than 100ha. Taking a view through binoculars from observing station, you can see the birds perching and from time to time flapping their wings as if they were posturing sightseers. The birds build nest, lay eggs, and care for fledglings in summer. Sightseers can use electric boats or, if they prefer, put on dedicated boots adaptable for going on marshes to start their exploration. A date-palm forest of 100ha is the fief of those birds. Passing through spiky date-palm clusters, sightseers can see bird's nests, some of which contain eggs, the other birdies... When the dark comes, wild birds return in crowds and make a splendid picture of the nature.
To develop the bird sanctuary, forest protectors are using foods to induce birds, including birds listed in the Red Book of Vietnam and the World. Besides bird sanctuary, Vam Sat has a preserved zone that protects wild animals like deer, wild pig, python, snake, varan to help tourists learning more about this special region.
The system of damps for cultivating aquatic products of Vam Sat region is considered most complete and effective one of Can Gio District. This helps forest protectors in both forestation, and water supply controlling to cultivate aquatic products in all seasons. Because of abundant food, the thing that birds come here is very simple to understand. Another vital factor for success or failure in natural conservation is awareness of local people. If environmental resources are exploited in unplanned manner, the ecological system will be eliminated. So, benefits of the people must accompany with environmental protection to create sustainable strength in order to conserve the inherently sensitive ecological area.
Thanks to those accomplishment, in the middle of 2003, the World Tourist Organization (WTO) recognized Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Zone is one of the two sustainable ecological tourist zones of the World in Viet Nam. The Bird Sanctuary and Bat Swamp are approved by the People Committee of Ho Chi Minh City for a conservative zone in Can Gio protective forests in order to reserve and develop the salt-marsh forest ecology zone, conservative biosphere area and to create a place for sightseeing, research and education for both local and foreigners.
Sailing to Vamsat
Traveling to Vam Sat Eco-Tourist Area by sailing is the attracting and interesting new form to the tourists. The journey starts from Bach Dang Wharf in the early morning when Saigon is not yet awake. The tourists could breath in the fresh air and feel satisfied with the sightseeing along the edge of Saigon River. You will be serve food and enjoy the feeling of relaxing. And especially, when you join the Vam Sat Eco-Tourist Area by sailing that you could contemplate sunrise and sunset of the city on the sailing.
Representative Office:
Address: 03 Hoa Binh Str., Ward 3, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City.
Tel: 3963 2760 / Fax: 3963 2751.
Address: Ly Nhon commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (84-8) 38876169/ 38894008
Email:
kdlvamsat@gmail.com
Website:
http://www.vamsat.com


 

   

 

   
 

 

Betel Hamlets

Location: The Betel Hamlets are situated in Hoc Mon District, about 10km centre of Ho Chi Minh City

 

 
   

 

   

The betel gardens have such lush and green foliage that one can stand under these frames when it is raining without getting wet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Binh Quoi Tourist Village

Location: Binh Quoi Tourist Village is located on the Thanh Da peninsula by the Saigon River, 8km from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City.
Characteristic: This is the city’s biggest resort with its unique scenery.

 

 
   

 

   

There are 55 modern-equipped bedrooms in the village, which nestle under big trees by the river. The village’s restaurant is where big parties can be held and famous grilled dishes and Vietnamese traditional specialties can be found. There are marvellous shows of traditional music in the evening, including “Ky Yen Festival,” “Southern amateur singing on Ghe Hau,” “Traditional Vietnamese Wedding.” Such shows attract a great deal of domestic and overseas tourists. You can also go water-surfing, fishing, swimming, play tennis, and many other kinds of sport. From Binh Quoi, you can boat along the Saigon River to visit the Ben Duoc Underground Tunnel, Lai Thieu Fruit Gardens, and back to the Nha Rong Harbour.

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Suoi Tien Tourist Area

Location: Suoi Tien Tourist Area is located in Thu Duc District, northeast of Ho Chi Minh City centre.
Characteristic: It is an entertainment area for local citizens and foreign visitors.

 

 
   

 

   

The wild landscape houses many rare species; for example, there are approximately 2,000 crocodiles bred in Crocodile Lake. Another popular attraction is the aquarium where tourists can admire hundreds of fish species and other marine creatures swimming in glass tunnels.

 

 


 

 

 

Van Thanh Park

Location: Van Thanh Park is located at 48/10 Dien Bien Phu Street, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Characteristic: Van Thanh Park is the entertainment area mostly prized by Ho Chi Minh City citizens.

 


The park lies on the bank of the Thi Nghe River, a branch of the Saigon River. From the park, there is a view of Vung Tau. At night, Van Thanh Park is filled with music. Festivals, fashion shows, and cast selections are often held in the park.

 

 

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Dam Sen Cultural Park

Location: 03 Hoa Binh St., Ward 3, District 11, HCM City

Tel: (84-8) 3963 4963/ 3855 4963/ 3858 7826
Fax: 39633073
Email:
admin@damsenpark.com.vn
Website:
www.damsenpark.vn , www.damsenpark.com.vn
Characteristics: Dam Sen Cutural Park is one of largest and most modern parks in the country with area of approximately 50 ha.

 

 
   

 

   

- Dam Sen is a harmonic association of two cultures: gardens rich of Oriental characteristics such as Nam Tu Thuong Uyen (Southern Royal Garden) with flowers, ancient ornaments, bonsai, and a large garden of orchids of strains all over the country. On the other side of the lake, European garden and Roman Square are located in style of Western architecture.
- Along with natural landscape, Dam Sen is an attracting place for entertainment for children and juvenile: Youth Entertainment Place, Animal Circus, water puppetry, or sensational games such as Overcoming Waterfall, Roller Caoster, Discovery of Virtual World, Ferris Wheel 60m high, and Flying Trapeze, Spinning Coaster, Hausted Castle. Annually, the Park invests in new modern games of the world.
- Imposing shows: Laser show and movies presentation on water screen,... and a Dinosaur Park
Restaurants throughout the park: Dam Sen Floating restaurant, Thanh Truc, Huong Trang, Hoa Hong, Doi Hong.
- Beside, Dam Sen Cutural Park ususlly organnizes many cultural activities and festival like: Kings Hung anniversary, tourism celebration party, the libration of South Vietnam, Spring flower festival Sounthen Area festival...
DAM SEN SPORT CENTER
Address : 03 Hoa Binh St., Ward 3, District 11, HCM City.
Tel : (84-8) 38588230
Dam Sen Fitness Center is situated in Dam Sen Cultural Part near the Dam Sen Floating Restaurant, Dam Sen Supermarket and Dam Sen Water Park.
This is a cool and clean place that is desirable for people to do exercises.Dam Sen Fitness Center has three tennis courses with international standard. Most of the contests both internal district and city wide are organized at there.
Moreover, there are health services such as: massage, steam, water acupuncture, Jacuzzi, relaxation, beauty salon, and a coffee bar with cable television.
Add : 03 HoaBinh St., Ward 3, District 11, HCM City
Tel : (84-8) 38841193/ 39634963 ; Fax: (84-8) 39633073
Email :
damsenpark@hcm.vnn.vn ; admin@damsenpark.com.vn
Website :
www.damsenpark.com.vn

 

  

   

 

   
 

 

Dam Sen Water Park

Location: Dam Sen Water Park belongs to District 11, Ho Chi Minh City, at the corner of Lac Long Quan and Hoa Binh Streets.
Tel: (84-8) 858 8418; Fax: 858 8419
Characteristic: The park's infrastructure is divided into 30 parts and features several activities, restaurants, and shows, including a smaller reproduction of the Giac Vien Pagoda, the Thuy Ta floating restaurant, a lake similar to West Lake in Hanoi where one can fish, a puppet show, a bird garden, a water park, a sports center, and the Nam Tu Royal Garden.

 

 
   

 

   

Dam Sen Water Park is inside an entertainment, enjoyment, shopping complex, it has 26 types of water entertainment equipment they are unique and a wave pool of surface of 3000m2 under green trees is an joyful entertainment address ideal for your family and you after days of working and studying that are full of stress.
When you arrive at Dam Sen Water Park you feel immediately about a green island in the middle of the city. Breath in deeply to enjoy the fresh air of romantic nature and you enjoy the waves of up and down as if carressing you. You young people would like to conquer the height? You shall be challenged with strong feeling games such as: high speed Kamikaze of height 19m, or you become Tarzan in the film studio of the games Rope swinging overcome waterfall, as for those of you who love peaceful feeling you can have your body inside the water of the Wandering river floating along the stream of length of 400m or really relaxed with Massage Pool in the middle of green nature. And still more interesting games waiting for you to discover and to conquer.
In order to bring to tourist new feelings the past year the Park always invest, upgrading more new games; such as high speed slide Tornado, of height of 20m, length 119m, Black Thunder slide with sound, and lighting effects that are special unique, Multi Slide with 4 lanes for you and your family to test the talents who is the fastest; Love Storm height 12m with 3 unique turing twisting. Especially in summer of to 2006 the park introduced into operation that is completely new and unique: Twister Space Bowl slide .
When you arrive at the park you really have peace in mind when you participate in the games of the park because there is always a group of professional rescuers who are ready to support and care for you. Moreover, the park has a system of conters selling fast foods and 400 seats restaurant with nice menus, food attractively repaired ready to serve custumers.
Dam Sen Water Park is the place that brings you joy and new feelings.
Add: 03 Hoa Binh St., Ward 3, District 11, HCM City
Tel: (84 - 8) 3858 8418; Fax: 3858 8419

 

   

 

   
 

 

Vietnam Golf and Country Club

Location: Long Thanh My Ward, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, just 20km from downtown.
Characteristic: The 300ha club has two 18-hole golf courses and the Lakeview Villas complex. Vietnam Golf and Country Club is one of the favourite destinations of Vietnamese and foreign golfers.

 

 
   

 

   

Occupying 150 ha, the West and East courses, opened in late 1994 and 1997 respectively, impress players with their designs. The West Course follows the Asian tradition of narrow, tree-lined fairways and fast, smooth greens with 12 artificial lakes in a poetic landscape. The East Course features Western-style architecture and offers long, wide fairways with well placed bunkers and water hazards plus challenging, undulating greens.
Many tournaments have been fought out on these lawns. Right after the West Course’s opening, the Asia Professional Golf Tournament took place there in 1995 and 1996.
With the competitions, the club has also received top golfers of many Southeast Asian countries. Overall, the club has welcomed 700,000 players so far. Of them, 500,000 are members.
Both East and West courses have become popular among foreign tourists who come to Vietnam through arranged golf tours. Most of the players have given their thumbs-up to the club’s services and quality. Besides the two courses, the club has 59 luxurious, spacious and well-furnished villas of Western design.
The fresh air, tranquility, safety and world-class facilities surrounded by green grass are certain to enthrall guests. Close to the golf courses, most villas look out to the 12 ha natural Dai Vien Lake. Many senior officers of companies in industrial parks and export processing zones in Ho Chi Minh City and the neighbouring provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong have moved into the Lakeview Villas. The villas are also Home to specialists and their families from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, France, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong...
All tenants are allowed to use the open-air Sports Club and get discounts when playing golf. In addition, the Vietnam Golf and Country Club has a restaurant, a driving range, a tennis court, a badminton court, boats and a playground area for children.