Đảo Khỉ (Monkey Island)

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Đảo Khỉ (Monkey Island) is the intimate name that Southern Vietnamese have given for this particular area of the famous Mangrove Forest in Cần Giờ Biosphere Reserve, Vietnam. Cần Giờ Biosphere Reserve (Khu dự trữ sinh quyển rừng ngập mặn Cần Giờ) is a wetland located 50 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.

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Dominated by mangrove and many rare species, the reserve is an important wildlife sanctuary in Vietnam and has been listed as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, with the forest’s area of 75,740 ha and over 150 botanical species.

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Here, you will have the chance to enjoy the fresh and clean air of the wildest nature, admire the beauty of the stalks, the interlaced tree roots of the Mangrove Forest, and especially get teased mercilessly by the mischievous monkeys at Lâm Viên tourist resort.

On normal days, there are about from 400 to 500 visitors coming to Đảo Khỉ,’ while on the weekends the number of tourists raises from 1000 to 1500 people.

The monkeys in Lâm Viên are very brave, some even too brave. They are not afraid of humans at all. Conversely, sometimes visitors are frightened by their shameless robberies during day time and their excessive “intimacy” sometimes scares the heck out of little boys and girls.

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From only a few dozens, now Đảo Khỉ has almost 2000 monkeys of all kinds, some belong to very rare species. The jobs of supervising and taking care for the monkeys are assigned to the staff members of the Lâm Viên Tourism Management.

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How to get there?

As a foreign tourist, you will have to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City first. Then, you can rent a motorbike to travel on your own, or you can get on a bus or rent a car to Lâm Viên Resort Tourist.

If you decide to travel by bus, here are some notes for you.

*HCMC – Binh Khanh Ferry

– From Ham Nghi bus station, catch bus 20 to Binh Khanh Ferry. Here, you can buy a ferry ticket to Can Gio District.

Bus 20: Ben Thanh – Nha Be

Operating time: 4:20 a.m – 8:00 p.m

Departs: every 4 – 20 minutes

Duration: 50 minutes

Capacity: 80 passengers

Fare: VND 6,000/passenger and VND 2,000/student

Binh Khanh ferry fee:

VND 1,000/passenger or bicycle

VND 4,500/motorbike

VND 23,000/car under 7 seats

>=VND 28,000/car over 7 seats.

Binh Khanh Pier (Photo: Minh Nguyen)

Upon arrival at Binh Khanh Pier, take the bus No. 90 and ask the driver to let you get off at Đảo Khỉ. You will need to walk to the site for a while. 

Bus 90: Binh Khanh – Can Thanh

Operating time: 5:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m

Departs: every 6 – 15 minutes

Duration: 80 minutes

Capacity: 25 passengers

Fare: VND 6,000/passenger and VND 2,000/student

Highlights:

1/ NIPA PALM FRUITa special fruit in the Southwestern Vietnam and a good choice for refreshment in the middle of a sunny day. 

2/ Visit the heaps of the long – tailed MONKEYS.

Photo: cgvdt.vn

3/ Visit The CROCODILE farm and other wild animals in mangrove forest.

4/ Take the Speed jungle boat to the Vietnamese WAR TIME BASE.

5/ Visit public SEASHORE (The 30th April Beach) where lots of street snacks and SEAFOOD are available.

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Additional Information

While visiting Monkey Island, remember NOT TO:

  • Hold your cameras or valuable property on your hands in case the monkeys are going to take them away (forever…)
  • Feed the monkeys without the instructions of supervisors.
  • Tease and throw things at the monkeys or beat them. They may get very angry and you will be facing the vicious consequences.

Further information

In Can Gio District, there are also other very interesting places to check out, like ‘Vàm Sát’ Tourism Resort, Hàng Dương’ Market, and Thạnh An Island.

If you have any problem travelling in Vietnam, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more assistance. We would be thrilled to help.

Ngọc Lê


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