Experience the newly reopened river tour in Ho Chi Minh City

Nearly 50 Vietnamese and foreign tourists in Ho Chi Minh City took a day tour on the river, departing from Bach Dang wharf to Can Gio.

The program to visit the Bach Dang – Can Gio river has been restarted with the first tour, on October 24. This is a product of Ho Chi Minh City tourism after a long time of stopping activities to prevent epidemics. On the day tour, visitors depart from Bach Dang wharf by the new generation Greenlines speedboat, enjoy the scenery on both sides of the river along with District 1, District 4, District 7 towards Can Gio – Thieng Lieng hamlet (commune). Thanh An island) – Vam Sat tourist area.

Truong Thanh Vinh, an employee at a 5-star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, who first went to Can Gio by the river, said that this trip is a gift that the hotel where he works for employees when starting up. Returning after social distancing, Vinh was accompanied by close colleagues, so he was very excited.

“I’ve been to Can Gio, but I’ve only traveled by car, I’ve never taken a train like this before. Social distancing, I stay at home a lot, so now traveling feels very happy and relaxing. When traveling by train I can view the city from the river direction, a strange and more special perspective, such as the city center, Thu Thiem peninsula or the tallest building Landmark 81″, Vinh shared.

The landscape of downtown Ho Chi Minh City viewed from the direction of the high-speed train.  Photo: Huynh Nhi
The landscape of downtown Ho Chi Minh City is seen from the direction of the Saigon River. Photo: Huynh Nhi

Down the Saigon River, the ship passed many landmarks associated with the development history of Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City, such as Thu Ngu flagpole, Nha Rong wharf, Ben Nghe port, Phu My bridge, Den Do cape, general warehouse. petroleum, Binh Khanh ferry.

After more than an hour of traveling, the works, buildings, and residential areas gradually disappeared, giving way to pure green areas, simple scenery of the suburbs. Delegation to Thieng Lieng hamlet, Thanh An island commune, Can Gio district. Tourists go ashore to ride bicycles around the small island, learn about local people’s life with salt making, rest and relax with a foot bath with local herbal salt, and enjoy the tune of Don Ca Tai Tu. “homegrown”, drinking tea, enjoying fruit…

Ms. Nguyen Thi Tuyet, 43 years old, a member of the tourism and salt production team in Thieng Lieng island hamlet, Thanh An commune, said she was very pleased to welcome the first group of tourists back to this place after a while. long social distancing.

“Today’s tour is considered as a tourist by the whole village, the group is crowded, so I go to mobilize bicycles of the people in the hamlet to serve tourists. The locals here are very hospitable and always welcome everyone to come. visit Thieng Lieng in the nearest day,” said Ms. Tuyet.

Leaving Thieng Lieng hamlet, the group set foot in Vam Sat tourist area for lunch with typical delicacies such as 3 dishes saltwater duck, boiled crab nuggets, grilled shrimp, dried pineapple fish, spinach soup, crispy mullet roll. Rice paper, water coconut tea… After resting, the group went rowing boat to visit the turmeric bat reserve, experience “crab fishing”, explore the bird sanctuary.

Trinh Thu, born in 1997, is quite impressed with the experience of going on a “crocodile fishing boat” with a sense of adventure. “The crocodiles in the lagoon are very big and have big bodies, standing on the boat and seeing the crocodiles swimming towards me is a bit scary, at first I didn’t dare to get off the boat, but then I also wanted to try the feeling of adventure. My favorite is the sound of the crocodile snapping bait, it’s very loud and warm. On the boat, the distance from me to the crocodile is also very close, I can clearly see each tooth and hear the crocodile’s breathing, “said Ms. Thu. take.

The end of the trip is also the time when the city lights up.  Photo: Huynh Nhi
The end of the trip is also the time when the city lights up. Photo: Huynh Nhi

On the way back to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon, the scenery of the Saigon River appeared under the golden sunset on the sparkling silver river. At night, the scenery of the city lights up all over the shimmering streets, making visitors nostalgic.

Package tour price is 1,779 million VND per person, including insurance fees including Covid-19 insurance premium. Participating in the tour, visitors and service staff must fully meet the conditions according to the safety criteria issued by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City. Follow vnexpress