Can Gio National Park

A nature reserve full of restored mangrove forests and eco tourists, Can Gio National Park is a great place to see the wild outdoors and its inhabitants. Check out a pack of monkeys hollering from their wooden perch, slink by a swamp full of crocodiles or just post up in a hammock and take it all in. An ideal place to escape the urban rush of HCMC, Can Gio is worth a visit for anyone craving nature.

Can Gio is recognized as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Over half the area of Can Gio National Park is comprised of saltwater forest. Once, the area was a remote fishermen's hangout. Today it is a UNESCO site that attracts many people from Ho Chi Minh City and across the world. There are a number of Saigon tour companies offering excursions to the area. At peak times, the park welcomes between 2,000 and 6,000 visitors a day.


Take a Bite Out of Suoi Tien’s Fruit Festival

Suoi Tien Park will hold its annual Southern Fruit Festival expecting 50,000 daily visitors at this enormous yearly event. There will also be a taste of traditional Vietnamese music with groups of acoustic musicians serenading every fruit lover.

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And let’s not forget the competitions. This year, get ready for the Fruit Bartender Contest. This family-friendly show will pit mixologists and fruit connoisseurs against one another to find out who can make the best fruit drink in Vietnam.

Come for the Fruit and Don’t Forget the Park

And perhaps best of all: this beautiful festival will take place in Suoi Tien Park! For over 22 years, this singular destination in breezy District 9 has been serving up fun for young people, families and couples with over 150 attractions and rides.

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Once you’ve had your fill of fruit, take a stroll around the theme park to check out all the different sights and sounds that help make Suoi Tien one of the city’s premier destinations for young and old.

With beautiful Buddhist pagodas dotting Suoi Tien’s landscape and a water park, the fearsome Crocodile Kingdom (over 25,000 crocodiles lived here at last count, and you can feed them!), Snow Castle, countless different rides and a new, 360-degree, 8D cinema to keep the entire family occupied, the Southern Fruit Festival will be one event you don’t want to miss.

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The beautiful and unique texture of rambutan; the subtle creaminess of jackfruit; the fresh citrus zing of pomelo. Now you don’t have to take a trip to the Mekong Delta to get the freshest fruit available, because Suoi Tien Park is bringing all of it to Ho Chi Minh City.

A Time-Honoured Tradition

With so many beautiful and delicious fruits to choose from in this region, it’s hard to pick a favourite – but trying them all is half the fun! Now, just in time for summer, Suoi Tien Park and the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism are working together to showcase all of these succulent varieties in style at the annual Southern Fruit Festival.

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Suoi Tien Park’s Southern Fruit Festival has been dazzling guests for 12 years, and year 13 will be no different. Award-winning and nationally celebrated, this festival of all things fruit will give you a literal taste of what Southern Vietnam has to offer.

Over 50 stalls will be showcasing and selling more than 150 types of fruit grown in the South. These fruits will come from all over this vibrant region: only here you can taste Hoang Gia grapefruit from Vinh Long, Vinh Kim guava from Tien Giang and custard apples from Tay Ninh.

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Plus, every piece of fruit at this festival will be 30 percent cheaper than fruit you buy at traditional markets! Go ahead and eat your fill at the festival, and be sure to bring home a few bags of nature’s candy for later.

If there’s a particular variety or fruit you’ve always been curious about but have never gotten around to trying, take a stroll in Suoi Tien’s Magical Garden, a beautiful exhibition of strange, rare and giant fruit all ripe and safe to eat. There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than at the Suoi Tien Southern Fruit Festival.

Family Fun and Games

Eating delicious fruit won’t be the only activity on offer at the Southern Fruit Festival. With these natural delicacies holding such a special place in Vietnam’s culture, exhibiting the broad array of Vietnamese fruit art will be one great way to celebrate.

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The fruit art exhibition will certainly be a sight to behold: dozens of artists will contribute their ode to fruit with huge paintings and sculptures.


120 Hanoi Highway, D9 | +84 8 3896 0260 | | 

Southern Fruit Festival: June 1st to June 11th | 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fruit Festival Tickets: Adults: VND 100,000; Children: VND 50,000

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23/9 Park

In the centre of the Saigon’s famous backpacker area, 23/9 Park is a must know for anyone who travels to Ho Chi Minh City. This park is a great introduction to the vibrant commercial hub that is Saigon. Take a seat outdoors and watch or talk with a range of people from all over the world, speaking all sorts of different languages.

The Saigonese use this park as an exercise ground, a meeting spot and a classroom. Groups of people gather here to talk and relax in the evenings, families bring their children to play under the trees and young couples hide in the shadows. On the weekend 23/9 Park is especially full, and every evening a number of ladies’ exercise classes take place which, with their booming dance beats and krumping middle-aged mothers, are seriously a must-see whilst you are in Ho Chi Minh City. Feel free to join if you wish!

People exercising in the 23/9 park in Ho Chi Minh City

Groups of students studying English also visit this park regularly to talk with the travelers who seek refuge in its cool shade. Grab a bite to eat and a drink of water and take a seat next to the grass to wait for someone to approach you. They’re all very friendly and nice to talk to, and most will talk with foreigners in groups. They may even invite you for a beer or a smoothie after, or take you to their favourite eatery!

Students practicing their english with tourists in the shade, in 23/9 Park, Ho Chi Minh City

Given its many groups of students, families and other locals, 23/9 Park is a good place to learn about local life when you visit Ho Chi Minh City. Sit in the shade of a tall tree and relish a momentary break from the chaotic streets of Vietnam’s busiest city, chat with someone new and learn about their life, plan your travels or enjoy a cool drink as you get ready to speak English to a smiling student.

A view of the 23/9 park with Ben Thanh Market in the backgorund


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