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Visiting Vietnam: Pinic places in Dong Nai Province

Escape from the hustle and bustle

Just run away

Just run away

Hoa An Bridge connects Binh Duong and Bien Hoa City through 1K Highway

Hoa An Bridge connects Binh Duong and Bien Hoa City through 1K Highway

Wrap up and go for a picnic!

Hey Saigoners or those who are living in Saigon even for work or vacation, would you like to stick in such a crowded and polluted metropolis at weekends?

I guess you don't want to, some even get tired and sick of the city. Thus why don't you head out of town and chill out with friends in a picnic at somewhere nearby? You don't know any interesting places, huh?

Let me tell you some in Dong Nai Province within some one-hour ride from the city center.

Lotus blossoms flourish in Long An Lake

Lotus blossoms flourish in Long An Lake

Bửu Long Park

Located in an area of about 80 ha, Buu Long Cultural Park features two lakes, namely Long An Lake (Hidden Dragon Lake) and Long Van Lake. Its topography is almost hilly terrain with two mountains Buu Long (34 meters high), and Long Son (37 meters high).

These lakes and mountains were named after a historical event when the last Vietnam's monarchy emperor Gia Long was forced to flee to this place.

A dragon statue stands firmly at the entrance, simply illustrating the name Buu Long - Long means dragons, Buu means rare and sacred.

A dragon statue stands firmly at the entrance, simply illustrating the name Buu Long - Long means dragons, Buu means rare and sacred.

The Bridge of Love mirrors on the lake, which is a beautiful scene for couples in love to enjoy

The Bridge of Love mirrors on the lake, which is a beautiful scene for couples in love to enjoy

Some Trees of Love come fruitful with hearts, serving to beautify the love of visitors

Some Trees of Love come fruitful with hearts, serving to beautify the love of visitors

Such an ideal place for both comtemplating and reading as well

Such an ideal place for both comtemplating and reading as well

The verdant scenery brings a touch of peace and romance

The verdant scenery brings a touch of peace and romance

Entrance feeVND50k/adult

Where to eat

Du Long Restaurant

What to do

- Babecue

 

- Photographing

When you arrive at the gate, there are 2 huge dragon statues standing strikingly with vigorous hue. Through the ticket gate, your eyes will stick right to a big facet hovering in the middle of nowhere flowing water, again, from nowhere. Then a long avenue with beautiful plants and flowers leads you toward Buu Long Cultural Park. For family with kids, this part of Buu Long is so cool to play around.

Go swimming. Go exploring. Go have fun with merry-go-rounds, ball houses and roller coasters.

Let's make a tour on the lakes by Duck Pedal Boat

Let's make a tour on the lakes by Duck Pedal Boat

For a group of friends or couples in love together, a picnic is of great delight to celebrate. The park offers endless green lawns carefully pruned with large shady trees. Remember to bring a canvas mat to lay down on the grass, you guys can hire some barbecue stuff at the restaurant and yeah, enjoy the picnic. If you don't want to sit on the lawns, there are lots of tourist huts scattering around the park, go find an ideal place to stay.

Lots of nice places for a picnic around the lakes

Lots of nice places for a picnic around the lakes

For those who are alone, never mind being lonely because such landscape will draw your utmost attention right at first sight. Take a walk around those lakes, take photos and yeah your day is just spent away in a blink of an eye.

A solotrip is not that boring here because your mind will be blown away by its striking beauty

A solotrip is not that boring here because your mind will be blown away by its striking beauty

You may jump out of blue as see such a brilliant scene

You may jump out of blue as see such a brilliant scene

Yeah, it's cool to hang out here, right?

Yeah, it's cool to hang out here, right?

And do not forget to take photos. Scenery abounds! Roam around and photograph.

Strolling around, you'll definitely feel better than ever

Strolling around, you'll definitely feel better than ever

The sky reflects itself on the lake, which is great to sit back and chill out.

The sky reflects itself on the lake, which is great to sit back and chill out.

Lotus flowers are blooming gorgeously

Lotus flowers are blooming gorgeously

So fresh as it is, what if we're allowed to swim around, huh?

So fresh as it is, what if we're allowed to swim around, huh?

It's just too good to be true!

It's just too good to be true!

Another day in the paradise

Another day in the paradise

An idyllic point of view

An idyllic point of view

Bò Cạp Vàng

Originally as a resident haven owned by a retired teacher, Bo Cap Vang was just a cool and peaceful countryside to hole up after all ups and downs in life. It came to fame when more people seeked such a place as a getaway from the hustling citylife.

Situated at Phuoc Khanh Commune, Nhon Trach District, Bo Cap Vang (literally named after Cassia fistula or golden rain flower) has idyllic scenery as bound by Ong Keo River (a branch of Dong Nai River) and covered by lush green trees. - only 25km away from Saigon, just a 45 minute ride leads you to so excellent a destination as you can both picnic and partake in heaps of outdoor activities.

Welcome to Bo Cap Vang

Welcome to Bo Cap Vang

Such lush greenery refreshes you right at the gate

Such lush greenery refreshes you right at the gate

This resort is bound by rivers

This resort is bound by rivers

Entrance feeVND50k/adult, VND25k/kid

Parking fee

VND5k/day

Foodstuff

Upon your order

Life jacket for swimming

VND10k/piece/day

Floatie jumping

VND20k/game/day

Amusement activities

  • Water games: boat sailing, fishing, swimming, water-sliding, floatie jumping
The river water is so fresh and cool, why don't we go swimming and fool around?

The river water is so fresh and cool, why don't we go swimming and fool around?

Let's sail, buddies!

Let's sail, buddies!

Jump, Jump, Jump!

Jump, Jump, Jump!

  • Partying: The eco-resort serves food as well. You just choose a table to sit, head to the resort restaurant to order and serve yourselves then. A bunch of dishes are offered such as hot pot, grilled seafood (you can ask to make it by yourself). If you don't want to order, you can bring your own stuff to party.
Such verdant landscape is ideal for picnic

Such verdant landscape is ideal for picnic

Just sit back under shady trees and order what you want for lunch. Everything will be served in a wink!

Just sit back under shady trees and order what you want for lunch. Everything will be served in a wink!

And of course, taking photos is of great delight and you'll absolutely have beautiful snaps since the landscape is that excellent!

Is it enough to refresh your life?

Is it enough to refresh your life?

If not, get more!

If not, get more!

And adapt yourself into such an enormous pool of nature

And adapt yourself into such an enormous pool of nature

Energize your body with this snap

Energize your body with this snap

Sink yourself into the endless sunlight

Sink yourself into the endless sunlight

Comtemplate over the silence of nature

Comtemplate over the silence of nature

Observe what you have now - your esteem and Mother Earth

Observe what you have now - your esteem and Mother Earth

And learn to let go of worries and sorrows

And learn to let go of worries and sorrows

The charm of nature is always of great wonder

The charm of nature is always of great wonder

Giang Dien Waterfall

Those destinations above are near Ho Chi Minh City, which is quite easy for you to visit. However, if you wish to explore more, Giang Dien Waterfall Resort will be cool enough for a day trip. Around 50km away from downtown Saigon, Giang Dien Waterfall is located in Giang Dien Commune, Trang Bom District, Dong Nai Province. This waterfall is actually a cluster of 3 waterfalls namely Chang (Guy), Nang (Girl) and Giang Dien (the main one). Under 2 typical seasons (rainy and sunny) in Southern Vietnam, the water changes time by time - opaque in the rain and fresh clear in the sun.

A huge gate that copies the style of an ethnical house impresses visitors as they arrive at the park

A huge gate that copies the style of an ethnical house impresses visitors as they arrive at the park

Golden Rain flowers blossom glamorously along the way toward the waterfalls

Golden Rain flowers blossom glamorously along the way toward the waterfalls

During rainy season, the water turns opaque as rain water merges itself into the waterfall

During rainy season, the water turns opaque as rain water merges itself into the waterfall

During sunny season, it becomes fresh clear to swim around

During sunny season, it becomes fresh clear to swim around

How to get there

You can take a bus No. 12 or 602 that lead straight to Giang Dien from Ho Chi Minh City. If you dare ride far, get on the motorbike and follow A1 Highway to Dong Nai Province. Be careful with your speed and traffic around.

For your info

Services (in VND)Mon-FriSat-Sun

Entrance fee

40k/adult, 25k/kid

50k/adult, 30k/kid

Movie making

7 Mil

7 Mil

Wedding photos

800k

800k

Karaoke

120k/hour

120k/hour

Tent hiring

150k-200k (per type)

180k-220k (per type)

Canvas hiring

60k/piece

80k/piece

Hut hiring

350k-400k (small - big)

400k-450k (small - big)

Kayak

40k

40k

Hotel room

400k-480k (day) & 500k-650k (night)

 

So what to do there?

Right, this 65ha park is such an ideal place for picnic or outdoor activities like team-building games or camping. Thanks to its distance, people from Saigon or elsewhere nearby can make a day trip. Well, if you have no idea of what to do, why don't you just stroll around and take photos? It's also of paramount importance to save your memory through outstanding pictures. Come and enjoy.

Team-building games are of great fun

Team-building games are of great fun

Heaps of scenes as fantastic backdrops for your photos

Heaps of scenes as fantastic backdrops for your photos

During Lunar Tet Holidays, flowers bloom in tremendous charm and glory, which is beautiful for photography

During Lunar Tet Holidays, flowers bloom in tremendous charm and glory, which is beautiful for photography

Verdant space with lush shady trees and ever-green lawn offers a pleasing atmosphere for you to relax

Verdant space with lush shady trees and ever-green lawn offers a pleasing atmosphere for you to relax

Just sit back and chill out

Just sit back and chill out

Hold your breath and take a deep dive

Hold your breath and take a deep dive

A red bridge looks strikingly impressive in such verdant landscape

A red bridge looks strikingly impressive in such verdant landscape

It's cool, isn't it?

It's cool, isn't it?

Mango Garden Resort

Established in 2006, Mango Garden Resort occupies 35ha over the area of Tan Cang, Phuoc Tan, Long Thanh - roughly 40km away from downtown Saigon. Originally as a farm, it has been developed into a garden resort with harmonious beauty of nature and wild animals. Besides, there are a stack of fun games for entertainment. Let's see how we can picnic there.

At the main gate

At the main gate

Anything fun?

For a picnic, one just needs a shady green place to sit and have fun. Right, there's lots of verdant space around this resort. Many huts and rest stops here and there serve as nice shelters for visitors or anyone who needs a place to hole up. Fish ponds, artificial streams and waterfalls beautify the landscape and offer nice backdrops for photographing. If you go with kids, well take them to the zoo to learn about wild animals. If you go with friends, come join in team-building activities.

Giraffe cubs roaming about

Giraffe cubs roaming about

A girl gets lost smack in the middle of wilderness

A girl gets lost smack in the middle of wilderness

A pond abounds in Koi fish with various color

A pond abounds in Koi fish with various color

Is she a cheerleader, huh? I think so (chuckle)

Is she a cheerleader, huh? I think so (chuckle)

Well, go beg under his shrine

Well, go beg under his shrine

A nice corner with rock and water

A nice corner with rock and water

And if you are devil-daring (just kidding) or seeking adventure, go for orchid riding, grass sliding, crocodile fishing, coracle sailing or paint shooting. If more, come yell at the roller coaster or bumping cars.

Let's slide and cry YEAHHOO

Let's slide and cry YEAHHOO

LOL

LOL

Do you think you can make it go or just spin around?

Do you think you can make it go or just spin around?

Anywhere else?

Spanning an area of 5,907 km² with diverse topography, Dong Nai owns mountain-and-river landscape that hosts a large number of tourist attractions. Above are 4 typical destinations for a picnic trip within a day. Still, there are many other places where you can pay a visit and enjoy yourself. They are Dao Dua Lua (Fire Coconut Island) in Phu Huu Ward, Nhon Trach District; Bang Lang Tim Garden Resort (near Bo Cap Vang), Chua Chan Mountain in Xuan Loc District and so on. These are also beautiful in nature and close in distance so that you can both have fun and learn more of the neighborhoods. Don't hesitate to travel, especially during weekends or holidays. Life's short, so go live the best of your life!

Morning breaks on Chua Chan Mountain

Morning breaks on Chua Chan Mountain

So misty as it is in this place/ Who knows if love of yours is that great? (Han Mac Tu)

So misty as it is in this place/ Who knows if love of yours is that great? (Han Mac Tu)

A cliff where young guys love to pose

A cliff where young guys love to pose

Fire Coconut Island attracts everyone's attention with its verdant space

Fire Coconut Island attracts everyone's attention with its verdant space

GO FAR TO COME BACK HOME

GO FAR TO COME BACK HOME

Author's note

The author has been to all of the places I mentioned here (except those listed in Anywhere else). Many photos adopted in this article are collected from many sources online (instagram, newspapers), the rest is under courtery of the author.

For further information, please contact the author via email nhphuc2310@gmail.com or facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mrkid06

For other articles, please check out:

Tay Ninh Province at https://hubpages.com/travel/Tay-Ninh-Province-Why-not
Da Lat Half Way to Heaven at http://hubpages.com/travel/Do-we-need-a-long-trip-to-change-horses-in-midstream
Life Trap Escape at http://hubpages.com/travel/Life-Trap-Escape
Ke Ga Cape at http://hubpages.com/travel/Sunset-on-Ke-Ga-Lighthouse
Mui Ne Beach at http://hubpages.com/travel/Mui-Ne-Such-a-Paradise
Da Nang City at http://hubpages.com/travel/Thomas-Wanderlust
Hai Phong City at http://hubpages.com/travel/Hai-Phong-Once-Coming-Then-Staying
French Colonial Structures in Saigon at http://hubpages.com/travel/French-Colonial-style-Architecture-in-SG
Top 3 things to do in Saigon Vietnam at http://hubpages.com/travel/Top-ten-things-you-must-do-in-Saigon-Vietnam
Can Gio a nice choice at http://hubpages.com/travel/Can-Gio-A-nice-choice
Cat Ba Island at https://hubpages.com/travel/Cat-Ba-Island-Shining-in-the-Sun
Ta Dung at https://hubpages.com/travel/Ta-Dung-Vietnam-A-Pearl-of-The-Highlands
Thu Duc at https://hubpages.com/travel/Thu-Duc-Saigon-A-joyful-suburb

© 2017 Nguyen Hong Phuc

Comments

no name on September 08, 2020:

I used to live in Bien Hoa, but I haven't visited these places at all. They look nice with a group of friends, but I was too lonely to walk around all alone. I'd like to meet you someday, and wish you to be my tour guide. Thanks Mr. BoiBoi

Nguyen Hong Phuc (author) from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on September 01, 2017:

@Ossy: yep, i know of natural beauty of Nam Cat Tien, to which I once visited. However, it's quite far for a day trip, so I didn't mention here in the article. Next time then.

Nguyen Hong Phuc (author) from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on September 01, 2017:

@Mary Norton: Long An Lake is inside Buu Long Tourist Resort, which is nice for a picnic with friends. If you look for a scenic place, well, you may like it too.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 01, 2017:

Lovely pictures. We were in Vietnam last May and June but I have not been to Long An Lake. I want to visit this place.

Nguyen Hong Phuc (author) from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on August 31, 2017:

Hi there, many thanks for your comment ^^ Yep, those places are ideal for a weekend picnic or hangout. I've just practiced phone photography recently and tried to convey the natural beauty of the scenes (but seemingly I failed). Some pics were collected from the Internet (instagram, etc.) Thanks for reading

Visitor on August 31, 2017:

OMG this is a great hub, bro. It looks like a picture book about tourist attractions. I love this piece.

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