Discover Rung Sac Reserve and Military Base - Ho Chi Minh
When tourists visit the city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, they usually head down to the picturesque and popular spots that are riddled all over the area. Though this city does not lack in historical buildings, nostalgic sceneries that evoke an old romance, and streets filled with establishments that sell local fares and wares, there is more to Ho Chi Minh that meets the eye. For travellers, who prefer to take the road less traveled and love to rough it out, then the Rung Sac Reserve and Military Base, is definitely a site you need to check out.
The Rung Sac Reserve and Military Base might be difficult to get to, but the journey itself makes the visit worth it, because before visitors can take a step into these places, they must first enter the Can Gio Mangrove Forest. Located 40km southeast of the city of Ho Chi Minh, this UNESCO biosphere reserve is dominated by thick mangroves and is home to various species of flora and fauna. Visiting this place usually includes observing the wildlife such as the crocodiles swimming in the river and curious monkeys sitting near the visitors, but more activities can be found if visitors are willing to go deeper into its lush green borders.
The only way to get to the Rung Sac Reserve and Military Base from Can Gio is by jeep because this is the only automobile capable of transporting guests through the rugged terrains. Once travelers arrive at the destination, the forest will reward them with more amazing views of the mangroves and exciting activities such as canoeing down the river (only if the tides are in their favor). Travelers must also be aware of the area’s history, because during the period between 1966 and 1975, this used to be an important base camp during the Vietnam War. To this day, a memorial statue stands within its premises, and small houses remain that were once used as the military headquarters of the guerillas.
It is impossible to get to Can Gio Mangrove Forest via public transport, so potential visitors must hire a private vehicle and head towards Binh Khanh. From there, take a ferry and then drive from Rung Sac to An Thoi Dong, and Can Gio will be there on the left side. Trip Guru would like to remind the visitors that they should pay 15,000 VND admissions fee before entering, and also wear the appropriate outdoor attire.
What our experts tell about this experience.
The mangrove forest here is something we humans need to preserve! The beauty of our nature is worth taking care of. It was super thick and I saw quite a few monkeys. They didn’t look like they were dangerous either.. my boat driver told me that they are not too.. The only thing they hate is if we interfere with their family, the little monkeys. As the elders care about them a lot. The beauty of the nature is just ..indescribable.. A must see.
The memorial is sad. I was moved with the history of the Vietnamese war and what has happened. Hopefully all that will now lie beneath the earth and never again to re surface. To actually learn the history on the spot is emotional but quite the amazing feel. You’re there and you’re actually seeing it hearing it feeling it. It was powerful.