Thanh An island – A pristine island in the suburban of Saigon

If you are looking for a place to “escape” from the busy Saigon and be in harmony with wild nature, simple life in one day, you should come to Thanh An island.

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Thanh An is a relatively isolated island commune of Can Gio district with a small area of only about 130 km2. From the center of Ho Chi Minh City, it is possible to take a motorbike or bus to Binh Khanh ferry terminal to reach the island. Thanks to the easy move, this place is a lot of visitors from Saigon selected as a destination for weekends or short holidays.

Thanh An Island has an area of about 131 square kilometers with about 5,000 inhabitants, considered as a key gateway of Saigon – Gia Dinh in the past, between two big rivers: Thi Vai River and Long Tau River. Due to the geographic return, the life here is extremely difficult. The poor islanders are still dependent on fishing, salt making and forestry.

Coming here, visitors will discover a wild and peaceful nature under the warm welcome of the fishing villagers who are gentle and hospitable as well as enjoy the special flavor of the sea flavor.

Thanh An island via Vietnam

An ideal time to travel to Thanh An Island

You can visit Thanh An Island at any time of the year, but avoid on rainy days, as the boat to Thanh An Island is a wooden ship, not suitable for the rainy season.

How to get to Thanh An Island

The island has more than 1,000 households, mainly engaged in fishing, aquaculture and salt making. You can get to Thanh An Island by means: cars, motorbikes and buses.

If traveling by motorbike and car

Take Huynh Tan Phat street to Binh Khanh ferry, buy the ferry ticket (3000 VND / motorcycle / turn). Then go straight to Can Thanh Market turn left, meet Coopmart supermarket turn right to ferry.

If you take the bus

At Ben Thanh, take the bus number 20, stop at the last station – Binh Khanh ferry, buy tickets through the ferry 1,000 VND / person / turn. By ferry, take the bus number 90 (the only bus to Can Gio) and stop at the ferry.
From this ferry terminal, there will be a boat to Thanh An Island and a boat to Vung Tau Sea, paying attention to board the ship. The boat runs from the mainland to the island at 6h30, 9h, 10h30, 12h, 14h, 17h, and from the island to the mainland at 6h30, 7h30, 10h30, 12h, 14h, 17h. On Saturdays and Sundays, the boat can run earlier than the specified time when the boat is full.

In particular, as the number of visitors to the island has soared recently, the boat will often increase on the weekend. Boat ticket price is VND10,000 /turn. However, boat hours may vary depending on weather, tide …

At the pier there, are many places to save motorbikes in the house, or you can also send a motorbike right in the supermarket next to the pier. Also, if you want, you can also send motorbike boat to the island for easy exploration.

Thanh An island via Sang di bui


Coming to Thanh An, tourists will forget the daily worries when joining in the rustic simplicity of the coastal fishing village. Many holiday homes, homestays and other services have grown to cater to the needs of leisure travelers.

Thanh An children have fun, laugh innocently at the center of culture and sports. Although small area but the population here is quite crowded.

The pristine island on the edge of the city bustles with visitors’ footsteps thanks to the peaceful moments and strangers. The boy in the island is far shy and curious when meeting with visitors.

A fisherman knotted a new net to prepare for a fishing trip. The people here are extremely straightforward, friendly and hospitable – something that is easy to find in fishing villages.

People are harvesting oysters on the island. The island is small but the food is plentiful, unique and especially cheap, centered on a main road in the center of the island.

Evil border guard soldiers on the island of Thanh An island are deploying patrols to ensure border security in the sea. On the island there are not many attractions, but you should go to the island before sunset, stay one night, in the next afternoon, you can experience the peaceful life on the island.

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