Our local picks 7 campsites nearby Ho Chi Minh City

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Camping is an ideal activity for those who desire to explore nature and enjoy new experiences. If you are a camper, and currently have a trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, don’t forget to check out below popular camping locations. The campsites are located outside Ho Chi Minh City, from 50km to over 100km away from the center. Even though you are vitamin-sea lovers or forest hunts, there’re always choices to consider.

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Tins Tins Camping

Beautiful view at Tins Tins Camping. Photo by Tins Tins Camping Facebook Page

Tins Tins Camping is located in Vinh Cuu District, Dong Nai Province (the exact location). It's about 66km away from Ben Thanh Market (Ho Chi Minh city's central spot). Settled along Tri An Lake's bank, Tins Tins Camping owns a gorgeous lake view and exciting activities by the lake.

How to get there:

The most wonderful means of transportation is the motorbike. Do not hesitate to experience riding a motorbike in Vietnam if you are an adventurer. This is the best way to explore the beautiful landscape and view along the street.

Always, you can book a car including a driver for your convenience.

If you depart at Ben Thanh Market, this is the suggested route for reference.

SUP is an interesting activity for both couples and groups. Photo by Tins Tins Camping

The services:

The campsite offers a combo tour with all the necessary equipment and food. A combo costs 700,000 VND/pax (~$30.00), including:

  • Tent, blanket
  • Table and chair
  • Sup (with a life jacket)
  • Dinner (not including alcoholic beverages). The package provides both BBQ and hot pot, a complete meal with protein (fish, pork, etc), vegetables, and fresh fruits for dessert.
  • Supper with grilled sweet potatoes
  • Breakfast for the next morning
  • Charcoal, 20L of drinking water
  • Toilet area

Tins zis a convenient and safe campsite for anyone who would like to experience chill-out camping: easy path, fully equipped, prepared meals.

Cao Minh Island

A silent and beautiful island near Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by Cao Minh Island Facebook Page.

Cao Minh is an island belonging to Dong Nai Province. As the locals said, years ago, there was a singer who left everything behind, came to Tri An Lake, Dong Nai Province, and explored this land. The island was also called by his name - Cao Minh (Robincao). Cao Minh island brings about a tranquil ambiance, with charming landscapes, greeneries, and a diversity of birds.

Tri An Lake is about 65km away from Ho Chi Minh City's central spot. It takes nearly 2 hours to travel (get there). Besides, you can call the management team (+84 329 964 605) or contact Facebook Fanpage in advance to book a travel car from Ho Chi Minh City to Tri An Lake. From Tri An Lake, they provide a 2-way transport service to Cao Minh island with a fee of around 300,000 VND/person/2 days 1 night (~ $13.00).

Cao Minh island is a kid-friendly campsite. Photo by Cao Minh Island Facebook Page.

Every other service needs to be booked separately, including tent, meals, charcoal grill, sup, fishing, etc. You can bring along your food and equipment if you want. you can experience many engaging activities while staying on the island, such as riding bikes, sup, fishing, etc.

Service cost:

  • Tent for 2 people: 250,000 VND (~$11.00)
  • Barbeque (12 dishes): 370,000 VND (~$16.00)
  • Fishing: 50,000 VND/pack (~$2.00)

Cao Minh Island is an ideal location to get away, enjoy a peaceful atmosphere, and connect with nature.

Ma Lu Quan - Camping Ba Den Mountain

Ma Lu Quan is a compound of campsites and cafes. Photo by cafesongao.

Ma Lu Quan is spotted in a valley by the foot of Ba Den Mountain, Tay Ninh Province. This place covers a spacious campsite by the stream, surrounded by natural landscapes and splendid decoration.

It takes around 2.5 hours to drive from Ho Chi Minh City's center (the exact location). There's a parking lot for both motorbikes and cars. At this campsite, they require your booking 3 days before departure time and a 50% deposit. You can register via phone (+84 937 770 970) or email (maluquan.camping@gmail.com).

Sometimes, there could be a live music show at Ma Lu Quan. Photo by Ma Lữ Quán - Camping Núi Bà Đen

At Ma Lu Quan, you don’t need to bring your equipment or book separately, they offer camping packages that cost 699,000 VND/person (~$30.50), including both equipment and meals:

  • Equipment: Mongolian tent set up on the wood floor, mat, fan, power socket.
  • Amenities: bathroom, toilet, electricity, water.
  • Meals: a complete dinner with hot pot, stir-fried dish, grilled meat, vegetables, soda, and mineral water.

Prepare yourself warm clothes because you might be cold at night when the temperature drops. Staying at this campsite, you can admire the beauty of Ba Den Mountain, which is called “Vietnam’s southern peak”.

Dau Tieng Lake

Dau Tieng Lake - is the largest reservoir in Vietnam and South Asia. Photo by Thanh Huyền, mycamp.vn

The reservoir covers around 27.000ha, situated on the way to Tay Ninh Province. Even though this lake is a beloved location for Vietnamese campers, there’s no commercial campsite here. If you’re a wild adventurer, this place is just right for you. The best time to visit Dau Tieng Lake is from December to April, in the late afternoon forward, to prevent dry, hot weather and rain.

Sunset by the lake. Photo by localduone.vn

Dau Tieng Lake is around 80km away from Ho Chi Minh City. As the lake is large, you should study and locate the exact coordinates beforehand to save time and enjoy the trip to the max. Below are some coordinates suggested by previous campers (localduone. vn):

Since this is a location for wild camping, don’t forget to carefully prepare your stuff; it’s not easy to find convenient stores or restaurants around here.

Tropical EGlamping

Breathtaking view at Tropical EGlamping. Photo by Tropical EGlamping Facebook Page.

Tropical EGlamping settled on a hill of La Nga Commune, Dong Nai Province,  about 100km away from Ho Chi Minh City. From Mai Chi Tho Street, District 2, follow the Long Thanh-Dong Nai freeway, then head to Highway 20 and keep your track as guidance.

Tropical EGlamping has been established in November 2011, one of the newest campsites near Ho Chi Minh City, embracing the best view of Tri An Lake. The facilities here are well designed and properly built. You can both enjoy the comfort of hotels and experience the wild of camping only at one location.

Gorgeous setup at Tropical EGlamping. Photo by Checkin Vietnam.

Camping packages at Tropical EGlamping range from 1,100,000 VND to 1,400,000 VND (~$48.00 - $61.00), including:

  • Tent with facilities
  • Bathroom, toilet
  • BBQ night and breakfast

You don't need to worry about anything when coming here. They will help set up and prepare food properly. Check out their website for more information.

Rung & Bien Campsite (Forest & Sea)

Impressive morning view from Rung & Bien Campsite. Photo by thuonguyendinh tinhte.vn

Rung & Bien is situated 120km away from Ho Chi Minh City, belonging to Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. The campsite is under management so that you can ensure safety. You can either camp inside the poplar forest or along the shore.

  • Inside the poplar forest: near the management team, easy to ask for support, near the bathroom area. However, there are a lot of people choosing this site so it can be noisy at night.
  • Along the shore: nice view of the sea, silent. The disadvantage is that you need to bring your belongings about 200m to the shore.
Campsite inside the poplar forest. Photo by localduone.

Regarding equipment, unfortunately, there are no tents for rent at Rung & Bien, you need to bring your own. Don't forget to carry your flashlight with you because there are not so many lights at night. The entrance fee is ~120,000 VND/person (~$5.20), including parking, bathroom, toilet service, and cleaning around the campsite.

Chua Chan Mountain

Chua Chan is the 2nd highest peak in Vietnam's southeast area. Photo by vnexpress.‌‌

Located in Dong Nai Province, Chua Chan Mountain is 110km away from Ho Chi Minh City. This is one of the most popular trekking and camping locations for nature lovers. The best experience is to trek to the peak and then camp overnight to fully enjoy a magnificent landscape and a peaceful ambiance. In the middle of Chua Chan Mountain, you can also easily see some pagodas built on rocks, which the locals regularly visit.

Camping at Chua Chan Mountain. Photo by innoviet.

The best way for short trips in Vietnam, for sure, is by motorbike. If you want to experience it, follow this route (departing from Ben Thanh Market). You can carry your tent; otherwise, they have tents for rent at the foot of the mountain. Remember to study the trekking routes carefully to not get lost.

Another safer option is to book a trekking & camping tour from agents. They will prepare a pickup car from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Nai, and cover all meals and equipment together with a tour guide who can speak English. You can check out more information on the website.

There's also a cable car system to transport you to the peak if you don't want to trek. However, spending 4 to 6 hours training your body and will, then reaching the peak and feeling fresh air all over around, enjoying a stunning view from above is still a perfect experience you don't want to miss. Chua Chan Mountain is an excellent gateway from a modern city.