Thác Đá Hàn
I want to introduce you to what was my second home for quite a while. As you might know, living in Ho Chi Minh city is like living in the large intestine of a monster. You are thrown around from bar to coffee shop and eventually you need to come out for air. So when I first arrived in the belly of the beast (HCMC) I asked Google where I can go to get some nature. The gods of Google answered my prayers with Thác Đá Hàn.
So what is it? To be honest, I don’t exactly know. It feels like your own private villa with a waterfall as the centerpiece. A resort that no one knows about and is kept secret from the masses. It’s an oasis of peace in your otherwise busy existence. The complementary swimming pool feels like a trophy for all your hard work. Everytime I travel to Thác Đá Hàn I salivate at the thought of slipping into that beautiful pool.
I love camping, so I always go to Thác Đá Hàn armed with my hammock and a 4 pack of beers. Throw in some friends and there you have my perfect weekend getaway. Thác Đá Hàn, however, is glamping. It’s glamourous in the sense that you have toilets, showers and a restaurant all at your fingertips. Ice Cream feels like it’s on tap. My favourite camping spot inside the park is near the pool behind the toilet block. There are several canopies you can rest under and attach your hammock to, in case it rains. From here, you can enjoy the world go by, or bring your fishing rod and go fishing in the rivers that surround your camp.
Some other things to note:
- The park closes at about 6pm and the gates are locked for the night.
- The restaurant stops serving food at about 6pm when the main gates close. So bring some food with you if you like to eat late. I usually bring some charcoal and meat and have a little BBQ next to my hammock. They seem to be totally cool with me having a little campfire.
- The parking attendant asks, with perfect English, for a tip. This is well worth it just to keep the good vibes going.
- They do rent out tents but I have never tried this. You should call ahead if you wish to do this.
- The entrance ticket costs about 100k VND for an overnight stay or roughly 50k for a day ticket.
Where is it exactly?
It is about 50km from HCMC, past Biên Hòa. It takes about 1.5 hours to drive there by motorbike. It's easy to google for directions. The drive is not bad. Once you get out of the city you will be driving through little villages and past hammock cafes (why aren’t there more hammock cafes inside the city??). If you don’t drive then I have heard of people renting a car and a driver for the day for very very cheap. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Enjoy!