Binh Quoi Village in Saigon Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City in Southeast Asia South Vietnam

Binh Quoi Village – Bamboo Oasis in the City

Binh Quoi Village is one of the best-kept secrets in Ho Chi Minh City. It looks like a traditional bamboo village on the Mekong Delta – except it’s in the heart of the city.

This beautiful recreation offers thatched huts on the river, giant water lilies, monkey bridges, a towering bamboo waterwheel, and more. Binh Quoi Village is like a postcard come to life!

For us, it was love at first sight.

Binh Quoi Village in Saigon Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City in Southeast Asia. South Vietnam

Binh Quoi Village – Iconic and Beautiful

If you’re visiting Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) and seeking something offbeat and original, consider Binh Quoi Village. It offers beauty, relaxation, and the iconic Vietnamese scenes that visitors dream about. And entrance is FREE.

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You could think of Binh Quoi Village as a sightseeing attraction/public park that features scenes from traditional Vietnam.

This visit is more about what you’ll see than what you’ll do, but there are a few interesting amusements. You can:

  • Row a paddleboat down the “mini-Mekong” river
  • Go fishing off a bamboo bridge
  • Relax in a bamboo hut by the water
  • Stroll the traditional village and the park/gardens
  • Enjoy a meal at a floating restaurant
  • Snap lots of pictures (the scenes are irresistibly photogenic)

 

There’s even a hotel if you want to spend the night in a bamboo hut with all the modern luxuries.

Located just 20 minutes from downtown, Binh Quoi Village is a great way to spend some free time in Ho Chi Minh City. Here are some its highlights.

 

Binh Quoi Village Highlights:

The “Mini-Mekong” River

 The largest body of water in the village is a mini recreation of the Mekong River. Actually, a large pond fed by the Saigon River, vintage scenes line the banks of the “Mini-Mekong.” A few of the best are:

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Fishing Nets

Binh Quoi Village in Saigon Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City in Southeast Asia South Vietnam

Bamboo Huts

The bamboo huts are beautiful, charming, and open to the public. They’re an ideal place to chill out.

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Bamboo Bridge

This long, winding bridge spans the “Mini-Mekong” and connects the village area to the park.

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Bamboo Waterwheel

Beware – this waterwheel is literally mesmerizing. The beauty of the bamboo, the flowing water, the rhythmic motion, and the soothing sounds melt away stress.

Paddle Boats at Binh Quoi Village in Saigon Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City in Southeast Asia South Vietnam

Paddle Boats

You can rent these boats for less than $2USD and paddle yourself around.

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Giant Water Lily Pond

Giant Lily Pads at Binh Quoi Village in Saigon Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City in Southeast Asia South Vietnam

The Giant Water Lilies are an impressive surprise. Luckily, the monkey bridge lets you stand right over them for a closer look. They’re the biggest leaves we’ve ever seen in person. Some are 2 meters in diameter!

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Sprawling Park

Binh Quoi Village in Saigon Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City in Southeast Asia South Vietnam

Binh Quoi Village Park

A lovely park lies at the center of Binh Quoi Village. It’s a huge green space loaded with flowers and fountains. Paved walkways make strolling easy and there are many shady spots to enjoy.

Waterfall Fountain at Binh Quoi Village in Saigon Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City in Southeast Asia South Vietnam

Waterfall Fountain – Our Fav Shady Spot

There’s even a big wooden swing set (great for the kids).

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Playtime at Binh Quoi

 

Floating Village

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On the other side, a floating village sits on the water with several bamboo huts and multiple bridges. Much of this is restaurant seating but some are public gazebos. Eating at the restaurants is totally optional.

The whole site is owned by the Vietnamese government and was created for the purpose of tourism. However, enjoying some Vietnamese coffee, fresh fruit juice, or a meal is especially nice in the beautiful setting.

The restaurants are open everyday but there is a special buffet dinner on the weekend nights. It offers a wide variety of classic Vietnamese dishes and costs 290,000VND ($13USD).

Binh Quoi Village in Saigon Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City in Southeast Asia South Vietnam

Is Binh Quoi Village Worth Your Time?

Binh Quoi Village in Saigon Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City in Southeast Asia South VietnamTravel preferences vary greatly, but we think most visitors would enjoy Binh Quoi Village. It offers a few fun amusements, but the most outstanding feature of Binh Quoi Village is its rustic beauty. We also recommend this place as an oasis of relaxation.

Most visitors reach Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) at the beginning or end of their trip. At the beginning, you’ve just flown across the world and have a bit of jet lag. At the end, you’ve just had a couple weeks traveling south from Hanoi.

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It was fantastic, but also fatiguing. Either way, Binh Quoi Village is a great way to relax, recharge, and still experience a wonderful side of Vietnam. And entrance is FREE. The only costs are food/drinks or boat rental. And those are really cheap.

Binh Quoi Village in Saigon Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City in Southeast Asia South VietnamOther Info and Tips:

Getting the right contact info for Binh Quoi is tough. Their website has not worked in several months, and the phone number posted on Google and TripAdvisor are wrong. Below is the correct address and phone number.

 

Binh Quoi Village
1147 Binh Quoi
Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
08 355 658 91

 

  • Open 9am – 11 pm everyday.
  • Weekdays mornings are the best time to visit. It’s whisper quiet, and you’ll have
    the place to yourself.
  • A taxi from downtown should be around 100,000VND.
  • Using the Grab App is the best way to get here. They have set fares and are cheaper/better than taxis or Uber in Vietnam.
  • Binh Quoi Village is great for solo travelers, couples, and families.

 

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20 Comments
  • Tania Mukherjee
    Posted at 07:21h, 11 May

    I can’t believe this place is right in middle of a city! No doubt it was love at first sight for you! I would have gawked at the giant water lilies for hours, but not sure if the monkey bridge is reliable! 😛 Boats for $2 is too inviting to say no to!

  • Alice Chen
    Posted at 07:38h, 11 May

    This looks amazing!! I can’t believe it’s in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City! And it’s free?? It looks so secluded from the bustle of a city – wow!

  • Erin Pocket Rockets
    Posted at 07:58h, 11 May

    MY GAHD! This place looks and sounds like absolute heaven. As if I needed another reason for Vietnam… *Heads over to Skyscanner**

  • Nina Danielle
    Posted at 08:08h, 11 May

    This website is so cute! Love the colours!

  • Doreen Pendgracs
    Posted at 09:11h, 11 May

    I would love to visit Binh Quoi Village. Those giant lily pads look amazing!

  • Natasha
    Posted at 11:36h, 11 May

    This place looks great. WE are going to Ho Chi Minh City at the end of the year and we will for sure visit this place now. Thanks for the recommendation. It looks like my son would enjoy it a lot at that park!

  • AdventureFaktory 🐪 (@AFtravels)
    Posted at 01:11h, 12 May

    We lived in Vietnam for 3 years and had no idea that this place existed! HCMC is fast picking up pace so its great to find a chilled out spot in the hustle bustle. Vietnam is super cheap and the food is the best in the world, so a cheap buffet would seem like the ultimate place to go and check out

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 01:55h, 12 May

    Binh Quoi Village looks splendid! The waterwheel, the bridge, the fishing (looks similar to the chinese fishing nets), the huts, the waterfall fountain are amazing. The best of all is the water lilies. Loved it and would want to go there now!

  • Divsi
    Posted at 05:45h, 12 May

    The nets look very similar to the Chinese fishing nets in Kochi , Kerala 🙂 the resemblance to the backwaters in quite uncanny but the use of bamboo is unique! Love the giant lily ponds. Adding this to my Vietnam itinerary. Planning to visit it this year:)

  • Natalie
    Posted at 10:56h, 12 May

    I think it would feel like a world away to visit! We always travel with the kids and I like to research the history and share with the kids. We have a difficult history with Vietnam and I feel like it gives the kids a great appreciation for a country when they know things like that. Visiting such a lovely place would help the kids understand that we are much more alike than different – as with all the peoples of the world. They would especially enjoy those HUGE lilly pads!!!! Great photos.

  • Mike Cotton
    Posted at 10:58h, 12 May

    I would have never guessed this ‘Bamboo Oasis’ was in the city! That is crazy. I’m hoping to visit Ho Chi Min and Vietnam next year.

  • Arnav Mathur
    Posted at 15:02h, 12 May

    I was just researching about things to do in Ho Chi Minh city and am glad I stumbled across this. Binh Quoi village is perfectly apt for the kind of outing I am lokking for from HCM. And the fact that it’s very near to the city is just the cherry on top. Bookmarking this for future as well.

  • Jean
    Posted at 19:33h, 12 May

    Oh wow! This looks amazing. Your photos are so mesmerising. I so want to go here right now.

  • Only By Land
    Posted at 01:18h, 13 May

    Wow, 2 bucks to rent the boat is super cheap. That would be a perfect method to take pictures of the river and surrounding wild life, I love the reflections you can get from the calm waters too. A meal on a floating restaurant sounds perfect too, I’d say Binh Quoi village is worth the trip from HCM.

  • Chris
    Posted at 06:56h, 13 May

    A nice little place, especially just a lovely public park!

    Still, if you have the time, get to the actual Mekong delta 😉

  • Promise Chika Maxwell
    Posted at 10:15h, 13 May

    The bamboo huts are really called for!, A cool vacation relax spot combined with all you can think of. $2 sounds ok price to rent a boat and paddle your way through!

  • neha
    Posted at 23:03h, 14 May

    So picturesque. The bamboo houses, bridges and pathways are so attractive. Looks nothing sort of an eco resort. I would love to visit here sometime

  • Cat
    Posted at 01:05h, 15 May

    This is such a beautiful bamboo village! The water lilies are gigantic and are quite a sight! I’d love to dine at a floating restaurant to take in the stunning views.

  • Tatum Skipper
    Posted at 11:51h, 17 May

    Those water lillies are incredible! I have never seen anything like them before. The entire floating village looks like something out of a fiction novel! It amazes me how you can be treated like royalty for such a low price every single day!

  • Manjulika Pramod
    Posted at 02:24h, 19 May

    Vietnam has been on my mind for long now and with every new blog that I read about it, I am enticed all the more.
    Right in the middle of the city, this definitely is a lovely getaway. The water lilies are just so amazing.