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.
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.
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:
The bamboo huts are beautiful, charming, and open to the public. They’re an ideal place to chill out.
This long, winding bridge spans the “Mini-Mekong” and connects the village area to the park.
Beware – this waterwheel is literally mesmerizing. The beauty of the bamboo, the flowing water, the rhythmic motion, and the soothing sounds melt away stress.
You can rent these boats for less than $2USD and paddle yourself around.
Giant Water Lily Pond
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!
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.
There’s even a big wooden swing set (great for the kids).
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).
Is Binh Quoi Village Worth Your Time?
Travel 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.
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.
Other 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.