Discover Tan Lap Floating Village in Long An, Vietnam

by Jackie
Visit Tan Lap Floating Village in Long An, Vietnam - Life Of Doing

We love living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, yet the crowds, traffic, and pollution can take a toll. What better way to escape the craziness than to go on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to visit Tan Lap Floating Village (also known as “Làng Nổi Tân Lập” in Vietnamese)? It’s an eco-tourism site located in Long An province in Mộc Hóa District and 100km (62 miles) from Ho Chi Minh City. Getting to here was quite a journey on a local bus, which we’ll share more about later.

The village is what we needed to get back in touch with nature. Thanks to the encouragement of our friends to visit this place, we set off to Tan Lap for this amazing day trip. We were impressed with our visit as there were lots of things to do at Tan Lap Floating Village and not a lot of people. Some of the highlights include walking through the cajuput forests and mangroves (about 5km/3.1 miles), taking a boat ride through the river, and enjoying clean air and quietness. It’s a great place for families and friends to enjoy. This place is popular for taking wedding photography. 

What is interesting about this place is that no one lives on the Tan Lap Floating Village due to the preservation of this site.  Consider taking a cruise to Ha Long Bay to learn more about how life is like on a floating village.

Here is a guide on how you can visit Tan Lap Floating Village for yourself and to have a memorable day.

Read More: Fun Things To Do in Vietnam

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When Should You Go

You can visit at any time and season. We went on a Saturday at the end of June and it was fine. Although the weather was in the mid-80℉s (mid-26℃s), we didn’t encounter any rain. The rainy season in Ho Chi Minh City from May to October is unpredictable so there will be random rain showers throughout the day. Don’t count on weather.com or any other weather forecast sites to provide accurate weather predictions either.

Even on a Saturday, the village wasn’t crowded with visitors since the area is spread out. We came across 20 people or so during our entire visit. Visitors may increase with holiday weekends.

When we took our boat ride on the river, our rower recommended to visit the village during September as the water levels are higher and the lotus flowers will be blooming.

Tan Lap Floating Village, Long An, Vietnam Walk Through Melaleuca Forest


How to Get To Tan Lap Floating Village From Ho Chi Minh City

There are two ways to get there from the city center of Ho Chi Minh City.

1. By Motorbike or By Car  – These are the easiest way to get to the Floating Village. You’ll have more control over the schedule. It’s a 2+ hour ride from from the city center of Ho Chi Minh City. Head out to Highway 1A (QL1A) for 40km (25 miles) and then take Highway 62 (QL62) for 60km (37 miles). The village is on the left hand side. See the entrance below.

Map from Ho Chi Minh City center to Tan Lap Floating Village

Tan Lap Floating Village, Long An, Vietnam Entrance

Lovely entrance to Tan Lap Floating Village

2. By Bus – We went the local route and took the public bus to the Floating Village.

Recommendation: Check out the BusMap app or web version as a resources for local bus routes in Ho Chi Minh City. Download the app for free on iOS, Android, or Windows.

Below is one of the ways that you can take. It was a long journey at almost 4 hours one way as we had a lot of waiting time. Who knew the bus needed to be at full capacity before leaving a station?! Regardless, it was an interesting way to travel by bus.

Since we came from Binh Thanh district, we took the following routes to the Floating Village and also added our bus cost for reference.

  1. From Binh Thanh District – Take Bus 56 to Cholon Station (30 minutes ride). Cost: 6,000 VND ($.25 USD)
  2. From Cholon Station – Take Bus 628 to Long An Station (1 hour ride). Cost: 20,000 VND ($.86 USD)
  3. From Long An Station – Take Bus 2 to Tan Lap Floating Village. (1 hour wait till the bus was full + 1 hour 20 minutes ride for a 50k distance). Cost: 35,000 VND ($1.50 USD)

We did the same route to go back to Ho Chi Minh City. Luckily, there wasn’t a 1 hour wait from Long An Station to Cholon Station.

Total round trip bus cost for one person: 122,000 VND ($5.30 USD, as of June 2018)

You can also check out the short-cut recommendations from Tan Lap’s website for directions to get here via local bus. English translation is at the bottom.


Admission Fee

The combination ticket cost is 260,000 VND ($11.25 USD) per person (as of June 2018.) The fee includes the lunch buffet, 30 minutes boat ride along the river and through the Melaleuca Forest, and walking through the Floating Village. We thought the price was fair.  Credit cards accepted for payment.

Make sure that you have your ticket on hand. You’ll pass by several stopping points where your ticket will be checked.


Time Needed

We spent over 3 hours at the village and didn’t rush through seeing the various sites.


Where to Stay

If you’re looking to extend your trip, consider staying in the Tan Lap Floating Village Hotel. There is a renovated hotel that is nearby the boat ride area. For more information about the hotel and availability, click here. The cost is between $25-$35 USD depending on your choice of room. Otherwise, consider staying in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tan Lap Floating Village Hotel, Long An, Vietnam

The Tan Lap Floating Village Hotel is on the left


Map of the Area

Getting around the village is easy as the walking paths are in a loop. Below is a copy of a map with the walking paths, although it’s in Vietnamese.

Map of Tan Lap Village Floating Village

 


Top 5 Things To Do in Tan Lap Floating Village

1. Enjoy the lunch buffet at “Buffet Nam Bộ.”

After our morning bus ride excursion we were famished. Luckily the lunch buffet at “Buffet Nam Bộ” was a part of the admission fare to curb our hunger. The open air restaurant is across from the ticketing area. Lunch is available from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Visitors receive a wristband when entering the restaurant. There were over 20+ food options that were delicious. You’ll be satisfied with food options such as snake soup, grilled fish, grilled snails, frogs, fish simmered in a pot, noodle soup, bánh xèo (sizzling pancake), green mango salad, veggies, fruits, and more. Coffee and tea available. The food is delicious and a great way to fill up the belly before the walk.

Tan Lap Floating Village, Long An, Vietnam Lunch Buffet Tan Lap Floating Village, Long An, Vietnam Lunch Buffet

2. Play traditional games in the games section.

You’ll cross a bridge to go to this games section. At the time of our visit, there were several balancing games such as walking across the wooden planks and also a swing. This area was still in construction during our visit.

Tan Lap Floating Village, Long An, Vietnam Traditional Games

Tan Lap Floating Village, Long An, Vietnam

Don’t mess with this bird. This bird pecked everyone in our group!

In addition to the balancing games, you can also play a duck chasing game for a small fee. While we skipped that game, we were chased by one cheeky bird.

3. Ride the boat through the Melaleuca Forest.

There is something about riding a boat that makes a trip even more fun. Maybe it’s the peaceful drifting along the waters. Or maybe it’s the unknown of what lurks beneath the surface.

It was a peaceful 30 minute boat ride through the Melaleuca Forest. Everyone wore a life jackets (children sizes are also available) and a conical hat (iconic rice paddy hat). Who knew the conical hats were so light and had the perfect amount of coverage from the sun?!

We had five people in our boat – the rower and the four in our group. The boat had paddles which we used to move the boat along, yet our rower probably did a better job with the paddling than all of us combined.

The scenery was lovely throughout the ride with the white tree stumps and leafy foliage covering the area.  We didn’t see any other boats during our ride so it was quiet and a private place for our group.

There is a separate water cable car that we saw on the way to the boat ride but it wasn’t open during our visit. (As an update, the boat tour with the underwater cable is now open!)

Tan Lap Floating Village, Long An, Vietnam Boat Ride through the Melaleuca Forest

Relaxing is the best during a calm boat ride.

4. Walk through the Melaleuca Forest.

This place is perfect to walk through. From the lunch buffet place, you’ll need to walk 15-20 minutes to the boat ride area. Afterwards, take the walking path loop which is an additional 4 to 5 km (2.5-3.1 miles), depending on where you want to go. The path is paved, so it’s easy to walk on. You will come across some wooden bridges or wooden planks to test your balance.

Tan Lap Floating Village, Long An, Vietnam Balancing Bridge

There is a section to see a pond of lotus flowers. You’ll come across an “X bridge” for the walking path. Unfortunately during our visit, the lotus flowers were not yet ready to bloom so it was a brown mess in the pond.

What is great about the walking path is that it’s in a loop so you won’t get lost. We loved seeing the cajuput forest, mangrove trees, and also freshwater snails in the river.

5. Visit the Observation Tower.

If you want an aerial view of the village and beyond, visit the Observation Tower. You’ll climb up the 5+ story stairway (unfortunately no elevator available) and will see greenery that extends for miles. The tower isn’t the best place for a picnic with the limited space and lack of seating area. We hope the tower gets a new paint job as visitors have tagged the walls with names and messages. It’s quite sad to see the graffiti.

Tan Lap Floating Village Observatory Deck

Tan Lap Floating Village, Long An, Vietnam Observatory Deck

View from the Observatory Deck


We hope you consider a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Tan Lap Floating Village in the future! You won’t be disappointed with the visit and to spend some time outside.

For more information about the village, check out the official website or Facebook.

Would you want to visit this place? What other day trips have you taken from Ho Chi Minh City? Let us know in the comments!

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21 comments

Sarah - Borders & Bucket Lists September 1, 2018 - 12:15 pm

Wow that boat ride looks like one of the coolest experiences ever!

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Jackie September 2, 2018 - 10:06 am

Thank you Sarah! The boat ride was very peaceful. It’s one of the best things to do in Tan Lap Floating Village!

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Jyoti September 1, 2018 - 1:24 pm

Wow! This is out of the world gorgeous! Just the kind of place I would totally fall in love with. I’ll your save your blog for when I’m able to go to Vietnam.

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Jackie September 2, 2018 - 10:09 am

Thanks Jyoti! Tan Lap Floating Village is a nice change of scenery. If you have any questions about Vietnam, let us know!

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Dina September 1, 2018 - 1:50 pm

Love this! Eager to go to Vietnam and wanted to do this off the beaten path. Floating through the Melaleuca Forest looks so awesome and relaxing!

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Jackie September 2, 2018 - 10:11 am

Dina – Definitely visit this place! After living in the concrete jungles of Ho Chi Minh City, it’s refreshing to get some clean air and nature!

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Madhu September 1, 2018 - 5:30 pm

Wow. This looks like a great place away from crowds.

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Jackie September 2, 2018 - 10:14 am

Madhu – We can’t wait for a return trip to see the lotus ponds. Hope you can visit in the future!

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Raksha September 1, 2018 - 6:13 pm

This looks like a great experience. I haven’t yet visited a floating village yet. Hopefully, I get to do this soon.

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Jackie September 2, 2018 - 10:16 am

Raksha – You’ll love visiting Tan Lap Floating Village! We highly recommend it.

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Kashlee September 1, 2018 - 11:03 pm

I have been reading SO many Vietnam blogs to get ready for our trip, but this was the first time I ever saw this floating village! I am going to go there for SURE! Thank you

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Jackie September 2, 2018 - 10:18 am

You’re welcome Kashlee. Vietnam is an amazing place to visit. I’m glad you found the Floating Village information helpful. Let us know how your visit goes!

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Sue September 2, 2018 - 3:58 am

Tan Lap floating village sounds lovely. Going to Vietnam for the first time in January but only to Hanoi. Will have to come back for the rest.

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Jackie September 2, 2018 - 10:20 am

Sue – Hanoi is fun! It’s been over five years since we’ve been there, so I’m sure things have changed. There is a lot to explore in Vietnam. Even we have a bucket list to check off.

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Carmelatte September 2, 2018 - 4:15 am

What an absolute dream place wow! love the photos and the vibe!

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Jackie September 2, 2018 - 10:21 am

Thanks Carmelatte. It’s a magical place to visit. Maybe we miss nature too much!

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Cheryl December 12, 2018 - 4:54 pm

I totally love the detailed information that is provided here. The Floating Village looks surreal and I bet it would look so much more with lotuses blooming.

Jackie, we are planning to visit on Monday 31st December. Is it open on this New Year Eve?

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Jackie December 13, 2018 - 8:31 am

Hi Cheryl. Thanks for stopping by! Yes, Tan Lap Floating Village will be open on 31 December from 8am to 5:30pm. Let us know about your visit. Have fun.

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Cheryl Yap December 13, 2018 - 2:33 pm

Thank you so much for helping me to find out. I actually wanted to email them direct but could not find the ‘English’ button on their official website.

Yes, I will try to come back with some comments. Thanks again, Jackie.

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Aasiya September 24, 2019 - 7:29 pm

Hey Jackie. What an amazing post. Would October end be a good time to witness lotus bloom? And were you able to take the bus and return on the same day back to Saigon?

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Jackie September 25, 2019 - 10:44 am

Hello Aasiya. We’re not sure if the lotus will be in bloom at the end of October. They might be harvested by that time. You may want to contact Tan Lap Floating Village either on their website to send an email or ask in their messenger chat on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/tanlapfloating/). Yes, we did a day trip to Tan Lap so we returned back to Saigon in the late afternoon.

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