Bu Gia bản đồ National Park (Vườn nước nhà Bù Gia to in Vietnamese) is one of Vietnam’s national parks to explore. 

Located in Binh Phuoc Province in southeast Vietnam và bordering Central Highlands, this national park is considered an off-the-beaten-path spot as it’s not as crowded with local tourists. The park was established in 2002 và has over 26,000 hectares of land and forest area. 

This place is perfect for a weekend getaway from Ho đưa ra Minh City to lớn escape the crowds of the main cities và enjoy nature. 

Many visitors spend at least 2 days/1 night here to lớn go on a beginner-friendly hike, visit waterfalls, wade through streams, and spend a night at a campsite. 

I had the opportunity lớn go on a group tour with a local tour company, Atrip, in April 2022. This trip had 13 people (I was the only foreigner in the group). The main focus was hiking and camping. 

What made this trip extra special was that our trip was specifically tailored to have vegan meals (plant-based food only; no animals). Most of the camping trips have BBQ pork or chicken. Since I’m a pescatarian (a person who eats seafood & vegetables), it was a nice change lớn have vegan meal options.

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Continue reading about what to lớn expect on a Bu Gia maps National Park trip for 2 days/1 night.

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Overview of Trekking Bu Gia maps National Park Hiking

Challenging level: Easy-ModerateDistance: 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) total. The first day is 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) & the second day is 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers)Summit height: 700 meters (2297 feet) (max elevation)Time khổng lồ complete: 2 days/1 night at a campsiteHelpful tips: Tuck your pants into your high-cut socks to lớn prevent leeches from crawling up your legs. Wear hiking shoes or shoes that have traction.

Walking through the forest area of Bu Gia bản đồ National Park is tranquil.

How to lớn Get to lớn Bu Gia maps National Park from Ho đưa ra Minh City

Since we’re taking a tour, the starting point is in Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố (District 1). From Ho bỏ ra Minh đô thị to Bu Gia Map, the distance is 200 kilometers (124 miles) và will take 4.5 hours one way. The tour included a private van for transportation.

How Much Does a Bu Gia map Tour Cost?

Each person in the group paid 2,100,000 VND ($92 USD) for a 2 day/1 night trip with vegan meals. 

The usual cost is around 2,600,000 VND ($113 USD). Please share your dietary restrictions with the tour operator in advance. 

The cost included the following:

1 national park guide (required) & 1 tour guide from Atrip for our group of 13 Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, & blankets) 1.5-liter water per day 3 vegan meals a day (breakfast, lunch, & dinner) on Saturday & SundayTransportation to/from Ho chi Minh city in District 1 in a private van First aid kitsTravel insuranceA hat & certificate of completion from Atrip

The price above does not include tipping. This is optional. 

What khổng lồ Bring On Your Bu Gia map Trip

Since it’s only 2 days and the tour operator has mostly everything taken care of, you don’t need lớn bring too much stuff. 

You want lớn pack as light as possible as there aren’t any porters for this trip. 

1-2 Sets of clean clothes & socks – You’ll want to change your clothes when you arrive at the campsite. It’s best to lớn bring lightweight & quick-drying clothes. Tip: Ask your tour operator if you plan to go to lớn Bu Gia map by private transfer, then you can leave a phối of clean clothes in the car.Light Jacket – The evenings may be chilly so you want to lớn have a light jacket on hand. I used the Patagonia Houdini. You can get something similar at Uniqlo. Swimsuit (optional) Camera – You’ll need to bring a dry bag if you have larger photography gear. Using a cell phone khổng lồ take photos is fine too. Snacks – Any candy or trail set will help refuel your energy. Sandals – These can be used when walking around the campsite và on the second day when going through streams. Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, napkins, hand sanitizer, face wipes, etcSmall towel Extra water – I suggest bringing extra water if you get thirsty or don’t want khổng lồ drink boiled river water or herbal tea. Medication or any other personal itemsTrekking poles (optional) – If you need extra support with hiking, then trekking poles are recommended. You can also find a bamboo stick in the forest. Sleeping bag liner (optional) – Sleeping bag lines are used for extra warmth và to keep the sleeping bags clean. Since we received a fleece blanket instead of a sleeping bag, the liner was another layer to lớn keep me warm in the late evening/early morning. Small pillow (optional) – The tent does not come with a pillow, so you can bring your own. It can be bulky so you can roll up clothes to create a small pillow. Related: kiểm tra out our Vietnam packing list if you have a longer trip lớn this country.

What to Wear On Your Bu Gia map Hike

Long-sleeve technical shirt – Wear a moisture-wicking shirt khổng lồ absorb sweat và dry quickly.Hiking long pants – Long pants are a must for the trek lớn prevent leeches & insect bites. You can tuck your pants leg into your socks. Trail running shoes or any shoes with traction – Do not use waterproof or Gore-Tex hiking boots or shoes as water will collect inside & will not drain. Any athletic shoes with traction on the bottom is good, especially when the forest area is muddy. High ankle hiking socks or socksSandals – This is needed on the second day as you’ll be walking through the streams. (Note: I just wore trail running shoes as I didn’t feel comfortable walking through the rocks in sandals).

Schedule of the Bu Gia maps National Park Hiking Tour

The schedule may change depending on the weather conditions.

Day 1: Saturday

5:30am – Departure from District 18:30am – Breakfast in Dong Xoai district, Binh Phuoc11:30am – Lunch at the National Park dining area12:50pm – Visit a S’tieng house (one of the ethnic minorities) and animal protection area1:30pm – Drive khổng lồ the hiking starting location2:00pm – Start hiking 4:15pm – Arrive at the campsite. Hang out by the waterfall.6:00pm – Dinner8:00pm-10:30pm – Hang out time. 

Day 2: Sunday

7:00am – Breakfast8:30am – Start hiking12:00pm – Arrive at the lunch spot along the stream12:30pm – Lunch1:40pm – Start hiking back lớn the parking lot3:00pm – Arrive at the parking lot. Change clothes.3:45pm – Arrive at the Dak Mai Waterfall4:00pm – Head back to Ho bỏ ra Minh City7:00pm – Dinner in Binh Duong10:00pm – Arrive in Ho đưa ra Minh City, District 1 

My Bu Gia map National Park Tour Experience

Day 1: Saturday


It was an early morning pick-up at a meeting spot close khổng lồ Tao Dan Park in District 1. Most of the car ride was spent sleeping. 

We had breakfast at Quán Chay Thiện Lạc in Dong Xoai. There were three vegan noodle choices – ​bánh canh, hủ tiếu, or bún riêu. I tried bún riêu as I usually have bánh canh & hủ tiếu, & it was yummy.

On the way khổng lồ the National Park, we played a few games, hosted by the Atrip guide. The memorable one was where you say a name of a fruit in Vietnamese (for me it was English) based on the number of syllables.

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For example cam (orange) for 1 syllable, thanh long (dragon fruit) for 2 syllables, etc. This trò chơi can be used in any language!

We arrived at the National Park area khổng lồ have lunch. Many groups stop by here before heading lớn the park. We had fried tofu, young bamboo, stir fry choy sum, pickled mustard greens, soup, roasted peanuts, và rice. 


We have khổng lồ fuel up before our afternoon hike.


After lunch, we met our guide from the national park. He is from the S’tieng ethnic minority group. 

He took us to a local S’tieng cultural house. Volunteers can stay at the house và also care for the animals there. The care of the animals is questionable as there are non-native animals in cages such as a baboon và an Asian clawed otter. The cool thing about this place is that you could buy fresh pork, chicken, chicken eggs, và jackfruit from the garden. 

Unfortunately, it rained as we explored this area. We waited for the rain to stop before heading lớn the car to drive khổng lồ the start of the hike. The start is about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) away on a windy road. 

Note: Once you enter the national park, there is no more cell phone reception. You will be off the grid! 


Here is the start of our hiking adventure through Bu Gia maps National Park.

It’s time khổng lồ start hiking! Since it just rained, the hiking path was very muddy & slippery. The trail wasn’t technical as it was just going down the mountain. The hiking poles helped many people in our group.

The forest area was beautiful with the tall Tung trees và twisted branches. The trees and plants are similar lớn what you’ll see at other national parks such as Con DaoCat Tien. There was plenty of shade from the trees. 


Tip: kiểm tra your shoes & legs occasionally for leeches. If you already tucked your pants into your socks, then it’s no problem. 

We reached the campsite after two hours of hiking. The campsite area was separated by two main areas with a waterfall and the waterfall’s pool in between. This was perfect as another tour group also stayed here for the weekend. 

Since we had some downtime, many people lounged by the waterfall or swam in the water



This fallen log is a fantastic photo spot in the campsite area.


The dinner was a feast! It was the first time that our chef & the team created a vegan menu and it was delicious. All of the ingredients used were local và grown in the national park. 

We had banana leaf salad, corn, sticky rice with mung bean (cơm lam), veggies, porridge, & soup. I was impressed with the flavor and the quantity of food given lớn everyone. 


We had plenty of food for dinner.

The rest of the evening was spent either hanging out at the waterfall to lớn find fish or playing thẻ games. 

As with the tent và sleeping situation, it was fine. Everyone shared either a 2-person or 3-person tent. We received a fleece blanket instead of a sleeping bag. The tent also had a sleeping mat for more comfort.

Day 2: Sunday


The team made a simple breakfast of stir fry noodles with veggies và vegan chả giò (vegetarian sausage). Instant noodles (a necessary breakfast item for Vietnamese locals) was also another breakfast option. 


Here is breakfast.

After breakfast & packing up our things, our group took a few group photos around the campsite và then continued khổng lồ hike lớn our lunch spot. 

Along the way, we crossed many streams about ankle-length high. It seemed lượt thích there were more water crossings here than when I went on my Hang En trip in Phong Nha

While walking through the streams may seem easy, there were lots of rocks in the water. There was some balancing needed. A hiking pole or stick would be useful here. I was glad khổng lồ wear my trail shoes instead of sandals since there were some sections where I could have tripped over the rocks.

The nature area was filled with pretty wildflowers và butterflies. The area was quiet as it was only our group. 


We also came across a makeshift contraption that you could sit on và someone pulls the rope so the contraption can move. 



We arrived at the lunch spot và had a quick rest. Some people went lớn the stream lớn dip their feet in the waters to cool off. 

For lunch, we had morning glory vegetables, young jackfruit with mushroom, stir fry mushrooms, corn, & rice. It was the last meal that the national park cooking team made for us. We appreciate their hard work và keeping everyone fed. 


Afterward, it was time to lớn head back. Instead of walking through the streams, we took a shortcut through the forest to lớn head back to the parking lot. The hiking route wasn’t too difficult. 

The only issue was the rainstorm. Luckily, we had our umbrellas & ponchos to lớn protect our clothes. It took some time to head back through the forest area as everyone carefully made it up the mountain, but we made it khổng lồ the parking lot. 

After changing our clothes & boarding the minivan, we drove to Dak Mai Waterfall (Thác Đắk Mai). We were supposed khổng lồ see this waterfall on Saturday afternoon but it was postponed due khổng lồ the rain. 

The waterfall had small cascades so it wasn’t attractive to lớn see. I heard that the waterfall is fuller during the rainy season. Unfortunately. The area also had a lot of garbage left behind by other tourists. 


It was time to head back trang chủ to Ho chi Minh City. 

On the way, we stopped by Thanh Công Rest Stop, a bus rest stop for dinner in Binh Duong. A vegan dinner was already prepared for us – mushroom stir fry, bittermelon with carrots & daikon, tofu with cauliflower, omelet (not vegan), vegetable soup, & rice. It was a delicious meal with tons of vegetables to end the trip. 


The rest of the ride was filled with karaoke và rest. 

We also received a certificate of completion from Atrip. It was a nice way to remember the weekend excursion. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you visit Bu Gia bản đồ National Park without a tour? 

Unfortunately, you’ll need khổng lồ have a tour guide as the hiking routes are not marked. The guide can be hired through a tour operator or by contacting the Management Board. 

What is the weather like at Bu Gia Map? 

Since you’re located in South Vietnam, the weather is hot and humid in the 30s (°C) /mid-80s (°F) all year round. There is a chance of rain so you’ll need lớn prepare for any rainstorms. 

Are there a lot of mosquitoes? 

Yes. Prepare lots of insect repellent. The mosquitoes are hungry!

Are there leeches? 

Yes, you’ll need lớn tuck your pants legs into your socks to prevent leeches.

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Is this hike suitable for children?

Yes. As long as children can hike và walk a long distance, then it will be fine. 

Final Thoughts

Bu Gia map National Park is a fun place to lớn visit for a weekend and to enjoy the nature areas.

By joining a tour, everything is taken care of. All you need to bởi is pack your essential items, have fun hiking on an easy trail with plenty of rest, and soak in the natural beauty! The tour guides and team did an awesome job keeping us safe during our trip.

While you’re in Binh Phuoc for a longer trip, consider visiting cha Ra Mountain to vì chưng a short hike.