If you want to breath fresh air and avoid the crowd at the airport, nothing better than heading to Hippo Farm. It is only one hour from Saigon, and it promises to be a real little escape from the busy Saigon city.
HOW TO BOOK:
You will need to contact them through their Facebook page in order to make a booking reservation. There are only 4 bungalows, so it is perfect for a little escape with group of friends or with your family visiting. During weekday, the night is 400,000 VND per bungalow (not per person), and 800,000 VND during weekend. They are pretty active on Facebook, therefore it wont take much time to get a confirmation booking.
HOW TO GET THERE:
It is pretty easy to get there. You can either book a Grab from Saigon to Hippo Farm for roughly 350,000 VND (from district 2) or call Mr. Tuan 098 3444 533 (same price, one way). We recommend to book with Mr. Tuan because he does all transportation for Hippo Farm’s guests, knows well the way to go, and his car is super comfy. You can get to Hippo Farm at anytime, and leave at anytime, there is no check-in/check-out time. They are super flexible, which is great!
WHAT TO BRING:
For horse riding: Hippo Farm is a place to stay over the night and/or to enjoy horse riding. Therefore, if you wish to do horse riding, kindly bring along suitable outfit for this activity.
For breakfast/lunch/dinner: The place do not have restaurant, so you will need to bring your own food. They have a fully-furnished kitchen at disposal, with oven, pans, dishes and so on. Drinks and snacks are also available for a small fee. There is no restaurants nearby Hippo Farm, except if you ride 15mn to get to the city center. The city center is pretty small, there are not many restaurants, but it is pretty easy to buy food and then, to cook at Hippo Farm.
FREEDOM FOR ALL ANIMALS
Because all animals should live free, you will see roosters and hens running around, as well as ponies and dogs. Hippo Farm is definitely the place to go if you love animals.
During the day, you can see the staff riding the horses, train and taking care of them.
As we mentioned, there are only 4 bungalows. Inside each bungalow, there is a ceiling fan, a bathroom with shower and toilet (with no plumbing), and a double bed. Some of the bungalows have a bunkbed with a double bed at the bottom, and single bed on the top. There are towels at disposal, so you dont need to bring yours. They have water (free of charge) available all over the place (inside the bungalow, at the kitchen, and at the pool).
The swimming pool: The infinity pool is amazing with no chemical substance to clean the water. They have towels at disposal, so once again, no need to bring yours. You can enjoy the sun on the deckchairs.
Bicycle: You can borrow mountain bicycles to go around the place. It is free of charge.
Horse riding lesson: For non member, you can enjoy book for one hour to learn how to ride a horse. It costs 1,000,000 VND per person. You will need to book in advance.
Horse riding: You can book a 2 hour horse riding for 1,000,000 VND. During the tour, you go around the place, up in the hills, swing by the pagoda and so on. You will also need to book in advance.