5 People
1 Day
Fully Booked !
Embark on a journey of discovery with our herping tours in Ma Da Nature Reserve. Our initiative strives to preserve biodiversity through education, photography, and tourism. You'll witness the fascinating natural world and replace fear with a fascination for amphibians or reptiles.
We offer both day trips and multi-day tours for herping enthusiasts. You'll travel between different habitats and hotspots by car and primarily search for reptiles and amphibians on foot, both during the day and at night.
Ma Da Nature Reserve, part of the Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve, is known as the green lung of the Southeast, and a land containing legendary stories about a heroic history. It's a primeval forest with tall woody trees creating a majestic and immense picture of this place. With over 50 species of Herps recorded in Ma Da Nature Reserve, including many species from Indochina and Sunda, you might even catch some interesting mammals and birds.
Our herping guides will adapt the itinerary based on your preferences and what we have already seen, local conditions, or a gut feeling. Notify us in advance about any specific target species/preferences, and we'll prepare accordingly.

Itinerary of [1 Day] Herping Tour near Ho Chi Minh City - Ma Da, Dong Nai NR

Day 1 (9:00 to ± midnight):
We don't have a standard itinerary since it depends on various factors, such as how many days you book and if there are any specific species you'd like to see. We'll adapt the trip to increase our chances. Our herping guide will try their best to get the most out of your trip based on your preferences.
We use a car to move around throughout the park, visit different habitats and our favorite hotspots, and search for herps on foot. It tends to be more successful to intensively search several spots rather than hiking long distances on a single long trail. Please notify us in advance about specific target species/preferences during the correspondence prior to booking the tour.
There are NO restaurants on this park, so it's better to bring some snacks with you. We'll prepare lunch and dinner. After spending all our time herping, we'll return to Ho Chi Minh City at midnight.

Extra Information about this Location

This tour start from Ho Chi Minh City, and Ma Da lies about 2 hours drive Northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. The area can be tricky to reach by public transport, so we recommend that we pick you up at Ho Chi Minh and then drive there.
The place is open year-round, and our herping tours can take off every day of the year as long as our guide is available. The wet season is probably the most consistent when it comes to producing good results, roughly from May to October, and much of November still benefits from the wet period before. December - January can be successful, but there is also the chance of periods with cold nights that significantly slow down the movement of species.
Ma Da Nature Reserve is home to a variety of amphibians and reptiles. Over 20 species of frogs have been recorded in the reserve, including the banded bullfrog, Asian common toad, and Vietnamese tree frog. There are also over 70 species of reptiles, including snakes like the Siamese spitting cobra, king cobra, and Malayan pit viper, as well as lizards such as the green crest-tailed lizard, bloodsucker gecko, and many more.
Some amphibians and reptiles that can be found in Ma Da Nature Reserve
        1. Chinese water dragon (Physignathus cocincinus)
        2. Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko)
        3. Asian green vine snake (Ahaetulla prasina)
        4. Indo-Chinese spitting cobra (Naja siamensis)
        5. Many-spotted cat snake (Boiga multomaculata)
        6. Red-tailed pipe snake (Cylindrophis ruffus)
        7. Common bronzeback snake (Dendrelaphis tristis)
        8. Burmese python (Python bivittatus)
        9. Banded krait (Bungarus fasciatus)
        10. Asian rat snake (Ptyas korros)
        11. Rainbow water snake (Enhydris enhydris)
        12. Big-headed turtle (Platysternon megacephalum)
        13. Brown tree frog (Polypedates megacephalus)
        14. White-lipped pit viper (Trimeresurus albolabris)
        15. Giant Asian pond turtle (Heosemys grandis)
        16. Four-lined tree frog (Polypedates leucomystax)
        17. Keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii)
        18. Yellow-spotted keelback (Xenochrophis flavipunctatus)
        19. Red-tailed bamboo rat snake (Oligodon dorsalis)
        20. Reticulated python (Python reticulatus)

How much does a tour cost?

These are the rates (per person, per day) for our herping tour package based on your group size. Followed by a list of what is included. And feel free to check out our other packages in Ma Da, below.

Group size Rate per Person (USD)
1 280
2 160
3 150
4 140
5 130
6 120
Ages Reduction
4 to 12 years 70 % of Adult
0-3 years Free
6 People
1 Day
Fully Booked !
Dinh Mount. , Vietnam
Our herping tours in Dinh Moutain are available as day trips or multiple-day tours We will get around by car to travel between different habitats and hotspots. But we will primarily search for reptiles and amphibians on foot. Both during the day and at night.
Fully Booked !
Takou National Reserve , Vietnam

Why Choose Our [2 days] Herping tour in Takou Nature Reserve Tour Near Ho Chi Minh?

Join our herping tour in Takou Nature Reserve, where you will be amazed by the variety of amphibians and reptiles that call this place home. Our expert guides will take you on a two-day journey to explore the area's stunning natural beauty and discover some of the rarest and most fascinating species of herps. With our tours, you will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of conservation and sustainable tourism while experiencing the thrill of herping.

About Takou Nature Reserve for Herping

Takou Nature Reserve is located in the Binh Thuan Province, about 200 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. This protected area is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, with various habitats including forests, rivers, streams, and wetlands. The area is rich in biodiversity, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and herpers.

Takou Nature Reserve: Amphibian & Reptile

Takou Nature Reserve is a prime destination for herping enthusiasts, with its rich biodiversity of reptiles and amphibians. The area has a tropical climate and a diverse range of habitats, including forests, streams, and waterfalls, which provide ideal environments for these animals to thrive. Some of the highlight species found in the reserve include the king cobra, green pit viper, banded krait, and reticulated python, among others. The area is also home to many species of frogs, including the tree frog and horned frog, as well as a variety of lizards and skinks. With over 70 species of snakes and 50 species of frogs, Takou Nature Reserve offers a unique opportunity to observe and learn about these fascinating animals in their natural habitat.
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Some of the species that have been recorded in the area include

Asian Vine Snake (Ahaetulla prasina)
Banded Krait (Bungarus fasciatus)
Black Spitting Cobra (Naja sumatrana)
Burmese Python (Python bivittatus)
Common Indian Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)
Golden Tree Snake (Chrysopelea ornata)
Green Pit Viper (Trimeresurus albolabris)
Many-lined Sun Skink (Eutropis multifasciata)
Ornate Narrow-mouthed Frog (Microhyla ornata)
Red-tailed Pipe Snake (Cylindrophis ruffus)

Itinerary for [2 Days] Discover Takou Natural Reserve for Herps

Day 1:

    • Pick up from Ho Chi Minh City and drive to Binh Chau Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve for a morning of searching for day-life herps
    • Continue to Takou Nature Reserve and check in to hotel
    • Take a cable car to Takou mountain peak for an afternoon of herping
    • Explore small trekking trails for herps in the later afternoon
    • Return to the hotel for rest

Day 2:

    • Search for herps in Takou open forest in the morning
    • Return to hotel for lunch, then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City with stops to explore herps at various spots
    • End tour in Ho Chi Minh City around 6:00 PM.
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