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Top 5 national parks and forests in the Mekong Delta

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Let's take a look at the still pristine national parks you should visit when traveling to the Mekong Delta

National parks, in addition to protecting intact forest ecosystems, carry out scientific experimental research for the purpose of nature conservation,.. are also ideal Western tourist destinations for those who want to be immersed with fresh nature, explore hundreds of thousands of diverse and rich flora and fauna.


Stork Garden by Mausoleum


Bang Lang stork garden today is more than 16.5 hectares, but it is not owned by any travel organization or company.


As the largest bird yard in the Mekong Delta, Bang Lang stork garden has the number of up to hundreds of thousands depending on the season, depending on the time, with more than 20 species such as green stork, leopard, double stork, lotus stork, stork, fly stork, ivory stork, ghost stork ... Even other birds such as herons, gongs, pelicans, pelicans, cauldrons, convolvulus ... also converges here to live. The time when storks are most crowded falls around the 8th to January of the lunar calendar every year, which is the breeding season. Ghost storks alone nest and lay eggs from 2 to 4 months.


Address: Thoi Binh 1, Thuan An Ward, That Not District, about 60 km from Can Tho city

Opening hours: From 6h - 19h30

Telephone: 0899 076 473




Source: thamhiemmekong.com


Tra Su Melaleuca Forest


It can be said that Tra Su melaleuca forest is the pride of tourism of An Giang province in particular and the southern region in general. This place is full of the most characteristic features of the river region with a typical ecosystem of the wetland forest west of the Hau River.


There are hundreds of melaleuca trees along both sides of the road and more than 140 species of plants belonging to 52 families and 102 genera, including 22 species of trees and many other types of trees, 70 species of birds, 11 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and more than 10 species of fish. Tra Su Melaleuca Forest is known as one of the unique attractions in An Giang land, wearing rare natural beauty.


The most beautiful time to visit the melaleuca forest is around the 8th to 11th month of the lunar calendar. In this season, the West is famous for the floating water season, so visitors can admire and admire the beauty of plants and animals that only appear once a year.


Location: Tra Su Melaleuca Forest in Van Dao Commune, Tinh Bien District, An Giang has an area of up to 850 hectares.

Opening hours: From 7h to 17h daily

Phone number: 02966 522 299




Source: Gia Lai Newspaper, vov.vn, Travel with Haseco Travel


Tram Chim National Park


Tram Chim National Park has an area of up to 7,500 hectares, is a place to preserve many rare birds in the world such as red-crowned cranes, yellow tees, pelicans, Javanese elders ... and diverse vegetation with more than 130 different species, with characteristic biome types: lotus biome, wild rice, tapgrass, moldy mouth, melaleuca forest and swamp, distributed interspersed with each other. The fauna stands out with a waterfowl system consisting of 233 species, belonging to 25 genera, 49 families. Of which, 88% are found in the dry season, accounting for 1/4 of the total number of bird species discovered in Vietnam.


The 8th to 11th lunar month is the main tourist season in Tram Chim National Park. Especially from December to May of the calendar, this is home to about 60% of the population of red-crowned cranes – the tallest of flying birds in the world and also an extremely rare species named in the Red Book.


Address: Tram Chim National Park is a land located in the territory of 7 communes (Tan Cong Sinh, Phu Duc, Phu Tho, Phu Thanh A, Phu Thanh B, Phu Hiep), Tram Chim town in Tam Nong district.


Source: Western Tourism



Source: Vnexpress.net


Mui Ca Mau National Park


In 2009, it was honored to be recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve. Located in Dat Mui commune (Ngoc Hien district, Ca Mau province), with a total land area of about 41,862 hectares. Of which, about 15,262 hectares is land area; The remaining 26,600 hectares are coastal areas in contact with the mainland.


This is an important site under Vietnam's national program on biodiversity conservation, where coastal waterfowl of Vietnam and the Asia-Pacific region are studied. Home to a diverse ecosystem, the mangrove forest system in Mui Ca Mau National Park is also a protective forest system to help prevent the risk of flooding and landslides. According to statistics, Mui Ca Mau National Park has a very rich number of flora and fauna, with about 28 to 32 species of mangroves living; about 26 species of mammals, 93 species of birds, 43 species of reptiles, 139 species of different fish, with 9 species of amphibians, 49 species of plankton, and many more species of saltwater have been recognized and statistics in the Red Book of Vietnam and in the world.


Source: nucuoimekong.com


Source: ipec.com.vn


Phu Quoc National Park


Located in the north of Phu Quoc Island and occupying about 70% of the island's area, more than 31,000 hectares, Phu Quoc National Park owns three major mountain ranges: Ham Ninh range, Ham Rong range and Ganh Dau range and 60 km of beautiful coastline.


Still intact in its wild, majestic and mineral appearance, Phu Quoc National Park is a "home" for the rare and unique flora and fauna of the island city. Not only that, with the forest cover, the city has helped ensure the function of watershed forest protection, clean water supply and economic development of Phu Quoc island area. This place owns more than 1000 species of plants, especially precious trees such as melaleuca, sand oil, ,... Precious orchid species such as: Yin Lan Mountain, Lan Van Hai ,... Marine ecosystem with more than 100 different species of corals. Among more than 30 species of animals, 5 species are in the Red Book of Vietnam, and countless rare species of birds and reptiles also contribute to making the National Park more expensive than ever.


The ideal time to visit Phu Quoc National Park is from 2 to 6 months, this is also the time when many flowers bloom. Besides, in this season, Phu Quoc does not have sudden thunderstorms, the weather is favorable for trekking and admiring the beauty of the vegetation here.


Source: mia.vn, Environmental Economics 


Writer: My Dieu

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