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Tourist destination flocked with thousands of monkeys

07:21 | 05/08/2020

The Sac Forest Tourism Area is home to over 1.500 monkeys  often mischievously pegging tourists for food and drink. 

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tourist destination flocked with thousands of monkeys
(Photo: VNE)

The Sac Forest Tourism Area, in Long Hoa commune, Can Gio district, lies in a mangrove forest area of over 70 hectares, 50 km from the city center. This place became a magnetic attraction as it’s home to about 1,500 monkeys. The sheer number of monkeys earns it the name “Monkey island”.

tourist destination flocked with thousands of monkeys
(Photo: VNE)

According to the complex's management board, the entire Can Gio mangrove forest was bare due to the destruction of dioxin, also known as Agent Orange dropped by American soldiers during the Vietnam War.

With the efforts to reforest the ion of dioxin. After efforts to reforest indigenous ecosystems, by the early 1990s, monkeys began to flock to the forest and the number grew larger until today.

tourist destination flocked with thousands of monkeys
(Photo: VNE)

Monkeys are scattered throughout the resort, with the ticket gate area boasts the largest herd. The mischievous monkeys often beg for food from tourists as they’re gathering to buy ticket.

tourist destination flocked with thousands of monkeys
(Photo: VNE)

The monkeys can eat any food, drink that visitors give them. Some even look for food in the trash for leftovers.

tourist destination flocked with thousands of monkeys
(Photo: VNE)

However, according to tourism management, visitors should keep an eye on their cameras, phones, hats, glasses, and other belongings, as they could be snatched away by the playful monkeys.

tourist destination flocked with thousands of monkeys
(Photo: VNE)

“They’re a bit playful though, they’re lovely. I am most interested in the image of the monkeys caring for their offsprings and carrying on their backs”, Tuan, a visitor told VNE.

tourist destination flocked with thousands of monkeys
(Photo: VNE)
tourist destination flocked with thousands of monkeys
(Photo: VNE)

Along with playing with the monkeys, visitors can walk through the forest, the two sides are lined with trees, learn about the ecology of the mangrove water.

tourist destination flocked with thousands of monkeys
(Photo: VNE)

Canoe service which takes to the mangrove forest costs around VND 600,000 (US $26) per trip.

tourist destination flocked with thousands of monkeys
(Photo: VNE)

Bird-eye view of the Sac Forest.

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