Tra Su Melaleuca Forest – The Fairytale Land Of Vietnam
Tra Su melaleuca forest belongs to Van Giao commune, Tinh Bien district (An Giang province), nearly 30km from Chau Doc, and is located near the Vietnam - Cambodia border area. The total area is up to 859 hectares and is a typical ecosystem model in the Western waters of the Hau River.
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The best time to visit this forest is from September to November, when the water covers the whole area of the forest, giving this destination such unforgettable landscapes. At other times of the year, especially during the dry season, visitors can only access a few sites of the forest and there are strict rules for fire prevention. Every year, the Tra Su melaleuca forest attracts a lot of travelers coming to explore and admire the natural scenery here.
The first impression of visitors when coming to the forest is probably the long interlaced canals and cool, crystal-clear water. They can sit on the boat rowing on the river and watch the majestic, green nature that surrounds them.
There are a total of 140 species of plants, including 22 species of trees, 78 species of medicinal plants, and 13 aquatic species. About animals, the Tra Su melaleuca forest is inhabited by over 70 species of birds, including two rare bird species that are recorded in the Red Book.
Visitors can even explore deeper into the forest, where they can find some of the most interesting activities such as beekeeping, and birdwatching, or experience handicraft villages of the ethnic minorities. At the beginning of 2020, Tra Su forest officially offers the longest walking bamboo bridge in the forest in Vietnam which is about 45 minutes to an hour of one-way walking in the middle of nature.
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Crossing the forest, tourists will be able to see a watchtower that is ten-meter high. This is a place where travelers can see the whole immense beauty of the Melaleuca forest through a telescope.
Tourists can explore the Tra Su Melaleuca forest by riding a motorbike or bicycle running along the Melaleuca forest or taking a boat. This place will surely give people a great sense of relaxation and comfortable moments. It has been evaluated by many natural environmental research organizations in Vietnam and the world as a special-use ecosystem, a forest to preserve the wetland ecosystem in the Mekong Delta.
Taking a rest after reaching the top, the watchtower is a good place to get the coolest winds while observing the daily life of the birds. There is also a telescope for those to want to get more details about the bird nests or a closer look at the birds underneath when they are finding food or building nests. The forest rhythm of life seems to be exposed to the visitors and even becomes more vivid and lively.
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The eating place in the center of Tra Su forest has a variety of dishes on the menu, including a hotpot of Linh fish and sesban flower, deep fried Linh fish, sour hotpot of catfish, honey grilled chicken, grilled snakehead fish, all of which are typical food for locals of this area. With healthy ingredients of tropical vegetables, fish from the Mekong River, and chicken around the gardens, lunch in the natural atmosphere is an unforgettable memory for those who go with their families and friends.
How to get to Tra Su melaleuca forest
Motorbike: Motorbike is one of the most convenient and cheapest types of movement in Vietnam but also requires a lot of effort to ride a long way. Riding a motorbike enables the riders to stop and access almost all the spots on the way, including beautiful scenery.
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Car: the safest way for a group of many people. A car full of passengers can save a lot of money for travelers but also cause a bit of inconvenience if we want to stop at certain places.
Bus: This is also a suitable option for a small group.
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