Đồng Tháp takes you only three hours starting in Saigon on the road. This lovely countryside is usually overshadowed by other popular cities in the wetland of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam such as Tiền Giang or Cần Thơ. Why should you visit this off-beat city and what can it offer? Tràm Chim National Park will give you an answer. Here is why you should consider it if planning on a Vietnam adventure holiday.
The journey to the core of Tràm Chim National Park
At the entrance of the site, you need only 20 minutes to travel on a boat under the shady mangrove forests to arrive at the avian habitat. During the flooding season which lasts from June to October each year, Tràm Chim National Park holds in itself a typical ecotourism site of a wetland delta in accordance with various aqua-related activities. A saturating, greenish and fresh scene featured with lotus and water lily would bring you to a totally isolated hidden gem.
Sneaking through the little canals (Source: Google)
The little electric sampan will be driving you on a floating fern–filled canal. On the surrounding, lesser whistling ducks, storks, and skein start to flee out of their nests towards the far-away jungle whenever the electrical-moving vehicles come closer. After only 2 kilometers moving with the electric device, the boatmen are supposed to turn it off and start to paddle with his own hands for a short distance of only 200 meters to arrive in the birth nest of the birds. You will get to know your arrival when those animals start to give out a lullaby with their high-pitched voice.
To most of our friends that have visited Tràm Chim National Park at least once by far, the scenery seems to be a real paradise that comes out of the TV screen, as every single species of birds dwelling in a wild natural habitat which looks like a National Geographic Channel series. Hence, the trip to this wetland makes it a memorable excursion rather than a simple sightseeing tour. The images of real-life mangrove forests, birds, canals, and the immense network of rivers make it a great escape for those who have lost a serene life for a long period of time.
The lotus pond (Source: Google)
When the flying residents make it their own kingdom
The birds’ nesting habitat belongs to the A2 segment of Tràm Chim National Park, which covers an area of 2 hectares and contains over 6,000 units of various bird species. Every year in between September and November, birds from the neighboring lands start to arrive in this site to lay eggs. In 2012, Tràm Chim National Park was recognized as a Ramsar ecotourism site of the World and ranked as one of the eight most important bird habitats all over the country. This national park in Đồng Tháp has been widely known as a kingdom of birds, which is home to more than 232 bird races. 23 of which are recorded as precious and rare races. These have been greatly preserved by the country’s government such as the Red-crowned cranes and the Painted Storks.
A typical scene of the Mekong Delta (Source: Google)
Red-crowned Cranes (Source: Google)
Apart from the bird habitat itself, the aqua ecotourism site at Tràm Chim National Park is diversified and prosperous as well. Over here, it is recorded with 150 types of fresh-water fish, many of which were listed in Vietnam’s Red Data Book that include Clown Knifefish, Southern seahorse, Giant barb and the list goes on. In addition, 174 species of floating flora at the park are the biomes of lotus, rice, grass, mangroves, and swamps all scattering in between one another. Your Vietnam adventure holiday to this site can be totally planned as a day trip as situated not so far away from Saigon.
Stork habitat (Source: Google)
Amid a lotus biome (Source: Google)
Until now in 2018, Vietnam has got for itself more than 30 national parks that are located throughout the country in all three regions. Amongst those, five are recognized as the World’s Ramsar Sites which can be listed as followed:
- Xuân Thủy National Park in Nam Định Province.
- Bàu Sấu, a part of Cát Tiên National Park in Đồng Nai Province.
- Ba Bể Lake in Bắc Kạn Province.
- Tràm Chim National Park in Tam Nông District, Đồng Tháp Province.
- Cà Mau National Park in Ngọc Hiển District, Cà Mau Province.
Bàu Sấu – Crocodile Swamps (Source: Google)
It is time to forget other mainstream routes to touristy areas of the Mekong Delta and save more time to hide in a local-love hide-out site like Tràm Chim National Park. The best way to visit an ecotourism site is to have a local guide with you, who is able to deliver the finest biography lesson beside a Vietnam adventure holiday scheme.