Update: 16:58 | 06/10/2019
Tra Su in An Giang Province is a mangrove forest with long waterways that become an exotic place to float through during flooding season.
Situated in Tinh Bien District, about 20 km south of Chau Doc Town, the capital of An Giang Province, the 800-hectare forest is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mekong Delta region.
Tourists explore the Tra Su Magrove Forest in a motorboat.
Tra Su is a typical mangrove forest on the western part of the Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong. Waterways that cut through a forest of green melaleuca (cajeput) trees are a great way to reconnect with nature, breathing in fresh hair and listening to the sound of chirping birds, a world away from the noise of bustle of cities.
The Tra Su forest is home to about 140 plant species, but the dominant growth is of cajeput trees. The most suitable time of the year to visit the forest is during the lotus season, from June to September, and the flooding season, from October to November.
Visitors can enjoy watching locals harvest cajeput flower honey. Depending on the quality, a liter of this honey can cost VND300,000 to over VND1 million ($13-43).
ra Su is a typical mangrove forest on the western part of the Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong.
During a tour, visitors will travel by motorboat and switch to a rowing boat on reaching the heart of the forest. This is when they can see many birds foraging and nesting. The forest is home to about 70 species of birds including storks and bitterns.
After the boat tour, visitors will be taken to the 120-foot tall observatory located in the middle of the forest. From there, they can enjoy a panoramic view of the forest with its green canopy dotted with thousands of birds.
A Tra Su forest tour costs VND190,000 ($8) per visitor. In groups of seven or more, the price drops to VND95,000 ($4) per person.