Tra Su mangrove nature reserve
Tra Su cajeput forest located on Van Giao commune, Tinh Bien district, An Giang province. This is the flooded forests typical of western Hau River, is home to many species of animals and plants under the Special Use Forest management system of Vietnam.
From the town of Nha Bang Tinh Bien district, take the provincial road 948 to Km 6  at Bung Tien bridge, turn left and continue 4 km to Tra Su cajeput forest. Here, we take "tac rang" a motorized sampan to visit melaleuca forest. There is also another cycling road from ChauDoc, following KenhDao canal and turn in the back side of TraSu nature reserve, about 20km.
With an area approximately 850 hectares, mostly in forests of melaleuca trees Tra Su is melaleuca (over 10 years old, tall 5-8 meters). In addition, it is also home to many species of animals and plants. According to the Vietnam Tourism website, then here is:
    - 70 species of birds belonging to 13 orders and 31 families, including two rare species of birds have been recorded in Vietnam's Red Book Giang sen (Mycteria leucocephala) and Indian Indian (Anhinga melanogaster)
    -11 species in 4 mammal orders and 6 families. The highest number was gnawing species (4 species) and bats (15 species), including species of rare lesser short-nosed fruit bat have been recorded in Vietnam Red Book.
    -25 Reptiles and amphibians, including 2 order, 10 families, including cobras, kraits.
    -10 Species of fish found throughout the year and 13 species occur only in the flood season.
Not only rich in animal and Tra Su cajeput forest is a place to gather the 140 plant species of 52 families and 102 genus, while 22 trees, 25 shrubs, 10 species of vines, 70 species of grass and 13 aquatic species, 11 species of habitat, 78 species of plants medicine, etc ....
According to a survey by BirdLife International and the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Tra Su cajeput forest is considered the place of international importance in the conservation of wetlands in the Mekong Delta. In 1999, both organizations have suggested that local authorities build protection zones in the area. May 27, 2003, An Giang provincial government issued a decision approving the establishment of protection zones Tra Su cajeput forest landscape, to meet the demand for ecotourism and research service of environmental conservation.
Overall, the diversity and abundance of natural resources make Tra Su cajeput forests become an ideal destination for researchers and enthusiasts to discover the wild nature. Flooding season (around August to October lunar calendar) is the most appropriate time to come to the mangrove forest.
Where ever you travel from Mekong delta to Phnompenh or you do the Mekong delta cycling tour from Cambodia to Vietnam, don't miss TraSu mangrove forest.
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2015-10-13
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