Exploring the Enchanting Tra Su Melaleuca Forests of Vietnam

Located in the Mekong Delta, the Tra Su melaleuca forest is a paradise for those looking for an exciting and educational experience. It is an ideal spot for ecologists and scientists eager to learn more about the environment, as well as for nature lovers and young travelers seeking a thrilling adventure.

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Tra Su melaleuca forest is located in Van Giao commune, Tinh Bien district (An Giang province), near Chau Doc and the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Covering an area of 859 hectares, it is a typical ecosystem in the Western waters of the Hau River.

Tra Su Melaleuca Forest – The Fairytale Land Of Vietnam
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The best time to visit Tra Su melaleuca forest is from September to November, when the entire area is covered in water, creating breathtaking landscapes. During other times of the year, especially in the dry season, access to the forest is limited due to fire prevention regulations. Every year, the forest attracts numerous travelers who come to explore and admire the natural scenery.

The forest is characterized by its interconnected canals and crystal-clear water. Visitors can explore the majestic green nature by rowing a boat on the river.

Tra Su Melaleuca Forest – The Fairytale Land Of Vietnam
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The forest is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. It boasts 140 species of plants, including 22 tree species, 78 medicinal plants, and 13 aquatic species. The forest is also inhabited by over 70 species of birds, including two rare bird species listed in the Red Book.

Deep within the forest, visitors can engage in activities like beekeeping, birdwatching, and experience the handicraft villages of the ethnic minorities. In early 2020, Tra Su forest introduced the longest walking bamboo bridge in Vietnam, offering visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in nature.

Tra Su Melaleuca Forest – The Fairytale Land Of Vietnam
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Visitors can climb a ten-meter high watchtower to enjoy a panoramic view of the Melaleuca forest through a telescope.

The Tra Su Melaleuca forest can be explored by motorbike or bicycle, allowing visitors to discover the beauty of the forest and its surroundings. It is a place that offers relaxation and tranquility. Considered a special-use ecosystem, this forest plays a crucial role in preserving the wetland ecosystem in the Mekong Delta, as recognized by Vietnamese and international environmental research organizations.

Resting at the top of the watchtower allows visitors to enjoy the cooling winds while observing the daily life of the birds. A telescope is available for those who want a closer look at the birds and their nests. The forest comes to life and reveals its vibrant rhythm to visitors.

Tra Su Melaleuca Forest – The Fairytale Land Of Vietnam
Photo: Dong Giang

The central area of Tra Su forest offers a variety of dishes, including Linh fish and sesban flower hotpot, deep-fried Linh fish, sour hotpot of catfish, honey grilled chicken, and grilled snakehead fish. These dishes represent the local cuisine and provide a memorable dining experience for families and friends in a natural atmosphere.

How to get to Tra Su melaleuca forest

Motorbike: Riding a motorbike is a convenient and cost-effective way to travel in Vietnam. It allows riders to make stops and visit scenic spots along the way.

Tra Su Melaleuca Forest – The Fairytale Land Of Vietnam
Photo: Saigon Scooter Tours

Car: Traveling by car is the safest option for larger groups. It allows for cost savings but may have limitations in terms of stopping at specific locations.

Bus: Taking a bus is a suitable option for small groups.

Charlotte Pho