Located in An Giang province, southwestern Vietnam, Tra Su Cajuput Forest spans across an area of approximately 850 hectares. This captivating destination nestled in the heart of the Mekong Delta embracing the tranquil waterways, majestic cajuput trees, and abundant wildlife that make this forest a true natural wonder.
Chau Doc city serves as a convenient starting point. From there, travellers can embark on a scenic boat ride through the picturesque canals and waterways, immersing themselves in the breathtaking nature of Vietnam and eventually arriving at Tra Su Cajuput Forest.
To visitors’ surprise, the flooding season is one of the most beautiful times to visit Tra Su Forest and the Mekong Delta region. From September to November every year, the Cajuput Forest appears in a charming and fresh and lightweight coat made up of the green mats of water lilies and elephant ear plants. Rowling boats in an incredibly mystical and romantic Tra Su during the flooding season is one of the things that should not be missed.
On the other hand, Tra Su Cajuput Forest shows its stunning beauty during the dry season, with a sea of water lilies swaying in the water, as if they are dancing the waltz to welcome visitors. Coming to the forest from 6:00 – 9:00 am and from 2:00 – 7:00 pm daily, visitors can admire the daily life and habits of the stork populations living in the forest from the observation towers. This breathtaking picture is what nature in Tra Su offers you on your unforgettable and exciting trip.
Strolling in the forest and exploring the biodiversity
Serving as home of the harmonious coexistence of flora and fauna, going on a tour to explore the abundant biodiversity firsthand, leisurely walking amidst the lush greenery to fully immerse in the enchanting atmosphere while observing the varied flora and fauna that thrive within its bounds. Mostly consisting of the native Tram Noi trees (as opposed to imported or yellow-flowered Tram trees), Tra Su’s ecosystem boasts approximately 140 plant species across 52 families and 102 genera, with stunning and picturesque green moss carpets featuring moss rice, moss elephant ear, and lotus flowers.
Admiring the scenery of the forest
Visitors can also marvel at the breathtaking expanse of the forest. Taking a short trek to the observatory to admire the panoramic views, the majestic tapestry of the sprawling cajuput trees and the surrounding wetland.
Rowling on a guided boat for scenic views
Rowling along the meandering waterways of Tra Su Cajuput Forest, through narrow channels surrounded by tall cajuput trees, visitors can admire the tranquil beauty of the surroundings, capturing picturesque views of the serene environment and encountering various wildlife species.
According to experienced travellers, to fully experience the forest, visitors can take both tuk-tuk and traditional paddle boats to explore the ecosystem of Tra Su forest.
Tra Su Cajuput Forest is a bird lover’s paradise since it protects over 70 species of birds. Visitors can enjoy bird watching on their boat ride or take a walk through the forest to spot these beautiful creatures.
Enjoying a feast of specialties of the Mekong Delta
Food is all we need to fully power up to explore a new land. Visitors to Tra Su will be invited to savour the famous Mekong Delta delicacies, namely An Giang’s thot not cake, fresh thot not juice, and various thot not-based snacks, traditional Mekong Delta dishes such as crazy fish hotpot, crispy fried fish, and sour fish hotpot with water lilies, unique dishes of Tra Su Cajuput Forest like honeycomb grilled chicken, grilled chicken covered in mud, and grilled snakehead fish.
Tips for visitors
Travelling to Tra Su Cajuput Forest is equivalent to be back to the nature, travellers are recommended to pack comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for trekking and boat rides; bring insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites; check for the weather and temperature, of course and most importantly, the ticket prices for the various services available at Tra Su forest.