Last update: 16:33 | 22/12/2017
Travellers to the Mekong Delta should visit Tra Su cajuput forest in An Giang Province to enjoy its beautiful landscapes and serenity.
Locals say the good period to visit is from July to December when water covers the entire cajuput forest in Van Giao Commune, Tinh Bien District, enabling boat rides around it.
But many choose to visit in December-January because there is little or no rain, the weather is cool and the national reserve turns peaceful and scenic with cajuput leaves swaying in the wind and falling.
A journey to Tra Su starts aboard a motorboat which leaves a pier in the forest and moves along the cajuput forest for visitors to admire the vast greenery and lotuses and water lilies before they are transferred to a small wooden rowboat, which makes its way through green duckweed deep into the forest in less than 30 minutes.
From their boat, they can see birds and storks perched on the cajuput trees and hovering in the special forest of nearly 1,500 hectares.
Tra Su is home to 140 species of plants and more than 120 species of water birds, bats, reptiles, animals and fish, many of them rare and endangered with some listed in the Red Book.