Experience Dong Thap’s flooding season with Saigontourist
By Dat Tien in HCMC
Tourists go fish-ing at Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Prov-ince during the flooding season - Photo: Courtesy of Saigontourist By Dat Tien in HCMC
Saigontourist Travel Service Company has collaborated with Dong Thap Travel Company to offer ‘Experiencing Dong Thap in flooding season’ tours.
From September to November annually, water from upstream Mekong River flows to the delta and bring the flooding season to the area, giving a chance for tourists to discover and experience local people’s life and landscapes during the wet season.
With a two-day tour of Dong Thap Province customers can visit Sa Dec Town, Cao Lanh City, Tram Chim National Park and Xeo Quit Tourist Park. Tourists to Sa Dec Town will be taken to Huynh Thuy Le’s ancient house which was used in a scene for the French film L’Amant (The Lover) and sit on a sampan to visit secret underground rooms during war-time in the primeval cajuput forest at Xeo Quit Tourist Park. On the journey, tour guides will bring visitors to experience dishes only available in the flooding season.
Especially, tourists will have a chance to discover rich fauna and flora of Tram Chim Park which has been recognized as a world’s Ramsar site. The site is endowed with a natural history of collective ecology of geomorphology, hydrograph and underwater creatures, and is an attractive destination for both local and foreign visitors.
Located in Tam Nong district, the park covers 7,612 hectares and is designed to preserve the typical submerged in-land eco-system that develops mainly in Ha Tien, Dong Thap Muoi and U Minh areas. The park boasts diversified flora which includes 130 species classified into six principle communities.
It also provides an ideal habitat for 231 species of birds, including 32 rare and precious species, especially the red-head cranes and 130 species of fish. The park includes an ecotourism area with a forest of cajuput, covering nearly 3,000 ha which is considered the lungs of the Dong Thap Muoi region.
It is also a destination for many kinds of birds, including thousands of storks, making it the largest stork garden in Dong Thap Muoi. Coming there, tourists will not only have a chance to admire rustic water species but also can enjoy local specialties and experience being a fisherman for the day with the friendly locals.
Tours to Dong Thap will be held on October 20, 27, November 3, 10 and costs VND1,665,000 million.
With two other tours which last three days each, customers will visit either My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Ha Tien or My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Chau Doc.
Saigontourist Travel Service Company is located at 45 Le Thanh Ton Street in District 1, tel: 08.3279279, www.saigontourist.net.