While riding a three-leaf canoe in the middle of the Melaleuca forest, while immersing in the peaceful and rustic beauty of An Giang land, that beast is a true “lifetime”.
Every year, around July – October of the lunar calendar (ie, August – November of the solar calendar), the water from upstream of the Mekong River flows to the Cua Long River Delta to form a sea of water, especially in the provinces. Dong Thap, An Giang, Long Xuyen Quadrangle. This is the time when the green fields of the past were replaced by the beautiful scenery of the vast waves of water, which is the time many tourists come to the West to look forward to the year.
This is also the season when flocks of birds flock together to nest in flooded forests. Tourists consider this to be the “proliferation season” of the West because the natural scenery can only be summed up in two words “wonderful”. Located right next to the fertile Mekong River, nature has endowed An Giang with many favorable conditions not only for agricultural development but also for promoting eco-tourism. An Giang is like a miniature picture of the west of the river, colorful but extremely peaceful and poetic.
Referring to An Giang tourism, we can hardly ignore the beautiful “girl” of Tra Su Melaleuca forest, which attracts people’s hearts. Tra Su Melaleuca forest is about 30 km from Chau Doc, only about 10 km from the border area of Vietnam and Cambodia, planted according to the typical ecosystem model of the wetland west of the Hau River.
Coming here, you will enjoy the natural space with shady Melaleuca forest on both sides, but also have close contact with a series of water birds and rare wildlife because this place is also developed to become a “common home” – a conservation area for many classes of tropical creatures living in this Southwest region.
Your trip to Tra Su Melaleuca forest will take place on the main means of transportation, which is a dinghy – a typical vehicle of this water area. Along each trip, tourists will have a tour guide cum canoeist to take visitors along the Melaleuca forest, and at the same time will introduce interesting – unique – strange spots that only this place has. Because it is an eco-tourism area, of course, Tra Su Melaleuca Forest is “flooded” with many aquatic species, birds, water fish… It is known that this place has about 140 species of plants, with an area almost covered by Melaleuca.
Deep inside, Tra melaleuca forest also has a high tower built with a telescope (visibility reaches 25 km) so that visitors can enjoy the panoramic view from above of the eco-tourism area.
In addition to enjoying the scenery of An Giang river and water, culinary specialties are also one of the attractions that tourists should experience when coming here. Talking about specialties of the floating season, it is impossible not to mention Linh fish. Linh fish – a gift of nature has favored the people of the West and only when “water” returns. First season spirit fish, only as small as the tip of a chopstick, fish meat is delicious, sweet, soft bones, greasy. The higher the water rises, the more spirit fish come back. After catching reishi, it will be able to be processed into many dishes, in which, An Giang’s fish hotpot is a famous specialty for everyone when coming to the West in the rainy season.
In order to have a delicious hot pot with the right style and taste of the river region, people often choose especially natural and fresh ingredients from many interlaced rivers and canals in the West. The sweet, simple and bold taste of the domestic wind is the main feature of this fish hotpot.
In addition to the hot pot of Linh cotton, An Giang is also very famous for many special dishes such as steamed chicken with bamboo leaves, durian salad, Cho Moi puffed sticky rice, Chau Doc fish vermicelli, Chau Doc Thai fish sauce,… Hoi Full of colors, flavors and very unique flavors, all the specialties have contributed to making An Giang’s culinary colors diverse, unique and very typical of the Western identity. Try once to come back to Tra Su Melaleuca forest in the floating season to immerse yourself in the green beauty, float on a dinghy and enjoy the typical specialties of this place.