February 24, 2017 | 21:39 (GMT+7)
Vam Sat ecological site
PANO - The Vam Sat Ecological Site, nearly 40km from Ho Chi Minh City’s center, is an attracting place for any tourists who love exploring wildlife. The mangrove forest brings the site an evergreen look while millions of white storks annually gathering in the site makes it even more attractive and eye-catching.
It takes just one hour to drive from the center of Ho Chi Minh City to the Vam Sat Ecological Site, the nearest green tourism site from the national economic hub. The site was recognized by UNESCO in 2000 as a world’s biosphere reserve, the home to plentiful mangrove forest fauna. On canoes, tourists start exploring and photographing Dam Doi (Bat Swamp). Touring Dam Doi takes just half an hour. However, tourists often spend more time to explore the swamp because of the charming color of the water there.
Enjoying the nature while canoeing through such typical local trees as mangrove, date palm, bird’s nest fern and black mangrove in Can Gio mangrove forest
The shallow water Dam Doi is ideal for green alga to grow
Concrete paths are built to avoid slipping in rainy season. Walking on those paths, tourists can see mangrove, the typical vegetation in Vam Sat
Watching bats is another interesting activity. Tourists must be quiet while trying to find bats hanging on tree branches. Sometimes, tourists find it difficult to spot even a bat found by other tourists. Dam Doi is a place for preserving big bats which gather in Dam Doi at a certain time in a year. When the time comes, tourists could see dozens, even hundreds of bats hanging on tops of trees.
Apart from Dam Doi, tourists are advised to visit Vam Sat center where they could go through the mangrove forest amidst twitters of different birds.
Fishing crocodiles, a risky but interesting experience
Apart from walking through the forest, tourists can view the mangrove forest from a running canoe
Viewing the ecological site from the hundred-meters-high Tang Bong Tower
Fishing a kind of Gobiidae
A flock of storks over green trees
Playing with monkeys
Translated by Mai Huong