Can Gio Mangrove Forest - top venue for nature lovers

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Can Gio Mangrove Forest - top venue for nature lovers

Post: 18-07-2015 11:33:25 AM - Views: 3463

The Can Gio Mangrove Forest, a world-class biological reserve recognized by UNESCO in 2000, is proving to be a top tourist destination with its system of canals, its spectacular ocean scenery and its tranquility.

(visavietnam.net.vn) - About 50 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh city Vietnam, the Can Gio Mangrove Forest (Rừng ngập mặn Cần Giờ) , a world-class biological reserve recognized by UNESCO in 2000, is proving to be a top tourist destination with its system of canals, its spectacular ocean scenery and its tranquility.

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The mangroves of Can Gio have been described as the ”green lungs” of Ho Chi Minh City; it’s extreme biodiversity counterbalancing the city’s pollution. A vital wildlife sanctuary, there are 200 species in the region, as well as more than 150 species of flora aided by mineral rich soil and tropical climate. The fertile river is home to hundreds of species of freshwater fish, crabs, shrimps and more,  and a famous fishing spot.

The wetlands provide refuge for many species of shore and migratory birds including the spot-billed pelicans and painted storks. And one of the highlights of Can Gio is the sanctuary for crocodiles, which were hunted to near-extinction in the southern Mekong.

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Ecotourism is becoming increasingly popular here and Can Gio’s combination of beauty, wilderness and adventure means it will likely become a travel hotspot in the next few years.

From the center of HCMC, there are two ways to the eco-tourist site. The first is biking or motor biking to the Binh Khanh Ferry which crosses the river and lands at Can Gio Street. A short ride down this street gets you to the Vam Sat Ecological Tourist Area (Khu du lịch sinh thái Vàm Sát) in the Can Gio Mangrove Forest. The second, and more interesting way, is to board a canoe at the Bach Dang Wharf and glide down the Saigon, Soai Rap, Dinh Ba and Lo Ren rivers.

Can Gio conforms to the wishes of many tourists who want an easily-reached ecological area with features like history, culture and especially a vast wilderness. The Can Gio Museum displays antiques dating back 2,000 years, the astounding Rung Sac (Rừng Sác) Revolutionary Base which represents a page of national history and an animal circus with tamed and untamed beasts, including crocodiles, excites visitors. There is a troupe of 1,000 monkeys that are always ready to have fun with tourists. Typical dishes of the area can be had at Rung Sac Restaurant and eateries that line the river.

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The Vam Sat Ecological Tourist Area (khu du lịch sinh thái Vàm Sát) is one of the world’s Salt-Marsh biosphere preserves and is ideal for canoe trips to swampland where rare flying foxes and bats live high in the trees and crabs are caught for their succulent meat.

Tourists can also enjoy the local sport of teasing hungry crocodiles with food from the canoe. Floating on a top of a saltwater pool, visitors do not have to worry about drowning because the salt concentration is 10 times higher than seawater and the crocodiles do not come here.

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