Time to go: flood season, the period from September to November is the best time for exploring Tra Su in the , when the forest is flooded and it is also the fragrant cajeput blossom season, called “honey season” because of the millions of bees that flock to the forest to make honey from the flowers. Big beehives hang from tree branches.
The 850ha forest zone is located about 20km from Chau Doc Town, 10km from the border with Cambodia, Long Xuyen city nearly 100 kilometers, Van Giao Commune, Tinh Bien district. Tra Su is the most famous submerged forest in the western region of the Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong River. The man-made forest is home to 140 species of plants, 70 species of birds, 11 species of animals, 23 of fish and 20 of reptiles. Two species of birds have been listed in the Red Book, including the giang sen (painted stork) and dien dien (anhinga or snake bird).
Tra Su cajeput forests in flood season, the surface litterd duckweed, looks like a green velvet carpet. This is also the inland wetland forests 6th western provinces. Despite the bumpy forest road into potholes, with those who had once set foot in this space will quickly be attracted to mystical forest …
The only way to go deeper into the forest is by using a boat. In the forest’s areas where there are many lotuses, water lilies and water hyacinths, the scenery looks like a romantic painting.
The forest can be seen from a watchtower equipped with a telescope. From the tower, visitors see a vast green spread of cajeput trees and birds perched on trees. Tram forests around, looming in the distance there are plenty of villages Khmer and Kinh people live, village known for its excellent handicrafts such as weaving Khmer super, Brocade, honeybee farming village, Tram oil rectifying zone …
However, to maintain the natural environment, tourists are allowed to travel only within a 159ha area of the zone, starting by motorboat in Tra Su forest.
As the boat glides from the wharf, the cool air is refreshing. The green trees, cool water and birdsong are enhanced by the sight of pink water-lily flowers rising and falling in the wake of the boat.
Tra Su cajeput forests are one of the cajeput forest ecological zones the meager remaining of Vietnam. With the diversity in both animals and plants, visit cajuput forest is an opportunity for visitors to experience the actual of wild nature.
The Tra Su Reserve closes at 5pm. There is no accommodation available, so it’s a 20km bus ride back to the town. However, cajeput honey or oil can be bought as a reminder of this unspoilt and tranquil green zone.