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Tram Chim National Park

Sarus crane

Tram Chim National Park is a national park in Dong Thap Muoi, Đong Thap Province of Vietnam. It is located 19 km to the east of the Mekong River, at an elevation of about 1m.

Spreading over an area of 7 villages (Tan Cong Sinh, Phu Duc, Phu Tho, Phu Thanh A, Phu Thanh B, Phu Hiep) and Tram Chim town in Tam Nong District, Tram Chim National Park is a miniature of the Dong Thap Muoi region, featuring a broad and diverse range of animals and plants in the Southern Vietnam. It is the reservation for primitive beauty of Dong Thap Muoi in Mekong Delta and also home for various kinds of fauna and flora. In the immense areas of 7500 ha of more than 130 flora species of the National Park are 231 water bird species – ¼ of bird species found in Vietnam including 32 rare and precious species, especially the red-head cranes and 130 species of fish. Indochina tours Vietnam

Tram Chim National Park

Tram Chim National Park

In addition, there is plentiful green vegetation with more than 130 species including lotus (white, pink, half white, half pink), water lily, paddy, mat, rush, etc. Providing an ideal habitat for hundreds of flora and fauna species, Tram Chim National Park offers a perfect choice for ecotourism to travel to Dong Thap Muoi. Forming part of the part, the 3,000 hectare forest of cajeput, aged up to 18 years old, is often adorned with tens of thousand of white storks during the flood season. It provides a dozen-hectare ground for various kinds of birds to play and build cosy nests all year round.

The topography of the national park is flat, slopes slightly to the East. In the past, several natural streams and rivers flowed from west to east, distributing water from the Mekong River to the plain of reeds. Now, these streams and rivers have been replaced by a system of canals flowing through the national park. Mekong river cruise

Lotus field

Lotus field

Of the 220 species of birds nesting at Tram Chim National Park, it is the sarus cranes, with their distinctive red heads, that most visitors come to see, though numbers have sadly declined drastically in recent years, and there is not much to be seen outside the months of December to May. From June to November they migrate to northwest Cambodia, so schedule your visit to coordinate with the birds’ travel itinerary if you want to see them. The birds are early risers, so morning visits are advised. During the day, they are engaged in the important business of eating.

Sarus crane

Sarus crane

Tram Chim National Park was the first wetland protected area in Vietnam to adopt an ecosystem based management approach and involves rehabilitating ecosystem processes and providing legal access for communities to wetland resources.

The vegetation of Tram Chim National Park comprises a mixture of seasonally inundated grassland, regenerating Melaleuca forest and open swamp. Melaleuca is distributed throughout the national park, both in plantations and in scattered patches in areas of grassland or open swamp.

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