Visiting fairy-land U Minh ThuongUnder Blog
U Minh Thuong is a national park located in Kien Giang Province in Southern Vietnam. Visiting U Minh Thuong, you will be interested in this natural paradise with immerse green melaleuca forests, water, birds and grassland, making a picturesque scenery.
U Minh Thuong National Park covers an area of 21,107 ha, which core area accounts for 8038 ha, and buffer zone accountsfor 13,069 ha. This is the type of tropical forest ecosystems and wetlands which are very rare in the world.
The best way to explore U Minh Thuong is traveling by boat or canoe, going through a dyke and canals system, freshwater wetland. Especially, the water here is black because of a thick layer of peat. The most popular plant here is local melaleuca tree with average height of 20 meters, small leaves, sparse canopy and pleasing good smell. It plays an important role in maintaining the soil and water quality in the buffer zone by preventing acidification of topsoil and surface water. The combination of water, swamped melaleuca trees makes the scenery very charming and a little mysterious.
You can visit Hoa Mai Lake, where you can have a break on hammocks in simple cottages. You also can join fishing activity or watch diversified life of birds, animals and plants in the park. In peaceful picture of nature, you can have a special meal with local dishes such as grilled fish, snake, eel, some foresh vegetables,…
After weaving among the canals by boat, you can stop to explore bird sanctuary (Trang Chim) and bat sanctuary (Trang Doi). Trang Chim is a large area with dozen of thousands different birds with different colors and shapes and sizes. According to some survey, there are 187 species of bird, including 9 species of global conversation concern such as oriental darter, spot-billed pelican, black-headed ibis,ect.
Trang Doi is gathering place of thousands of bats and crows. In the daylight, you can see many bats hanging on the trees like huge fruits. There are a lot of different species of bat at U Minh Thuong, including a very rare one named Lyle Flying Fox.
If you love discovering nature, you should not miss U Minh Thuong National Park. Exploring the unique beauty of wetland is unforgettable memory.