EXPLORING TRAM CHIM NATIONAl PARK - HOME TO BIRDS IN VIETNAM


24 Apr 2022

As a Ramsar site of international importance, Tram Chim National Park belongs to the extremely famous eco-tourism area of the same name in Dong Thap Province. The special tourism potential of this place comes from the beautiful natural landscape, numerous diverse and rare species of flora and fauna. Coming to Tram Chim Dong Thap, in addition to sightseeing and exploring, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy delicious regional specialties.

Table Contents
  • I - Location
  • II - Why to visit
  • III - Travel information
  • 1 - Getting around
  • 2 - Cuisine 
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Source: saigon tourist

As ecotourism is increasingly emerging, Dong Thap Province is one of the most visited destinations in Vietnam in recent years. Prominent here is Tram Chim National Park, with beautiful and peaceful natural scenery, diverse flora and fauna, and an attractive cuisine. To make your trip to this place simpler and more convenient, you can refer to the information we provide below:

I - Where is Tram Chim National Park?

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Source: Quốc Trung

About 170 from Ho Chi Minh City, Tram Chim Dong Thap was established in 1998, located in Tam Nong district, Dong Thap province. Covering an area of more than 7,500ha, this tourist area stretches from Tram Chim town to 6 communes of Tan Cong Sinh, Phu Duc, Phu Tho, Phu Thanh A, Phu Thanh B and Phu Hiep. On May 22, 2012, this national park was recognized as the 2000th Ramsar site in the world, and also the 4th Ramsar site in Vietnam.

Tram Chim National Park entrance fee is 20,000 VND / person ($0.87), excluding costs such as transportation, meals,… The tickets are sold at the counter right at the entrance. The highlight of this area is the typical thatched-roof houses of the Mekong Delta, forming the main subdivisions such as the gallery, the dining area, etc,.

Note: Opening hours: 7am - 5pm

II - Why is Tram Chim National Park so appealing? 

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Boat tour in the park - Source: Reddit

With a wild landscape and diverse ecosystem, each season at Tram Chim Dong Thap is beautiful in its own way, especially the floating season from September to December. At this time, Tram Chim will be covered with a fresh green color, dotted with pink lotus flowers, water lilies and hundreds of colorful birds hidden in the grass.

Traveling to Tram Chim National Park Vietnam, you will have the opportunity to sit on a canoe and weave along the small canals, listening to the chirping of birds, witnessing the flourishing life of flora and fauna The canoe follows the water, taking you to admire the fields of flowers, golden rice and melaleuca forests stretching out in the sun. 

The floating season is also your chance to try to experience the life of local fishermen by spreading nets, laying traps. You can also participate in harvesting sky rice (ghost rice) or hunting field mice, a specialty of this land.

 

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Tram Chim National Park is the home to birds - Source: thegioicombo.vn

And if you love to see the beautiful and colorful scenery of flowers, Hoang Dau flower usually lasts from December to February next year. Considered a “specialty” of Tram Chim Dong Thap, these 20ha flower beds often bloom from 11am to 2pm, forming a brilliant and poetic golden carpet. 

As for the Nhi Can flowers, also known as “purple seaweed”, they begin to bloom in January and last for about 1 to 2 months, covering a corner of Tram Chim National Park in purple. This submerged aquatic species is one of the rare and precious plants, extremely important in maintaining the ecology of this national park.

Meanwhile, the dry season (taking place from January to June) is when the rare red-crowned crane is strongly active, creating the famous and unique “dance” of Tram Chim National Park Vietnam. They are most easily seen from February to May, although you won’t be able to find them at all during the floating season, because unlike other birds in the area, these cranes feed solely on the ground. In the afternoon, you can also find a suitable place to watch the sunset in Dong Thap Muoi, adding one more to many unforgettable experiences you have in just one day of excursion.

III - Useful information about tourism in Tram Chim National Park

1 - Means of transportation at Tram Chim Dong Thap

This national park is divided into 5 different management zones (A1 - A5), each is surrounded by a system of canals and dikes with a total length of up to 59km. In order to sightsee this place, you will have to use means such as trams, canoes and “tac rang” - a type of small motorboat typical of the land of rivers. The cost of renting each vehicle and for each route is different, you will be advised on your touring plans before buying tickets.

Using tram to explore Tram Chim National Park

From the pick-up area, you will travel about 5km on the forest belt to get to the C4 stop by tram, with a ticket price of 30,000 VND / person ($1.3). The trams only leave the station when there are 2 or more passengers, and the round trip is included so the total traveling distance will be about 10km.

Cruising on the river 

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Sightseeing by boat - Source: tapchimoitruong.vn

Using a canoe or tac rang, you will travel on the canals crept deep inside Tram Chim National Park at a fairly fast speed. With tac rang, there will also be an accompanied narrator, and some stops for you to experience interesting activities. You have about 1.5 - 2 hours to enjoy the food, climb up the observatory to admire the scenery, try recreational fishing…at Tram Chim Dong Thap. Meanwhile, a canoe is more suitable if you want to combine sightseeing with enjoying food, which you bring yourself or buy from restaurants at the pier. Both these types of vehicles can accommodate up to 10 people and have quite similar sightseeing routes. The price for a cruise tour at Tram Chim National Park as below:

Route 1: Pick-up area - Stop C4 - Observatory 3 and vice versa (20km)

2-hour tour: 800,000 VND / person ($35)

3-hour tour: 900,000 VND / person ($40)

Over 4-hour tour: 1,000,000 VND / person ($44)

Route 2: Stop C4 - Observation Deck 3 (total travel length 12km)

2-hour tour: 500,000 VND / person ($22)

3-hour tour: 600,000 VND / person ($26)

Over 4-hour tour: 700,000 VND / person ($30)

Route 3: Pick-up area - Observation Deck 3 - Stop C4 - Pick-up area (21km)

2-hour tour:  800,000 VND / person ($35)

3-hour tour: 900,000 VND / person ($39)

Over 4-hour tour: 1,000,000 VND / person ($44)

Route 5: Pick-up area - Stopover C4 and vice versa (12km)

2-hour tour: 500,000 VND / person ($22)

3-hour tour: 600,000 VND / person ($26)

Over 4-hour tour: 700,000 VND / person ($30)

2 - Cuisine at Tram Chim National Park Vietnam 

After a journey of discovery, there is nothing more interesting than sitting in a rural house in the middle of the forest, tasting all the delicious dishes with local flavor. You can also enjoy the food at the restaurant at Stop C4 or right on the canoe, but please contact the management and tell the boat owner in advance.

Traveling to Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Province in the right season of floating water, you will be lucky to enjoy specialties from rat rolls, to pancakes with dien dien flowers or hotpot with fish sauce. There are also other dishes such as braised fish with water lily, eel with lemongrass, deep-fried fishes, grilled catfish, eel or snakehead fish, snakehead fish porridge, steamed snails with pepper, crab hotpot, …

Tram Chim National Park Vietnam, which is a paradise of countless birds, especially those extremely rare ones, is not a bad choice for those who are fond of unspoiled natural space to see the wonderful scenery and breathe in the fresh air. Hope the above information will help you have a comfortable trip to the wild.

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