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Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, Chau Doc

| 11 Apr 2014
  • 5 of 5


Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, Chau Doc
Daylight hours
130,000VND includes boat

Our rating
11 Apr 2014

Tra Su bird sanctuary is a surprisingly beautiful and serene spot around 25kms from Chau Doc that's worth a visit whether you're an avid bird watcher or just looking for a quiet time in a stunning natural setting.

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The Mekong Delta's high population density and extensive agricultural lands have not left a lot of space to nature. There are a handful of nature reserves and bird sanctuaries however and Tra Su's proximity to Chau Doc makes it very accessible.

Tra Su is home to a rich array of bird and other wildlife that live among the canals and cajaput trees (tea trees) - all planted since the end of the Vietnam War.

The best months to travel to Tra Su is when the Mekong is peaking between September and November. I visited in April at the height of the dry season and it was still a very worthwhile trip and saw lots of birds - though only a handful of species.

Travel through the park is mostly by boat - which adds to the the experience.

Travel tips

Tra Su is around 45 minutes (25kms) from Chau Doc. 1 hour boat excursion is around $7USD. In the wet season, longer visits are recommended.

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  • 5 of 5

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I visited Tra Su in Oct 2013. It is a place once visited never forgotten. Absolutely fabulous. I made a short edited & narrated video of it if you like to have a look. The link is: I would also like to say that I enjoy your videos greatly, very helpful when planning my trip last year. They helped to convince me to go to NE Vietnam and I am so glad I did. They also helped trying to get a "close to" pronunciation. cheers Heather

  • Heather Hayward
  • Mekong Chau Doc
  • Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:05