Tram Chim National Park is one of the outstanding eco-tourism destinations of Dong Thap. In addition to the beautiful and idyllic natural landscape, this place also possesses an extremely rich and diverse flora and fauna ecosystem. There are many types of flora and fauna listed in the Red Book that need to be preserved. Tram Chim not only has great significance in Vietnam’s eco-tourism, but is also considered a Ramsar site of international importance. This place ranks 2,000th in the world and 4th in Vietnam.
1. How Tram Chim is unique?
Coming to Tram Chim National Park, visitors will be attracted by the wild beauty typical of the Western region. Where there are vast, green rice fields. Or admire a season of lush green floating water, dotted with pink lotus flowers and blooming water lilies. Furthermore, this is also an opportunity for you to explore a diverse ecosystem with many species of birds and fish, especially the rare red-crowned crane. And we cannot forget to mention contacting and interacting with friendly indigenous people and participating in rustic activities in the river region.
Bringing beautiful natural scenery, peaceful and fresh climate, Tram Chim National Park will definitely bring you wonderful experiences. So don’t hesitate any longer and start exploring this wonderful trip with Origin Vietnam.
2. Some details about the ecosystem of Tram Chim National Park
Tram Chim National Park is located in the territory of 7 communes (Tan Cong Sinh, Phu Duc, Phu Tho, Phu Thanh A, Phu Thanh B, Phu Hiep), in Tram Chim town, Tam Nong district, Dong Thap province. With a total area of more than 7,500 hectares, Tram Chim is considered a typical miniature model of the Dong Thap Muoi region, which has a diverse ecosystem, and bears the characteristics of the Mekong River Delta.
The national park is divided into specific types of communities distributed interspersed with each other:
- Lotus community
- Heavenly rice
- Tube cot
- Energy, Musty Mouth
- Melaleuca forests
Bringing unique beauty and characteristics along with sustainable exploitation of natural advantages. Activities to visit and explore Tram Chim land are becoming more and more attractive to tourists.
Tram Chim National Park (Tam Nong district, Dong Thap province) is home to more than 230 bird species, including 32 rare species, 16 species in the red book. Among them is the vegetation with more than 130 different species, the water bird system stands out with more than 233 species, belonging to 25 genera and 49 families. With some rare species such as:
- White-winged geese
- O Tac
- Coc sole
- Black-backed plovers
- Giang sen
- Gray-legged pelican….
And in particular, the Sarus Crane species, which accounts for the largest number in the crane family, is an invaluable natural asset of this national park.
In addition, with an intricate system of canals, rich rivers and lakes, the fish system here is also quite rich. This amount of fish is not only an abundant food source for birds but also plays a role in ecological balance. Some fish species are in Vietnam’s red book such as:
- Com fish
- Cobra fish
- Flying Fish
- Ca Ho
- Ecchi fish
3. When is the best time to visit Tram Chim National Park?
The weather at Tram Chim National Park is characterized by “six months of dry grass and burning grass, six months of flooded white fields”, each season has a different unique beauty that captivates many tourists.
The period from September to December of the lunar calendar is the floating water season. This is considered the peak tourist season at the national park, this place attracts a huge number of visitors. This is your opportunity to admire the lush, green scenery of the natural forest. Admire the fields of lotus and water lilies in full bloom and the vivid picture of hundreds of species of birds gathering here.
In addition, the dry season is also an ideal time for visitors to watch the impressive dances of the Red-crowned Crane. The time to easily see red-crowned cranes is from February to May.
February every year is the best time to go to Tram Chim to watch the birds fly back. The flocks of birds here are as diverse and beautiful as a fashion show.Besides, tourism activities in Tram Chim take place all year round, but there are some typical flower seasons.
The season of purple rhizome flowers – flowers of a type of seaweed that lives in flooded areas – begins to bloom usually in late January, early February and lasts about 2 months.
Next is the season of golden yellow flowers, a type of field flower, blooming from March to May. The flowers bloom bright yellow throughout the field of dozens of hectares, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. During the flower blooming season, this place attracts a lot of tourists.
4. How to get to Tram Chim National Park?
To move to Tram Chim National Park ecotourism area, visitors will have to move to Tram Chim town, Tam Nong district, Dong Thap province.
Tram Chim town is only about 150 km southwest of Ho Chi Minh city center, the road is quite convenient. Visitors can choose many means of transportation such as passenger cars, cars, and motorbikes.
4.1 By Coach
This is the means of transportation chosen by many tourists because of its convenience. You can choose reputable bus companies on the Saigon – Dong Thap route such as Hoang Minh, Tam Quoc Minh. Travel time is about 3 to 4 hours, with ticket prices ranging from 120,000 – 180,000 VND/trip.
4.2 Personal vehicles (cars, motorbikes)
If visitors choose to travel by personal vehicle, they can refer to the following 2 routes:
From Ho Chi Minh City, you travel along the Trung Luong – Tan An – Tan Thanh highway. At My An – Moc Hoa intersection, you turn to Truong Xuan, drive a short distance and you will reach Tram Chim town. From here, you will see a sign leading to Tram Chim National Park. The route is quite easy, you can refer to the map, signposts or ask local people to get to the tourist area. Coming to Tam Nong district, you cross Tram Chim bridge, continue about 800m and you will meet the Tram Chim National Park conservation center on the left.
If you depart from Cao Lanh city, you will have to travel about 35 km to reach the national park. However, the road from Cao Lanh to Tram Chim is quite easy. You start in the city center (Cao Lanh city children’s park area on April 30 street), move along Highway 30 (QL30) to the intersection near Thanh Binh district medical center, then Turn right and you will reach Tram Chim.
4.3 By Plane
For tourists coming from the Central or Northern regions of Vietnam and wanting to explore the typical rustic beauty of the Western river region, flying is a reasonable choice.
You can travel to Can Tho airport or Tan Son Nhat airport, then choose the airport shuttle or travel by bus to get to Tram Chim town, Dong Thap.
5. Activities and experiences at Tram Chim National Park
5.1 Take a boat trip for sightseeing
Sitting on a canoe weaving along the green canal is always an activity that any tourist wants to experience when arriving at Tram Chim National Park.
Visitors can also see white and red water lilies spread over hundreds of hectares. When harvesting water lilies in Tram Chim, people will take the long stem from deep water so they have to bundle them into rings for easy transportation. Fresh water lilies can be used to make many delicious dishes such as salad, braised fish sauce, stir-fried garlic, and shrimp soup.
This is a very relaxing time, visitors can watch many birds flying right in front of them. Listen to the chirping sounds, or witness the sight of hundreds of white storks and mallard ducks flying into the air.
At Tram Chim, visitors will admire an ancient West with flocks of storks flying in the sky, fish splashing in the water and many native plant species that seem to have disappeared. Visitors can most easily encounter flocks of storks, which belong to the stork family and are a strictly protected species. Birds help farmers eliminate harmful organisms.
When they eat snails, they collect the shells in one place. In addition, Tram Chim also has storks, snake-necked birds, gray herons, and herons.
Arriving at the lookout tower, the boat will stop for visitors to climb to the upper floor to enjoy the immense green scenery of the national park. Just let your soul follow the wind, feel the closeness to nature and feel strangely peaceful.
5.2 Experience the flood season
Coming to Tram Chim during the flood season, visitors will be immersed in a lush, flooded landscape, all of which are full of vitality. The fields of lotus flowers and water lilies are glowing pink, and birds flock together to create a lively scene.
This is also an opportunity for you to participate in activities like rowing a dinghy, setting nets, laying thatch, fishing, harvesting rice, hunting field mice,… In addition, the flood season is also the breeding season for hundreds of bird species. With thousands of lovely bird’s nests of some species such as gongs, snake-necked red geese,… that you can easily see.
To visit the garden, visitors can choose to take a motorboat or a tugboat – a means of transport that is considered a Western yacht. The towing boat is designed with one boat in front controlled by a driver, pulling two boats behind. Passengers can admire the scenery and enjoy food right on the boat.
5.3 Watch red-crowned cranes in the dry season
The red-headed crane is considered a typical bird in the Tram Chim region. With outstanding colors and vibrant dances, flocks of red-crowned cranes will be an impressive highlight that no tourist wants to miss.
The dry season from December to May of the lunar calendar is when you can easily see this rare bird.
5.4. Take photos and visit the museum
Tourists come to Tram Chim not only to visit and admire the natural beauty but also to research and take photos. A photographer shares that taking photos of wild birds here requires patience and passion. “Sometimes it takes an hour of stalking to get as close as possible, but if you’re careless, they fly away,” he said. In addition, a good camera and lens are also factors that help photographers succeed. This place will definitely be an ideal destination for paparazzi because of its breathtakingly beautiful and idyllic natural landscape.
In addition to outdoor activities, right at the tourist operations center is the freshwater fish and bird museum. Here, there is also a specimen of a red-crowned crane that has been attached to the garden for 20 years. In the past, researchers had GPS collars attached to their feet to create migration maps.
6. Specialities in Tram Chim national park
After a long day of exploring the national park, gather with friends to sit on airy thatched huts in the middle of the forest or experience floating on a raft. Let’s enjoy delicious rustic dishes of the Western region, with country flavors such as:
- Field crab hotpot
- Stew fish
- Grilled snakehead fish
- Eel with lemongrass
- Dried snakehead fish, dried catfish
- Crispy fried fish cake,..
What could be more wonderful than enjoying delicious dishes with simple, unforgettable country flavors in a poetic space? In particular, if you come here during the lotus blooming season, you will be more impressed with the delicious dishes made from lotus.
7. Accommodation in Tram Chim National Park?
If you intend to stay overnight in the tourist area, you can rent a hotel right in the Tram Chim national park area. The rooms here are quiet clean and neat, so it’s easy to run out of rooms, so you should book at least 1 week in advance.
Or if you want to experience the feeling of being in harmony with nature, try registering to sleep in the forest at the rest stop. It will definitely bring you different feelings, just waking up and watching the sunrise on the river, hearing the peaceful sounds of birds singing.
In Dong Thap, it is not difficult to find a hotel that is both clean and comfortable. However, to find a hotel near Tram Chim, you should book a room before going to make sure there is a place to stay for you in advance. Please contact Origin Vietnam’s Mekong delta tour package for more detailed information!
- Tram Chim Homestay: Tram Chim town, Tam Nong district, Dong Thap province
- Sao Mai Hotel Cao Lanh: 178 Nguyen Hue, Ward 2, Cao Lanh City, Dong Thap Province
- Sky Hotel Hong Ngu: Nguyen Tat Thanh, An Thanh Ward, Hong Ngu, Dong Thap Province
- Lotus Garden Homestay: Hoa Trung, Hoa Tan, Chau Thanh, Chau Thanh, Dong Thap Province
- Bong Hong Hotel: 251A Nguyen Sinh Sac, Hamlet 2, Ward 2, Sa Dec, Dong Thap Province
8. Some important notes when traveling to Tram Chim National Park
- Plan your trip to Dong Thap and Tram Chim National Park early, to plan everything smoothly.
- The West is famous for having a lot of mosquitoes, so don’t forget to apply anti-mosquito and insect repellent cream.
- On the road in the tourist area, there are many muddy roads, so you should wear sandals to make it easier to move and clean.
- Experience boating and fishing activities to have exciting memories.
- You can bring some snacks, fruits, and cakes to enjoy. But you should remember to collect trash and put it in the right place.
9. Suggestion Sightseeing Itinerary
There are two travel routes with a distance of 12 km and 21 km, lasting from 1:30 and 3:00. Along the route, visitors will see a miniature Plain of Reeds with melaleuca forests, grass fields, ghost rice fields, and lotus fields.
Underwater, some plant species are difficult to find in the wild. Such as wall moss, foxtail seaweed, water lily, water bulbs, purple flower ear flowers, and royal jelly.
The tour route will stop at point C4 – located in the middle of the forest, a 16 m high observation deck helps visitors easily see the panorama from above. Next to it are shops with rustic dishes, typical of the river region.
With the above necessary information for your Vietnam adventure holiday to explore Tram Chim National Park, we hope you will have more useful knowledge and fascinating experiences. If you have any need to book air tickets, hotels, or tours, do not hesitate to contact Origin Vietnam for the most detailed information.
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