Tra Su Bird Sanctuary

Beyond Sam Mountain, the varied attractions at Tra Su, Tup Duc and Ba Chuc could all be covered in a busy day’s travelling, though this remote area is not a place for hurrying. This bird sanctuary is located about 23km from Chau Doc and consists of a protected forest of cajuput trees and wetlands that attract a great variety of birds including storks, egrets, cormorants, peafowl and water cocks.

Tra Su Bird Sanctuary
Tra Su Bird Sanctuary

A boat ride around the sanctuary combined with a walk to a viewing tower takes a couple of hours and costs around $7 per person depending on how many in the group. Even if you’re not a dedicated birder, you’d probably enjoy floating around this watery wonderland with its huge lily pads and moss-shrouded trees. 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.

Tra Su Bird Sanctuary
Tra Su Bird Sanctuary

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.