About 30km from Ca Mau City, U Minh Ha national park is a unique ecotourism destination because it is populated mainly by cajuput trees. It is easy to access to the forest as the asphalt road is smooth and even.
U Minh Ha Forest has suffered heavy destruction during the two Viet Nam Wars from 1945 to 1975, but it survived and continued to revive itself, even following forest fires after the wars. The center of U Minh Ha National Park is Vo Doi, where strong protection is provided for rare and valuable species listed in the Vietnam Red Book. Some of them are snakes, pythons, turtles, deer, wild boars and red-legged otters. Local people have developed several tourist attractions. Mr Tran Trung Quoc’s model is very interesting. In early 2001, he started raising fish, eels, snakes, and turtles, all typical of U Minh Ha. Soon, monkeys and storks came to inhabit his land. He opened the place to tourists.
From the beginning, it was only a small tourist site with several mango trees, plum trees and a few tables where tourists could relax and have a cold drink or something to eat. Now it has become a true tourist destination, including a dozen huts, many fruit trees, well furnished rooms and good amenities. Here, tourists can fish, stroll under fruit-laden trees, listen to bird and enjoy the fragrance of cajuput trees. Mr Le Van Qua attracts tourists with a different model. His land is large, covering 110 hectares. Tourists come here to see animals and flowers unique to the area, especially freshwater animals. They can explore the forest on a paved road and enjoy different dishes such as snake, turtle and eel. When they need a rest they can stay in nice small huts.
Being aware of the tourism potential of U Minh Ha National Park, the local authorities are planning to expand tourist facilities while implementing more measures to protect the natural habitat. At the same time, promotion of the park as an ideal destination for tourism has been intensified. It is hoped that U Minh Ha National Park will soon make itself widely known as a unique ecosystem of cajuput trees for tourists.
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