Lying within the flooded Dong Thap Muoi area in Cao Lanh District, Dong Thap Province (about 170 km from Ho Chi Minh city), Gao Giong Eco-Tourism Park has become a popular destination for both domestic and foreign tourists to relax and enjoy meandering sampan cruises through the wetlands. The environment is an example of the region’s mangrove lowlands and the park acts as a ‘green lung’ of the Dong Thap Muoi region.
Gao Giong is well-known for its bird yard. The bird sanctuary covers 35 hectares with diversified species including egrets, sparrows, wild ducks and herons, and, especially a some rare species listed in the Red Book. This is a 2,000ha complex of cajeput forest where more than 15 species of precious birds live, nest and lay eggs. Besides, the site offers a rich variety of aquatic resources, etc.
Tourists are enthralled by the sounds of the birds swinging on cajuput trees or perched on lotus flowers. At dawn and at sunset especially, the melodies are a nice background to the inherent stillness.
Drifting on canals shaded by cajuput trees, contemplating the hundreds of birds singing happy songs and getting lost in the poetic and deserted space, excursionists take home unforgettable memories of the Mekong Delta.
In flood season, on already-harvested rice-fields, thousands of stocks can be seen looking for food that make a scenic beauty. Visitors to Gao Giong not only to enjoy fresh air, tranquility or listen to sweet songs and melodies by country-girls in their traditional shirts, but to be entertained with specialties as grilled fish rolled in lotus leaves, baked rats, hotpots,… or taste fried lotus seeds and sip lotus tea and understand the local history.