The Natural Wonders of Vietnam
By: Darshi Chohan
Vietnam is considered to be one of the top twenty five regions in the world to possess a high level of bio diversity, making Vietnam holidays interesting and beautiful. Hosting two World Heritage sites and six World Biosphere Reserves, the natural wonders in the country are plentiful, and visits to these are great additions to Vietnam tours.
Can Gio Mangrove Forest
40km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, lies the Can Gio Mangrove Forest, a beautiful wetland area and UNESCO biosphere reserve, a must see site on any Vietnam luxury holiday, especially for eco enthusiasts. Dominated by mangrove forest, this area is home to many rare plants, with over 150 botanical species found in the region.
About 20,000ha of mangrove forest can be found here. Living within the forest, are a recorded 18 mollusk, 45 fish, 3 amphibians and 27 crustaceans. Birdlife is also prolific in the area, making it an environment definitely worth preserving, and a worthwhile trip for any nature or bird lover on a Vietnam tour. On a non environmental level, the area is also an important source of wood and materials, and also plays a role in protecting the coastline from erosion.
Cat Tien National Park
Also located in Vietnam’s south is the Cat Tien National Park, forming 720 km˛ of tropical rain forests. While the park’s fauna may be under threat, it is impressive nonetheless. Large animals such as the Javan rhino, Asian elephant, bear species and buffalos can be spotted on Vietnam holidays here. And the smaller animals are here in impressive numbers too, with species of gibbon, macaques, deer and shrews all habituating within the park. Birds too, are remarkable in their numbers, with beautiful species such as white winged ducks, Siamese firebacks, great hornbills and black eagles all residing there.
Red River Delta
The Red River Delta comprises some 15,000 km˛ of flat plain. This is a beautiful and unique region, formed by the Red River and its tributaries joining the Thai Binh River. It is well preserved by a dike system, and is rich in agriculture, resulting in a large population. If you want to experience a bit of the Vietnam culture whilst on your holiday, it would be an interesting day trip when staying at a luxury Vietnam hotel. Western Nghe An
This beautiful and diverse national forest comprises a number of different geographical types. A Vietnam holiday in this region is fascinating, with tropical rainforest, bamboo forest and limestone and karst forest just waiting to be explored. You can expect to be amazed by large, lush green leaves and bushy trees, all beautiful and unique in their own right.
This UNESCO World Heritage site may be one of the most fascinating places to visit whilst on a Vietnam tour. Located in the north eastern region of the country, this unique area consists of thousands of limestone karsts. In the bay, there are 1,969 limestone islands, densely populated by lush jungle vegetation. If your Vietnam holiday takes you to this interesting part of the country, you will be able to explore the enormous caves found on many of the islands. Larger islands are ideal for holidaymakers, with luxury Vietnam hotels and beautiful beaches making for a holiday paradise.
Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
Another of Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites is Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Situated in Quang Binh Province of north central Vietnam, this interesting park is known for its beautiful and fascinating network of limetone karsts and grottoes. The most beautiful cave of all is the Phong Nha cave, from which the park gets its name – definitely a must see site when on a Vietnam holiday. Also found in the park is the Ke Bang forest, another unique and diverse area of great natural beauty.
Author Resource:-> Darshi Chohan is a Far East holiday expert for Tropical Locations, a specialist operator providing Vietnam tours (http://www.tropical-locations.com/countryIndochina.php?s_country=indochina&pagename=indochina) and luxury holidays to other destination in the Far East, Indian Ocean, Arabia & India.
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