Xeo Quyt Forest is a national historic site and an ecological attraction in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. It covers an area of 52 hectares, of which 20 hectares are cajuput forest and the rest are swampy land with lianas and tropical trees. The forest is home to many species of plants and animals, as well as the remains of Viet Cong bunkers and minefields from the American War.
Xeo Quyt Forest is located near My Hiep village, about 35 km southeast of Cao Lanh city in Dong Thap province.
Xeo Quyt Forest is open to visitors every day from 7 am to 5 pm.
Xeo Quyt Forest’s entrance fee is 20,000 VND per adult and free for children under 16 years old. There are additional fees for different types of vehicles and canoes.
One of the best ways to explore the forest is by canoe, which costs 25,000 VND per person. The canoe tour takes about 20 minutes and goes along a narrow canal loop that passes by old bunkers and trapdoors where the Viet Cong generals lived and directed the war. The canal is surrounded by water hyacinths and a thick canopy of tall trees and vines, creating a serene and beautiful scenery.
Another way to experience the forest is by walking along the trail that parallels the canal. The trail allows visitors to see more details of the forest, such as the flora and fauna, the Z- and L-shaped bunkers, and the signs of war damage. The trail is about 1.5 km long and takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Some tips for visiting Xeo Quyt Forest are:
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty.
- Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, water and snacks.
- Respect the nature and history of the forest. Do not litter, pick flowers, or touch the animals.
- Be careful of snakes, spiders, leeches, and other potential dangers in the forest.
- Learn more about the history and culture of the forest from the local guides or information boards.
Xeo Quyt Forest is a unique and fascinating destination for anyone who wants to learn more about Vietnam’s history and nature. It offers a glimpse into the past and a chance to enjoy the present beauty of the Mekong Delta.