White flight

Five kilometres to the west of Nha Trang is a mangrove forest ecotourism area in Vinh Thai commune, set on the lagoon of Mr Tu’s family for the last 30 years.

Huynh Van Nam on July 13,2015 06:10 PM

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The huts are connected to others with simply-built wooden bridges

Known as ‘Ong Tu Rung Duoc’ (‘Mr Tu of the Mangrove Forest’), instead of selling or leasing the part of the lagoon he inherited, as his siblings did, Mr Tu decided to keep it and develop it into an ecotourism area. The thick mangroves have become the home of thousands of white storks. Every afternoon they return, covering the top of the mangroves with white. Mr Tu feeds them shrimp, fish, and crab and has also built stilt huts for visitors to came and watch the spectacle.

Getting there:

From the centre of Nha Trang, visitors can get to the mangrove forest by motorbike or taxi. Drive along Le Hong Phong Street then turn right into Phong Chau Street, and after a few kilometres you will see a road sign on the left. Follow this dirt road to its end, and you’ve reached the mangrove forest. Admission is free and food and drinks are on sale.

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