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Just over 50 miles (80 km) from Ca Mau, you reach U Minh Thuong National Park in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang. It is Vietnam's fifth ASEAN Heritage Park.

The National Park covers over 21,000 hectares in An Minh Bac and Minh Thuan communes in U Minh Thuong Town. It is quite an amazing place with a primeval forest, of which 3,000 hectares are mangrove trees and an very rare tropical wetlands forest ecosystem.

U Minh NP is considered the richest region in terms of plant and animal life in the Mekong Delta with more than 243 species of plants, 32 species of mammals, 186 bird species, 39 reptile species and 34 amphibian species. Many species of wildlife in the park are endangered and must be strictly protected.

The best way to visit the national park is to hire a long narrow boat with a big motor. The drawback is that the noise is so loud that all the wildlife you dreamt to see flies or hides away so itís quite frustrating for taking photos.

During the American War, the area was a hideout for the Viet Cong. Many US patrol boats have been ambushed here or sunk by mines planted in the waterways. The Americans used chemical defoliation in order to make their enemy more visible but this tactic has done enormous damage to the forests and soil.

The first attempts at replanting failed because the soil was very toxic, but over the years, the rainfalls in the wet season washed the dioxin out to sea and the forest has grown back.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Mar 2013 - 1:50 PM
Focal Length:38mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:VIETNAM 2013 #105
Username:JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
Uploaded:21 Sep 2013 - 6:18 PM
Tags:KIEN GIANG PROVINCE, Landscape / travel, Mekong delta, National park, U MINH DISTRICT, U MINH THUONG, Vietnam, Waterway
Votes:17
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2013 - 6:22 PM

What wonderful countryside, Jean-Noel, four excellent images. Carol

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leontari
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21 Sep 2013 - 6:46 PM

Superb and interesting images. I like your POV in V1 and V4.
Effrossini

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jaktis
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21 Sep 2013 - 6:51 PM

I love v3

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NaturesHaven
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21 Sep 2013 - 6:58 PM

I'm just waiting for a croc to appear...............GrinGrinGrin

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Glostopcat
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21 Sep 2013 - 8:05 PM

An interesting set JNC, the one with all the fruitbats hanging up stands out for me

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EMJAYCEE
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21 Sep 2013 - 10:39 PM

Images and information of great interest.
Joan.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2013 - 7:12 AM

Superb narrative Jean- Noel. Puts this place way up on the 'must see' list.GrinGrinGrin
Ron

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