The Vam Ho bird sanctuary is located on the banks of the Ba Lai River in the southern province of Ben Tre, 120 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. The Vam Ho bird sanctuary is a 68-hectare marvel located on Cu Lao La Islet, which is usually washed by sea water at high tide.
Director of Ben Tre Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment Doan Van Phuc said the area shelters many species of birds.
"Ben Tre province has exerted great efforts to improve the infrastructure in and around the Vam Ho bird sanctuary," Mr Phuc said. "We now have good roads and an adequate security system, which protects the birds while allowing visitors to see these wonderful creatures. Ben Tre province has an amazing network of rivers and canals, and is a great place to see a mangrove estuarine system in an undisturbed state. Visitors can get to Vam Ho either by road or via waterways. The boat trip gives visitors the opportunity to see endless lines of coconut trees. At sunset, thousands of birds fly in from the surrounding area to sleep in Vam Ho.The local community has been very effective in protecting the Vam Ho bird sanctuary. Vice Director of Quyet Thang Farm in Vam Ho, Nguyen Van Chot, said he has witnessed many of the local birds’ migration patterns.
"Initially, Vam Ho was home to only a small number of birds," said Mr Chot. "We then planted a lot of trees to provide nesting places and shelter for the birds. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, there was a steady increase in the number of birds coming to rest. The province wholeheartedly supported the local afforestation efforts. We have also dug channels for fish raising, which provides an additional source of food for the birds."Mr Chot has spent more than 20 years working on the bird sanctuary. He said he is particularly happy to see birds return to their home in Vam Ho as the evening sun slowly sets.