Tan Lap floating village ecotourism area is being nominated as one of the top 10 most popular eco-tourism areas in Vietnam. Located in the center of Dong Thap Muoi, Tan Lap floating village eco-tourism site in Tan Lap commune, Moc Hoa district, Long An province. It’s about 15km south of the Cambodian border and about 110km from Ho Chi Minh City.
With an area of 135ha, a buffet area of 500ha is planned to build a typical tourist area of Long An province in particular and the wetland of Dong Thap Muoi in general. Visiting this floating village you will be immersed in the unique nature of the Southern Vietnam River. The Tourist area with works of about 5ha, rest houses and management houses, parks and wharf areas. The remaining is 130ha of Melaleuca forest. You can enter the forest by canoe or walk. It’s a great place for photographing, sightseeing and fishing experience.
The best way to explore the floating village and melaleuca forest is on a rowing boat, the boatman will always be your guide, bring you to crept to discover and learn about the giant swamp, green vegetation or watching the blooming lotus pond. The boat ride through the Melaleuca Forest takes about 30 minutes and would be funny and lovely scenery along with the white tree stumps and leafy foliage covering the area.
Walk through the Melaleuca Forest also peaceful and interesting experience, the walking path loop which is about 5 km and paved, so it’s easy to walk on.. You will also see some wooden bridges or wooden planks to test your balance.
The highlight of the Melaleuca forest is the 38-meter-tall watchtower, where you can see and admire the grandeur, vastness of the forest and the 5km long walking road through this Vietnam’s longest melaleuca forest. You can travel to Tan Lap floating village in September, October and November when the water level is higher and you can admire the lotus swamps blooming.
You can go on day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Tan Lap floating village. But if you like to stay overnight to continue exploring more places surrounding, you can rent a guest house in Kien Tuong commune area. It’s about 5km away or there are available some home-stay at the floating village. It’s also ideal place to bring your camping tent and sleep overnight between melaleuca forests, enjoy barbecue, picnic,.. Remember to bring mosquito repellent, bed nets… if staying overnight to prevent mosquitoes and insects.
Tan Lap floating village is an ideal destination for those who love photography and want to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. You might plan to visit some nearby attraction like Floating Pagoda, medicinal garden or Tan Hiep border gate to shop.
Good to know
- Entrance ticket: 55,000vnđ/person
- Boat ride: 30,000-50,000vnđ/person.
- The combination ticket is 260,000 VND (11USD) per person. The fee includes the buffet lunch, 30 minutes boat ride along the river and through the Melaleuca Forest, and walking through the Floating Village.