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ASEAN Heritage Parks

U Minh Thuong National Park

The Park supports one of the last two significant areas of peat swamp forest remaining in Viet Nam (the other one being U Minh Ha), and is recognized as one of the three highest priority sites for wetland conservation in the Mekong Delta. Located in An Minh and Vinh Thuan districts, Kien Giang Province about 365kilometers southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, U Minh Thuong National Park covers a total area of 21,800 hectares.

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Location
An Minh and Vinh Thuan districts, Kien Giang Province about 365 km southwest of Ho Chi Minh City
Area
218 sq km
Date declared as an AHP
25 September 2012, at the 14th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, Thailand
Other international designations
RAMSAR site, biosphere reserve
Habitat types
Contact Information

Le Hoang Huong
AHP Manager
E-mail: huongumt@gmail.com

Unique Flora: Significant plants include the duckweed (Lemna tenera), which is rare throughout its range in Southeast Asia but common at U Minh Thuong; Melaleuca cajuputi; Phragmites vallatoria; Cayratia trifolia.

Unique Fauna: Significant species include Oriental small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinerea); Sunda pangolin (Manis javanicus); large spotted civet (Viverra megaspila); Oriental darter (Anhinga melanogaster); spot-billed pelican(Pelecanus philippensis); painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala); lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus); black-headed ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus); glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus); greater spotted eagle (Aquila clanga); grey-headed fish eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus); and Asian golden weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus).

Habitat Types: The Park supports a range of wetland habitats, including a semi-natural Melaleuca forest, seasonally inundated grassland, and open swamp.

The Park has historical significance since the area was used as a base by resistance forces during the First and Second Indochina Wars. The sunset in the Park is fantastic as thousands of birds return from feeding grounds to their nests; the forest is full of wildlife and the sounds of monkeys and wild pigs.

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