When it comes to attractive sites in Dong Thap Province, Xeo Quyt Forest and Relic is an amazing tourist spot that will definitely give you an incredibly historical, natural and spiritual experience. Located in My Hiep village, about 35 kilometers southeast of Cao Lanh district, this magnificent 52-hectare piece of nature is one of the last natural forests left in the Mekong Delta, which has yearly allured a large number of visitors coming for its unique charm and historical stories.
At the first glance, Xeo Quyt is a vast swamp full of intertwined canals, wild grass, and soaked reeds hidden beneath a thick green canopy of tall trees and vines. With the diversified ecological system, this forest is home to more than 170 species of plant and up to 200 species of animal, some of which are listed as the endangered. Moreover, approximately 20 hectares of the whole area is the field of primitive cajuput trees that have been existed for over 30 years, which all make Xeo Quyt a must-visit eco-tourism site in Dong Thap for any nature lovers or those wanting a real jungle adventure or simple a forest walk.
Under the beautiful canopy, visitors will also find the remains of Viet Cong bunkers which was part of a strategic basement during the Vietnam War from 1960 to 1975. The base has preserved a large system of underground bunkers and houses, secret tunnels and stores, where top-brass Vietnamese soldiers directed the war and remained safe from some periodical bombing of the enemy. If you want to visit the warzone, let’s take a walk along the 1.5 kilometer long trail in the ruins to some secret bases, such as the A-shaped bomb shelter, the L-shaped personal underground hideout and the Z-shaped fighting fortification or the expertly hidden, tiny trapdoors. For much of the year, a marvelous canoe tour along the narrow canal maze can take you past former minefields and old bunkers as well. However, the best way to visit the attractive historical monument and explore the whole place is riding a traditional sampan. In the flooding season, tourists can navigate slowly among the cajuput trunks, cruise through the waterways choked with water hyacinths, and catch the deep breath of the wet cold air that sometimes gives the feeling of creeping. After all, the natural sounds and stunning natural scenery will surely impress you and make your visit to Xeo Quyt a fantastic eco tour ever in Southern Vietnam.