Saturday, July 25, 2009

Phu Quoc's waterfalls

Phu Quoc’s waterfalls

A tourist poses beside one of the waterfalls along Tranh Creek on Phu Quoc Island
Take a dip in the pure cold water of Tranh Creek on Phu Quoc Island.

Kien Giang Province’s Phu Quoc Island is endowed with beautiful beaches and scenic spots.

The picturesque Tranh Creek is known widely by tourists as it is easy to reach. It is about five kilometers south of the island district’s Duong Dong Town. From the road, it’s a quick 200-meter walk to get there.

Tranh Creek starts high in the mountains and passes through the meadows that give it its name, Tranh, which is a type of plant that grows wild there.

The path to one of the water falls is just dirt and rocks with some natural stone steps in some steep sections.

Tranh Creek is surrounded with greenery. A stream with pure water winds its way through cavities and huge rocks, creating waterfalls and ponds before merging into a bigger stream that is about 15 kilometers long.

There are a lot of smooth flat rocks by the stream making it suitable for group activities.

Visitors can have a bracing swim in the pure, cold water, watch the waterfall or pick forest orchids. You can also explore nearby caves, especially the Bat Cave with beautiful stalactites. For visitors who like fishing – you can catch freshwater fish there. Local residents used to catch big ones up to about 10 kilos but they are not easy to catch as they swim quickly into rock cavities to hide.

If you go trekking to this area, bring some food for lunch. You will find it fun to take a meal in the forest.

A visit to Tranh Creek will make your trip to Phu Quoc more enjoyable and memorable.

To get to Phu Quoc, you can take a ship from Rach Gia and Ha Tien towns of Kien Giang Province or a plane from Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

Reported by Diem Thu

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