Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary

Nature Reserve in Mekong Delta

This bird sanctuary is notable for its 50-odd species of bird, including a large population of white herons. Bird populations peak in the rainy season – approximately May to October – and the birds nest until about January.

Guides should be hired at the sanctuary entrance; little English is spoken. Bac Lieu Tourist office also arranges transport and guides.

Bac Lieu is on the bus route between Soc Trang and Ca Mau; the sanctuary is 6km southwest of the town.

The trek is through dense, often muddy jungle: bring plenty of repellent, good shoes, water and binoculars. The guides aren’t supposed to receive money, so tip them discreetly.