This bird sanctuary, 6km southwest of the little-visited town of Bac Lieu, is notable for its 50-odd species of bird, including a large population of graceful 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 trek is through dense (and often muddy) jungle: bring plenty of repellent, good shoes, water and binoculars. The guides aren’t supposed to receive money, so tip them discreetly.