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Home » Vietnam information » Vietnam Travel News » October-06

Climbing scenic Parrot Mountain

27/09/2006 (GMT+7)

Con Vet (Parrot) Mountain is one of the ‘seven sacred mountains’ named long ago in the region of That Son. Translated, That means seven, and Son means mountain. That Son is a popular tourist site in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.

Climbing scenic Parrot Mountain
in fact, That Son has some 30 mountains and hills, but Con Vet Mountain is one of the best places for picnics, exploring or an adventure tour and is suitable for either students or aged people.

Thanks to its highly traveled location on the tourist axis of Chau Doc Town, Sam Mountain and the Cambodian border market, it has been a destination for many travelers from around the country.

Visible from Cam Mountain to Nha Ban Town, the peak of Con Vet Mountain resembles a parrot perched on the top of a mountain. On its west side there lives a scattering of local residents.

The other side belongs to a company, which invested some VND3bil to turn the mountain into a tourist site.

A road was built leading up to the mountain that now houses inns, scenery-watching towers and bridges crossing over narrow cliffs.

There, hikers can find caves home to fairy yore and legends, as well as the Ngoc Hoang Palace, the fairy well, and the fairy yard, where there are of several different types of trees and exotic birds which attract travelers.

After reaching the mountain’s peak, excursionists will have a great view of the town of Nha Ban lying at the mountain’s base. In the distance is the Cambodian border market, Sam Mountain as well as Chau Doc.

If facing west, explorers will see Cam Mountain and Tra Su Forest, the home of hundreds of species of birds. In the late afternoon, tourists can sit as night falls on the peaceful mountain, or watch the sun setting in the far distance of the Cambodian border.

In addition, travelers can sit in the fairy yard or on the scenery-watching tower enjoying the region’s natural delicacies, including scorpions, mountain spiders and cicadas, all of which are fried with butter and served with mountainous vegetables.

The traditional meal is served with a cup of wine often containing several different kinds of insects, which are seen as sources of energy for the drinker.

Five years since it was developed into a tourist site, many travelers passing through the region have yet to discover That Son and it sometimes seems to be forgotten.

Thus, Con Vet Mountain has been able to retain its wild and natural forests and is still an attractive destination for visitors to the Mekong Delta region.

(Source: SGT)

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