Once in a while, a quick trip is necessary for me to get away from my crowded and polluted home city. Fortunately, I heard of the beautiful Melaleuca forest with an exclusive 5km ‘road of love’ run through the forest that in pictures, looked as if it only existed in a fairy-tail. As my friends and I are extremely adventurous, we decided to check this extraordinary woodland out.
Located in Tan Lap, Long An, it took us about 2.5 to 3 hours going by motorbike from Ho Chi Minh City to the destination. Another way you can go is through highway 1 to Tan Lap (Long An) then turn right onto route 62 to Moc Hoa. From there, you can ask the locals the way to the destination. It’s a better idea to start the trip at 6 a.m, because when we went, the weather was awfully sunny and hot at noon that you could see the gravel sizzling. Quickly stopping to having breakfast in little restaurants is a good idea, because it’s going to be a long day, and it’s healthy to stay well-fed and hydrated during the trip. Though make sure to not stop and eat for so long, because there’s a whole adventure waiting for you outside the walls of the restaurant!
To give a little information about the wooded land, Melaleuca forest is a reserved area that is invested 100b VND to improve tourism of the province. The ticket for the tour is 50k/ person. You will be taken on a canoe ride on a stream that takes you deep into the forest.
The first thing you notice is that there is a 38m tower that is available to tourists to climb for an amazing view of the entire Melaleuca forest. Also, they sell many kinds of drinks at the forest entrance, so if anyone forgets to bring any drinks, all I can say is, stay hydrated and buy them! On the 5km road within the forest, there is beautiful scenery and it felt as if you were walking through a forest from a storybook… and a storybook always has pictures. So for anyone that comes and visits, take pictures of the aesthetic scenery and don’t worry, no one will not regret this decision!