Bang Lang Stork (Thot Not) is ecotourism tourist destination which has the beauty of the countryside. It is famous for being home for thousands of storks. This place is contributing to the diversity of tourism in Can Tho, attracting domestic and foreign tourists to visit annually.
The origin of Bang Lang stork garden
The owner of Bang Lang stork garden in Can Tho is Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thuy, the people here commonly referred to as Mr. Bay. He said that, in 1983, suddenly a herd of Cattle Egret ( small black stork with white-gray) crowded with hundreds of ones to park in the corner of his garden. Soon, the herd abruptly left. Almost a year later, he finally saw them come back with the “new friends”. What a surprise that there were a thousand of storks with all sizes and quantities. That time they settled there.
Mr. Bay himself was surprised to see that the storks choose his garden to live in. However, willing to love nature and think that the land is has something the bird want to live on, so he discussed with the family to create a habitat for the bird.
This land was formerly a rice field. Alongside the rice field bank, there were some bamboo, gourd, mulberry tree, etc. Mr. Bay planted some more to make the stork’s nest, made fish ponds. From then on, he was given the nickname of Mr. Bay Co, attached to the name of Bang Lang stork garden.
Over the years, with the care of his family, the trees in the garden are luxuriant, the number of inhabitant storks living and breeding in the orchard Bang Lang increased more and more. The strange thing is that they are just around the corner of his home, but not intrude into other gardens. Gradually his 2 hectares garden became a peaceful home for the storks. Up to now, more than 30 years having been lived with storks, Mr. Bay is considered as an expert about the stork with extensive knowledge and practical experience of storks.
Features of Bang Lang stork garden
In Bang Lang, stork gardens are many species of storks with the numbers up to thousands. Therefore, they have different characteristics and behaviors, such as Lep stork weighs only 150g, Nga stork with an ivory rostrum, black Dum stork with white spots in the breast, Quam Stork weighs up to 1.2 kilograms, Rang stork has a red color like the sky when the sunset.
Ruoi stork has a white feather, yellow rostrum, black legs, specialized in catching flies on the back of the buffalo. Ca stork with black rostrum, have talent in catching fish. Ma stork when flying the whole body is white until they close the wings, it’s black. Most of the above species often go to the gardens of Bang Lang very much in the breeding season from August to January lunar year.
Besides the storks, Bang Lang stork garden also have some stork relatives such as the cauldron, pelicans, coot, etc. The species of Little cormorant have a black body and the feet like a propeller. Especially some rare bird species are hunting for medicinal as the congee also converge here.
Bang Lang stork garden tourism
With crowded storks and cool green space of tranquil countryside, Bang Lang stork garden has become an attractive destination of Can Tho tourism. If you come here in the spring, you can take a boat to visit the orchard in order to see more purple Lagerstroemia flower blooming along the beautiful river.
In the remaining seasons of the year, leading you to visit Bang Lang stork garden will be the cool shady village road with the green bamboo carpet as a dream dome. Through a simple wooden bridge into the garden, you will hear the “Stork music” as if they are welcoming visitors.
According to the experiences when going to Bang Lang stork garden, the two most ideal time to see the stork is from 6 to 7 am when the flock of flying storks fly on the sky, spread everywhere to find food and from 5 to 6 pm when they come back home.
In Bang Lang stork gardens, there is an observatory with a spiral staircase, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the botanical gardens from above. Standing on here, when the flock gathering, the white of them is like going to overwhelm the green of the leaves. This place is really the happy home of the stork.