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  Bach Ma National Park

 

Vietnam

Bach Ma National Park, near Hue in central Vietnam. Marble statues at the summit's hill station, i.e. one of the many viewpoints in this protected area, refer to the park's name, as  Bach Ma, literally means ‘White Horse’.

 

It is part of the Annamite Mountain Range, which forms  a major geographical barrier that divides the North from the South, both climatologically and in historical context, even housing a 140 meter long tunnel (fig.), that in the seventies was used by the Viet Cong during the American War, known in the West as the Vietnam War.

 

  Bach Ma National Park

 

  Bach Ma National Park

 

The park covers an area of 220 km² and has several walking trails. Bach Ma also features a number of waterfalls. Historically, the park held important species of mammals and today still protects important bird species.

 

The latter include the Crested Argus, the Annam Hill Partridge, and the Edwards' Pheasant (fig.), which is related to the Vietnamese Pheasant (fig.) and had been thought extinct.

 

  Bach Ma National Park

 

  Bach Ma National Park

 

During the rainy season, the park's hiking trails easily get flooded, yet the rain will also bring out creatures that are otherwise rather unusual or much harder to find, such as toads, Giant Earthworms (fig.) and leeches (fig.).

See also TRAVEL PICTURES (1) and (2), as well as THAILAND'S NEIGHBOURS & BEYOND.

16°11'58.7"N 107°51'26.7"E