Dong Thap Muoi Medical Research and Conservation Development Joint Stock Company is headquartered in Moc Hoa District, 60 km from Tan An District. With biodiversity, especially rare medicinal plants, this place has become a unique eco-tourism area of Long An province in particular, the Mekong Delta.
Scientists and visitors who come to Dong Thap Muoi Medical Research, Conservation and Development Joint Stock Company must be surprised at the ecological diversity of this place and admire the infinite strength of the people here who have turned a wilderness, filled with reeds just over 30 years ago, into the evergreen forest. Taken care of by the hard working people led by Pharmacist Nguyen Van Be, the area has become an evergreen forest with rich vegetation of 21 species of plants and most of the original fauna of Dong Thap Muoi, such as stork, heron, goby and crane that live together and develop harmoniously.
Dong Thap Muoi Medical Research, Conservation and Development JSC has an area of about 1,041 hectares, including more than 800 hectares of primitive forest. This is a characteristic of the seasonal submerged ecosystem of Dong Thap Muoi with seasonal habitat change. The ecological features here are extremely diverse with primitive melaleuca leucadendron (endemic species), perfumery pasture, seasonal submerged meadows. One other remarkable features of the company is a canal system of about 4.5 km and a lake of 100 hectares, helping to form "veins" of the area.
It is also an area growing organic herbal plants under GACP standard and operates Moc Hoa Tram factory processing Oriental medicaments under GMP-WHO standard. In the 1,041 hectares of the Company's land, there are 25 hectares planting and storing genetic resources of more than 80 valuable medicinal plants such as multiflorous knotweed, passiflora foetida, vinegar, leeches, and Australian melaleuca. In 1988, the company began to grow plants with precious essential oil, making equipment for distillating and refining melaleuca essential oil. The company also plants some valuable essential oil such as eucalyptus and lemongrass. To date, the Dong Thap Muoi Medical Research, Conservation and Development JSC has created herbal products to prevent and cure diseases with 100 per cent from the nature which are more effective than a number of expensive foreign drugs. These are typical products of Moc Hoa land of Long An.
Unique eco-tourism destination
With biodiversity, especially rare medicinal plants, in recent years, the Dong Thap Muoi Medical Research, Conservation and Development Joint Stock Company has become a unique ecotourism resort of Long An province in particular and of the Mekong Delta in general. It attracts many tourists both inside and outside of the country. It is a place where the development of diversified types of tourism such as: eco-tourism, cultural tourism, tourist resorts combined with medical treatment and tourism, traditional village tourism under the motto "Conservation and sustainable development".
In the flood season, the visitors will find the space of the bird kingdom in the vast endless vegetation of the Dong Thap Muoi River and visit the vast melaleuca forest and medicinal plant garden. Visitors also enjoy meals with medicinal vegetables, and fish species raised naturally, which bring many health benefits. Since 2008, Dong Thap Muoi Medical Research, Conservation and Development Joint Stock Company has opened more medical treatment centres combining ecotourism with health care.
Sharing about the future, Mr Bui Dac Thang, Chairman and Director of Dong Thap Muoi Medical Research, Conservation and Development Joint Stock Company, said that in the coming time, the company will build and implement the project on sustainable ecotourism development with a focus of building an “endless field” as a unique tourist site, promoting the image through the media to attract visitors to experience and explore this wonder land.