Painting Stream

Painting Stream or sometimes Painted Stream or Tranh Stream (Suoi Tranh) is a nice park with a waterfall at the end of a walking trail.

Waterfall and ogre Waterfall and ogre | photo: (cc-by-sa)

Northeast of Phu Quoc International Airport, at 47 Nguyễn Văn Cừ street between Duong Dong and Ham Ninh, you find Suoi Tranh - or the Painting Stream. This waterfall with the large park next to the street is one of the nicer recreational areas on Phu Quoc Island.

Entrance Suoi Tranh entrance | photo: (cc-by-sa)

Just follow the street and approximately 10 kilometers from Duong Dong you find the withered entrance to the Painting Stream. After you pay the entrance fee of only 5.000đ (motorbike parking 2.000đ) you can take a stroll through the landscape garden with many concrete figures depicting animals, Asian and Western fairytales and folk stories.

Suoi Tranh - Painting Stream Suoi Tranh - Painting Stream | photo: (cc-by-sa)

Vietnam is famous for fancy concrete sculptures and here you see the masters a work. The small river that gives the park it's name originates at Ham Ninh mountain and is roughly 15 kilometers long.

Waterfall Waterfall | photo: (cc-by-sa)

The park is home to sculptures like the "Journey to the West" with the famous monk Đường Tam Tạng (original Chinese name Xuanzang) and his four travel companions:
The Pig or Zhu Bajie, Sun Wukong the Monkey King, Sha Wujing the exiled celestial general and of course the monks faithful horse.

Đường Tam Tạng Đường Tam Tạng | photo: (cc-by-sa)

Other creations at Suoi Tranh show a burrow of pangolins and a hippo pond. Past an open restaurant area where several bored staff members try to ignore potential customers as good as possible, a path leads through the jungle towards the picturesque waterfall that s very famous among Vietnamese tourists. In the shallow pond you can cool down and have the water from above massage your back and shoulders while sitting on a rock.

Waterfall Creek | photo: (cc-by-sa)

The air in the valley itself is quite humid and the roughly 30 minutes lasting ascent along the slippery, pebble-paved path will make you sweat and welcome the dip in the pond with open arms. Depending on the time of the day, weather and season, you will find tourists and locals alike enjoying their bath in the clear water and having fun.

Landscape Garden Vietnam Landscape garden | photo: (cc-by-sa)

If you need a bottle of water, it's better to buy it at one of the local shops about 100 metres from the entrance along the street towards Ham Ninh. The price is better and the people are much friendlier than the grumpy vendors in the park itself.

Nature on Phu Quoc Island Tranh Springs, Phu Quoc | photo: (cc-by-sa)

More pictures of Tranh Stream over here.

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