Visit pretty bonsai villages in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam

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The Mekong Delta of Vietnam is a charming land with a lot of stunning destination, hospitable and friendly people, and pretty bonsai villages. In addition to the large attractive orchards, you can visit a lot of beautiful bonsai villages in your Mekong Delta tour. Especially, in the spring, you can enjoy the best tours in Vietnam in these heavens of flowers and bonsai.

1. Tan Dong Quy Village

Tan Dong Quy village is located in Sa Dec town, Dong Thap province. It is one of the biggest centers of flowers in the east Mekong Delta. This is one of the most attractive tourist destinations that you shouldn’t miss in your Mekong Delta tour for family, especially in the late winter, right before the Tet holiday. At that time, this land looks like a colorful sea of flowers with millions of flowers blooming and showing their gorgeous beauty.

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Tan Dong Quy village

There are chrysanthemum, lily, gerbera, marigold, chrysanthemum morifolium, etc. Besides, there are jardinières of hollyhock mallow, dahlia flowers, ornamental pepper, and hundreds of South Vietnam rare plants.

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Flower garden in Tan Dong Quy

In the time before Tet, this village welcomes a lot of visitors coming here for sight-seeing, taking photos, and buying flowers for Tet. It creates a bustling atmosphere and makes you feel the happy atmosphere of Vietnamese traditional Tet.

2. Cai Mon Village

Cai Mon is one of the most famous flower villages which is known as the “kingdom” of bonsai. This village is located in Vinh Thanh commune, Cho Lach district, Ben Tre province. Like other flower villages, Cai Mon is most busy before Tet. Many trucks filled with flowers and bonsai are heading towards many other regions of Vietnam from this village.

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Flower field in Cai Mon village

Visiting Cai Mon flower village, you can see how the villagers grow these flowers and trees. You can visit the flower fields, seedling nurseries, and bonsai shaping area. Villagers in Cai Mon grow a great number of flower species, including marigolds, paper flowers, daisy, chrysanthemum morifolium, dahlias, carnations, etc. Besides, you can see many beautiful bonsais which age hundreds of years old like the apricot blossom, fig tree, Chinese banyan, star-fruit tree or Carmona microphylla that are bent into artistic shapes.

3. My Tho Village

Another flower village you shouldn’t miss in your Mekong Delta group tour is My Tho. Although it’s not as famous and large as Tan Dong Quy village and Cai Mon village, it’s still a must-see destination. It’s located nearest to Saigon, only about 70km. So, you can easily get there from the city. Obviously, the busiest time of this village is before and during the Tet holiday when thousands of visitors come here for a sight-seeing trip at Tet. Walking through a sea of colorful flowers in the bustling atmosphere of Tet, you will have a really enjoyable trip with a lot of fun and happiness.

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My Tho flower village

There are many kinds of beautiful flowers in this village like chrysanthemum, yellow sophora japonica, chrysanthemum morifolium, Dutch chrysanthemum, cockscomb, lisianthus, gerbera and more.

4. Phuoc Dinh Village

The next destination in your Mekong Delta tour is Phuoc Dinh village which is major in apricot blossom. This pretty village is said to be the “capital” of apricot in South Vietnam. Located about 3km to the city center of Vinh Long, this pretty village is the most famous apricot flower village in Vietnam, recognized since 2009.

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Apricot flower

Now, there are over 550 apricot trees that are over 100 years old in this village, 1000 trees aging 50 to 100 years old, and hundreds of under-50-year-old apricot trees. These trees are grown, watered, and looked after carefully. Therefore, the flowers look very beautiful, lush, and charming. Every year before Tet, a lot of people come to this village buy a pot of apricot tree to decorate their house on Tet holiday. And during the Tet holiday, this pretty village attracts a great number of visitors to come for sight-seeing.

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An old apricot tree in Phuoc Dinh

These are the four most beautiful, attractive, and famous villages of flower and bonsai in the Mekong Delta. Visiting South Vietnam, you should visit these pretty flower village and enjoy a wonderful sight-seeing trip, especially during the Tet holiday, when these lands are most stunning and colorful with millions of flowers in different kinds.

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A Mekong Delta tour in the peerless Binh An Drum Village

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In Vietnam, most choirs and troupes are familiar with the sound of drums. The drum is also a common instrument in schools, temples, pagodas, Vietnam cultural activities, and traditional rituals. Binh An – a drum-making craft village – was established to meet this need. Let’s find out more detailed about it in the Mekong Delta tour today.

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Drums in festivals

Where is Binh An Drum Village?

If you have a chance to join a Mekong Delta tour for family in Long An Province, don’t forget to pay Binh An Drum Village a short visit. Located in Binh Lang Commune, it is the only craft village that produces and provide drums in Southern Vietnam. For this reason, Binh An has become an unusual tourist destination in Southwestern Vietnam in general and Long An Province in particular. 

Although this place is quite new, it is gradually growing into an attractive spot for culture-vultures.

The history of making drums

Many people in the village say that it was established about 200 years ago. Therefore, the traditional handicraft has been handed down to hundreds of generations here. Most of the villagers have more than 10 years of experience in making drums. The first person who laid the foundation of the village was Mr. Nguyen Van Ty.

While he was going on field trips to do business, he saw buffalo butchers use the meat and dispose of the pieces of buffalo skin. He started collecting them, bringing them home, exposing them to the sun, and learning how to make drums himself. When he passed away, his descendants decided to follow his path. At first, they made drums for fun. But then, they began making drums to earn income.

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Craftsman makes a drum

Trying a Vietnam cultural tour in Binh An Village, you can see the process of drum-making with your own eyes. Despite the simple outlook of a drum, producing it is much more complex. There are over 20 phases in total to complete it. Each of them requires the worker to be careful and meticulous in every detail.

Common materials that are used to make drums are timber and buffalo skin. The timber recommended by workers is Merawan due to its solidness and tolerability. Also, it is often utilized to build handicraft objects so no other types of wood can be better.

After the timber is thoroughly chosen, all pieces will be exposed to the sun, measured, cut, bent, and got termites handled. Then, the worker will put them together with his skillful hands, which has been trained for over 10 years.

The phase of making the drumhead is less sophisticated. However, the buffalo skin is very easy to tear off and be deformed. Hence, instead of stretching the skin, the worker will place it on a steel frame and expose it to the sun. The last step is to cautiously shave the top layer of the skin in order to make the sound of the drums louder and higher.

Binh An high-quality drums are used everywhere

The drum is an essential instrument in not only Vietnam culture but also Mekong Delta culture. You can hear the sound of drums while taking part in traditional festivals or in Lion Dance performances during Tet Holidays. It makes the shows more eventful and fantastic.

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Louder sound of drums

And that is how useful Binh An drums are. They are not only durable, beautiful, and diverse in models but their sound is also louder and more melodious than that of other types of drums. Trying touching a drum and you will see how wonderfully it is made. The timber surface is super flat and smooth. The pieces of wood perfectly fit with one another, which can tactfully hide the traits left after putting them together.

The drumhead looks shiny under the sun. And when you beat it with your hand, it starts vibrating, continuously making low-pitched and high-pitched sounds.

Due to that exclusive feature, Binh An drums are famous nationally and even get exported. Today, the drum-making process in the village has been motorized with a greater number of machines. However, the spirit and refinement of the product are still excellently preserved by the professional craftsmen.

You will see how much they love their job by joining a Mekong Delta tour and observing the happiness in their eyes.