Mekong Delta tour – Cai Mon Orchard, Ben Tre

Ecotourism is now increasingly popular for travellers to discover the beauty of nature in an environmentally-friendly way. If you have a chance to visit Vietnam, you will find out that from north to south, there are many famous destinations offer this kind of tourism. Especially, a Mekong Delta tour which usually takes you to Cai Mon Orchard Village, also known as the kingdom of bonsai in Ben Tre is highly recommended.

Cai Mon Orchard Village
Cai Mon Orchard Village

In the name of Cai Mon, “Cai” means a big canal while “Mon” is is referred to Mum which means honey in Khmer. Explaining the origin of this name, locals say that once upon a time, the two banks of the canal in Cai Mon used to have a lot of honey as this region is a land off lush fruits, flowers are blooming all year round. Located in Ben Tre, a little province in the east of Mekong Delta, Cai Mon Orchard Village is not only considered as the kingdom of bonsai but also known as the cradle of fruit crops in Southern Vietnam where you can enjoy tropical fruits in any season of year.

Travellers enjoy tropical fruits at any time of year when join a Mekong Delta tour
Travellers enjoy tropical fruits at any time of year when join a Mekong Delta tour

I also had a chance to participate in a tour to Mekong Delta and visit Cai Mon Orchard Village, I found out that there are many places in this area offer eco-tourism model. Thousands of households in Cai Mon Orchard Village are growers, they are making a living or supplementing their families income by growing traditional flowers including dahlia, marigold and carnation, etc. Cai Mon is also the home to many talented bonsai artisans who can breeding, marcotting to create unique bonsais with very beautiful shapes like dragon, phoenix, elk, deer Travellers are able to visit areas where the locals are cultivating saplings, planting and manipulating bonsai. Visit Mekong Vietnam with Indochina travel Vietnam

Unique bonsais shaped as dragons in Cai Mon
Unique bonsais shaped as dragons in Cai Mon

Walking along winding roads, admiring lush artistic gardens and you might feel like being lost in an amazing royal garden. After enjoying “the kingdom of bonsais”, do not forget to visit Cai Mon’s laden orchards and pick for yourself delicious tropical fruits and enjoy them as they are at their best. Another must-try experience is watching the sunset sunset on the rope bridges, you will see a peaceful Cai Mon with fantastic scene of a typical village in Mekong Delta Vietnam.

The Indochina Voyages team.

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