Cai Mon Orchard Village is situated at Vinh Thanh Commune, Cho Lach District, Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The place is considered as the kingdom of bonsai in Vietnam.
According to research documents, two banks of the canal in Cai Mon was the gathering place of honey bees because Cai Mon has lush orchards with flowers bloom throughout the year. The name of Cai Mon was originated from this fact. “Cai” means the grand canal and “Mon” is slang of Mum, which means honey in Khmer language.
While all rivers and canals flow in one direction, the tide of Cai Mon Canal begins from both its head and end. The meeting place of two tides is called Dragon’s navel (ron Rong). This part of the canal is larger with calm tide forming one of the most beautiful floating markets of the Mekong Delta.
Besides fruits like longan, rambutan, durian, mangosteen and langsat, Cai Mon flower village is popular for ornamental plants grown for decorative purposes. Traveling to Cai Mon bonsai village, visitors can visit the areas of cultivating saplings, planting and manipulating bonsai. There are thousands of households in Cai Mon growing the traditional flowers such as marigold, dahlia, carnation…
Cai Mon also preserves a dozen of rose species including velvety rose, yellow rose, Elizabeth rose, Korokit rose… In addition, visitors can find valuable hundred-year ornamental trees such as fig, carambola, areca, apricot… All of them become excellent art works by the skilled hands of artisans.
Cai Mon Orchard Village is the busiest during Tet. It’s not unusual to see thousands of adults and children sowing and pruning plants, making baskets, and taking care of daisies, marigolds and roses at this time. Growing apricot blossom trees is given priority because many of the plants taken to Ho Chi Minh City during Tet cannot be sold locals then bring them back for cultivation.
The flower village and floating market offer busy Ho Chi Minh City residents a chance to escape the city’s hustle and bustle while embracing the fresh surroundings and picking up some baskets of plants for Tet.
Getting to Cai Mon orchard village
From My Tho City (Tien Giang Province), visitors pass Rach Mieu Bridge and go along provincial road No.884 to Tien Thuy Market in Chau Thanh District, Ben Tre Province. Be here, there are high-speed tourist boats to take visitors to Cai Mon Canal for only one hour.
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