Cai Mon Orchard Village is located in Vinh Thanh Commune, Cho Lach District, Ben Tre Province. It is considered as the kingdom of bonsai in Viet Nam.
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.
According to research documents on South, in the past, 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 Cai Mon was originated from that. 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.
Cai Mon has many rest and recreation places according to the garden tourism model. 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… In particular, 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.
After visiting the “kingdom of bonsai”, visitors can stopover in lush orchards in Cai Mon to taste delicious fruits such as langsat, mangosteen, durian… Walking along winding paths round lush green gardens, visitors will feel as lost in royal gardens. In the afternoon, visitors can stand on the rope bridges to see sunset and enjoy Ben Tre specialties in small restaurants with coconut roof along the banks of the canal or nestled among the picturesque gardens, hear the melodious tune of Don ca tai tu music and song.