As a promise by the nature, every year in floating season in Mekong delta, millions of water lilies blooms making the colorful dress for a vast area, turn the West part of Vietnam a gorgeous maiden. The floating season is the period when the water river is on rise, rivers and canals expand and usually takes place from the 7th to the 9th month in lunar calendar.
Unlike lotus, the symbol of gracious beauty, water lilies are rustic and friendly, exactly the way local people are. Despite its soft body, water lilies are resilient, they just wait for the rain to quietly show off their stunning colors. In wetlands such as Tra Su cajuput forest, Bung Binh Thien – An Giang, Melaleuca forests Tan Lap – Long An, Vinh Long, Dong Thap, Bac Lieu, Can Tho, My Tho … water lilies just wait for the flood season to start their color race, they are all the ways in canals, ponds, flooded paddy fields and rivers.
Floating on water of the West, rowing through canals to admire water lilies growing in bushes, inhale the pure air of the rural area combined with pungent mud and scented water lilies are the experience that you cannot miss when visiting the beautiful place. The best time to admire the rustic beauty of the rural flowers is in the morning when the sun has just come back, the period when the water lilies fully show their charm.
To the local farmers, water lilies are not only beautiful but they’re a close friend that make earnings for them. Their long and soft stalks are indispensable vegetable for local famous dish as Mam hotpot that is loved not only in simple daily meals but served in menu of luxurious restaurants.
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