Eighteen hamlets of Betel Garden in Hoc Mon district, Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon)

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 - 8:59 AM

Locating in Hocmon District, 10km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, Eighteen hamlets of Betel Garden (Vietnamese: 18 Thon Vuon Trau) still keep the traditional rustic features. The major popular means of transport is horse-drawn carts.

In addition, the locals maintain growing betel trees and building houses in traditional style. The local people's love for martial arts, self-sacrifice for just motherland and mutual affection differentiate them from the others. This land is also famous for the heroic struggles of its people against the French and American invaders.

Growing betel is the commune's biggest currency earner. In the commune, travelers will see a carpet of everlasting green of betel leaves. If you stand under the betel trees' foliage, you will rarely get wet in the rain because they grow so thick. Using horse-drawn cart, tourists can have a sightseeing tour of the whole commune, talk with the locals. They are open and hospitable so that they will always tell you something such as the heroism of their ancestors during the two resistance wars.