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​Street lined with flame trees attracts ‘hello-summer’ photo shoots in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 12:20 GMT+7
​Street lined with flame trees attracts ‘hello-summer’ photo shoots in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta
Two young students in 'ao dai' pose under red flamboyant flowers in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A short section of a street in the southern Vietnamese province of Dong Thap is providing a great background for photo albums to retain the memory of student life and say hello to the summer, thanks to a row of blossoming flamboyant trees along one of its sides.

The special road is a four-kilometer stretch of the National Route 80 passing Lap Vo District.

The row of flamboyant, or flame, trees in full blossom is immediately followed by a line of giant crape-myrtle, scientifically known as Lagerstroemia speciosa, dividing the pathway into two specifically colored sections, red and violet.

With the flowers all blossoming and the 2017-18 academic year coming to an end later this month, local students have flocked to the street for photos.

Red flamboyant flowers are pictured against the blue sky in this photo taken in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Red flamboyant flowers are pictured against the blue sky in this photo taken in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Ngoc Diem, a local, said the purple giant crape myrtle flowers, known as bang lang in Vietnamese, were the first to blossom, but the red flame trees were soon to catch up.

The flowers have thus enabled the highway section to strip off its mundane form, a normal street lined with houses and filled with vehicles, and reveal another, dreamy, dearly romantic side.

At weekends, droves of students flock to the scenic awe to make the most out of their school year’s memories, in pictures.

Among them is Nguyen Thi Minh Thu, a senior at a local high school.

“Though I have passed this road section countless times, never did I notice its rough gem hiding from plain sight,” Thu said.

“This chance does not come often, and this is my final year in high school, so I might as well take it all in, while I still can.”

A row of blossoming flamboyant flowers are seen in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Blossoming flamboyant flowers are seen in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Pham Huy, a Dong Thap resident, gives some hints for a great photo session.

“During the day, it’s best to take photos from 7:00 am to 9:00 am, and again, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, when the sun is not so bright and the temperature is just right,” he said.

Huy also urged people to start their shooting before it is too late.

“The blossoms won’t last long when the rainy season comes,” he said.

Two young students in ao dai pose under red flamboyant flowers in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Two young students in ao dai pose under red flamboyant flowers in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Next to the endearing blossoms is another no less alluring river, making the experience all the more opulent.
Next to the endearing blossoms is another no less alluring river, making the experience all the more opulent. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A young student in ao dai poses under red flamboyant flowers in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A young student in ao dai poses under red flamboyant flowers in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A young couple wearing school uniform pose under red flamboyant flowers in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A young couple wearing school uniforms pose under red flamboyant flowers in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A young couple wearing school uniform pose under red flamboyant flowers in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A young couple wearing school uniforms pose under red flamboyant flowers in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The section full of giant crape-myrtle flowers next to the row of flame trees.
The section full of giant crape-myrtle flowers next to the row of flame trees. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Young people love taking photos among the medium sized trees, as they can then also include the lovely river flowing lazily behind into the background.
Young people love taking photos among the medium-sized trees, as they can then also include the lovely river flowing lazily behind into the background. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The normally vehicle-laden road seems less daunting with the cheerful blossoms hanging by the air.
The normally vehicle-laden road seems less daunting with the cheerful blossoms hanging by the air. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Duy Khoi / Tuoi Tre News Contributor

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