A trip to Can Tho City in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region would be more fascinating during these hot summer days with a visit to windy, ripening Burmese grape orchards lining countryside roads.
Located in the outlying district of Phong Dien, these orchards are home to hundreds of Burmese grape trees which are now in season.
Owners of the Burmese grape orchards set up tree archways, where the cool fresh air, the sun shining through the leaves, and the light yellow of ripening Burmese grapes make them ideal spots for visitors to take photos.
“Burmese grape is not a new fruit but the tree archways add a romantic touch to the ripening Burmese grape orchard," Tran Thi Thuy Lien, a visitor from the city’s Ninh Kieu District, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper
“Can Tho should develop more ecotourism orchards like this.
"We’ll definitely come back here."
|A Burmese grape tree archway. Photo: T.L / Tuoi Tre|
Visitors need to pay an entrance fee of VND50,000-70,000 (US$2.1-2.9) each to explore a Burmese grape orchard, enjoy the ripe fruit at the site and take stunning photos there.
It required local gardeners much effort to take care of their Burmese grape orchards in order to offer good services to visitors.
It normally takes 3-4 years for a Burmese grape orchard to yield fruits.
When the peak travel season ends, the orchard owner will harvest and sell the fruits to traders at VND10,000-20,000 ($0.42-0.85) per kilogram.
Aside from the Ha Chau Burmese grape as a specialty with a total farming area of some 800 hectares in Phong Dien, local orchard owners intercrop Ha Chau with other types of the fruit to serve visitors.
The local agriculture authority advised local farmers to maintain their specialty Burmese grape orchards to offer ecotourism services to improve their incomes.
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