Ly Phu Tai

At the end of the year, the vast rubber plantations in Binh Phuoc Province are especially lovely

I walked along a misty, winding red dirt road, following in some children’s footsteps, while golden leaves glistened in the wind. The children’s crystal-clear laughter broke the silence of the vast rubber plantation in the middle of fall. As I tread on a carpet of yellow leaves, I felt as if I was lost in a dreamy world of foliage found only in stories from some faraway land.

Children in a rubber plantation in Binh Long Town, Binh Phuoc Province

Binh Phuoc Province is well-known for its extensive rubber plantations. The province has been dubbed “the capital of rubber trees” due to its red basalt soil and favorable climate. The rubber orchards in Binh Long Town, more than 100 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, gave me a new perspective on nature’s changing colors. These plantations, with an area of more than 10,000 hectares and a history dating back to the early twentieth century, play an important role in cleaning the air and filtering dust from the surrounding big cities. Rubber-related activities such as planting, exploitation, and services also take place here.

The scenery is at its loveliest in the autumn

Every December, the leaves of the rubber trees turn yellow. By the end of March, the rubber orchards are covered in green again. Mist wreathes the chilly morning air throughout Binh Phuoc. The rubber trees are neatly planted in rows. Trails for rubber exploitation and transportation cut through the greenery, so getting around is simple. Along these trails, workers rush to their factories, children walk to school, and people carry goods to the market early in the morning to make ends meet. As the leaves turn yellow and red with the changing seasons, the footsteps of tourists and photographers enliven this area.

Harvesting honey

For the best photo shoots, visitors frequently choose sunrise with its morning dew or sunset when the rays are golden. The winding roads are the most photogenic, transforming photographs into oil paintings with captivating hues. Within this romantic setting, some young people choose to camp in the rubber orchards to relax with their loved ones.

Another fascinating fact is that visitors to the rubber plantations can taste the honey that grows naturally in these orchards. During the harvest season, each cluster of bee farms typically employs dozens of workers who carry protective gear, smokers, and hundreds of plastic cans for storing and delivering honey to the factory.

Workers drive to collect rubber

The vast rubber plantations provide an ideal habitat for bees. By sucking the nectar from the leaves of the rubber trees, the bees produce honey with a pale amber color, a sweet taste, and a light aroma. Visitors to the rubber plantations can enjoy romantic scenery, fresh natural spaces, and local products. Be sure to pick up this one-of-a-kind souvenir on your way home!