Located on the bank of Hau river, Lai Vung district (Dong Thap province) is known as “the kingdom of mandarin”. It is famous for a kind of mandarin which has great taste, nice smell, thin skin, fewer seeds. Local people call this mandarin Lai Vung mandarin or Tieu son mandarin. The plumpy mandarin with shining red-orange skin is a favorite choice to arrange a plate of fruits which is offered to the ancestor or Five fruits tray – a must at Tet festival. Its flesh is juicy, sweet and tender so that many of people fall in love with it. One of the highlights of this mandarin is that it can be stored for a longer time in comparison to the others.
This kind of mandarin is called Lai Vung mandarin because Lai Vung is the best place to grow the best mandarin. The weather, ground, and water in Lai Vung district are suitable perfectly for the mandarin. In the district, they grow this mandarin in Vinh Thoi commune, Tan Phuoc commune, Tan Thanh commune and Long Hau commune. Lai Vung mandarins are sold popularly in Vietnam and exported to other countries.
Lai Vung mandarin orchard is one of the most attractive destinations in Dong Thap province in Mekong Delta region. The orchards attract Vietnamese and foreign tourists for hundreds of green mandarin trees and thousands of red-orange fruits. Visiting Lai Vung mandarin orchard, tourists have a chance to walk around the lush orchards, enjoy the fresh air and the great smell of mandarin, plug ripe mandarin themselves, peel and taste the freshest mandarin. It is also a big chance to take great photos, talk to indigenous and hospitable hosts. What is better than immersing yourself in local life by visiting a Lai Vung mandarin orchard in Dong Thap.
The plumpy Lai Vung mandarin with shining skin looks attractive.
Lush mandarin orchard in Lai Vung, Dong Thap.
Local people use a special long tool to plug mandarins from high trees.
The end of the special tool looks like in the photo.
Another tool to plug mandarins.
Gardeners are harvesting mandarins.
Tourists visit a mandarin orchard in Lai Vung.