Field trip to the suburb is always the most attractive activities of VLS to our students. It is their chance to explore and experience Vietnamese language and culture during their time studying Vietnamese in HCMC. Beautiful natural landscape, meaning & interesting historical story, what our students can ask for more!
Excited to hear the introduction of each other on the bus
We started our trip at 8:30 am and headed to Binh Khanh ferry. It took us 45 minutes to go there from VLS district 1 campus. It is the only way to get to Can Gio from HCMC. People said that, they are going to build a bridge soon that support very much for local people here. Luckily, it wasn’t too crowded at Binh Khanh ferry that day that we just have to wait for 5 minutes to get on the ferry to Can Gio district.
Binh Khanh ferry
We arrived at Monkey island at around 11 am and had lunch first cause it was meal time already. Surrounded us were monkeys with cute faces in hope of getting some food from us. But we had warned that these monkeys are very smart & easily steal things from the guests. So be careful with your belonggings such as glasses, cap, bag and food when coming here.
Monkey island ...
After lunch, we headed to Mangrove forest to take canoes deeper in inside the jungle to Revoluntionary Base. We had chance to hear some touching stories about Vietnam military in the war and how supporting Can Gio people were to help our army in that hard time.
Took speed canoes to Revoluntionary Base
Watched documentary film
After back out from the jungle, we moved to 30th April beach and visited local seafood market. Can Gio beach is quite different from another by darken color of sand and water because of the sediment. Some of us tried seafood at the local market at a very affordable price but good quality. Some also bought raw seafood packed in styrofoam box to bring them home.
Local market with so many specialities and fresh seafood
On the way back to HCMC, we turned to Ly Nhon road to salt farm of Mr. Hich – a farmer from Kien Giang but had lived in Can Gio for years after getting married to make his family living. He taugh us how to pump the sea water in the farm and the lead time to harvest salt. VLS students also had chance to practice the process of harvesting salt right in his farm. The harvesting season lasts only 5 to 6 months a year in dry season. After collecting salt, a local buyer will transport all the salt to a ferry and deliver it to a local factory for processing.
Farmer was introducing about the process to make salt
VLS students practiced to make salt
For VLS’s student, this field trip was such a great experience to immerse themselves into nature and get out of HCMC heat these days to have a meaningful weekend.
Final products of us: 2 salt dunes
We hope that the field trip helped our beloved students understand more about Vietnamese people and culture and live in Vietnamese in a completely way.
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