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Travel GuideFriday, 08/11/2006, 02:32

Bau Lach Grasslands, a valuable present from The Creator 

Whenever traveling to provinces north of HCMC, visitors often ask the way to the local grasslands since they are deal places for picnics
Bau Lach Grasslands

Bau Lach Grasslands, a valuable present from The Creator 

Tourists enjoying the Bau Lanh Grassland in Dong Nai Hamlet, Bu Dang District, Binh Phuoc Province

Whenever traveling to provinces north of HCMC, visitors often ask the way to the local grasslands since they are

 deal places for picnics, barbecues and other such communal activities.


Located between the southeastern and central-highland regions, Binh Phuoc Province has many lovely natural landscapes that include rivers, streams, and national parks. But, the grasslands are maybe the best, each of which covers over 500 hectares, many with beautiful green forests and large lakes.


Last week, I joined a tour to the region and we set up camp at the Bau Lach Grasslands in Dong Nai Hamlet, Bu Dang District, Binh Phuoc Province.


It took us about four hours to get there by car as it is some 200 kilometers away.


On the way we passed through some small towns that are home to mostly ethnic peoples from the Stieng, Mnong and Chao Ma clans, who live down narrow forest roads. Many of us were amazed at the beauty of the nature, a true present from The Creator.


After getting out of the car and having a quick look around Bau Lach, I immediately understood the reason why so many visitors say that it is the ideal place for picnic or family day out. Covering 500 hectares, grass grows everywhere about 5-10cm above the ground, giving the impression of a flowing green silk sheet. Dotted around the place are woods and forests that help create a beautiful backdrop to the rivers and lakes that stretch out like a beautiful picture.


Le Van Ngoc, chairman of Dong Nai Hamlet People�s Committee, said that in the hamlet there are over ten such grasslands, each with a different view and aspect.


The local population around the Bau Lach Grassland is very small so there are only a few houses, mostly lived in by ethnic peoples, who tend to work on rice, potatoes or corn farms miles away from the grassland. Some of the locals keep some pigs and goats too, that happily chump on the grass whilst improving their owners� standard of living. In the evening the ethnic people of the various tribes often get together in the communal houses to tell stories or catch up on the news. Perhaps this is why the Bau Lach Grassland always seems so nice and peaceful with a pleasant and friendly atmosphere.


Because the grasslands are so large, there is ample space for a sports field, and so whilst some of the local men enjoy running around playing football, some of the others play community or traditional folk games like bit mat bat de (blind-man�s buff) or relax in the still of the early evening. Of course, as night falls there is also a camp-fire, with gongs and musical performances from the Stieng ethic people and lots of ruou can (wine drunk out of a jar through straws), which tends to be rather popular with visitors. Ethnic people usually use bamboo tubes to cook, so the com lam (bamboo-tube rice) is very interesting. Once the rice is cooked the bamboo tubes are broken apart and the contents removed. It is really rather delicious.


Perhaps given its reputation, it was unsurprising to hear most people say that they wanted to return to Bau Lach again given half a chance.


But, there are many other beautiful places throughout the province to visit as well, such as the world famous 1,500-hectare Cat Tien National Park or the Elephant Waterfall. So, the future should see some significant tourist developments, which would help more people enjoy the local ecological tourism


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