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Vietnam garden: Shadows cover a garden of yesterday

12/07/2006 (GMT+7)

When I received my friend’s invitation for a party at Phuong Nam Resort and Conference in Binh Duong Province, I asked myself why she would choose such a far-away place to treat her friends who live in Saigon.

Vietnam garden: Shadows cover a garden of yesterday

I wondered if Saigon possibly didn’t have enough restaurants! Anyway, I could not help going to the party. And when I arrived, I understood her reasons for holding her party at the resort.

What makes people feel comfortable when coming to the resort is the natural and tranquil setting. Trees line narrow paths covered with black and white gravel, leading in all directions within the three-hectare garden.

The resort’s architecture imitates mainly that of the ancient Vietnam. The houses are built with the formerly typical round columns and painted in black, contrasting with the red of the brick roofs and floors.

For many, the dark colors evoke a mix of feelings. They could stand for sadness or gloominess but also for luxury.

The houses’ interior decoration, including tables and chairs, is almost all in dark brown hues. Sitting in such a place and seeing such colors, one may recall memories of yesterday.

The resort’s green trees, on the other hand, refresh visitors. Some small roads remain overshadowed all day. The trees include coconut, star apple, banana, bamboo and fig trees. Vines fall down from some branches.

While nowadays people seem to be in a constant rush, everything in Phuong Nam seems to be slow and relaxed. Ideal for those who are looking to balance out a week burdened with work!

The resort’s quietest section is the separated area of detached small houses and villas scattered through a garden. The resort’s restaurant, designed in an old style and set in the so-called Old Garden, is a little bit busier.

Because of work, I arrived late to the party. Thus, I missed the chance to try the restaurant’s specialties.

I only tasted a hotpot prepared with fish and vegetables. But according to a waiter, fried and cooked dishes are the restaurant’s best.

Next to the restaurant is a swimming pool. There are also karaoke rooms, tennis courts and games for kids. Besides, Phuong Nam has large conference rooms.

Near the Old Garden, or Vuon Xua, thatch pavilions stand next to a large pond for fishing.

If you want, you can hire a fishing rod, and the restaurant will prepare whatever you catch. To read a book or take nap, you can relax in a lounge chair or a hung-up hammock in the pavilions.

Wandering in the resort, you will feel as if you are in a southern province. Around the resort you can see pottery vases, a water jar near an old gate and a monkey bridge.

The bridge, typical of the Mekong Delta, consists of a sole long round log from one bank of the pond to the other and with a shaky handrail. Those who are not familiar with using the bridge can easily fall off. But of course, you can try!

Phuong Nam is around 15 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. To get there, go on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street until you see the Binh Phuoc Cross. Go straight for around one kilometer, paying attention the panels on your right hand.

Address: Phuong Nam Resort and Conference, 15/12 Trung Hamlet, Thuan An District, Binh Duong Province. Tel: (0650) 785 888 or 785 777.

(Source: SGT)

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