Rubber forests in Vietnam southern region take on spring hues

Did you know that Vietnam has overtaken Malaysia and India to become the world’s third largest producer of natural rubber, according to the latest data from the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC). Did you also know that the young leaves of this tree turn red before falling to give way to the green leaves that we know well? So nothing to envy to the maple leaves of Canada in the fall. #MustSeeInVietnam Editor

As spring comes rubber trees in southern provinces start changing color as their leaves turn into a dazzling array of reds and yellows. 

Rubber forests in southern region take on spring hues

A rubber plantation in Binh Long Town in Binh Phuoc Province, 200 kilometers from HCMC, whose changing colors dye the surrounding area in red and yellow.

Every year leaves on rubber trees in provinces like Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh and Dong Nai start changing color in late November, becoming a big draw for photographers and tourists. 

Rubber forests in southern region take on spring hues

A school girl rides through a rubber plantation in Duong Minh Chau District in Tay Ninh Province, 70 kilometers east of HCMC District.

Most plantations are in thinly populated areas, and so visitors are advised to take their own food and drinks.

Rubber forests in southern region take on spring hues

An asphalt road leads to a rubber plantation in Long Khanh Town in HCMC’s neighboring province of Dong Nai, which has more than 35,000 hectares of rubber, mainly in Long Khanh, Cam My, Long Thanh and Dinh Quan districts.

A rubber tree can be tapped for latex once it reaches around six years of age. Rubber is made from latex.

The latex harvest takes place from May to February.

Rubber forests in southern region take on spring hues

A group of runners go through a rubber forest in Dong Nai. 

Rubber forests in southern region take on spring hues

Girls take photos in ao dai (traditional Vietnamese dress) in a rubber forest in Cam My District in Dong Nai. 

According to photographers, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. are the ideal times to shoot in rubber forests. 

Rubber forests in southern region take on spring hues

A worker irrigates young rubber leaves. 

After the leaves turn red and fall, young leaves sprout in their place.

Written by By Phuoc Tuan Photos by Huynh Dong, Lo Van Hop, Huynh Truong for E.VnExpress.net

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