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Bougainvillea in full bloom: A must-see in Vietnam's coastal Phan Thiet City

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 17:13 GMT+7
Bougainvillea in full bloom: A must-see in Vietnam's coastal Phan Thiet City
A giant blooming bougainvillea shrub at a coffee shop near Phan Thiet Harbor in Hung Long District along the Ca Ty River is seen in a photo taken in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam in early February 2021. According to the shop owner, the shrub is made of three bougainvillea plants, with the youngest having been planted over ten years ago. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

Bougainvillea are one of the top choices of ornamental plants in tropical Vietnam, with some localities growing these beautiful flowers until they reach astounding sizes.  

Visitors to the south-central city of Phan Thiet during Tet, which is Vietnam's Lunar New Year due on February 12 this year, were wowed by the blooming bougainvillea in almost every corner of the coastal destination.

Aside from planting bougainvillea for home decorations, Phan Thiet residents also grow the plants until they are large enough to be used as shade or for public landscaping.

Bougainvillea are grown on local streets, at coffee shops, and especially around resorts in the tourism wards of Mui Ne and Ham Tien thanks to their ability to tolerate the dry weather which abounds in the tropical coastal city.

Normally, the flowers are in full bloom across Phan Thiet from around February to April and can be found in red, pink, orange, and white, with pink being the most popular.

People play chess in the shade of a giant blooming bougainvillea shrub at a coffee shop near Phan Thiet Harbor in Hung Long District along the Ca Ty River in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam in early February 2021. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

Bougainvillea flowers in pink and white along a coastal road in Ham Tien Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

A coffee shop in Mui Ne names itself ‘hoa giay,' the Vietnamese word for bougainvillea. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

Bougainvillea flowers in Phan Thiet can be found in red, pink, orange and white, with pink being the most popular. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

A close-up of bougainvillea flowers at a resort in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Dong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre News

Blossoming bougainvillea flowers on a street in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam in early February 2021. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

A giant bougainvillea shrub of flowers in pink and white shades cover a brick wall in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam in early February 2021. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

A man sits under the shade of a big blooming bougainvillea shrub in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam in early February. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

Bougainvillea vines cover a fence at a sports center in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

Bougainvillea vines climb a coconut tree at a resort in Phan Thiet City’s Ham Tien Ward. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

A resort in Phan Thiet’s Ham Tien Ward grows bougainvillea as garden decorations. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

A resort in Phan Thiet’s Ham Tien Ward grows bougainvillea as garden decorations. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

A guest house in Phan Thiet’s Ham Tien Ward shapes bougainvillea vines along its gate. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre News

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