The endless field

A day exploring the Endless Field tourist resort in Moc Hoa, Long An province will leave visitors with a memorable experience and give them a deeper understanding of the famous short story “the Endless Field” by young writer Nguyen Ngoc Tu.  

The Endless Field tourist resort is located inside the Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) Herbal Medicine Research, Conservation and Development Center in village 3, Binh Phong Thanh commune, Moc Hoa district, about 80 km from Ho Chi Minh City.

The 1,000-ha resort with hundred-year-old cajuput forests and diverse flora and fauna is an ideal place for nature lovers to explore the natural diversity of the Plain of Reeds.

The resort was the background scene of Nguyen Phan Quang Binh’s movie “Floating Lives” which was adapted from Nguyen Ngoc Tu’s short story Canh dong Bat tan (The Endless Field).

Visitors tour the natural cajuput forest on a motor boat.

The resort is also a special-use forest.

In the swamp.

Biking around the cajuput forest.

Walking in the cajuput forest.

The resort is a nice place for biking.

We were accompanied by Duong Van Toan, deputy director of the resort to the “golden field”, which is the impressive image appearing on the film’s poster. The field, which no longer has its golden yellow color as shown in the film, is now covered with cajuputs but has not lost its charm in the yellow sunset clouds with beautiful wild rose myrtles and the light scent of lemon-scented gum in the air.

We went around the cajuput forests by motor boat on a cajuput-shaded channel on which white water lilies bloomed.
In the middle of the cajuput forests are paths with a green canopy where visitors can take beautiful pictures.

We visited the medicinal herb garden where lemon-scented gum, mugwort, Ming aralia, coin-leaf desmodium, passion flower and other medicinal herbs are grown. We also learnt how herbal oil was made at the Moc Hoa Tram workshop and even tried to extract the oil ourselves with the help of the workshop’s staff.

At sunset, we biked slowly to the natural swimming pool with water so clear that we could see the pool’s bottom.

The medicinal herb garden where medicinal herbs are grown.

Lemon-scented gum, mugwort, Ming aralia, coin-leaf desmodium and passion flower are grown in the garden.

Soaking feet in herbs.

Buying products made in the resort.

Here you can take a sauna or steam room with herbal oil extracts, or go fishing or kayaking with the nice staff. You should also try the special dishes of the floating region such as grilled snakehead fish wrapped in rice paper, cassava boiled in coconut milk, and salted fish hot pot.

“We plan to reset the scenes of Floating Lives and screen the film to entertain visitors,” said Bui Dac Thang, director of the Dong Thap Muoi Herbal Medicine Research, Conservation and Development Center.

By Dang Kim Phuong