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Lotus season attracts selfie bees

Vietnam's national flower, an endless inspiration for folk songs, poems and paintings, have become a honeypot that attracts selfie and Instagram bees.

Lotus season, selfie bees, Vietnam's national flower, endless inspiration, honeypot, selfie and Instagram bees

The three-hectare lotus pond in Xuan Dinh Ward, Bac Tu Liem District, is situated deep inside 408 Alley, so the area is free from noise and traffic pollution. The lotuses here are known to be the earliest to bloom among all the famous lotus swamps in Hanoi.

Lotus season, selfie bees, Vietnam's national flower, endless inspiration, honeypot, selfie and Instagram bees

Boats and costumes are available for rent for those desiring to be photographed amidst the blooms. The admission fee is VND40,000 ($1.7).

Lotus season, selfie bees, Vietnam's national flower, endless inspiration, honeypot, selfie and Instagram bees

Dubbed a "fairyland," the pond in Hanoi's My Duc District attracts hundreds of visitors every weekend. In summer, the fragrance of the lotuses pervade the lagoon.

Lotus season, selfie bees, Vietnam's national flower, endless inspiration, honeypot, selfie and Instagram bees

Lotuses in An Phu blossom at the end of May and flourish until the end of August. The ideal times for a photo session here are morning and mid-afternoon.

Lotus season, selfie bees, Vietnam's national flower, endless inspiration, honeypot, selfie and Instagram bees

The West Lake lotus pond in Tay Ho District attracts Hanoi youth. An entrance ticket to this pond costs VND50,000 ($2) per person.

Lotus season, selfie bees, Vietnam's national flower, endless inspiration, honeypot, selfie and Instagram bees

The Tam Da pond is owned by a family who has cultivated it for a few years. The 3-hectare pond is situated in District 9, on the banks of Tac River, downstream of Dong Nai River, about 20 km from downtown Saigon.

Lotus season, selfie bees, Vietnam's national flower, endless inspiration, honeypot, selfie and Instagram bees

Unlike other ponds, this lagoon offers a proper break from urban life, also about 20 km from the city center. It’s part of a tourism area, so the lotus landscape is a great addition to a weekend getaway.

Lotus season, selfie bees, Vietnam's national flower, endless inspiration, honeypot, selfie and Instagram bees

The flowers bloom at five or six in the morning every day, filling the entire area with their fragrance. Many of the ponds can be found in Nam Tan Ward, 20 km from Vinh, the capital of Nghe An.

Lotus season, selfie bees, Vietnam's national flower, endless inspiration, honeypot, selfie and Instagram bees

The lotus is considered Vietnam's national flower and represents purity and dignity.

Source: VnExpress 

Lotus season, selfie bees, Vietnam's national flower, endless inspiration, honeypot, selfie and Instagram bees
 
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