The bamboo has been with thousands of generations of Vietnamese. Bamboo is the material which is used in maximum to make familiar things in everyday life and even fighting tools to protect the homeland. The peaceful, poetic image of bamboo has been mentioned in poetry, music, in many romantic love stories and in the legend of Thanh Giong. Phu An Bamboo Village, A Essential Destination for the Young.
About 35 km from the center of Ho Chi Minh City to the north, in the area of Ben Cat district, Binh Duong province, Phu An Bamboo Village is known as a base of empirical research and biodiversity conservation, sustainable development of natural resources, protecting the environment and dealing with plants.
Phu An Bamboo Village was formed in 1999, based on scientific ideas of Dr. Diep Thi My Hanh, lecturer at the University of Science, Ho Chi Minh City with the cooperation of the four organizations: Binh Duong Province People's Committee, the University of Science Ho Chi Minh city, Rhône-Alpes (France) and Pilat natural Park (France).
Teacher My Hanh and her students spent 3 years of hard work to continuous search in 12 uninterrupted years with the initial assistance of the government, international organizations. She and her students traveled from the North to the South, from Ha Giang to Ca Mau to turn the area of "Iron Triangle" to "Green Triangle" with the formation of the bamboo collection of about 1,500 bamboo bushes with over 300 species of bamboo of 17 varieties, accounting for nearly 90% bamboo varieties in Vietnam including many rare species like square bamboo.. … and spreading over an area of 10 hectares.
The symbol (logo) of Phu An Bamboo Village with superimposed two triangles with bamboo leaves on the top has voiced that sense. Tay Nam (Southwest) Tunnels not only merely mean a landmark, it is also an "underground village", a symbol of the revolution, of the war. " Underground Village " of the war this day has brought significant ecological conservation, protection and sustainable green life with "bamboo village". In the war, the area of Southwest tunnels was once famous as the "Iron Triangle".
Iron Triangle is the name given by the US military during combat in Southern Vietnam to indicate a land shown on the map as a triangle with the peaks of Ben Suc, the town of Ben Cat and a point on Thi Tinh river where is near the meeting point with Saigon river. It covered adjacent areas of the three districts of Cu Chi (HCMC), Ben Cat (Binh Duong) and Trang Bang Dong Nai and 30 - 50 km from Saigon rivers to the north - northwest; located between two major war zones including War Zone D and Duong Minh Chau of the Southeast region.
However, few people knows that region of the three communes of Tay Nam (An Dien, An Tay, Phu An) of Ben Cat district, Binh Duong province is the first point dubbed the "Iron Triangle", was a key region of the war causing many damage and failure for the US military.
Coming here, tourists will be like lost in the maze full of bamboo. Bamboo grows into overshadow ways, bamboo creates paintings of nature. The gnarled bamboo, lush bamboo arches, bamboo tunnels, bamboo trail... can be seen every where. The bigger leaves can be used to make bamboo handicrafts, bamboo spikes can be encountered in Soc Son ...
Phu An Bamboo Village is an essential destination in educating the younger generation about environmental sustainability, fantasy homeland. Coming to Phu An Bamboo Village, visitors can see the hint house samples made from bamboo, bamboo-paneled walls, the artwork on display products made of bamboo, tempetarium (zone to retain traces of hurricane to study about n climate change - or " storms container " because Phu An is never attacked by storm).
Opened to welcome visitors since April, 2008, Phu An Bamboo Village has attracted thousands of people coming to seeing the sight, to study and to escape from the noise and busy of the city life. Phu An becomes one of the 21 villages in the world getting the award of Prix Equateur about Biodiversity given by the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme).