As we drove over the Saigon Bridge children excitedly spotted boats and other bridges as well as Landmark, the new tallest building, under construction.
Upon arriving at Binh Quoi, the first thing we saw to capture our interest and attention were enormous lily pads. Children were full of wonder; mainly considering if we could stand on the lily pads and if they would support our weight.
Binh Quoi village represents scenes of village and rural life from around Vietnam and so we saw rice paddies, stacked paddies, a wide variety of plants including a variety of lily pads and a variety of edible trees and plants – coconuts, mango, durian and a kind of salad plant. We took risks to balance our way across ‘balance bridges’ and skipped across other bridges. We observed scenes of local life including Vietnamese traditional kitchens, Banh Mi carts and sugarcane juice carts. We saw an enormous water wheel in action and we walked to the shade of a pagoda next to the river to eat our picnic, play outdoor games including ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ and watch the boat traffic along the river.
Children spotted tadpoles, crabs, butterflies, water lizards, water snails, fish… to name some of the creatures on our journey.
Teachers were extremely proud to escort our well behaved and well-mannered BIS HCMC children and all agreed we could have stayed the whole day.
Ms Maria Shooter, F3S Class Teacher and F3 Year Leader