Whenever I've gone to mountainous countryside areas, I've always noticed the abundance of orchids. Seemingly everywhere in Mai Chau someone is selling orchids. Here's a shop on one of the islands near Ba Khan:
I've always been a nature lover; a trait I've inherited from my Grandpa Leo. I don't often think to myself in Vietnam, "Grandpa Leo would love this" but I'm pretty sure he would love the botanical aspects of the mountainous areas of this country.
I really wanted to buy some orchids for my apartment but driving 131 kilometers back to Hanoi with flowers didn't seem like the smartest idea.