From one’s first moments in Vietnam, bonsai bombard. The art of bonsai is most commonly associated with the better-known Japanese tradition. However, in speaking about Vietnamese culture one would be remiss if they failed to mention the Vietnamese utter fervor for the art form, called hòn non bộ. At our hotel in Nha Trang we have a bonsai forest at over 400 strong; ranging in species, size, age and all manners of contortion. In every village, town and city in all manners of locations, bonsai trees abound. Overall the art form here is often in bigger pots with bigger trees, less strict then the Japanese and carries more similarities to the Chinese tradition of Penjing.
While I’m a novice aficionado of bonsai, I can say that I’ve come to admire and appreciate it. It truly creates a certain peacefulness and the garden greenery runs prolific in hotel lobbies, restaurant courtyards, palatial ruins and even on decks of boats.
Bonsai samples below.