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Situated in Mekong Delta, and with 60 km seashore, Ben Tre has all beneficial conditions to become a green attractive destination. It is featured with a plain geography, which is scattered around by sand dunes and adorned by rice fields, fruit plant gardens, and numerous rivers and streams, canals and arroyos. The four Tien Giang river branches, including My Tho, Ba Lai, Ham Luong and Co Chieu rivers, split Ben Tre into 3 islands of Minh, Bao, and An Hoa. All contribute to an ecological system of rivers, canals, arroyos and green trees, facilitating transportation, hydro-electricity, and more importantly, ecological tourism potential.

Quick Facts:

  • Location: southern Vietnam
  • Status: Province
  • Population: about 1,257 million people
  • Area: about 2,321.6 square km
  • Telephone area code: 075

Having such complex network of rivers and canals, Ben Tre has advantage to develop ecotourism with clean ecology, green trips of coconut and many green fruit gardens. This is quite suitable for outdoor camping and expedition tours. Ben Tre provides some of the most beautiful scenery in Mekong Delta. The milk coffee colored waters wind their way along small channels lined with water palms, thatch and bamboo houses are nestled in the lush orchards. Ben Tre is also the granary of Mekong Delta. There are agriculture productions such as rice, corn, pineapple, custard-apple, star apple, durian, mango, longan, and many more. Industrial trees are tobacco, sugar-cane, and cotton. Especially, Ben Tre is homeland of coconut. It is known with Ben Tre coconut candy, My Long Cai Mon flower and ornamental plant. Moreover, Ben Tre also has a lot of historic and cultural relics and other sites worth visiting. Besides, Ben Tre is well known as poet Nguyen Dinh Chieu's motherland. Other popular places are My Hoa Bird Reserve, Con Phung (Hillock of the Coconut Religion), Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary, Vien Minh Pagoda.

Ben Tre is also famous for its homestyle cuisine as Pho tai, Crispy imperial rolls, Bun rieu, Thai iced tea, meatball style spring rolls.

Phung Islet

Phung (Phoenix) Islet is the homeland of Dao Dua Nguyen Thanh Nam (Coconut Meditator). There are lots of curious architectural features here and some relics of the Dao Dua activities. The 28-ha Islet emerges in the middle of the Tien River. It is an administrative unit of Tan Thach Commune, Chau Thanh District, Ben Tre province.

Oc Islet

Oc (Snail) Islet is another attractive visiting site located in Hung Phong Commune, Giong Trom District. Here visitors can enjoy the breezy landscape in this part of the Mekong river basin. They may especially enjoy culinary dishes that is very characteristic of Ben Tre, as well as explore the life and daily activities of local people in particular.

Fruits Gardens

In the fruit gardens of Cai Mon (Cho Lach District) and Tien Long, Tan Phu Communes (Chau Thanh District), visitors may enjoy the good taste of fresh fruits hand-picked from the low branches while experiencing the curiousness of exploring the gardens. Some of Ben Tre’s specialty dishes such as home-grown chiken rice gruel, with the chicken raised and let walking freely in the home garden so that it retains natural quality of meat; mussel rice gruel, rice pancake with mussel ingredient in Phu Da Islet (Cho Lach District). Visitors must not omit these stuffs on their tour to Ben Tre.

Tomb

The tomb and memorial complex of Nguyen Dinh Chieu – a patriotic poet whose story poem “Luc Van Tien” is a great masterpiece in Viet Nam’s literary history. The tomb and memorial complex is located in An Duc Commune, Ba Tri District. Ben Tre’s traditional cultural festival on July 1 every year is held at this site as a way to commemorate the great patriotic poet. Another tomb and memorial complex is of Phan Thanh Gian – the first doctorate holder in the Indochine under the French invasion. He killed himself after the Southern provinces under his command fell into the hands of French colonists. The tomb and memorial of Phan Thanh Gian is now located in his hometown of Bao Thanh, Ba Tri District.

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