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Ben Tre Overview:

Bến Tre is the capital city and municipality of Bến Tre Province, located in the Mekong Delta area of southern Vietnam. It borders Tien Giang in the North, Vinh Long in the West and Southwest, Tra Vinh in the South and around 60km coast. It is around 85 km to the South of Ho Chi Minh City.
Ben Tre and My Tho separated by Tien River and passengers were used the ferries to pass the river until 2009 when the Rach Mieu Bridge was completed.
During the war, Ben Tre was known as the cradle of communist, a big part of people were been as guerillas.
The major economy of Ben Tre is agriculture. Other part of it is fishing due to its 60km along the coast. The coconut trees occupied a big part of its land. That also is the feature of Ben Tre.
In the daily life, local people used coconut tree trunk to built their houses , the leaves for cooking, the flesh of coconut for making oil….Nowadays, coconut tree is the main material to make special handicraft products . By the skin of coconut, they made nice carpets; by the coconut’s shells, people made a lot of handicraft stuffs. Ben Tre coconut’s candies are famous in domestic and were exported to many countries.
During the war, a part of them was destroyed by bombs. It was a while that many local people already replaced the coconut trees by others such as longan, madarin, orange, pomelo.. but they re-started to grow the coconut trees again.
The soils in Ben Tre are festive. Coconuts, sugar canes and cacao tree are the main industrial trees in Ben Tre. Besides, Ben Tre is famous with many kinds of nice fruits such as durians, bananas, mango, mangosteen, rambutan....
Most of people in Ben Tre are Kinh.
Along with My Tho, Ben Tre is one of the attractive destinations.
Tourist can take one day trip from Saigon to My Tho then Ben Tre. For tourist who loves nature and the countryside, Ben Tre will offer for staying and overnight at a homestay. Tourist will have chance to experience how the Southern people life is. Everything is very simple there.
Enjoy a boat trip on Tien River, sightseeing the floating fishing village, trying the horse –cart, learning how to make the coconut candy, rowing a small boat in a small branch of a river, admired the beautiful view in a countryside….that is a part of My Tho and Ben Tre Mekong tours.




Tourist Attractions in Ben Tre

Phung Island

Phung Island

That is a small part of Ben Tre, on Tien River , between My Tho and Ben Tre provinces. Phung Island was called as “ Coconut monk ” Island as it used to be a place for a monk who had just fruits for foods. Specially, coconut!
This island has a lot of canals, coconuts and water palms. It remains almost the whole things of that religions as well as their architecture.
Some other spots in Phung Island such as snake farm ( if you can enjoy having the enormous python wrapped around you), the crocodile farm, the handicraft village that its material is from coconut shells.



Tuyen Linh Pagoda

Tuyen Linh Pagoda

The Pagoda is located in Minh Duc Commune, Mo Cay District. It was built in 1861, once frequented by many patriotic intellectuals and artists in the 1920s. Later on, it became one of the revolutionary facilities throughout the two resisting wars. Especially, Tuyen Linh Pagoda was where Junior Doctor Nguyen Sinh Sac - the father of President Ho Chi Minh- stayed for a while, and here he met with local patriotic intellectuals.
Now Tuyen Linh Pagoda has been classified as national historic-cultural relic and becomes one of the attractions to visitors to Ben Tre Province.



Rice paper cakes villages

Rice paper cakes villages

For the moment, the banh trang, banh phong (rice paper cakes) in My Long and Son Doc, Giong Trom District, are still best known for their fine taste. Though the main materials to make these cakes are husked rice and sticky rice, the makers of the cakes seem to hold their know-how in secret and are very resolute to keep them from being leaked to outsiders. They are also keen to renovate such know-how secrets to produce finer and finer cakes to serve up to modern consumers. By this way, they not only sell the stuffs but also help spread their local identity out to other regions and the world.



Coconut handicraft villages

Coconut handicraft villages

Making fine handicraft products is one of the characteristics of Ben Tre, because this is the home land of coconut, which is used as the only materials for this kind of handicraft products. In the hands of the dexterous worker-artists here, any single piece of coconut materials may turn into fine items with great charm and fantasy, such as animal statuettes, human face statuettes, etc.
Coconut candy is another kind of Ben Tre speciality and a traditional product, which is sold both in domestic stores and exported to many countries around the world. Visitors can find these products mostly in Chau Thanh (Con Phung, Con Quy, An Hoa) and Giong Trom Districts. For coconut candy, visitors can go straight to buy directly from the makers on Dong Khoi Boulevard in the Township downtown.



Green tour in Ben Tre ( 1 day)

Green tour in Ben Tre ( 1 day)

On arrival at Bến Tre’s Hùng Vương pier located opposite the hotel of the same name we will set off in a boat down the Bến Tre River, a tributary of the Mekong River. Along the river you will witness the daily activities of the local people such as fishing, transportation of people and cargo and the many industries that process coconuts, Ben Tre’s number one commodity.
Our first jumping off point is at a brickworks factory to see how they make traditional style bricks from the clay found under the topsoil of nearby rice fields. The processes used have changed little over time and still use the old brick kilns and rice husks to bake the bricks. Next stop is one of the numerous coconut processing workshops located along the main canal. We will be shown how they briskly remove the husk of the coconut which is sent to local factories to be used for making mats, and then the inner flesh which is removed from the shell and cleaned and later sent to be processed into various products such as dried coconut shavings, coconut oil and coconut milk.

After a short boat trip we will alight and take a pleasant walk through a small village to a modest family workshop making sleeping mats. There we learn how to weave from thin strips of bamboo and enjoy some fresh fruits and tea. From there we use another local means of transport the motor cart (xe lôi) or ride bicycles down the narrow tree shaded lanes, passing by green rice fields as well as fruit and vegetable plantations. Here in these quaint village hamlets you get to experience the relaxed simplicity of life and down-to-earth hospitality of the locals. A short distance further passing over small bridges and past some old traditional style homes (some of which are home stays) we stop for lunch at the “Green Coconut” canal side restaurant or Hai Hồ’s house.
Once we have finished savoring the local cuisine we will travel by canoe through coconut palm and water coconut (Quả dừa nuóc) fringed canals and dock back at Hùng Vương Pier.



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