Ben Tre is located in the Mekong Delta area of southern Vietnam.It's also known as the Homeland of Best Coconuts in Vietnam. Ben Tre City is 85 kilometres (53 mi) south-west of Ho Chi Minh City and is connected to the surrounding provinces by the Rach Mieu Bridge. It is contiguous to three provinces: Tra Vinh on the West, Tien Giang on the North East, Vinh Long on the North West.
Ben Tre is wedged between the two main branches of the Tien Giang River, which is itself one of the two main branches of the Mekong. The province's northern boundary is formed by the Tien Giang's main course, while the province's southern boundary is formed by the Tien Giang's largest branch (which breaks away from the Tien Giang just upriver from Bến Tre province). Between the Tien Giang and its main branch are two smaller branches, passing through the middle of Ben Tre.
Area : 2,321.6 km2
Population : 1,624,471 ( 2019)
Calling code : 275
Website : www.bentre.gov.vn
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Ben Tre has a tropical climate and Two seasons – dry and rainy, Dry season is from December to April and Rainy Season is from May to November. On average, the temperatures are always high, The average annual temperature is 27.3 °C | 81.1 °F . A lot of rain (rainy season) falls in the month: May, June, July, August, September and October.
SEE AND DO
Situated between two busy roads, Phan Ngoc Tong Street and Hung Vuong Street, the Ben Tre night market serves clothes, handmade souvenirs and an enormous range of coconut-derived crafts. You could browse the wares for hours if you wish, and maybe take a short break to pick up some delicious fresh fruit, grown in the local orchards. If you get tired of shopping, the nearby Ben Tre riverfront with its idyllic lights and calming serenity makes for a perfect location for a romantic evening stroll.
Ben Tre’s beautiful scenery is peppered with vast lakes of what at first appearance seem to be lilies. In fact, these lakes are home to vast floating fields of lotus plants, resplendent with pink flowers and bright green leaves. It is also possible to hire a boat and driver to paddle out into the mass of lotus plants. As you approach the field or green and pink flora, the silence of the countryside lulls you into a state of pure calm. You will have a perfect moment to enjoy this delightful peace and be free to take home lotus pods and flowers, making pretty gifts for your friends and family.
As one of the typical tourist destinations in the Mekong Delta, Phung Island is designed as a green oasis in the middle of Tien River. Located on an area of approximately 1.500m², Phung Island is where you can explore the unique countryside lifestyle of the locals. There are many activities such as fishing, catching fish by hand, sailing, swimming in the river… This island also contains the relict of the Coconut religion in an area of 1,500 m2, attracting a lot of visitors.
Vam Ho bird sanctuary
Located in the two communes of My Hoa and Tan Xuan, Vam Ho is a mangrove forest with many wild plants and 84 different kinds of bird. Visit Vam Ho bird sanctuary, visitors can trek across the mangrove forest, visit the resistance base, go through the bamboo bridge and enjoy the fresh air. When you are tired, you can lie back on the hammock swaying under the shade and breathe the fresh air of Ba Lai River.
Cai Mon Orchard Village
Cai Mon Orchard Village is considered as the kingdom of bonsai in Vietnam, and the cradle of fruit trees in South Vietnam, with fruit available in any season. Cai Mon’s professional village annually supplies products such as durians, mangosteens, mangoes, longans and varieties of citrus. There are also many graft and multiplication artisans who create the diversity of bonsai shapes by the very spectacular figures of deer, stag, dragon, phoenix… Walking along winding paths round lush green gardens and enjoy the melodious tune of Don Ca Tai Tu music and song, you will realize this is truly a like-no-other place to discover.
Located along the Tien River and 23 km from the center of Ben Tre is Con Quy. This is one of the most famous destinations when referring to Ben Tre by the charming river atmosphere. Come to Con Quy, you will live in a peaceful space. In addition, you can also enjoy delicious fruit right in the garden labels, orange orchard, grapefruit garden… or drink a cup of honey smoke rose lightly and enjoy the melody from amateur-singers performance, which have been recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of mankind.
Situated between the Ham Luong and Co Chien Rivers, Cho Lach has abundant silt, vast sand dunes, lush orchards and prosperity – nowadays especially bonsai prosperity. It is very popular for its specialty of ornamental animal plants, ornamental shape plants, uniquely shaped by skilled hands of artisans. There are several attractions at Cho Lach that visitors find simple yet adorable. It is considered a “paradise” for fruit lovers. With sufficient infrastructure modification and more effective promotional strategy, Cho Lach may very well compete with the other modern tourism sites and mark its name worldwide.
EAT AND DRINKS
You can’t talk about Ben Tre without mentioning of Coconut candy. The best Coconut candy is produced in Mo Cay district. It is soft, tasty, greasy smell and slightly sweet in a unique way that you can’t find it anywhere else. They use a combination of coconut and other fruits like durian and peanut to create a more flavorful candy that will leave your mind unforgettable experiences. Making coconut candy is considered an art, with the secret recipe is only transmitted in the family.
It is another specialty of Ben Tre. Unlike other wine, drinking coconut wine won’t make you get drunk but just a little groggy and something special in the throat. The wine is cool sweet with coconut flavor. Ask the local or your accommodation staff to buy the genuine coconut wine.
Banh xeo (pancake) is not such a strange dish to Southeast region, but Snail pancake is a special dish of Phu Da (Cho Lach district – Ben Tre). This is rare place which has the most quantity of rice snail. Every year, April and May in lunar calendar are the season of breeding for Rice snail, especially in Mid-year festival (5th of May in lunar year).
snail-pancake-is-a-special-dish-of-phu-da-saigon-ridersSnail pancake is a special dish of Phu Da
On this occasion, Ben Tre tour will bring tourists come to this place to enjoy delicious dishes made from Rice snails. This type of snail can be made of various dishes, from simple steamed, salad, grilled, fried, etc. However, snail pancake is beyond excellent. Sprinkling the whole cake with chili sauce, such taste to make people want to do more and more.
The selected banana must be the green Siamese banana that has just turned maturity. A banana after being sliced across will be baked on coal fire for 5 minutes. Then they take it out, put into a plastic bag and flatten it, then put it on the flame again until the banana turns into yellow. It is often served with coconut milk, which is quite tasteful.
Flat Banana Cakes
Cake soup cracked
This dish is a specialty of the western specialty made from rice flour, often dressed with duck meat ginger sauce. The reason is called sliced bread sliced to make bread flour soup people will use rice flour, kneaded according to individual recipes of each person. Often, it is difficult to find a place to sell because they usually carry the burden, only local people know the journey, but you can ask any local people.
Broken rice (Com Tam)
Tourists say Com Tam here is better than in Saigon. The meat is usually roasted pork, sliced thin, in addition to chicken ram, small rind, fried egg quarters, cucumber, tomatoes, pickles… Both make this dish eye-catching and rich-nutrition.
This is quite sophisticated and requires to be patient. To cook this dish, the rice should be carefully selected, the rice is covered with coconut milk, drained and put in the coconut water. In addition, the coconut used to cook this dish must be Siamese Coconut. Coconut rice is usually served with roasted shrimps.
coconut-rice-is-quite-sophisticated-saigon-ridersCoconut rice is quite sophisticated
Places to eat famous coconut rice in Ben Tre: floating restaurant Ben Tre – Ben Hung Vuong, Ben Tre – Ben Tre eco tour.
Duck noodle in Ben Tre is usually cooked with duck and used with ginger sauce. Such noodle is cut into small pieces. Duck meat has white color and soup has good taste that you never forget this if try one time only. You can find the one of the best duck noodle restaurants in Ba Mu bridge market, Nguyen Hue, Ward 4, Ben Tre city.
NIGHT LIFE : BAR AND CAFE
Cafe Bar Cott
Cafe Bar Cott is the best for coffee and soft drinks. It' located in the centre of Ben Tre City in a large areas. but you will have a peaceful time for reading or meat friends
Add : My Thanh An, Ben Tre City
Open till : 123h00
DOM Coffee F6
Style : Espresso bar
Add: 28 A Truong Dinh, Binh Khoi, Ben Tre
Open till 23h00
Best Coffees and Vietnamese Street foods, Take away or eat right there
Add : 98 C My Thanh An , Ben Tre
Open Till : 23h00
New Club Ben Tre
Best place for the young to relax with heavy drinks, beers and disco
Add : Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Ward 1, Ben Tre
Open Till 3.00 a