BEN TRE - VIETNAM - MEKONG RIVER
Ben Tre is one of the provinces of the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, bordered to the north by Tien Giang Province, to the east by the East Vietnam Sea, to the west by Vinh Long Province and to the south by Tra Vinh Province. Ben Tre is 70km from Ho Chi Minh City...
The Rach Mieu Bridge linking Ben Tre Province and Tien Giang Province makes this Land of Coconut Forests much more accessible to the travelers than before.
There are two distinct seasons: the rainy season lasts from May to October and the dry season from November to April. The average annual temperature is 26°C and the humidity level is quite high due to the presence of many rivers.
The picturesque little province of Ben Tre, just south of My Tho, sees little of the tourist traffic of its northern neighbour. Its sleepy waterfront, lined with ageing villas, and active market nearby makes for a pleasant stroll, and there’s good exploring into Ben Tre’s rustic settlement across the bridge south of the centre. The town has a tiny lake (Truc Giang), ringed with a few cafés. Ben Tre is also a good place to arrange boat trips around the area – particularly those wanting to escape the tour buses.
Ben Tre is well known as the motherland of poet Nguyen Dinh Chieu. It is also famous for the revolutionary spirit of its people during the war against the United States. Tan Vinh Islet is also a famous tourist site.
Ben Tre is famous for keo dua (coconut candy). Many local women work in small factories making these sweets, spending their days boiling cauldrons of sticky mixture, before rolling it out and cutting sections off into squares and wrapping them into paper for sale.