Bến Tre is a coastal province in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam. It is known as a green small island among the immense water of Mekong, with limitless expanses of coconut forests, which will absolutely catch your eyes and bring you a cool feeling when summer is coming so close. Florid writing, travellers also call it as the legendary coconut land. Every corner of this countryside will all attractive you, one way or another, even the peaceful scenery will win your heart.
Bến Tre is a coastal province in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam. It is known as a green small island among the immense water of Mekong, with limitless expanses of coconut forests, which will absolutely catch your eyes and bring you a cool feeling when summer is coming so close. Florid writing, travellers also call it as the legendary coconut land. Every corner of this countryside will all attractive you, one way or another, even the peaceful scenery will win your heart. You can come to this land throughout the year, however, it is better to avoid the rainy season, summer time, the month of May, Jun, July are considered as the best time for travelers to discover this great land. In the summer, everything seems to be very perfect for spending time here, from the sunny weather to the blossom season of a variety of tropical fruits.
From Ho Chi Minh City, you can reach there by catching the bus to Ben Tre from the Western Bus Station. On the way, you will have chance to admire the Rach Mieu bridge connecting Tien Giang and Ben Tre – one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the Southwest of Viet Nam. When you are in this hometown of coconut, there are many special means of transportation like motorbikes, bicycles, boats and horse-drawn carriages. Among them, horse-drawn carriages will give you amazing experience for sure.Place of staying is also an interesting thing for you to discover in Ben Tre. You can stay in hotel, guesthouse, or homestay where you can spend your time with the daily activities of people here. Their simple soul and friendliness will amaze you.And now, let enjoy the wonderful experiences in Ben Tre.
– Visiting the garden may be the most attractive destination of Ben Tre. By boats, you can do the sightseeing, treat your eyes with lush fruit gardens, pick the fruits by yourselves, and enjoy the excellent taste of them. A variety of fruit will absolutely satisfy you, amarelle, rambutan, jackfruit, durian, papaya, pomelo, guava, …
Besides that, you can experience some other kinds of ecotourism such as drinking honey tea, listening to the Southern amateur music, slapping the water to catch fishes, moving by small primitive boats, having opportunity to be treated with some special meals such as chicken rice porridge, mussel rice porridge, pan cake …
You can explore the world of water with the most typical ways with people in here.
- Visiting Ben Tre coconut candy workshop is one of the interesting things to find out. You can visit the processing of producing coconut candy with your own eyes. Directly looking at each phase, then enjoy the new-born candy, slowly feeling the warmth, the best smell of durian, the fatty smell of coconut milk, you are sure to feel the no-substituted flavor of the hometown of coconut.
- Ecotourism: don’t forget to visit and discover the ecotourism destinations, you will have chance to mix with the fresh nature, tropical vegetation and diversified fauna. Some remarkable destinations are mangroves, Con Tien, Con Oc, Con Phung, Con Qui, Vam Ho,…. If you are in demand, you can also be able to stay together, eat together, work together with the people here, visit the firefly on the river and be guided to ride the bicycles to visit the countryside, to enjoy the peaceful life of the southern country people.
- Food is the thing that you shouldn’t miss when being here, they are just incredibly amazing. A trip to Ben Tre could never be completed without famous and traditional dishes here. You may know that coconut is the symbol of Ben Tre, almost meals here are related to coconut. Beside coconut sweets, you can enjoy some other specialties of Ben Tre such as green coconut juice, coconut core salad, coconut worm – the type of lava feeds on the top of coconut trees, coconut wine, coconut rice, roasted snails with coconut milk, coconut mice, roasted shrimp with coconut milk, stewed gobies with coconut milk, coconut jam, coconut porridge, floppy cracker, My Long noodles, termites mushroom, rice snail pancake, chicken sweet taro salad, danio dangila sour soup, paddy field crab hot pot, …. These exotic dishes are sure to bring you unforgettable and exciting experience which you have never had in your life before, maybe.
If you want to escape yourselves from the eventful life, in a place with beautiful landscapes and make friends with rustic local people, then Ben Tre will never make you disappointed, it is surely worth your visit and time. Let join a number of visitors from all over the world to have a great cuisine here.