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TRAVEL TIPS Ben Tre Thursday, 22 December 2016

Ben Tre travel experience in detail

If you are planning to travel Ben Tre to visit famous historic sites and natural scene, this article may help you a lot.

Ben Tre is at the end of Mekong River in the Southwest of Vietnam with tangled canal system. Ben Tre is the most famous for coconuts and they are made to be coconut candy which is very delicious.

Ben Tre coconut trees
Ben Tre coconut trees

With hot weather all year round, you can visit Ben Tre anytime of the year, especially in May, June and July because this is the time of the tastiest fruits: rambutan, mangosteen and durian.

Ben Tre is not very large so that it will take only 1-2 days for you to explore all the destinations. You can choose ecotourism, fruit gardens trip to know more about the atmosphere and the life style of the local people.

Means of transport from Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre

It takes about 1,5-2h to drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre. If you choose Trung Luong Highway, it only takes 1,5h. Or you can travel by coach with the price of 80,000-150,000 VND. These are some coach brands:

-  Hong Phuong coach: Saigon – Ben Tre – Ba Tri – Tiem Tom harbor. Tel: 08.396 137 94 – 0913 965 242 – 0753 857 785.

Natural scene of Ben Tre
Natural scene of Ben Tre

-  Thao Chau coach: Saigon – Ben Tre with 15 seats and 29 seats. Tel: 08.3835.1917 – 38339954, 0903.337.600.

-  Thinh Phat coach: Saigon – Ben Tre with 15 seats. Tel: (075) 356.1561 - 382.9317 – 382.4862.

Accommodation in Ben Tre

There are not many hotels in Ben Tre, you can choose one of those:

-  Cong Doan Hotel. Tel: 075.3822408.

-  Ham Luong Hotel: 220C Hung Vuong, Ben Tre City. Tel: 075. 3560560 – 075. 3839009 – 075 3818595.

Or you can stay in the local person's house
Or you can stay in the local person's house

-  Cuu Long Hotel: 64A, Highway 60, Phu Khuong Ward, Ben Tre City. Tel: 075.3822548.

-  Thu Thu Motel: 110/1a 30/4 St, Ward 4, Ben Tre City. Tel: 075.3817919.

-  Que Huong Motel: Hai Ba Trung, Ben Tre City. Tel: 075.3835888.

Places to visit in Ben Tre

Cai Mon orchard

Cai Mon orchard is located in Vinh Thanh commune, Cho Lach district and Tien Long area, Tan Phu, Ben Tre.

Cai Mon orchard
Cai Mon orchard

Coming here, tourists will be enjoy the fresh air and enjoy the freshest fruits with reasonable price. Especially, some orchard’s owners also add some Ben Tre’s specialties like chicken soup, mussel soup, pancake…

Tuyen Linh Pagoda

Tuyen Linh Pagoda is situated in Minh Duc commune, Mo Cay district, Ben Tre province. The pagoda was built in 1861 under King Tu Duc the 14th dynasty. Khanh Phong was the first director of the pagoda. This pagoda was built by bamboo and leave to worship Mrs. Sam. In 1907, Monk Le Khanh Hoa with the name Thich Nhu Tri became the director.

In 1927-1929, the pagoda had the honor to welcome Mr. Nguyen Sinh Sac, father of Uncle Ho twice. In French and American wars, Tuyen Linh pagoda was the accommodation of officers of Vietnam revolution so that it was bombed twice by helicopters and even burned. The pagoda was restored several times on the old ground.

In 1994, Tuyen Linh was recognized as the national historic site. On 19th May, this place holds festivals and meetings for the birthday of Ho Chi Minh President.

Nguyen Dinh Chieu Mausoleum

Nguyen Dinh Chieu Mausoleum
Nguyen Dinh Chieu Mausoleum

Nguyen Dinh Chieu Mausoleum is situated in An Duc commune, Ba Tri district, Ben Tre province. The mausoleum worships the patriot Nguyen Dinh Chieu, the writer of famous Luc Van Tien. On 1st July every year, this place holds a lot of traditional festivals of Ben Tre.

Con Tien

Con Tien is located on the bank of Ham Luong River in Tien Long commune, Chau Thanh district. Far from Ben Tre City about 23km by walking road and 15km by sea, Con Tien has the total area of 7ha with beautiful sandy beach.

Dong Khoi guerrilla village

Dong Khoi monument 
Dong Khoi monument 

Dong Khoi guerrilla village is in Dinh Thuy commune, Mo Cay district, Ben Tre province and far from Ben Tre City 15km. this is the place to keep the remaining of the first revolution of Dong Khoi campaign in 1960.

In the village, they exhibit and keep all the simple weapons of French and American wars.

Con Oc

Coc Oc is in Hung Phong commune, Giong Trom district, Ben Tre province and far from Ben Tre City about 10km. Con Oc is 8,3km long and has a lot of coconut and fruit orchards. This is an attractions that tourists can enjoy the freshest air and immerse themselves in the natural scenes of the West.

Con Phung (Con Dao Dua)

Con Phung
Con Phung

Con Phung, also known as Con Dao Dua, is located on a floating island on Tien River in Tan Thach commune, Chau Thanh district, Ben Tre province with the total area of 50ha. The local people earn for their livings by handicrafts from coconut trees and fruits.

Con Qui

Con Qui has the total area of 65ha located on Tien Giang River between Tan Thach and Quoi Son commune, Chau Thanh district, Ben Tre province. Con Qui has a lot of famous orchards like longan, pomelo… Coming here, you will have the chance to try a lot of delicious fruits, shrimps and fish.

Vam Ho bird park

Vam Ho bird park
Vam Ho bird park

Vam Ho bird park is situated in both My Hoa and Tan Xuan commune, Ba Tri district, Ben Tre province. Vam Ho is a mangrove with plenty of wild trees and the accommodation of many kinds of birds, especially storks and cauldrons. Each year, Vam Ho bird park welcomes over 2,000 tourists.

Nguyen Thi Dinh Temple and memorial site

The memorial site of Nguyen Thi Dinh is in Luong Hoa commune, Giong Trom district, Ben Tre province. This is the place for traditional patriotic education for all people of Ben Tre.

Truong Vinh Ky memorial site

The place is situated in Cai Mon, Vinh Thanh commune, Cho Lach district, Ben Tre province for worshiping famous Vietnamese linguists in XIX century.

Ben Tre specialties

Apart from coconut candy, Ben Tre is also famous for these dishes

Grilled banana

Ben Tre grilled banana
Ben Tre grilled banana

This dish is very simple to cook, the banana is grilled then eaten with coconut milk. Grilled banana is the most delicious when it is still hot and the tastiest stall of grilled banana is near Truc Giang River which opens from noon to late afternoon. You need to come here early because this stall is very crowded.

Noodles cooked with tapioca

This dish is cooked with rice powder eaten with duck meat and ginger fish sauce. You should the local people for a delicious stall.

Beef rolled with piper lolot

The best stall to enjoy this dish is near Ben Tre gifted school.

Coconut mouse

Ben Tre coconut mouse
Ben Tre coconut mouse

One of the best dishes that you can’t miss in Ben Tre is coconut mouse. Coconut mouse can be cooked in many dishes: curry, grilled, and stewed. You can enjoy this dish at coconut orchards.

Palmworm

Palmworm is a kind of worm living in the wild, coconut and palm trees. It is the specialty of the South and Central South of Vietnam.

Ben Tre palmworm
Ben Tre palmworm

Plalmworm lives in dead coconut trees and can be eaten alive or stir-fried. Many people don’t dare to eat it alive but once you try, you can be addicted to this dish.

Souvenirs

Coming to Ben Tre, you can buy specialties like mangosteen, Cai Mon durian, pomelo, coconut candy, coconut wine or coconut jam…and handicrafts as souvenirs for your relations.

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