The entire Ben Tre province is crisscrossed by a network of small rivers and canals, making itself a major rice producer of the region. At 1.25 m above sea level, Ben Tre is prone to flood that give its richness and vibrancy.
Ben Tre is a little province in the east of Mekong Delta, being wedged between two main arms of Tien River. Ben Tre shares borders with Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long. It has one township also called Ben Tre and 7 other small districts, including Ba Tri, Binh Dai, Chau Thanh, Cho Lach, Giong Trom, Mo Cay and Thanh Phu. The province also accounts for the greatest part of Khmer ethnic population of the region.
Ben Tre is known as the land of coconut and also the cradle of “Dong Khoi” (“simultaneous insurgency”). Recording some of the fiercest stages of the American-Vietnam War, Ben Tre is heard by most students of the two countries’ history.
The sleepy and laid back Ben Tre is usually bypassed by most visitors coming to the delta. Considering its unparalleled beauty and historical significance, however, this picturesque area is definitely well worth a visit.
A visit to Bentre should include a boat trip to its isolated islands. The first to be mentioned is the beautifully named Phoenix Islands (Con Phung). The island covers an area of 28 ha, emerging amidst the Tien River. Con Phung draws tourist attention mainly due to a coconut candy home factory located here. It is interesting to watch the entire manual making process of these Vietnamese fragrant sweets and taste some. The island is also famous with its coconut handicraft village.
The next stop is Dragon Island where you may fill your stomach with luscious tropical fruit and enjoy a yummy lunch with local specialties, typically included elephant ear fish, crispy southern spring rolls, sweet- sour soup and rice or noodles. On Unicorn Island, you may relax with honey tea and enjoy a local music performance of “Don ca tai tu”, a form of folklore opera in southern Vietnam.