Coconut trees lining both sides of the roads will be the first thing to catch your attention when you arrive in Ben Tre. Ben Tre has an airy atmosphere, far different from dusty and noisy cities. Ben Tre is the last locality in the Mekong river downstream. It is divided into three ranges of islets – Bao, Minh and An Hoa – by four major rivers.
Nature endows this land with a suitable climate to have vast coconut gardens and fruit orchards. Being a pristine land with rustic simplicity in the middle of rivers, Ben Tre is an ideal destination for those who like green ecotourism and wish to discover a new land by boat.
Ben Tre is a large rice basket of the Mekong Delta. It also possesses vast orchards with a variety of fruit like custard apples, star apples and durians. In addition, the 60 km coastline provides the province with a rich aquatic resource. All these natural elements make Ben Tre the land of diversity and vitality.
Ben Tre has more than 40,000 hectares under coconut tree which has become a symbol of this land. It is a big omission if you are in Ben Tre but miss the chance to taste coconut candies. Coconut candy has for long been well-known as unique to Ben Tre, and you cannot find it anywhere else in Vietnam. To enjoy the unforgettable taste of the stuff, you should come to Ben Tre to pick up some right at the makers glass display, and taste them straight out. They are a little bid sticky but deliciously sweet, especially with durian flavour. Also, it cannot help mentioning “Banh trang My Long, banh phong Son Doc” (The rice sheet cake of My Long, the sticky rice paper cake of Son Doc), which, with their own flavors, have pleased many visitors.
In addition, Ben Tre is also known as the land of ornamental trees. It is from here that many varieties of ornamental trees have been sent to all parts of the country.
At present, with the Rach Mieu Bridge, Ben Tre appearance is changing every day in a more modern manner. However, there remains a peaceful land with green coconut tree lines and silt rivers. With fresh air and typical specialties, Ben Tre is an ideal destination for those who want to immerse in nature /.