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  • Ben Tre

    Sandwiched between two major branches of the Tien Giang River, Ben Tre is situated on a small island in the Mekong Delta known among other things for its fruit production, its tranquil atmosphere, and as the site of the first Viet Cong victory at the start of the Vietnam war. Once infamous as the village that had to be “destroyed in order to be saved” by American forces, the small town is now a wonderful place to experience the charms of the Mekong Delta. Today, Ben Tre is a tranquil, serene town, whose highlights include old villas, beautiful countryside, and a fascinating, teeming wet market.

    Boat Cruise
    For a chance to experience relatively untouched parts of Vietnam that few foreigners visit, board a private, covered cruising boat, stocked with cold, cloth towels, bottled water, fresh, seasonal fruits, and green tea. Relax as the boat makes its way downriver, and the only sounds to be heard are trees stirring in the breeze, buzzing cicadas, or oars dipping in the water from an occasional, passing sampan.

    Bike Tour of Mo Cay
    After your boat ride, bike to Mo Cay, the site of an excellent wet market. Here, local residents come to buy fresh fish, meat, and vegetables; also available, though admittedly much rarer, are specialties like rat, snake, and spiders, few of which find their way into a typical Vietnamese meal.

    Afterwards, bike to a local guesthouse and eat a delicious lunch of traditional Vietnamese dishes served in a breezy pavilion overlooking the river.

    Ben Tre High School for the Gifted
    Come and visit with some talented Vietnamese youngsters and see what their school day is like. Talk with them and learn about their culture. Students harbor an optimistic and vibrant energy that will leave you with a strong impression of the local people and their future.

    Coconut Festival
    Held in April of each year, the Coconut Festival is a sort of showcase of Ben Tre’s agricultural sector. At the Festival, coconuts, coconut-related handicrafts are exhibited, judged, and rated. One special treat is the coconut candy, or keo dua, a soft, sticky, and chewy candy beloved by adults and children alike.

    Ben Tre Museum
    A collection of weaponry, photos, and propaganda from the Vietnam War (referred to as the American War by the Vietnamese), the Ben Tre Museum is housed in a nondescript structure, and is an excellent way to escape the heat or tropical rains. Recently, the museum received some donations in the form of nineteenth century pottery, thus expanding their collection.

    Vien Minh Pagoda
    While the original structure, built almost a century before, was demolished to make way for the more recent, stone and concrete temple, the Vien Minh Pagoda serves as the headquarters for the provincial Buddhist association. The pagoda also features a white statue of Quan Am, the female bodhisattva, or Buddhist saint, of mercy and compassion.

    Tour the Surrounding Countryside
    Hike or bike the surrounding countryside around Ben Tre, through jade-green rice fields, houses with thatched, straw roofs, and locals farming the land, much as their ancestors have done for generations. Speak with the locals, take pictures of the scenery, and enjoy a leisurely, pre-packed picnic lunch.

    Luxury Vietnam Tours (12D11N)

    Luxury Vietnam Tours (12D11N)

    12
    Days
    Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hoi An Da Nang → Saigon → ben Tre → Can Tho
    This is truly one of the Luxury Vietnam Tours. You will stay in the outstanding 5 star hotels and resorts throughout the tour. Starting in Hanoi capital, Vietnam's fascinating capital and intellectual center. Continue to scenic Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a luxurious,...
    Sun & Sea in South Vietnam (6D)

    Sun & Sea in South Vietnam (6D)

    6
    Days
    Phu Quoc Island → Ben Tre → Can Tho
    Leave the world behind you and find paradise in Vietnam. Live the island life on Phu Quoc and relax on smooth white sand by the breathtaking tropical beaches. Use your free time on the island to travel to the scenic Suoi Tranh waterfalls, eat...
    Vietnam Highlights (12D)

    Vietnam Highlights (12D)

    12
    Days
    Hanoi → Mai Chau → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An Da Nang → Saigon
    See the very best of Vietnam at relaxed pace in just twelve days — a greatest-hits tour of this fascinating country. Starting from Hanoi in the north you will see ethnic minorities in Mai Chau, cruise the waters of Halong Bay, and visit the...
    Southern and Central Vietnam Cycling (15D)

    Southern and Central Vietnam Cycling (15D)

    15
    Days
    Saigon → Ben Tre → Can Tho → da Lat → Nha Trang → Quy Nhon → Hoi An Da Nang → Hue
    This exciting journey is perfect for the avid biker looking to explore the beautiful countryside of Vietnam. Full of culture, history and picturesque landscapes - this is the ride of a lifetime. The 15-day itinerary begins in Saigon and travels through Cu Chi, Go...
    Tan Hang Hotel

    Tan Hang Hotel

    Slap bang in the centre of town, this tall, skinny mini-hotel is still new enough to have the edge on its older, poorly maintained neighbours. The pale brick and inlaid wooden furniture downstairs makes a good first...
    Ben Tre Riverside Resort

    Ben Tre Riverside Resort

    Whether you're a tourist or traveling on business, Ben Tre Riverside Resort is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Ben Tre. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel...