Ben Tre Overview
Ben Tre Province is located in Mekong River Delta region, with an area of 2,315 km2 and 85 km from Ho Chi Minh City. It lies below Tien Giang Province to the north, Tra Vinh to the south and Vinh Long to the west. Ben Tre is placed between two main branches of the Mekong river's largest tributary, which diverges to create beautiful coastline and a fertile agricultural region.
Ben Tre is generally plain land, with some typical topographical features such as sand dunes and unique rock formations. There is a lot of farmland which takes advantage of alluvial soil and the area’s abundance of fresh water. This is a area of complex and diverse river systems, winding water canals. The weather in Ben Tre is monsoon tropical with average temperatures of 30oC to 31oC. The rainy season usually begins in May and lasts until October, with average rainfall of 1,250 - 1,500mm per year. This climate offers the province with a wide variety of plants, fruits, trees and animals, many of which are valuable species and rare.
Ben Tre is considered as the green lung of region with vast orchards. During a bamboo boat riding, you will have chance to admire the fruit gardens and mangroves that line the banks of multiple canals. It is a poetic promenade dedicated to nature, which is now a major place to attract tourists.
Several tourist sites including:
+ Phoenix Island (Con Phung) covers an area of 28 hectares. The island has many lush orchards of all colors and coconut palms.
+ Con Oc Island is known for its grapefruit orchards and coconut gardens.
+ Fairy Islet meanwhile has a lovely beach which attracts both locals and tourists.
+ Cai Mon orchard along Tien River is considered the core area of the fruit orchard in southern Vietnam, fruit tastings are also offered throughout the year.
+ Vam Ho Bird Park is an ecotourism attraction that is home to nearly 500,000 species. The greatest time to observe the birds here is after 5pm when they start flying over Ba Lai River to return to green forests, creating an extremely breathtaking scenery and fascinating sound.