As tourism took off in the Mekong Delta, the picturesque little province of Ben Tre was always one ferry beyond the tourist traffic of My Tho and consequently has developed at a more languid pace. That could be all set to change with the new bridge about to open, finally plugging BenTre into the big time. The town’s sleepy waterfront, lined with ageing villas, makes fro a pleasant stroll, and there’s some good exploring to be had in the rustic settlement across the bridge to the south of the centre. This is also a good place to arrange boat trips in the area, particularly for those wanting to escape the tour buses.
Ben Tre is particularly famous for its Keo Dua (coconut candy). Many local women work in small factories making these sweets spending their days boiling cauldrons of sticky coconut mixture, before rolling it out and cutting sections off into square, and finally wrapping them into paper for sale.
It is possible for a day trip to Ben Tre from Saigon. In Ben Tre, boat trips to island are highlights beside other activities including visit orchards, bee farm, enjoy traditional music and see coconut candy production process at a local factory.
When to go?
Trips to Mekong Delta are suitable all year round but the best time is the monsoon from June to September.
Bring along Bring along camera, hat, sunscreen and insect repellant.
Add: 16 Hai Ba Trung, Ward 2, Ben Tre
Tel: (84-75)3 822632,
Add:166 Hung Vuong, Phuong 3-TX Ben Tre
Add: 60 Hung Vuong Street, Ward 3, Ben Tre
Tel: (84) 753 822492