TravelMekong Delta’s Best Kept Secrets: Ben Tre

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If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination in Vietnam, consider Ben Tre. This province is located in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam and is known for its coconut and fruit trees. Thanks to its location near the mouth of the Mekong River, Ben Tre is also home to some of the best seafood in the country.

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  1. Ben Tre and its attractions
  2. The food and culture in Ben Tre
  3. The history of the province
  4. Travel tips for those who want to visit Ben Tre

Ben Tre and its attractions

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination in Vietnam, consider Ben Tre. This province is located in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam and is known for its lush tropical scenery, delicious food, and quiet villages. Here are some of the top attractions in Ben Tre:

-The Cai Rang floating market is one of the most popular in the Mekong Delta and a great place to stock up on fresh produce and souvenirs.

-Nhon Thanh village is a small but charming community with traditional stilt houses and friendly locals.

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-Dong Hoa Hiep Island is a beautiful spot for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing.

-The Crocodile Farm is a must-visit for animal lovers – you can even hold a baby crocodile!

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The food and culture in Ben Tre

The food and culture in Ben Tre are heavily influenced by the province’s proximity to the Mekong River. Fresh seafood is a staple of the local cuisine, and you can find dishes made with everything from fish to shrimp to crab. Some of the most popular local dishes include:

-Bun rieu cua: A noodle soup made with crab broth and tomatoes.

-Banh xeo: A savory pancake made with shrimp, pork, bean sprouts, and onions.

-Canh chua ca: A sour soup made with fish, pineapple, tomatoes, and tamarind paste.

Culture in Ben Tre is also characterized by its strong family ties and traditional values. Most people here still live in small villages where everyone knows each other and neighbors help each other out. There’s a strong sense of community spirit that makes Ben Tre a truly unique place to visit.

The history of the province

Ben Tre has a rich history that dates back centuries. The province was once ruled by the Chams – an ethnic minority group from Cambodia – and you can still see some evidence of their influence today. For example, the Champa Tower is a ancient temple tower that’s located in Ben Tre City.

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The French also had a significant influence on Ben Tre, and you can see this in the architecture of some of the old buildings here. After Vietnam gained independence in 1975, Ben Tre became part of the new Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Since then, the province has undergone rapid development and is now one of the most prosperous regions in the country.

Travel tips for those who want to visit Ben Tre

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Here are some travel tips for those who want to visit Ben Tre:

-The best time to visit is during the dry season (from December to April).

-Most of the attractions in Ben Tre are located within easy reach of the city center, so it’s easy to get around.

-There’s a wide range of accommodation options available, from budget guesthouses to luxury hotels.

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-Many of the villages in Ben Tre are quite small, so it’s easy to walk around and explore.

-The locals are warm and friendly, and they love to chat with visitors. Make sure you try some of the local cuisine – it’s delicious!

Ben Tre is a beautiful province in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam that’s well worth a visit. Its attractions include the Cai Rang floating market, Nhon Thanh village, Dong Hoa Hiep Island, and the Crocodile Farm. The food and culture here are heavily influenced by the province’s proximity to the Mekong River, and you can find dishes made with everything from fish to shrimp to crab. Ben Tre is also known for its strong family ties and traditional values – most people here still live in small villages where everyone knows each other. There’s a rich history here that dates back centuries, and the locals are warm and friendly. If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination in Vietnam, Ben Tre is definitely worth considering!

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HaSangie
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The wildlife in Ben Tre is a treat too! I love just spending time out in nature and while the bugs can be bothersome, if you are prepared for it, you will want to spend time exploring outdoors in Ben Tre!!

vietzone
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I’ve been to the Mekong Delta, and I can tell you that Ben Tre is a great place to start for some amazing Vietnamese food. The people are friendly and the sights are beautiful.

If you’re looking for a little bit more adventure, I’d recommend taking a boat ride on the river. The water is clear, fresh, and full of life.

The next day, I’d recommend going to My Tho. It’s another great place for food and culture and it’s only about an hour away from Ben Tre by car or train!

Habanero
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I really hope to visit Ben Tre soon. It looks like a beautiful place, and I’ve always wanted to get away from the hustle of city life for a while.

1988TQ
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Ben Tre… This is an area I have heard of but I never considered visiting. I didn’t think there was much going on in this area but it sounds honestly amazing! Looks beautiful too! 

NomNomNom
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@1988tq It isn’t a busy city type area but there are a lot of people, places to eat, and scenery to really take in. It is a beautiful place for sure. 

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