Visting Ben Tre – a paradise of coconutUnder Blog
Ben Tre – a province located in Southern Vietnam, in Mekong Delta. It is an abundant and fertile area with a pure ecological environment of stretched coconut forests, huge fruit gardens, numerous rivers, stream, canals and arroyos as well as immense rice fields. Moreover, Ben Tre is also famous for historical sites and rich culture that is worthy to explore.
Exploring green ecological environment
Ben Tre is covered by an interlacing river and canals system. Therefore, it has a lot of small islands on river (Cu Lao or Con) such as Con Tien, Con Qui, Con Oc, Con Phung,… Visiting these islands, you will have chance to enjoy a very pristine beauty of nature with the combination of immense all-year-round green forests and limitless water around.
Especially, Ben Tre is well-known for coconut which dubbed “the kingdom of coconut”. You can see coconut trees in everywhere in the province. Amazing green coconut lines stand along all rivers, canals or arroyos, creating poetic and wonderful scenery. You also can visit Phung Island where the coconut monk Ong Dao Dua found Dao Dua sect of region in Vietnam. Dao Dua encourages people having a peaceful life and respecting each other. It also prefers eating and drinking coconut as a religious food. Visiting Phung Island, you will explore unique architecture of Dao Dua, see manufacture of product made from coconut such as candy, crafts, coconut drinks, etc.
Exploring abundant fruit gardens and amazing local food
Diversified tropical fruits in immense garden lying along the rivers are another attraction of Ben Tre. Tropical fruits are available at all fruits gardens during the year, for instance, sweet mango, custard-apple, mangosteen, durian, longan, rambuton, and other kinds of fruits with segments. Walking through small tracks with full-of-fruits tree on two sides is a wonderful feeling.
You can also easily find typical southern specialties here, for example, salted fish (incld. small fish paste or “mắm tép”, “còng”, “nêm”, “ruốc” or salted shredded meat, field fish, etc.), sour-tasted soup (such as fish soup cooked with carambola, tamarine, “chùm ruột”, “bần”, and fresh herbs like peppermint, beansprouts, banana flowers), bitter-tasted soup (such as bitter-melon and centella soup), braised fish (such as anabas, ball fish, “kèo” fish, “lóc” fish, and so on), kinds of shrimp, crabs, eel, frog, and so forth.
Exploring historical and cultural sites
Ben Tre attracts tourists because of many meaningful historical and cultural values, including historical sites from the wars and beautiful Buddhism temples and pagodas. You can visit Dong Khoi village, memorials and tombs where used to be important places in the war. There are a lot of temples in Ben Tre that you should come such as Tuyen Linh temple, Vien Minh temple, Hoi Ton temple.