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Ben Tre Province Mekong Delta

Capital: Ben Tre City
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Hoa, Khmer, Tay
Highlights: Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary, Cai Mon Ornamental Plant Garden, Con Phung

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Vien Minh Pagoda

Vien Minh Pagoda is situated at 156, Nguyen Dinh Chieu St., Ben Tre City. Its present architectural style is the result of the restoration from 1951 to 1959. The pagoda is the office of the Executive Committee of Buddhism in Ben Tre. A statue of Avalokitesvara stands in front of the pagoda's complex.

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Tourist Attractions

Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary

Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary is a famous tourist attraction which lies in the area of two communes My Hoa and Tan Xuan, Ba Tri District, near Ba Lai Estuary. The sanctuary is 52km from Ben Tre City. Tourists can go either by land routes or boat to visit Vam Ho.Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary is home to thousands of storks and herons and many other types of birds. Vam Ho covers over 40 ha, of which g 15 ha are primitive date forests. The people in Ba Tri plant over 7 ha of mangroves by the date forests. They dig canals to take the water of Ba Lai River into Vam Ho, thereby dividing the sanctuary into five parts. They also build an anti-forest fire dam around the sanctuary to protect the birds. On the two banks of Ba Lai River and inside the bird sanctuary, there is a luxuriant flora, of which dates and mangroves predominate. The storks make their nests on thorny date

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trees while perch on mangroves after bathing.At 4pm or 5pm everyday, an interesting event takes place. Thousands of storks coming home, nearly whitening all the tree tops. Meanwhile, the herons begin their night searching for food. Besides white storks, Vam Ho boasts many other types of storks as well as bats, snakes, weasels and pythons. Tourists may find themselves get lost in the world of birds, with various shapes and sounds.

Con Phung (Hillock of the Coconut Religion)

Con Phung (Phoenix Islet) is located in Tan Thach Commune, Chau Thanh District, near the Rach Mieu Bridge. Con Phung (Phung River Islet) stands in the middle of the Tien River between My Tho and Ben Tre, 12km from the city-centre, (by road) and 25km (by waterway), Con Phung has an area of 50ha. Visitors can see the original architecture of the site of the Coconut Religion Holy Land. In Con Phung there is a handicraft village that produces furniture with materials taken from the coconut tree. As well, there are families who raise bees that make honey from the longan flower. The product is sold on the spot.

Oc River Islet

Located about 10km from Ben Tre, the Oc River Islet belongs to Hung Phong Commune, Giong Trom District. The islet, which is 8.3km long and 1km wide, bears great number of coconut and other fruit trees. Like many other islets, including An Binh (in Vinh Long) and Thoi Son (in Tien Giang), the Oc River Islet offers a diverse tourism program that allows visitors to learn more about the daily life of the people who live in this region.

Tien River Islet

Tien River Islet is on the Tien River, 23km by road or 15km by waterway from centre of the Ben Tre City. It belongs to Tien Long Commune, Chau Thanh District. Tien River Islet is a beautiful sandy expanse that covers an area of 7ha. Every year on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, thousands of people come here to bath and relax.

Cai Mon Ornamental Plant Garden

Cai Mon Village lies along two banks of the Cai River, in Vinh Thanh Commune, Cho Lach District. The village is famous for its tradition of growing fruit trees and shaping ornamental plants Read More

Festivals

Phu Le Communal House Festival

18th, 19thdays of 3rd lunar month; 9th, 10th days of 11th lunar month. The Phu Le Communal House is located in Phu Le Commune, Ba Tri District and is dedicated to the spirit of the land. This festival usually takes place twice in a year: the Ky Yen Ceremony is celebrated on the 18thand 19th days of the 3rd lunar month to pray for rain and wind; the Cau Bong ceremony, to pray for good crops, is held on the 9th and 10th days of the nth lunar month. The festivities include a procession and a prayer consecrated to the village spirit who taught the inhabitants how to grow useful plants.

Tourist Information

IDD code: 84 - 75

Transport

Ben Tre is 16km from My Tho, and 86km from Ho Chi Minh City. Ben Tre is an island province accessible by Rach Mieu Bridge from My Tho (Tien Giang Province) and Co Chien Ferry from Vinh Long. Bus station: Doan Hoang Minh St., Ben Tre City. Minibuses run between HCM City & Ben Tre daily.

Tourism Division (DCST)

45 Dong Khoi St., Ben Tre City 
Tel: 3822 233, Fax: 3825 817

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Hotels

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Entertainment

Ben Tre Province Museum, Ward 3
Central Park, Dong Khoi St.

Shopping

Ben Tre Market, Ward 3
Co.oopMart Supermarket
26A Tran Quoc Tuan St. 
Tel: 3511 322, Fax: 3511 321

Medical Services

Nguyen Dinh Chieu Hospital

111 Doan Hoang Minh St., 
Tel: 381 7555

Tran Van An Traditional Medicine Hospital

44 Doan Hoang Minh St., 
Tel: 3878 919

Post Office

Ben Tre Post Office

3/1 Dong Khoi St.
Tel: 3822 264, Fax: 3825 705

Banks

Agribank

284 A1, Dong Khoi St.,
Tel: 3816 418

BIDV

21 Dong Khoi St., 
Tel: 3745 745

VietinBank

142A Nguyen Dinh Chieu St.
Tel: 3824 960

In Others

Anh Hong Hotel

81A Highway 60, Mo Cay Town 
Tel: 3660 356, 20 rooms

Dong Phuong Guess House

30 Zone 5,19-5 St., BaTri Town 
Tel: 3762 662, Fax: 3762 661,13 rooms

Con Phung Hotel

Tan Thach Commune, Chau Thanh Dist. 
Tel: 3822 198, Fax: 3894 940

Thao Nhi Hotel

Hamlet 1, Tan Thach, Chau Thanh Dist. 
Tel: 3860 009, 20 rooms, US$5-18



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