Area: 2,360.2 sq. km
Population: 1,353.3 habitants (2006)
Capital: Ben Tre Town
Districts: Chau Thanh, Cho Lach, Mo Cay, Giong Trom, Binh Dai, Ba Tri, Thanh Phu, Mo Cay Bac.
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Khmer, Hoa, Tay

   
         

Geography (Click here to see location)
Ben Tre is situated in Mekong Delta. It shares its border with Tien Giang in the north, Vinh Long in the west and south - west, and Tra Vinh in the south. It has 60km seashore. The four main rivers are Tien Giang, Ba Lai, Ham Luong, and Co Chien. They create Bao, Minh, and An Hoa islets.The topography is flat with sand dunes and fields. Though rivers surrounding the province, water transportation is very available.

Climate
It is moon soon climate. The rainy season lasts from May to October. The dry season lasts from December to April next year. The annual average temperature varies between 26 and 27oC. The annual average rainfall is 1,250mm - 1,500mm.

Tourism and Economy
Having complex network of rivers and canals, Ben Tre has advantage to develop ecotourism with many green fruit gardens. Ben Tre is the granary of Mekong Delta. There are agriculture productions such as rice, corn, pineapple, custard-apple, star apple, durian, mango, longan, and many more. Industrial trees are tobacco, sugar-cane, and cotton. Especially, Ben Tre is Homeland of coconut. It is known with Ben Tre coconut candy,
My Long Cai Mon flower and ornamental plant.
Ben Tre is well known as poet Nguyen Dinh Chieu's motherland. Other popular places are My Hoa Bird Reserve,
Con Phung (Hillock of the Coconut Religion), Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary, Vien Minh Pagoda, and Phu Le Communal House Festival.

Transportation
Ben Tre is 14km from Mytho, and 85km from Ho Chi Minh City. National Highway No. 60 and 57 link to Tra Vinh and Tien Giang provinces in turn.Ben Tre is considered as island province accessible by ferry from Mytho. Tourist can visit Ben Tre by high-speech ship for 5 people.

 

   

 

   
 

 

Con Phung (Phoenix Island)

Location: Con Phung is located in Tan Thach Village of the Chau Thanh District, near the Rach Mieu Ferry between Mytho and Ben Tre on Highway No. 60.
Characteristics: It is an island emerging from the middle of the Tien River, and has an area of 28ha.

 

 
   

 

   

 

Visitors can see original architectural works of the site of the holy land of the Coconut Religion. In Con Phung there is also a handicraft village producing furniture with materials taken from the coconut tree, and families raising bees for honey from the longan flower. The product is sold on the spot to visitors.

 

 

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Phu Le Communal House Festival

Time: From the 18th to the 19th day of the third lunar month (Ky Yen Festival) and the 9th to the 10th day of the eleventh lunar month (Cau Bong Festival)
Place: Phu Khuong Hamlet, Phu Le Commune, Ba Tri District, Ben Tre Province.
Objects of worship: The village's tutelary god.
Characteristics: Ky Yen festival: praying for good weather, Cau Bong festival: praying for good crops, god honour-conferring diploma procession, worshipping Tien hien, Hau hien (sages of former time who breaking ground and opening rice paddies), boi singing. Click here to see photo

 

 
   

 

   

   

 

   
 

 

Cai Mon Orchard

Location: Cai Mon is located on the bank of the Tien River in the village of Tien Thuy in the Chau Thanh District, Ben Tre Province.
Characteristics: It is considered the cradle of fruit trees in South Vietnam, with fruit ready for visitors in any season.

 

 
   

 

   

Cai Mon’s professional village annually supplies products such as durians, mangosteens, mangoes and longans.
There are also artists who use grafting techniques to create fantastic ornamental plants is the shapes of deer, dragons or phoenixes.