Welcome to Ben Tre
The picturesque little province of Ben Tre was always one ferry beyond the tourist traffic of My Tho and consequently developed at a more languid pace, although new bridges connecting Ben Tre with My Tho and Tra Vinh funnelled more visitors into the area. The town’s sleepy waterfront, lined with ageing villas, is easy to explore on foot, as is the rustic settlement across the bridge to the south of the centre. This... Read More
Top experiences in Ben Tre
Ben Tre activities
Overnight Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City
Day 1: HCMC – Ben Tre – Can Tho Pick up at Ho Chi Minh City will be around 8am before heading towards the Mekong Delta. As you arrive in Ben Tre, you will experience the local villagers, who will serve you with tropical fruits and serve you honey tea, with fresh honey from their own beehives. You can enjoy the treats together with the local folk music played by the villagers. Continuing your journey by a small rowing boat down the streams of the Mekong River with the vibrant colors at the water banks, you will reach to a local Coconut Candy Workshop. Here is an experience of the boiling candy in pots and pans, while some of the villagers are cutting and wrapping the sweets with impressive speed and preciseness. To get to the orchard, where lunch will be served, a boat will pick you up and bring you on a fresh trip down the Mekong River. Upon booking the trip you will have a choice of either a Basic meal or Premium meal for lunch. (Please note that no beverages are included). After lunch you will get another delightful trip at the Mekong River before arriving at My Tho and by bus continue to Can Tho. When arriving in Can Tho you will be free to encounter the city by yourself. The hotel is located near by the Mekong River and the night market, where there is a buzzing life at the evening, with restaurants and cafes facing towards the mighty Mekong River. Day 2: Can Tho – HCMCAt 7am after breakfast, you will take a morning trip by boat at the Mekong River to visit the floating market. In the morning you can feel the energy of the trading and bargaining from the boat as this is the busiest time of the day, and there will be opportunities for you as well to buy beverages from the docking sales boats (Not Included). After cruising through the small channels of the Mekong River, there will be a visit to the local rice noodle workshop, where you’ll get a chance to see how rice paper and noodle are made. Continuing to a riverside location, there will be an opportunity to experience a “Monkey Bridge” and some local specialties, which are not for the faint hearted. Before leaving Can Tho, there will be a lunch break (Not Included) before boarding the bus to return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Best Experienced Mekong Delta 1 Day Small Group from Ho Chi Minh City
7:45 am– 8:30 am : tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and start on journey to My Tho – Ben Tre. 10:20 am : arrive at the first stop in Ben Luc, taking bicycle into the village about 40 minutes to explore the local life and see the rice paddy fields in very close distance (for some people couldn't ride the bicycle,please get some rest on the hammocks at the local house,meet the tour guide and the guests in 40 minutes later). Go on the itinerary, you will contemplate Rạch Miễu Bridge which across the biggest river of West, connect My Tho with Ben Tre. 11:40 am: Visiting Vinh Trang Pagoda,the biggest pagoda in the West. It has the most specialist architecture of Mekong Delta, is combined between Viet- Khmer culture and original Western Europe architecture 12:30: Into the village and having lunch before starting the tour with BBQ and local dishes. 13:30pm: Get on the cruise and begin for travelling in the river. The cruise will go along Tiền River and pass fishing Village where people raise the fishes inside the floating houses. 13:50 am: Arrive in Thai Son Island (Cù Lao Thới Sơn) for visiting Coconut Candy Factory (the most famous thing in Ben Tre province),the tour guide will show you how to make the candy as well as how it tastes. 14:20 am: Visiting the Cultural House and enjoy Various kinds of fruite depending on the season. Especially, you will appreciate Harmonious sounds with “ Đờn Ca Tài Tử” – A specific characteristic of Southern culture. Go canoeing, weave along through the small river and see rows of coconut palm. Visiting beekeeping places and enjoy delicious flavour of honeysuckle tea with pollen. 15:30 pm: Finish the tour then back to Ho Chi Minh City. 17:30 pm: Arrive at Saigon. End of the tour. Glad to see you again.
Life on the Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City
08:00am: Our tour guide will see you at your hotel, make a pleasant drive out busy city to Can Duoc town.08:45am: Make a stop at Can Duoc market –a small rural market, the locals sell some specialites of their province with bustle buyers. Visit one round in the market, we buy some fruits for lunch time.09:30am: Transfer to Tan Hoa town, you can see your both side the people drying rice, planting cabbage, basking incense sticks, water hyacinth (to craft the basket), tamarind... With break on road to take a look a locals’ house and their working, take some pictures and enjoy the countryside atmosphere.10:30am: We turn a short visit at Tan Trung village, a beautiful and colorful local Cao Dai Temple –a combination of most of major religions on earth.Then visit 100 years old temple, located in the heart of linden.11:30am: Upon arriving in Tan Hoa, you will enjoy coconut juice or sugar cane juice at local garden, relax on the hammock, hop on the back of a scooter with your local driver through some remote villages, passing the far-flung fields, go on the monkey brigde,feeding prawn lakes, bird nest house, duck and goat farms, whole lively rural but not noisy.12:15pm: Say good bye the people there to drive to Tan Thanh beach (muddy beach, not for swimming) for a beautiful seafood lunch at a beach front restaurant.Drive from Tan Thanh to My Tho Pier (1 hour). On the way car stop to visit Vinh Trang Pagoda (this pagoda which is one of Vietnam Popular Destinations is surrounded by gardens of ornamental trees,ancient trees and bonsai ,creating a peaceful atmosphere).Enjoy your time on the Mekong river by local motor boat, reach to Ben Tre-coconut island, visit coconut candy and handicraft making place, travel on horse cart, after that take a smaller boat to through small canal, get more experience on river traffic. Walk along the village road to meet your car in Ben Tre. Follow Highway 1 and the freeway to get back to Saigon (75km). Service ends at your hotel at around 17:30pm.
VIP CU CHI TUNNELS AND MEKONG DELTA FULL DAY
7:30am: Our guide pick you up at your hotel to go to Cu Chi Tunnel for one and half hours by mini van. We depart from Ho Chi Minh city to Cu Chi Tunnels for 60km from Ho Chi Minh city. Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role in the anti - American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for its tunnels system of over 220 km and is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreigner. The peacefully rural rice paddy scenery contains ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers along the side of road. You will find it hard to imagine the destructions, damage and defoliation all over the area, caused by bombing and mines, when Cu Chi was "A Free Target Zone ". The remnants you will see that Cu Chi still has her evidence to prove the fierce battleground that took place there. Ever wonder what it feels like to fire an AK-47? Visit Cu chi tunnels, you have a chance to find out! Afternoon: We will depart from Cu Chi to My Tho city for two hours by car. On the way to My Tho, we stop at restaurant to have a lunch. Upon arrival to My Tho City, The boat take you to small canal, where is the place you totally escape from the busy town. The boat cruise in the coconut trees canal takes you to a coconut island in Ben Tre. We disembark and have a walk around the village. Stop at a local family to enjoy tropical fruit, taste honey tea, honey wine and listen to Vietnamese traditional music, performance by the villagers. Continue walking on the village’s road to coconut candy shop, learn how to make candy, show some handicraft made by coconut tree. Take a walk through village with two sides there are so many kind of fruits, flowers, trees, local houses, children in Mekong delta, take your time to have nice photos and enjoy nature scenery. 16.30 go back Ho Chi Minh City. 18.00 End tour.
Overnight Mekong Delta Floating Market Trip
DAY 1 HO CHI MINH CITY – MY THO – BEN TRE – CAN THO – OVERNIGHT HOMESTAY (L,D)You will meet the driver and guide in your hotel lobby. Free pick up service applies to hotels in district 1 only. Leaving Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy the scenic journey along the national highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrival at My Tho, visit the Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank.Proceed to Tortoise Islet and have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh, a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre. Enjoy cruising on a hand rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Have a short cycling tour, if time permits, then enjoy a seasonal fruit and honey tea to the sound of Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by the locals. Visit a local family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy and observe the pastoral life as your roam through fruit plantations and villages. You will proceed to Can Tho for overnight at a home with dinner arranged. DAY 2 CAI RANG/PHONG DIEN FLOATING MARKET – HO CHI MINH CITY (B,L)After breakfast, take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River), then proceed to visit Cai Rang floating market. The liveliest in the region. Have the opportunity to try Vietnamese vermicelli soup and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly, local people and experience how to cross a monkey bridge, which is only built by one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden and after, stop for lunch. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh City by bus, the last stop is to see how incense sticks are made. Your trip will end at your hotel.
Cycling Mekong Delta Ben Tre 2days
Day1: Saigon - CaiBe - VinhLong - Ben Tre (Lunch/Dinner) Morning, our shuttle will take you out of town on an approx. 2hrs drive to Cai Lay where you collect your bicycles and enjoy a leisurely, two-hour bicycle ride on peaceful country lanes and quiet roads that pass through local villages and along canals. We board our boat for a visit to the Cai Be floating market and cruise over the mighty Mekong river (~ 1.5km wide) to Binh Hoa Phuoc island. After lunch, we continue our cruise down Mekong river to Cho Lach canals, and start a short cycling on small paths under the green canopy alongside water, mostly shared with just pedestrians, other local cyclists and scooters, to discover the nursery gardens, fruit orchards around, and daily life of farmers. Returning to our boat, we cruise again one hour to Ben Tre for the night. Overnight home stay.Day 2: BenTre - SaiGon (Breakfast/Lunch)After breakfast, we start cycling on back country roads alongside river, seeing daily life of the locals, feeling lost on winding roads under the green coconut canopy. We also pass Ba Lai river, a smaller branch of Mekong on our way, to visit local workshops making various products from coconut that Ben Tre is famous for, such as coconut candy, coconut pandan waffle, sponge cake, etc…. Continue our bike ride toward Ham Luong bridge and have a Lunch at a local home.After lunch, take hammock siesta or walking through local village to visit a farmer house breeding fighting cocks, or if energy permits, take to two wheels again for another 10km more to visit broom making workshop, a forge, and a coconut peeling workshop. We then board our boat for a cruise down the busy Ham Luong branch into a peaceful canal, including a rowing boat trip along narrow canals, to Ben Tre centre where you are picked up and transferred back to Saigon.