The next post About Vietnam today, I will tell you about one place which is really famous about coconut trees. Ben Tre City (Thành Phố Bến 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.
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.
Ben Tre has one popular dish that visitors really like are grilled snakefish. You may know how to grill one fish, but you might not know Ben Tre’s grilling way. This grilling way is only exist there. The local people firstly prepare the dried rice and sawdust and then they fire them. Next they put them into the fire without processing or cutting any part of fish. After 15-20 minutes, it will be taken out the fire and enjoy. The making of delicious for this dish is the taste of fish is still remaining. The fish would be more delicious if it is eat with tamarind fish sauce.