Ben Tre Province is located 85 km South of Ho Chi Minh City in the Mekong River Delta, with an area of 2,315 km 2. It lies below Tien Giang Province to the north, Vinh Long to the west, and Tra Vinh to the south. Ben Tre is nestled between two main branches of the Mekong’s largest tributary, which diverges to create a fertile agricultural region and beautiful coastline.
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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, Cai Mon Ornamental Plant Garden. Other popular places are My Hoa Bird Reserve, Con Phung (Hillock of the Coconut Religion), Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary, Vien Minh Pagoda. Phu Le Communal House Festival is dedicated to the spirit of the land. It usually takes place twice in a year: the Ky Yen Ceremony is celebrated on the 18th and 19th days of the 3rd lunar month to pray for wind and rain; the Cau Bong Ceremony, to pray for good crops, is held on the festivities include a procession and a prayer consecrated to the village spirit who taught the inhabitants how to grow useful plants.