VIETNAM TRAVEL

 

Mekong Delta

My Tho - Around My Tho - Ben tre - Around Ben Tre - Vinh Long - Tra Vinh - Around Tra Vinh - Sa Dec - Cao Lanh - Around Cao Lanh - Can Tho - Soc Trang Around Can Tho - Around Soc Trang - Bac Lieu - Around Bac lieu - Ca Mau - Around Ca Mau - Nam Can - Long Xuyen - Around Long Xuyen - Chau Doc - Around Chau Doc - Ba Chuc - Tuc Dup Hill - Ha Tien - Around Ha Tien
Hon Chong - Rach Gia - Phu Quoc Island

AROUND BEN TRE

Nguyen Dinh Chieu Temple
Dedicated to Nguyen Dinh Chieu, a local scholar, this temple (7.30-11.30am & 1.30-6.30pm) is in Ba Tri district, which is a 30-minute drive (36km) from Ben Tre. It's a very charming temple, excellent for photography.
Bird Sanctuary
The locals make much of the storks that nest at the local bird sanctuary, San Chim Vam Ho (Tell: 858 669; admission 10,000d; 7-11am & 1-7pm), as a stork sitting on the back of a water buffalo is a quintessential image of the Mekong waterways. The sanctuary is 38km east of Ben Tre town. Ben Tre Tourist has speedboats that can make the round trip in about two hours, or slow boats that take about five hours. Compare the going rates at Ben Tre Tourist with what freelance boat operators charge.
To get there overland, follow Đ Nguyen Dinh Chieu east out of town for 20km to Giong Tram. Turn left onto the windy, rural dirt road leading to Trai Tu K-20 (Prison K-20); you'll reach the prison after travelling 11km (you may see hundreds of prisoners out tilling the fields) - turn right and drive the final 7km to Vam Ho.