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VIETNAM – Ben Tre

With some 115,000 inhabitants, Ben Tre is one of the most prosperous and beautiful provinces in the Mekong Delta. Each plot of land made up of the large islands spread out over the river, is invariably turned into huge orchards, which you will be able to visit during your cruise on the Mekong Delta. The city of Ben Tre, located on the riverbank, is home to beautiful sites such as the Vien Minh pagoda, famous for its statue of the goddess of mercy, or, a little further, on the island of Pheni, the only temple of Cocoterism, a religion combining Christianity and Buddhism. The region of Ben Tre also hosts a beautiful bird watching site: the ornithological reserve of San Chim Vam Ho. The view, when thousands of birds of 38 different species return to nest after a day searching for food is a humbling experience of the power and beauty of nature at work.

The best time to go : From October to mid-May, it’s not rainy season and not so hot.