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. The seaside of Ben Tre Province is 60 km of Southern Vietnam’s finest scenery, with an abundance of fascinating opportunities for the curious tourist.
If you are a backpacker who loves to explore off-the-beaten path travel and trying local foods, head to Soc Trang!
Soc Trang city is about 240km south of Ho Chi Minh city and 60 km southeast of Can Tho city. The name “Soc Trang” comes from a Khmer name “Srok Kh'leang” which means “a place where silver is stored”. This is also where most of Khmer people live. Therefore, beside Kinh’s culture (the major people in Viet Nam), Khmer cultural characteristics can be seen everywhere, especially at Khmer pagodas.
Can Tho, which can be called "Western Capital" of Viet Nam, is situated in the center of Mekong Delta, near by the Hau river. With the population of nearly 1.2 million and good infrastructure as well as investment for development, Can Tho is considered as the central city of this region.
Once dearly called Diamond of the Far-east with the luxury level overriding that of Hongkong or Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City is now the most populated city in Vietnam. Modern office skyscrapers, amidst Chinese style pagodas and food stalls along the street, create a dynamic urban area in very special sense. It is not oddly tidy like in Singapore, nor is urban slumps omnipresent like in India.
A part of the South-Western Region of Vietnam, Dong Thap is a province with a highly developed agriculture industry. It adjoins Cambodia to the North with 4 border gates (Thong Binh, Dinh Ba, My Can, ThuongPhuoc), Vinh Long Province and Can Tho City to the South, An Giang Province to the West, and Long An plus TienGiang Provinces to the East. The capital city of Dong Thap is Cao Lanh, which located 162km away from Ho Chi Minh City. With a total area of 3376.4 km2 and a population of 1667.8 thousand people (2006), this is one of the most important provinces in southern Vietnam.