365.220/ Ben Tre, Mekong Delta

365.220/ Ben Tre, Mekong Delta

365.220/ Ben Tre, Mekong Delta


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Project 365/220. Negotiating the network of channels lined with water palms along the Mekong Delta.

Ben Tre, Vietnam

Taken on: 3rd February, 2010. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See jeremyvillasis's page of Flickr

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Ben Tre province is made up of three main islands wedged between the Tien Giang River to the north and to Co Chien River to the south with the Ham Luong River running straight down the centre. All are effectively offshoots of the Mekong River as it splits out into many fingers before spilling out into the South China Sea.

Famous for its coconut desserts, the province is suitably covered in coconut trees. During the war these coconut trees were used to make coconut oil which was then used as a valuable substitute for kerosene.

Verdant and flat, the province is mostly given over to rice and fruit cultivation, though being an island province, fishing is another mainstay of the local economy. Traditional Mekong life is the norm here and it's a very unadulterated scene -- wandering the market, sipping the coffee, doing a boat trip and skipping through the local museum are the main pastimes.

As far as exploring the Delta is concerned, Ben Tre is a dead-end province. Once you've ... Read our complete Ben Tre travel guide

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