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Ben tre

Geographic location : the provice is bounded by Tiền Giang to the north, Trà Vinh to the south, Vĩnh Long to the west, and South China Sea to the east.

Area: 2,360.2 km2.

Topographic features: Topographic features is quite flat with sand dunes lying among gardens and fields. There is not any big forest. There are many waterlines really convenient  for irrigation and water transportation.

- Population: 1.354.100 persons (Year 2007)

"Natural resources: Dak Nông has various forest resources with a lot of wood and valuable trees. There is a bauxite mine with exploitable volume of 5 billion tons, (the biggest in the south east Asia), 20 km from Gia Nghĩa in the Southeast; a sapphire gemstone mine in Dak Rung, Dak Song, Dak Nông; a gold mine with high volume. These help the province attract investments on mining and energy industry.

Tourism resources: Many famous landscapes with 31 ethnic groups of M, Nông, Ê Đê, etc. convenient  for developing cultural ecology tourism. There is a system of visiting points such as Trinh Nữ, Đray Sáp, Gia Long, Ba Tầng, Ngầm waterfall, Liêng Nung, Đắk N,Tao tourist area, M,Nông cultural village.

Transportation and Road grid

Ben Tre's transportation system plays a very important role in fostering the simultaneous developments in the province's economy, satisfying national defense requirements, meanwhile maintaining a close integration with the overall irrigational and flood drainage systems in the Mekong Delta. It is, therefore, extremely necessary for the province to sustain investments in development and accomplishment of its waterways and roads systems in the coming years.
The province's stand in transportation development is to base on the existent systems of the 4 main rivers and main roads such as National Highways (NH) 60 and 57, Provincial Roads (PR) 883, 884, 885, 887, and 888. At the same time, it should be based on regional economic characteristics, residential and commercial, and transportational hubs thereby to develop a closed network of roadways, so that it is most convenient for travelling and most economically beneficial for goods transportation inside as well as in and out of the province.
Ben Tre's road system should be focused on renovating the NH 60 (35.38 kilometres) and upgrading the NH 57 (40.68 kilometres) to meet grade 4 in the national standards applied for roads in flat terrain, with 18 permanent concrete bridges on the way. Then, there are projects to build 2 bridges over the Ham Luong and Rach Mieu Rivers to dissolve the province's isolative position. Other road projects under way are PR 883 (58.33 km), PR 884 (24.4 km), PR 885 (45.40 km), PR 886 (65.3 km), PR 887 (93.10 km), PR 888 (48.32 km); District roads including pathways (PW) 14 (15.50 - 38 km), PW 18 (5-14.35 km), PW 19 (6 km), PW 20 (7 km), PW 22 (15 km), PW 10 (17.5 km), PW 12 (21 km), PW 16 (21 km), PW 24 (11.5 km), PW 25 (13 km), PW 40 (10.7 km), PW 50 (9.7-11.5 km), PW 172 (13.5-61 km), PW 173 (52 km), PW 175 (14-24.5 km), PW 187 (10-50.5 km). Inter-communal and rural pathways are also under renovation, upgrading and construction in order to support the economic developments, to meet travelling and working demands of ordinary people, particularly in the rural areas.
River and Sea transportation systems are going on to base mostly on existing strengths, in combination with more investments in modern technological facilities for high-end economic yields. In the next 10 years, Ben Tre province is planning to construct 7 or 8 more ferries including Tan Phu Ferry, Hung Phong Ferry, Tam Hiep Ferry, My Hung Ferry, especially the Co Chien Ferry connecting the NH from Mo Cay, Ben Tre, to Tra Vinh province, and the Dinh Khao Ferry connecting the NH 57 from Cho Lach District, Ben Tre, to Vinh Long province. These are considered new gateways that are very important to the province's future development. Then an inland port project is under planning to be built in Phu Tuc Commune on the left bank of My Tho River, which may harbour 3,000-tonne to 3,500-tonne ships, with a discharge capacity of up to 1.2 million tonnes of goods per year."

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