Phung Island is located on the Tien River in Tan Thach Commune, Chau Thanh District, only 12km from the center of Ben Tre City.
This islet is famous for its variety of lush fruits, especially coconuts, but also delicious food specialties of southeastern Vietnam. Visitors can reach the island by boat. After spending time on the isle, they can continue along the river, visit coconut candy and handicraft factories, then get off to catch a coach ride to the tropical gardens. Here, they can rest under coconut leaves, sip tea with fresh honey and kumquat, while listening to beautiful tunes of traditional music.
Phung Island is also known as the place to keep the Relic of the Coconut Cultists, once spread over 1,500 square kilometers of Ben Tre. The Coconut Dao (or the moderate Tao) was founded in the 1940s by Nguyen Thanh Nam. Its main policy is to combine the quintessence of different religions such as Buddhism and Christianity, and to pray for good. beauty of all peoples and nations. Fortunately, the relic remains intact on 9 Dragons Ground, where the cardinals will deliver speeches. There is also a mysterious spire made from broken plates, bowls and cups of devotees.
Another special feature of Phung Island is that the daily life of residents is focused on making handicrafts from coconut trees. Visitors here can witness first-hand the process of making coconut candies and other souvenirs, and choose one to take home as a gift. Due to the high quality and specialty of coconut in Cu Lao Phung, the price is a bit higher than elsewhere, but this quality cannot be found elsewhere. If visitors feel hungry, they can dine with the locals, who will serve their daily meals with simple but delicious dishes. Weary visitors can also take a nap under the shade of trees in the garden or participate in exciting activities such as ostrich photography or crocodile fishing!
Location: Phung Island
Best for: All Visitors
Hours: Recommended to visit during the day
Distance to city center: 27.1km (16.8 mi)