Located around two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho is one of the main gateways to Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Due to its proximity to Saigon, it has become a popular spot for day trippers looking to get a look at life alongside the Mekong, or as a stop on the road for those venturing further into the delta.
The Mekong Delta is Vietnam's 'rice bowl' - a fertile region of flat farmland interlaced with thousands of waterways and tributaries of the Mekong, known locally as Cuu Long - the river of Nine Dragons. The delta's waters are interspersed with rice fields, colourful floating markets and isolated villages accessible only by boat. Visitors to My Tho can experience a boat trip through narrow Mekong tributaries, pay a visit to local villages and fruit orchards, and see the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda, an ancient southern architectural gem.
My Tho is a popular starting point for several multi-day cruises, heading over the Vietnam-Cambodia border to Phnom Penh and beyond to Siem Reap.