My Tho
Life on the Mekong River

My Tho

My Tho, the capital city of Tien Giang Province, is the closest destination of the Mekong Delta for the travelers from Ho Chi Minh City. The Upper Mekong River just dissects the region into myriad creeks and canals which are inhabited by different ethnic groups such as the Kinh, the Chinese, the Cham and the Khmer. My Tho and the vicinity can be daytripped from Sai Gon or combined with other surrounding areas of the Mekong Delta for 2-5 day tours.


Boat traveling through water coconut forest at My Tho Tien Giang
Boat traveling through water coconut forest at My Tho Tien Giang



Tourist Attractions
Thoi Son Island is 1,100 hecta and surrounded by the waters of the mighty Mekong River. Thoi Son Island can only be reached by boat at the moment. Once there you can discover the island on foot or by boat for 1 hour or more. Thoi Son Island offers exotic boat cruise amid the coconut forests, local food and water life style of the local residents.



Coconut Forest My Tho Vietnam
Coconut Forest My Tho - Ben Tre Vietnam

Cai Be Floating Market offers hustling bustling life on the water of the Mekong River residents. From early in the morning, hundreds of boats filled up with agricutural produce gather on the Mekong for exchanging goods. You can engage in the procession by haggling for some fresh seasonal fruits and enjoy fun with the local merchants. Bring lots of films or big memory cards for your cameras.


Boats at My Tho Tien Giang Vietnam
Boats at My Tho Tien Giang Vietnam



Travel and Tours
My Tho is the gateway to the Mekong Delta. The areas offer exotic life on the river, green orchards, villages with vanishing occupations...There are also some former battle fields for the veteran travellers. If you are a beach traveller, then Tan Thanh beach is quiet and empty most of the time!

Private Vietnam Tours has got a number of biking and motorbiking tours for our adventure travellers to discover the secrets of the Mekong Delta Please contact us for further details.


My Tho City - Tien Giang - Vietnam
My Tho City - Tien Giang - Vietnam, view from the Rach Mieu Bridge


The travellers would day trip to My Tho from Ho Chi Minh City and don't normally stay overnight in My Tho. The town offers basic accommodation. Alternatively you can choose to homestay with a local family on one of these islands of My Tho or Ben Tre..


The Rach Mieu Bridge
The Rach Mieu Bridge connecting Tien Giang Province and Ben Tre Province


Getting there and away
My Tho is 72 kilometres south of Ho Chi Minh City, 73 kilometres northeast of Vinh Long, 106 kilometres northeast of Can Tho. Between these cities you can travel by road or by waterway.