My Tho Map
"The next stop is at the boat jetty that will take us to a small factory (which has been exaggerated by European standards) of coconut. We have to leave full of good, but soon we see the skipper looking anxiously at the engine. When we pass by halfway, clouds of smoke come out of the engine, and it stinks (not from the fish we've seen before). Soon after, the engine stops and we slowly drift back. After a short break the skipper starts the engine again and we sail a little further until we are near the destination. The engine still smokes before stopping again and now. Fortunately, a skipper comes to help us who, after a short collision with a large bush, drops us off at the coconut factory with a boat and all. We get off with relief and thank the skippers."
My Tho - is often frequented by travelers for a 1-day Mekong Delta tour from Ho Chi Minh City as it is only 2 hours away. It is known for its boat trips in the Mekong Delta region. It is also known for its special soup, hu tieu My Tho.
The floating market only operates in the early morning, so it will be missed if you take a day tour from Ho Chi Minh.
In the Mekong Delta, an enormous amount of fertile soil is cultivated, creating - in addition to the rice bowl of Vietnam - a huge and famous fruit garden with various tropical fruits such as rambutans, durians, jackfruits, mangosteens.
Located a similar distance from Ho Chi Minh City as My Tho, Ben Tre is a bustling city with friendly and warm locals. It is relatively relaxed and quiet compared to other cities and it is a place where you can wander in comfort and experience the daily life of the locals.
Travelers who choose to take a boat trip from Vietnam to Cambodia will choose this destination. Board the boat there and you will reach Phnom Penh in Cambodia in about 5 hours. In this city you will find inner peace and listen to the soothing water flow at Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.
Can Tho is about 3 hours away from Ho Chi Minh City by car. It is also the best place to stay overnight for a morning visit to the Cai Rang Floating Market (30 minutes by boat).
Can Tho is the main city and transportation center of the Mekong Delta, where the Mekong River meets the South China Sea. You can wake up early in the morning, wander on foot or rent a bike, or take a ride in a sampan at a floating market.
Can Tho is the best choice if you are planning an extension for 1 or 2 nights from Ho Chi Minh City.
The Mekong Delta
With its pleasant tropical climate and nature, the fruit season seems endless and the vegetation is always green. Broaden your knowledge of exotic fruit and learn how to pick it by accompanying a local farmer in the tropical fruit garden.
Some of the famous fruit orchards are Cai Be Orchard (Tien Giang), Phong Dien and My Khanh Orchard (Can Tho), Cai Mon Orchard (Ben Tre). Visiting a fruit garden enriches your local experience while directly supporting the local economy.
The Mekong Delta is the only area in Vietnam where you can visit a floating market. Some villages, bisected by rivers and streams, are often more accessible by waterways than by road. This has fueled the floating market culture. Unlike the floating markets in Thailand, the floating markets in the Mekong Delta, such as Cai Rang Floating Market, are still the main way for local people to trade. While you will still see travelers there, it's a good chance to be like a local villager, buy a simple breakfast (pho) in a breakfast boat and taste this famous Vietnamese delicacy while the beef in the soup is still warm .
Rowing on the Mekong
A better place to explore the Mekong Delta is Ben Tre (in the menu).