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Introducing My Tho

Gateway to the Mekong Delta, My Tho is the capital of Tien Giang province and an important market town – although for the famous floating markets, you’ll need to continue on to Can Tho.

Its proximity to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) means that My Tho is a popular day-trip destination for those who want a taste of river life – a flotilla of boats tours the local islands and their cottage industries daily.

My Tho was founded in the 1680s by Chinese refugees fleeing Taiwan after the fall of the Southern Ming dynasty. The economy is based on tourism, fishing and the cultivation of rice, coconuts, bananas, mangoes, longans and citrus fruit. The riverfront makes for a pleasant stroll and the town is easily explored on foot.