My Tho is the capital city of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta. This center of Education, economics and technology has a population of around a quarter of a million. The majority of people here are ethnic Kinh. Many live in rickety stilt houses built into the My Tho River. It is a blaze of life and color. For many tourists coming to see Delta Tours; My Tho is the point of entry. Many of the tour buses from Saigon, arrive here dropping them off in order that they can board their tour boats.
A bit of Mekong history
My Tho was founded in about 1680 by Chinese immigrants fleeing persecution in Taiwan. The town was originally part of the Khmer Empire and was annexed by Vietnam in the 18th century. The My Tho River is one of the many that make up the Mekong Delta, it was from this that the city was named. When the French invaders came in 1862, the capture of My Tho was paramount to their control. The taking of the city is seen as the final cog in the establishment of French Cochichina. Colonialism did not however hamper the city’s economic development. Throughout this period in history it continued to prosper.
Easy access to a gateway city
There are many daily buses running from Mien Tay bus station in Ho Chi Ming City. In addition dozens of independent buses hired by hire companies make the trip. This is a really busy place. The bus station is on the outskirts of town an taxis and motorbikes bring passengers in. It is wroth noting that many will try and drop their passengers off at The Rang Dong Hotel, this is not in the center of town. It is worth giving clear instructions to your diver. The center of town is quite small and very easy to walk round.
There is plenty to do in this region and it nearly all involves the river. Boat trips are many and varied. Everything is accessible by water in the delta. Whether its to Can Tho, The floating markets, Ben Tre or anywhere else. Some of these routes are busy with tourists, others are quiet backwaters. Ben Tre for example is quiet, even though it is only a twenty minute boat ride away. The floating markets are incredibly busy, but that is their appeal. Everywhere you go in the Mekong the people are friendly, the food is great and the scenery is magnificent. It really is like stepping back in time. Probably the only difference between now and hundreds of year ago, will be the sound of the motor boat engines. The mekong delta tours reviews is a must for anyone coming to Vietnam, My Tho is the entry point and an excellent place to start.