My Tho, Vietnam
For floating markets and restaurants, stunning canoe rides, delicious coconut candy and an overall authentic Vietnamese experience, explore the city of My Tho. My Tho was founded in the 1680s by the Chinese who were escaping Taiwan after the fall of the Southern Ming Dynasty. Today the city’s economy is founded on booming tourism, rice, coconuts, fruit and fishing.
This beautiful capital city of the Tien Giang Province is perfect for those who are ready to discover natural gems. Be sure to pack your camera and get ready for an unforgettable experience.
It is common for cruise ships to set anchor in nearby Phu My’s commercial port, where passengers can join shore excursions to My Tho. Some ships otherwise dock directly at My Tho Port.
There are no port facilities for passengers at Phu My’s terminal, so make sure you visit your ship’s rest room to freshen up before disembarking. Once you exit the terminal, join a shore excursion to explore My Tho, which is 2-3 hours away.
If your cruise is set to dock at My Tho, there are a few cafés, restaurants and shops located nearby.
How to Get Around
It is best to join an organised shore excursion with your cruise line to get to My Tho. Other modes of transport within My Tho include taxis, buses and bicycles, as well as canoes and boats through Mekong Delta’s river canals.
Travel times from Phu My Port
It is a 2 hour and 33 minute journey into My Tho
It is a 2 hour and 36 minute journey to Dong Tam Snake Farm
It is a 2 hour and 39 minute journey to Vinh Trang Pagoda.
Travel times from My Tho Port
It is around a 9 minute journey to Vinh Trang Pagoda
It is a 14 minute journey to Dong Tam Snake Farm.
Currency – The official currency in My Tho is the Vietnam Dong (VND). Notes come in the denominations of 200d, 500d, 1,000d, 2,000d, 5,000d, 10,000d, 20,000d, 50,000d, 100,000d and 500,000d. Coins came back into circulation in 2003 and comprise of 200d, 500d, 1,000d, 2,000d and 5,000d.
Time Zone – The clocks in My Tho run by Indochina Time (ICT), which puts the city 7 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight Saving Time is not observed throughout the year.
Weather – The weather in My Tho and throughout Vietnam is typically hot and humid. It is characterised by a tropical monsoon climate and two seasons: the southwest monsoon from April to September, which is typically warm and rainy, and October to March’s northeast monsoon, which is cooler and drier.
Mekong Delta – A trip to My Tho is made even better by joining a tour through Mekong Delta. These types of organised tours include a bus ride, a boat ride through Mekong Delta’s river canals and a few stops along the riverside. Numerous boats, houses, markets and restaurants float on the canals that snake through the region; a sight that proves to be an experience in itself. Learn how coconut candy is made by visiting one of the region’s factories and meet up with local beekeepers to try organic honey. Enjoy traditional Vietnamese cuisine in a tropical orchid and sip on some honey tea and coconut wine. Mekong Delta is a beautiful place to visit and won’t disappoint nature-lovers and those seeking an authentic experience.
Vinh Trang Pagoda – While you’re exploring Mekong Delta, be sure to stop by the incredible Vinh Trang Pagoda. Known as the biggest pagoda in the Tien Giang Province, this architectural masterpiece was built in 1849 and houses five buildings, 178 pillars and two beautiful yards. Seeing this pagoda’s incredible Vietnamese, Chinese and Cambodian architectural styles in photos is one thing, but it’s quite another to view it in person. There are a few large, white statues of Buddha in the surrounding gardens. Many tourists and locals take to bicycles to explore the area around the temple and, before heading inside, leave them outside under the watchful eyes of the guards. As Vinh Trang Pagoda is still active to this day, it is common to see monks around the grounds. Try to join a guided tour of the area so you can learn about Vietnamese culture, burial traditions and the pagoda’s history.
Dong Tam Snake Farm – A visit to Dong Tam Snake Farm is perfect for the adventurous or those determined to overcome their fear of the slithering creatures. The entire farm covers an entire area of 12 hectares and is home to different kinds of snakes. Learn how the keepers use the snakes’ venom for medicinal treatments and the development of anti-venom. Those who are truly daring can eat cobra at the farm’s restaurant.