My Tho the nearest point of the Mekong Delta with respect to Ho Chi Minh. Information about My Tho. Tourist Spots of My Tho Vinh Trang pagoda, Thoi Son island and the 4 islands of My Tho. Buses, boats and ferry to My Tho

My Tho

One of the gates of entry par excellence to the Mekong delta is My Tho, the capital of Tien Giang Province, located 70 kilometres south of Ho Chi Minh City. Water channels, rowing boats, jungle and history await us on one of the visits by excellence in the vicinity of the South of Viet Nam.




Points of interest in My Tho


Without a doubt the biggest attraction of My Tho are water channels along the Mekong River Tien comprising 4 Islands: the Island Dragon (with Rong), Tortuga Island (with Qui), Phoenix Island (with Phung) and the Unicorn Island (with Lan). We also highlight the Rach Mieu bridge and Thoi Son Island.
On the Mainland, Spotlight touristically speaking the city of My Tho is the Vinh Trang Pagoda and the bravest, Dong Tam snake farm.

My Tho City - Vietnam
My Tho City - Vietnam

The 4 major islands of My Tho


A tour of the 4 islands of My Tho normally out of Ho Chi Minh City first thing in the morning to return back to the city in the afternoon, the price is around the 15€ person, being able contract with ease at any local Office of Saigon. You can also hire private tours in the same My Tho with the Tien Giang Tourist Company company (near the river front of the Chuong Duong hotel).

Boats by water channels My Tho
Boats by water channels My Tho

The narrow channels between the islands of My Tho there sail in wooden rowing boats. The wooden boats have capacity for 5 or 6 people and are promoted by means of oars it is characteristic that have eyes painted on the bow of the boat. Navigate through calm waters of My Tho is a unique experience, going through the low jungle in complete tranquility and silence.

Wooden boats in My Tho - Vietnam
Wooden boats in My Tho - Vietnam

Dragon Island


It is the most populated island of all and the one that is closer to the center of My Tho. It is the only island connected to My Tho by ferry line after the opening of the Rach Mieu bridge and therefore the only island that we can visit bike from My Tho (you can rent bicycles in the vicinity of the post Office of My Tho and also by the Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street).
Tea-honey bees and the rice liquor is characteristic in this island.

Bicycle rental for My Tho
Cycling around the islands of My Tho

Turtle Island


With a suggestive name reminiscent of pirate stories, Turtle Island is the smallest of the 4 Islands of My Tho but very rich in terms of tropical fruits is concerned, in particular the striking dragon fruit, but also papaya and bananas grow on the island. On this island there are regular performances of Vietnamese traditional music to delight us with the monochord and guitar music.

Phoenix Island


Located 3 km from My Tho, the Phoenix island is also known as the island of the monks of the coconut. The monks of the coconut is a religion of Christianity and Buddhism in that its followers are fed only coconut mixture. On the island Phoenix can visit an abandoned monastery of the monks of the coconut.

Monastery monks on the island coconut Phoenix (My Tho)
Monastery monks on the island coconut Phoenix (My Tho)

The My Tho from Phoenix island monastery is quite characteristic 9 columns with coiled dragons in color blue and gold, with a certain air to the Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh. In the distance the monastery of the Phoenix Island looks like a mix futuristic space station and one mobile phone masts.

Foreign monastery in Phoenix Island (With Phung)
Foreign monastery in Phoenix Island (With Phung)

Unicorn Island


Their channels are shallow is the largest island of My Tho, but nevertheless. As in other islands of My Tho, at the Unicorn island we find flowers, tropical fruits and traditional Vietnamese music.

Thoi Son Islet


Islet known as Viet Nam fruit store. Besides fruit and Vietnamese traditional music, maintained can visit traditional houses for local people and also a handmade coconut candy factory.

Channels Thoi Son Island - My Tho
Channels Thoi Son Island - My Tho

The channels that reach the Thoi Son Island are zig-zag, tardandose approximately 40 minutes to arrive to Thoi Son from My Tho. Once on the island, the main boulevard paved in stone, has small banks at the sides to sit and relax and enjoy the tranquility of the place.

Thoi Son Islet in My Tho
Thoi Son Islet in My Tho

Rach Mieu Bridge


The bridge over the River in the vicinity of My Tho is the Rach Mieu bridge, which links the city of My Tho with Ben Tre province. A cable-stayed bridge which has a length of more than 2 kilometers.

Rach Mieu Bridge
Rach Mieu Bridge

Vinh Trang Pagoda


Located in the town of My Tho, this time on dry land, we have the Buddhist Vinh Trang Pagoda. Built in 1849 and with a surface of more than 14000 square meters, it is the largest province of Tien Giang pagoda. The Vinh Trang Pagoda is located about 3 kilometers from the center of My Tho.

Vinh Trang Pagoda
Vinh Trang Pagoda

The most striking of the Vinh Trang pagoda is its architecture, blends European and Asian architecture (colonial architecture French, romance, Thai and Cambodian, with any other influence of the Champa). The pagoda consists of a total of 178 columns.

Statue of Buddha in the Vinh Trang Pagoda
Statue of Buddha in the Vinh Trang Pagoda

In the back of the Vinh Trang Pagoda is a small garden with bonsai, a lake with fish and various statues of Buddha, 2 of them of considerable size.


Buddha statue sitting in the Vinh Trang Pagoda
Buddha statue sitting in the Vinh Trang Pagoda

Statues in the gardens of the Vinh Trang Pagoda
Statues in the gardens of the Vinh Trang Pagoda


The entrance to the Vinh Trang pagoda is free and their hours are 9:00 to 11:30 and 13: 30 to the 17: 00.


Dong Tam Snake Farm


A safe distance of 12 km from My Tho we have Dong Tam snake farm, which occupies an area of 12 hectares. Inside are exponene different kinds of snakes, as well as use their venom to medicinal treatments and also to find antidotes against their stings. The more adventurous can try cobra among the dishes of the restaurant menu. The price of admission to the Dong Tam snake farm is 20.000VND (less than 1€).


How to get to My Tho: Transport to My Tho


To enjoy My Tho most advisable is to navigate by boat from Ho Chi Minh City up the My Tho River, the journey takes approximately 1 hour. Unfortunately there are no ferry lines that make this journey and therefore to use this option you must join a group tuistico (boats accommodate up to 15 people approximately).

Due to its proximity to the former Saigon, My Tho is well connected by road by bus. There are regular bus lines that depart from the South bus station in Ho Chi Minh city, called Mien Tay bus station, ranging to the station of buses of My Tho, Tien Giang bus station, 3 km northwest of the center of My Tho (more information on the) Bus routes to Ho Chi Minh City in our forum).

As a last resort you can always rent a motorcycle or get a taxi, but for convenience and price we recommend the bus or boat.

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