My Tho is the capital of the Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. Historically, it was formerly Cambodian and known as Misar but was annexed by the country towards the end of the 17th century. Later on, it was ceded to the French and was developed into agricultural lands after the French army engineers drained its marshes. It once had a direct rail route that connected to Ho Chi Minh City and apart from tourism, it is also known for coconut, fruit, and vegetable production, soap making, and coconut oil extraction.
From Ho Chi Minh City, it just takes two hours to get to My Tho and thus becoming the common gateway for those who want to explore the Mekong Delta. Most just spend a maximum of one day here so visitors shouldn’t miss out on the floating market which is touristy but still has a local flavor to it. So get lost among a sea of coconut trees and sample the different tropical fruits common in the area. Food is also a highlight with local specialties such as Hu Tiu My Tho noodle soup and its sibling, the Hu Tiu Sa Te. Grilled bananas are also a must because of the rich coconut juice.