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.
My Tho's proximity to HCMC means it's a popular day-trip destination for a taste of river life a flotilla of boats tour the local islands and their cottage industries daily. The riverfront makes for a pleasant stroll and the town is easily explored on foot.
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.