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Mỹ Tho is a city in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. It is situated on the northernmost tributary of the Mekong River, close to Ho Chi Minh City. The city covers 30.8 sq mi (79.8 sq km) and has a population of 215,000 people (2011 estimate).

My Tho, VietnamMy Tho, Vietnam
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Mỹ Tho is an ideal place to observe the rural way of life in southern Vietnam. Some of the most engaging sights come from the rivers and canals. The houses are on stilts right over the water. Further inland is a city of wide boulevards, a reflection of French influence since the 1860s. The capture of Mỹ Tho by French forces completed French colonialization of Cochinchina.

Today Mỹ Tho is a thriving city. Its economy is still based on primary commodities such as coconuts, bananas and longan. It is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, particularly on day trips from Ho Chi Minh City.

My Tho CathedralMy Tho Cathedral
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Pagoda in a My Tho templePagoda in a My Tho temple
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Where food is concerned, the local specialty is a noodle soup called Hu Tieu Mỹ Tho, a clear pork broth with rice vermicelli, egg noodles, sliced pork meat, fresh shrimp, and often deep-fried wanton, and garnished with salad leaves, garlic chives, bean sprouts and fresh chili.

Visiting Mỹ Tho

You can take a bus or book a day tour from Ho Chi Minh City. If traveling independently, you can move about Mỹ Tho by hiring a motorbike taxi.

Places of Interest in Mỹ Tho

  1. Ap Bac
    Small village where the Vietcong scored its first major victory against the US-backed South Vietnamese army.
  2. Mỹ Tho Cathedral
    Cathedral of the Roman Catholic diocese of Mỹ Tho. It dates to the 19th century.
  3. Mỹ Tho Waterfront
    A good place for a stroll, to get a feel of rural Asia that is disappearing in other Asian cities.
  4. Vinh Trang Pagoda
    One of the major temples in Mỹ Tho. Its façade is decorated by mosaic tiles made from broken pottery.

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