Photo: Don’t miss the market.

How to get to and from My Tho

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My Tho's small bus station is located in the northwest corner of the city, on Ap Bac St at Ho Van Nhanh St, about 3 km from the city centre/boat pier. Service is limited. It’s mainly local buses, with departures dependent upon having enough passengers. Expect to wait.

Sample destinations and fares from My Tho bus station include:

Ben Tre: departs regularly from 05:00-17:30. Costs 20,000 dong.
Ca Mau: departs at 04:30. Costs 116,000 dong.
Can Tho: departs at 05:00. Costs 57,000 dong.
HCMC Mien Tay station: departs every 30 minutes from 03:00-16:00. Costs 31,000 dong.
Kien Luong (Kien Giang): departs at 05:00. Costs 115,000 dong.
Moc Hoa: departs at 07:00. Costs 28,000 dong.
Tay Ninh: departs at 05:10. Costs 68,000 dong.
Vung Tau: departs at 04:30. Costs 94,000 dong.

If headed to Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho or Vung Tau, the limited service and less comfortable buses make a good case for taking a xe om to the Phuong Trang bus company depot, located on the main highway QL1A, at the intersection with highway DT878. It is a further 6 km from My Tho bus station, or in other words, 9 km from My Tho’s city centre. Phuong Trang air-con sleeper buses running between Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho briefly stop at this depot to drop off/pick up. There’s a bus every 30 or 60 minutes. Buy a ticket at the depot, the ticket to Can Tho or HCMC costing around 100,000 dong. When you arrive to the destination, Phuong Trang includes a free shuttle into the city. For Can Tho, it will take passengers to any hotel in the city centre. For HCMC, the shuttle will go as far as their depot in District 1.

A final option to transfer between My Tho and Ho Chi Minh City is to take one of the cheap “Mekong Delta day trips” to My Tho’s Mekong islands which go for as low as 160,000 dong. The bus departs from Pham Ngu Lao in District 1, the city centre. You can simply communicate that at the end of the tour, you will not return but will remain in My Tho. It’s the same idea if you are already in My Tho and wish to return to HCMC. Book a trip, indicating that you will meet the tour in My Tho and come back to Ho Chi Minh City. This method, you get the tour and comfortable transport directly to the city centres without having to mess with transferring from the outlying public bus stations.

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Once critical for getting around, ferries are far less important these days now that bridges well connect the Mekong Delta. Opened in 2008, the Rach Mieu cable-stayed bridge joins My Tho with Ben Tre, along with Unicorn Island (Con Thoi Son) and Phoenix Island (Con Phung).

Tan Long pier, on the canal that runs along Trung Trac St a block north of the river, is where you can catch the local ferry to Dragon Island (Con Tan Long). Expect it to cost no more than a few thousand dong, a little more with motorbike.

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Getting around

My Tho is sprawled out. Tourists would mainly be interested in the river, pier and market, all of which are within a few city blocks of each other, but if you’re not staying in the city centre, need to get to the bus station or Vinh Trang Pagoda, you’ll likely need a meter taxi or xe om, both of which are not readily found. They mainly hang out at the pier or along the river, or the hotel can call a Mai Linh meter taxi for you. As of 2017, the meter starts at 8,000 dong for the initial 0.6 km, then after 12,300 dong/km. T: (0273) 387 8787.

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