Day-trippers tend to see little of My Tho as they disgorge from tour buses and embark on a boat trip round two or three of the islands in the Tien Giang branch of the Mekong River. Upstream at Cai Be it’s a similar story, with fleets of buses from Ho Chi Minh City descending on the village at around 11am for boat tours of the floating market. Arranging trips locally tends to lead to a more relaxed and enjoyable experience, but you’d probably need to sleep over at least one night. In contrast to Cai Be, the quirky snake farm at Dong Tham sees few foreign visitors.

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