One of the most popular trips to the Mekong Delta region is to Thoi Son islet – a beautiful place in My Tho, Vietnam. Visiting the islet, you not only can enjoy a relaxing boat tour along the canals but also try out different activities.
About Thoi Son Islet
Thoi Son islet is the largest islet on the Tien River, with a total area of about 660ha.
There are currently over 1,000 households, including more than 6,000 residents, of which more than 90% are engaged in agriculture.
Six thousand families living here are, day by day, preserving the natural beauty of their homeland.
For many years now, Thoi Son islet has formed an extensive garden system with abundant fruit gardens with the typical architecture of the Southern region.
The houses have ornamental gardens or bonsai, carefully trimmed, surrounded by seasonal fruit gardens such as rambutan, longan, etc.
With the beauty of the Mekong Delta, the fruitful gardens, and Southern people’s honest and generous nature, Thoi Son islet is an excellent destination for a weekend getaway from Saigon.
How to get to Thoi Son Islet
If you travel by bike or car, you can drive up the Rach Mieu bridge. In the middle, there will be an additional turn down the islet.
Note: You have to pay the road toll at the entrance to Thoi Son islet for cars.
My Tho boat tour
I recommend taking a My Tho boat tour from Saigon if you’d like to visit the Mekong Delta region in one day.
The tour includes transportation, a guide, lunch, and ticket fees for the activities, so it’s convenient for your trip.
There are many exciting activities that you can do on tour, from visiting the beekeeping garden and the coconut candy factory to enjoying fresh fruits picked from the gardens.
- 7:30 am-7:45 am hotel pick up/7:45am meet up at 220 De Tham Street
- Depart for My Tho
- Vinh Trang pagoda
- Boat ride along the Tien River
- Proceed to Tortoise islet for lunch
- Boat ride to An Khanh in Ben Tre
- Enjoy seasonal fruits & honey tea
- Visit a family business, sample coconut candy
- Return to HCMC
- 5:00 pm hotel drop off/back to the departure point
Things to do in Thoi Son islet
Enjoy the countryside with horse carriage
Coming to Thoi Son islet, you cannot miss the experience of sitting on a leisurely horse carriage ride on the winding roads.
In the early years of the twentieth century, horse carriage was a popular means of transport in the South.
Many documents recorded Saigon – Gia Dinh and some provinces such as Can Tho, Go Cong, My Tho, Ben Tre as the places where horse carriages were the most popular.
Sitting on the carriage, y0u can enjoy the fresh air, seeing the peaceful countryside, while admiring the beauty of the gardens and local lives.
Enjoy the boat tour
Another activity you can experience in Thoi Son is viewing the islet by boat. Sitting on the boat, you can enjoy the view of the gardens and local houses along the way.
Try honey tea
Most of the household on My Son islet has a bee garden to collect honey. After harvesting, honey will be transported to other provinces.
When visiting the islet, you can enjoy the delicious, sweet taste of honey tea.
Also, you can purchase high-quality honey raised in the garden as a gift for your family and friends.
Sample coconut candy
Coconut candy has become one of the most famous specialty snacks in Southern Vietnam.
At the tourism sites in Mekong Delta, you can visit traditional coconut candy production sites, learn about making coconut candy products, and sample some of them.
People in Thoi Son islet are well-known for traditional works such as beekeeping, coconut-making, or producing handicrafts.
Therefore, this is an opportunity for tourists to visit traditional craft villages and learn to make coconut candy with the locals.
Try fresh fruit
Mekong Delta region is blessed by nature for fertile and lush land. For a long time, this area has become a large market with many delicious fruits.
Visiting Thoi Son islet, you can enjoy the seasonal fruits while listening to the folk songs of Southern artists.