Part 1: HCMC – Ben Tre via Go Cong
Length of the section: 140 km
Highlights: Rice fields, My Loi Bridge, Phu Duong Island
For the first part of the Mekong Delta Border Loop, you have two options. Take a direct route from HCMC to Ben Tre via My Tho. Personally, I didn’t want to do this because a) you will follow some busy roads and b) I always prefer smaller rural roads. So, if you are in no rush take the longer, but more scenic route via Go Cong south of HCMC.
Either way, the start is the least pleasant and maybe most stressful part of the journey – getting out of HCMC. Leave as early as possible to avoid rush hour, which on occasion can be a challenge. I left just after 7am and it was OK, but the earlier you leave the better.