Russell is slowly working his way back to Ho Chi Minh City, where he will stay for a day or two and then head north. One of his recent stops was in My Tho, a Mekong Delta town not far from Ho Chi Minh City.
My Tho played a strategic role in the Vietnam War. The town was situated at the intersection of Route 4 and the My Tho River and served as the base for several U.S. Navy patrol boat squadrons. The Navy installations were the target of regular rocket and mortar attacks, and My Tho was the subject of a major assault by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces during the Tet Offensive in 1968. The town took a pounding during the fighting, and apparently signs of the fighting are still visible.
Now, My Tho is known mostly for its noodle soup, which includes pork, shrimp, quail egg, and noodles and in pork broth.