Can Tho is referred to as one of the large cities in the Mekong Delta and endowed with a complex network of rivers and channels. What makes the destination special is that it is the home of Cai Rang Floating Market, lush fruit plantations, and unique ancient houses. That is the reason why most of the people who have visited the water area insist that they fall in love with it and always wish to come back whenever they take a chance.
Generally, the weather in Can Tho is fine all year round for travelling. However, if possible, you had better go in summer where there are plenty of fresh tropical fruits to enjoy.
There are two main ways to Can Tho:
By air – from Hanoi to Can Tho
Vietnam Airlines: the airfare is from VND2,400,000 to 4,500,000/return-trip ticket. Additionally, this airline also serves passengers from Phu Quoc or Con Dao to Can Tho.
Vietjet Air: the airfare is from VND1,800,000 to 2,700,000/return-trip ticket. There are other flights provided by this airline to Can Tho, e.g. from Da Nang.
Bus is the main means of transport for traveling to Can Tho and other regions in the Mekong Delta as well. It takes about three hours to get there from Ho Chi Minh City. Some reliable bus lines include Futa and Thanh Buoi. The bus fare is VND130,000 – 140,000/ticket.
The price of accommodations in Can Tho varies according to the type. If you pick one 3 or 4 star hotel, it will cost you about VND700,000 – 1,000,000/night. A 2 star hotel stay for night is about VND400,000 while it is around VND500,000 – 800,000 to have a homestay experience. Take a look at several following suggestions:
Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang Floating Market is about 6 kilometers from the center of Can Tho City, and it takes you approximately 30 minutes by boast to get there from Ninh Kieu Pier. A visit to the market entitles you to gain more understanding of stimulating features in the culture of the Vietnam’s water area. It is awesome to witness numerous boasts gathering along waterways and trading their farm products in the early morning. Moreover, you will get an opportunity to savor delicacies on the water while observing the locals’ vibrant life, which is supposed to be a wonderful experience.
Ninh Kieu Pier
Established in 19th century, Ninh Kieu Pier nowadays is a famous destination of Can Tho City. The most special point is a floating restaurant right in the pier. Not only the restaurant offers culinary delights, but it is also a place for relaxation – gazing idyllic landscapes and soaking up breeze. You can see a lot of locals walking and jogging in the early morning and the late afternoon.
Binh Thuy Ancient House
Located on Bui Huu Nghia Street, Binh Thuy Ward, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City, Binh Thuy Ancient House is designed to have two roofs and five zones of French architecture. It was built by the Duong Family in 1870. The true appeal of the house lies in values of its culture and architecture, for which you can get insights into the life of the Delta people in the past.
Bang Lang Sanctuary
Bang Lang Sanctuary is situated in Thoi An Commune, Thot Not District, Can Tho City and one of the large bird sanctuaries of the Mekong Delta. If you travel in spring, it is definitely a chance for you to peer down at the alluring scenery of giant crape myrtle in full bloom at two banks of the river.
My Khanh Tourist Attraction
My Khanh Tourist Attraction is located in Phong Dien District and 10 kilometers from the center of Can Tho City. Here is the place where you can find the quintessence of the culture in the Mekong Delta. Some interesting activities are enjoying various tropical fruits, visiting traditional villages and ancient houses, cooking wine, making rice paper, and listening to traditional folk music.
Tay Do Night Market
Tay Do night market is the trading center of provinces in the Mekong Delta. It hums the most at night when you can taste a countless amount of street food with the tantalizing aroma.
Ba Bo Flower Village
Ba Bo Flower Village is among the best spots in the itinerary to Can Tho. In 2015, there are up to 250 households in Can Tho planting varied flowers, making the place like a ravishing natural picture among the water area. It is possible to say that here is an ideal background for photos.
Can Tho Museum
Can Tho museum is 3,000 km2 wide and located at No.1 Hoa Binh Avenue, Tan An Ward, Ninh Kieu District. The place displays exhibits on Can Tho and Can Tho people in the early age of its establishment. There are objects representing the cultural values of Kinh, Chinese and Khmer ethnic communities.
Located at Ninh Kieu Pier, Ong Pagoda is the attractive destination for visitors to Can Tho. This sacred place is in a Chinese architectural style and nowadays bears the certain regional and cultural values whereby it was designated as a national historical relic site.
It is possible to assert that your trip to Can Tho will not be absolutely wonderful and complete if specialty dishes of this land are placed out of the list of things to try. Let’s see following recommendations: Da Ly Fish Sauce Hotpot (lau mam Da Ly), Muoi Xiem Pancake (banh xeo Muoi Xiem), duck cooked with fermented bean curd (vit nau chao), fermented pork grilled (nem nuong), snakehead smoked in straw, grilled eatable snails, etc. More greatly, it is quite cheap to savor those delicacies; normally, you just spend about USD5 – USD10/2 servings.