VISITING CAN THO VIETNAM TO EXPLORE THE RICH FLOATING LAND’S CULTURE

Can Tho Vietnam is one of the great places for tourists to explore the river culture of the Mekong River or the farming habits of the local people, most notably the floating market culture. This is also a fertile land with diverse nature and delicious dishes that attract tourists.

Table Contents
  • I - Where is Can Tho Vietnam located? 
  • II - #10 activities & attractions in Can Tho
  • 1 - Binh Thuy Ancient House
  • 2 - Can Tho Museum
  • 3 - My Khanh Tourist Village
  • 4 - Cai Rang Floating Market
  • 5 - Can Tho Bridge 
  • 6 - Ninh Kieu Wharf
  • 7 - Fruit gardens
  • 8 - Nightlife in Can Tho Vietnam
  • 9 - Enjoying music of amateurs
  • 10 - Enjoying local food 
  • III - Necessary information when traveling to Can Tho Vietnam
  • 1 - Best time to visit
  • 2 - How to get around
  • 3 - Some tour operators 
  • 4 - Can Tho map
Jan 01
Source: Enchantingtravels

The city of Can Tho in Vietnam, located on the bank of Hau River, is a nice place to visit the distinctive floating markets, fertile orchards, eco-tourist sites and delicious food. The attraction of this city comes from its uniqueness in culture, which is formed from unique natural conditions and hospitable people.

- Airport: Can Tho International Airport in Binh Thuy District

- Postal code: 900000

- Administrative units: Binh Thuy District, Cai Rang District, O Mon District, Ninh Kieu District, Thot Not Distrit, Vinh Thanh District, Thoi Lai District, Phong Dien District, Co Do District. 

I - Where is Can Tho Vietnam located? 

Floating market in Can Tho

Cai Rang Floating Market - Source: Visavietnam

This city is located on the left side of the Hau River - about 170km from Saigon to the south and more than 1500km from Hanoi to the south. It borders An Giang province to the North, Dong Thap province to the East, Kien Giang province to the West and Hau Giang province to the South.

Can Tho City is the largest and most developed city in the Mekong Delta with its role as the economic, cultural, social, medical, educational and commercial center of the region. This city has an interlaced river system, in addition to being an important traffic hub between provinces in the region, this place also owns a large area of orchards and fields, famous for Ninh Kieu Wharf, Cai Rang Floating Market - a typical feature of Southern culture. 

II - #10 activities & attractions in Can Tho Vietnam 

1 - Binh Thuy Ancient House

Can Tho attractions

Binh Thuy Ancient House - Source: Thamhiemmekong

Binh Thuy Ancient House was built around 1870 and restored in the early years of the twentieth century. The over 150 years old house still retains the unique architecture. The house with the architectural style of a luxurious old French villa, combines the feng shui imprint of the Eastern people to create a harmonious space between the two cultures of East and West. Binh Thuy Ancient House is obvioulsy one of the best places to visit in Can Tho Vietnam. You will be delighted with the wooden carvings and the worship space also in the architecture of the house.

- Address: No.144 Bui Huu Nghia Street, Binh Thuy Ward, Binh Thuy District

- Opening hours: 8am - 4pm

- Entrance fee: $0.43 - 0.65/person

- Contact: 0292 3841 127 - Email: baotangthanhpho@gmail.com

2 - Can Tho Museum

Can Tho museum

Visiting the museum - Source: Cantholink

The museum covering an area of ​​​​nearly 3000m2, is a place to display and introduce artifacts about the country and people of this land through each historical period; introduce socio-economic achievements of Kinh, Chinese and Khmer ethnic groups. It consists of 2 floors. The 1st floor includes an introduction area about the natural, social and cultural characteristics of Can Tho City, and a photo exhibition area of this city in the past and at present. The 2nd floor displays the history of fighting foreign invaders in the resistance wars against the US and France as well as weapons and trophies of the Vietnam war. There is also an exhibition area about the cultural life, activities as well as religious beliefs of people living in Can Tho. 

- Address: No.01 Hoa Binh Square, Tan An Ward, Ninh Kieu District

- Ticket price: free

- Contact: 0292 3820 955 

- Email: baotangthanhpho@gmail.com

3 - My Khanh Tourist Village

Covering an area of 30 ha, My Khanh Tourist Village is like the mini Mekong Delta. This is a complex of resort - entertainment - cuisine - ecotourism with cultural identity of Vietnam's southern region. Experiencing the life of local people, visiting the fruit gardens, listening to "music of amateurs" (don ca tai tu), enjoying foods,...at My Khanh Village are always the best things to do in Can Tho Vietnam. 

- Address: ​No.335 Lo Vong Cung, My Khanh Commune, Phong Dien District - about 5km from the city center

- Opening hours: 7am - 10pm

- Ticket price: 30,000 - 70,000 VND/person ($1.3 - 3)

- Contact: 0292 3846 260

- Website: https://www.mykhanh.com

4 - Top attractions in Can Tho: Cai Rang Floating Market

Can Tho Cai Rang floating market

Cai Rang Floating Market - Source: Guide.cmego

Cai Rang Floating Market is a cultural beauty of people here in particular and Southern people in general. It is usually active very early, from dawn to 8 or 9 am. The most crowded time is around 7-8 am and it is almost inactive on Vietnamese Lunar New Year. It sells a lot of fresh goods and food, in particular, you will see the sincerity and simplicity of Westerners. On your Can Tho floating market tours, you should not miss enjoying the following dishes: minced crab noodles, Chinese noodles (Hu Tieu), grilled pork noodles, porridge with pig's tripe, bread, savory rice cakes, grilled sticky bananas, Tam Bi noodles, rice cakes, fish sauce hotpot, dried mango salad with snakeskin gourami as well as buying several small souvenirs. 

Location: Le Binh Ward, Cai Rang District

5 - Can Tho Bridge - symbol of the city 

Can Tho bridge

The impressive bridge - Source: Mapio

This is the bridge with the longest main span in Southeast Asia. The bridge is a symbol for the development of the Southeast region, connecting the provinces of the Mekong Delta. From here, you can admire a romantic scenery at every sunset. 

6 - Top attractions in Can Tho: Ninh Kieu Wharf

Ninh Kieu Wharf is a wharf, tourist and cultural landmark formed in the 19th century. Today, Ninh Kieu Wharf is a park with many green ornamental trees. There is a road along the river embankment with a flat stone carpet where you can walk and admire the fishing villages and islets along the Can Tho River.

Location: Tan An Ward, Ninh Kieu District

7 - Fruit gardens

Visiting the lush orchards with numerous fresh fruits and participating in the daily activities with the local are also the nicest things that you should not miss when visiting this city. Below are some famous orchards that you should set yout foot to: 

Phong Dien Orchard

This is one of the most famous fruit gardens in Can Tho City which covers an area of 6000 ha. This is a place where thousands of delicious tropical fruits are grown. You can visit the garden to directly enjoy the taste of typical fruits and see the farmers plant and harvest the fruits.

- Location: Phong Dien District

- Opening hours: 9am - 9pm

- Ticket price: 20,000 - 80,000 VND/person ($0.86 - 3.5)

Vu Binh Fruit Garden

This is also an amazing place that you should not miss on your Can Tho tours. This place mainly grows fruits such as mangosteen and milk apple. Mangosteen season takes place from April to July, in the other months you can also enjoy other fruits such as milk apple, rambutan, longan, etc. There are restaurants right under the mangosteen tree, specializing in serving delicious Southwest dishes such as Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pancake), hotpot with fish sauce, fish salad, grilled fish.

- Location: Nhon Nghia Commune, Phong Dien District

- Opening hours: 7am - 8pm

- Ticket price: 50,000 VND/person ($2.15)

8 - Nightlife in Can Tho Vietnam

The most popular activities at night in this city are visiting Ninh Kieu Whaft, shopping & dining atTay Do Night Market, having a cruise tour along the Hau River; spending a burning night at the local bars & pubs,... 

Tay Do Night Market

Tay Do Night Market has a long standing history of more than 100 years. It is now the largest market in this area. The night market opens from 5pm to 11pm with hundreds of things & food.   

- Other name: Can Tho Night Market, Luc Tinh Market

- Location: Hai Ba Trung Street, Tan An Ward, Ninh Kieu District

Cruise tours along Hau River

Lady Hau & Mekong princess cruise is a great ideal for enjoying the fresh air and comfortable space on the deck of the cruise while admiring the peaceful sceneries on the banks of the Hau river. 

- Contact: 028 6290 9720

- Email: reservation@victoriahotels.asia 

Bars & pubs in Can Tho City

Some of the most vibrant bars & pubs in the city center that you can refer to:  

Ninh Kieu Sky bar: 

- Address: No.02 Hai Ba Trung Street, Tan An Ward, Ninh Kieu District

- Contact: 093 978 61 23

Iris Sky Bar: 

- Address: No.224, 30/4 street, Xuan Khanh ward, Ninh Kieu district

- Contact: 029 2368 69 69

Déjà Vu - Cocktails & Wine Bar:

- Address: No.142 Huynh Cuong street, An Cu ward, Ninh Kieu district

- Opening hours: 6pm - 0am

- Contact: 0868 897 579

9 - Enjoying music of amateurs

What to do in Can Tho

Music of amateurs - Source: Internet

Enjoying music of amateurs is one of the best things to do in Can Tho Vietnam. Formed in the late 19th century and popular in the Southern region of Vietnam, Southern amateur music originated from Hue royal court music and folklore. This is a type of performance with a band consisting of 4 types of pliers, storks, zithers and lutes (called quartets) and performed by ordinary people who have a passion for singing, serving the purpose of the community. entertainment purposes, not of the ceremonial music. In Can Tho, you can enjoy the Southern Amateur music at the orchards or on the boat near Ninh Kieu wharf. 

10 - Enjoy typical food in Can Tho

Can Tho food 7

Floating market's grilled noodle soup - Source: Thamhiemmekong

Traveling to this city, you have the chance to enjoy many tasty food with fresh igredients and at affordable prices. 

Bánh Tét lá cẩm

Bánh Tét lá cẩm or Sticky rice cake with magenta leaves is made of dried shrimp, salted chicken’s egg yolks, sausage, green beans, lard, sticky rice in La Cam (leaves with a violet colour) and wrapped by green banana leaves. This is one of the most popular dishes of Can Tho Vietnam which is famous for its nice color and unique taste made. Binh Thuy Market, and An Nghiep Market are places where you can try this specialty. Price from 55,000 - 110,000 VND ($2.37 - 4.5). 

Cai Rang fermented pork sausage 

 

Can Tho food

Cai Rang fermented pork sausage - Source: Chudu24

Cai Rang fermented pork sausage consists of fermented fresh pork and pork’s skin wrapped in banana leaves. It can be found along the national road 1A or at Cai Rang Floating Market with a price range from 10,000 - 20,000 VND/10 pieces ($0.43 - 0.86). 

Grilled snail with pepper

 

Food in Can Tho

Grilled snail with pepper - Source: Vietfoodshop

According to our Can Tho travel tip, the most delicious grilled snail with pepper is at Cai Rang Floating Market. It has a slightly spicy, sweet and savory taste, and the crispy snail. The taste of the snail and the spicy taste of pepper will make you not refuse. You can also eat this at:

Ha Chau Strawberry

This is a specialty of Phong Dien District. It has a sweet, fragrant flavor, long bunches, thin skin, and ivory white flesh. Each year, the fruit has 3 crops in the months: May lunar month, August lunar month and January lunar month next year. The retail price in the market is 25,000 VND / kg (1.08 $ / kg).

III - Necessary information when traveling to Can Tho Vietnam

1 - When is the best time to visit Can Tho City? 

The weather here is characterized by a humid monsoon tropical climate. The average temperature is from 25-28oC. Thanks to the dense system of rivers and canals, the climate is cool nearly all year round. From April to July is the best time to travel and explore.

2 - Getting around

To get around the city, you can rent a scooter or take a taxi. 

The motorbike rental price costs in Can Tho is about 180,000 VND/day ($8). Some rental shops: 

Motorbike For Rent: 

- Address: No.5 Ba Trieu street, Tan An ward, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho city

- Phone number: 090 733 82 02

Giang Anh motorbike rental:

- Phone number: 0941 961 164

- Address: Alley 51, 3/2 street, An Khanh ward, Ninh Kieu, Can Tho city

Some local taxi brands:

- Mekong Taxi: 0292 3 69 69 69

- Mai Linh Taxi: 0292 3 65 65 65

- Vinasa Can Tho Taxi: 0292 3 827 827

- Thinh Phat Taxi: 0292 3 797979

3 - Some tour operators in Can Tho Vietnam

Can Tho river tours company

- Address: No.58/27 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ninh Kieu District

- Contact: 0939 88 85 59

- Email: hello@vemekong.com

Fabulous Mekong Eco-tours

- Address: No.162/42A Nguyen Viet Hong street, Ninh Kieu District

- Contact: 0949 31 76 72 or 0392 00 37 38 

- Email: Info@fabulousmekong.com

4 - Can Tho map

Can Tho Vietnam, known as the biggest city in the Mekong delta, has a lot interesting things to offer visitors. Tourists should not miss visiting Cai Rang floating market, Phong Dien Orchard, Binh Thuy ancient house; and taking a boat tour to explore the beauty of this land.

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