Can Tho is one of the most outstanding names in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam that is admirably called a green destination. With advantages for the aquatic source, agriculture, tourism, urban infrastructure, and more, this city grows to be the unbeatable magnet. If you want to see an on-the-growth, charming, and green Mekong Delta destination in Vietnam, then it is Can Tho.

Mekong delta landscape with Vietnamese woman rowing boat

About Can Tho

Can Tho in Vietnam lies along Hau River and is bordered by the Cho Gao Province on the north and the west, Chau Thanh District on the east, Tien River and Ben Tre Province on the south. In the past, this destination was called “Tay Do” (meaning “the Capital of the southwestern Vietnam) to describe the luxury and beauty of the city at that time. At present, Can Tho is the level-1 city and is one of the four key economic zones of Vietnam that is highly invested. Thanks to the propitious economy, culture, and ecotourism, Can Tho is coated with the attractive and green appeal. The tourists come there to enjoy the complex system of rivers and canals, the big shades of coconut trees, the lush fruit orchards, the modern buildings in harmony with the green landscape, etc. Mekong Delta River Cruises to Can Tho is impeccable and relaxing. The boat trip on Hau River passing by Ninh Kieu Wharf, for instance, offers the picturesque view. Furthermore, the tourist highlights of Can Tho include Cai Rang Floating Market, Bang Lang Stock Sanctuary, Can Tho Bridge, Binh Thuy Temple, etc.

Woman cooking food for sale in the floating market in Can Tho

What to See in Can Tho in Vietnam

Cai Rang Floating Market

The floating market is the inseparable highlight in Can Tho, and Cai Rang Floating Market is a regional icon. Visiting this busy and charming market, you are welcomed to try and buy lots of agriculture products, from the fresh fruits (pumpkins, pineapples, sugarcanes, etc.) to the household devices. Note that the special trait of Mekong Delta floating market is that the merchants use the long bamboo stick to having their products hung there so that the buyers can easily spot what is selling today. For the best sightseeing, just visit this floating site in the early morning!

Woman tourist take selfie photo from the boat on Cai Rang floating market

Binh Thuy Old House

The Ancient House is located at 26/1A Bui HuuNghia Street, Binh Thuy Ward, around 5 km from downtown Can Tho. It looks highly appealing with authentic rural characteristics of Mekong Delta as well as French style during the 20th century. Historically, the house was erected in 1870 by the Duong family, with 5 rooms, 10cm layer of salt under the floorboards (to prevent termites and keep warm). Plus, the front and back yards give it fresh and sunny appearance while beautiful orchid garden makes it colorful. With valuable traditional merits, Binh Thuy Old House has been filmed in “The silt ways,” “The Bac Lieu mandarin’s son” and “The Lover” of French director J. Annaud. This is a must-see!

Bang Lang Sanctuary

Around 45km from Can Tho City, the Bang Lang Sanctuary is famous for the home of more than 300 thousand birds with up to 20 different genes. This sanctuary attracts the natural birds by using the lush trees and raising the species of fish, shrimp, or crab to provide more food supply for the birds. As a result, Bang Lang is the fascinating sightseeing attraction in Can Tho where to enjoy the authentic bird watching and stay harmony with the wild environment.

Ninh Kieu Wharf

This wharf is so famous that it is put into the songs about Mekong Delta to imply Can Tho City. Any boat trip to this city should anchor at Ninh Kieu Wharf where to enjoy the whole view of the picturesque Hau River. Nowadays, Ninh Kieu Wharf with the standing statue of President Ho Chi Minh become the symbol of Can Tho City. In fact, the wharf is mostly crowded with boats and passengers even day or night.

An Thoi Village

This is one of the oldest villages in Can Tho City. An Thoi Village is competent enough to become an attractive tourist site for you to enjoy the primitively natural landscape of the Mekong Delta countryside and the traditional houses. You can expect to “get lost” in the lush fruit orchards, to admire the age-old houses, and to communicate with the charming people happily.

Can Tho Bridge

The Can Tho Bridge was put into operation in April 2010. This is the longest cable bridge in the Southeast Asia, with the length of 2.75m including 4 lanes for traffic and 2 lanes for the pedestrians. It crossed the Hau River, connecting Can Tho City and Vinh Long City. The Bridge is the perfect alternative for the ferry system that provides much convenience to the Mekong Delta people. Of course, this Bridge is a pride of Can Tho, and a visit to this meaningful site is worthwhile. The Can Tho Bridge is the most noticeable site in this area when the dark comes. Its sparkling lights illuminate the whole bridge clearly.

Can Tho Museum

This Museum was erected in 1976. It has long protected over 5000 historical objects and relics for the later generations to study. In an area of 2,700 square kilometers, Can Tho Museum is ranked as the largest museum in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Traveling to this place of interest, people can expect to a back-in-time trip with many relics of the “OcEo” culture, the history of Can Tho City establishment, and the culture of Vietnam and Khmer here. The Museum exploration would be best for the history fanciers.

How to Get to Can Tho City

By Air

Can Tho City is served by Can Tho International Airport (the former name was Tra Noc Airport). The air travel in Can Tho is great, and many travelers take direct flights to Can Tho City from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.

By Road

As a getaway to the Mekong Delta region, Can Tho is close to various other provinces: 34km from Vinh Long Province, 62km from Long Xuyen Province, 104km from My Tho City, 117km from Chau Doc Province, 169km from Ho Chi Minh City, and 179km from Ca Mau Province.People can drive to Can Tho on the well-paved roads. Take the proper National Highway No. 1A, No. 91, or No. 80 to reach Can Tho from your locations!

By Boat

Can Tho City is also served by Cai Cui International Seaport that facilitates the waterway travel to this city. Also, the long-lasting presence of Ninh Kieu Wharf promotes the Mekong River Cruises to Can Tho – the heart of waterway network of Mekong Delta. You can take the daily cruises or hydrofoils between Can Tho City and Ho Chi Minh City.

When to Visit Can Tho City

A small truck carrying flowers on rural road in Can Tho

  • April to August: These months mark the beginning of the rain season in Can Tho when the weather becomes comfortable with light rain and warm condition. In fact, the period of April, May, and June is the best time to visit Can Tho. If your schedule falls into any of these three months, expect to have a good time of discovering the system of canals and rivers as well as the lush orchards here. In the start of the rain season, the floating markets in Can Tho become most accessible and bustling.
  • September to December: These months might give Can Tho some floods and storms. Such uncomfortable conditions interrupt travel in an inconvenient and even dangerous manner. Therefore, it is not advised to travel to Can Tho in the flood time.
  • January to March: This is the festive and spring time to see Can Tho when the city is coated with the cool and happy atmosphere.

A man carrying grass by bike in Can Tho


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