Can Tho – the largest city in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Last Update: 25th October 2020
With an area of 1,390 square kilometers, Can Tho is not as popular as Ho Chi Minh City. But its floating market is well-known across Vietnam and even around the world. It has modern buildings as well as traditional floating markets to explore.
Can Tho Fast Facts
- Name: Can Tho
- Area: 1,390 x square kilometers
- Things to do there: Photography, Adventure, History and Culture
- Who visits: Photographers, Adventure Enthusiasts, History and Culture Lovers
- Time required: 4 – 5 x hours
Can Tho has several floating markets to visit. The largest floating market at Mekong Delta, Cai Rang. You can rent a boat from Can Tho Floating Market to it. The journey takes around 1 hour. All of the floating markets in Can Tho are traditional. Locals do business on the boat. Some still live on the boat. One tall bamboo pole stands on the bow. The best time to visit the market is from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. During the period of time, you can see local breakfast on sale on the boat. Later than the period, you can just find boats with fruits and vegetables. Boats with pineapples for sale are taller than others. If you purchase a pineapple, the seller may invite you to the boat to enjoy views in wider sight.
Situated on Con Son Island and designed by the founder of Aman,Adrian Zecha, Azerai is a great option to stay overnight in Can Tho. Many of its guests gave good reviews. The hotel doesn’t have buildings higher than 2-layer structures. Every villa is designed to have its own terrace, enjoying enough privacy. Roads to villas are guarded by green trees. Some of guest rooms even face Mekong River. On the terrace, you can appreciate amazing views along the river. The style of the rooms is simple but stylish. Interesting activities, craft classes and baking classes are usually held in the Kids’ Club when there are kids playing there. The hotel staff are professional, and heart-kind and offer excellent services. The hotel is fitted with several restaurants to accommodate different favors of guests from all over the world.
In Can Tho, you’ll find the traditional rice noodles workshops. If interested, you can explore one of them to know some about the process. You can also experience it. If you’d love to try local farmers’ life, it is worth exploring orchards at the small islands in Can Tho. The night market is also ideal to get acquainted with local life.
Best time to visit Can Tho
If you are interested to visit the floating market, the best time to visit is in the early morning.
The best months to visit are from March to November.
How to get to Can Tho
There are direct buses from Ho Chi Minh City. The journey takes around 5 hours. Or you can just rent a vehicle from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho.
- Please wear sunscreen cream with you in Can Tho.
- The sunrise at Mekong River is amazing.
- If you are planning to visit Can Tho in rainy season, it is suggested that you bring enough summer clothes with you.