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Can Tho Travel Guide

Can Tho is one of the more attractive delta towns but as in the rest of the Mekong Delta the best sights are on the water. The delta’s biggest floating market, Cai Rang Floating Market, is 6km from Can Tho and well worth an early morning visit. For a memorable boat trip the Victoria Can Tho Hotel operates sunrise and sunset cruises on the Lady Hau, a renovated traditional rice barge. A spectacular sight outside of town is the stork garden at Thot Not where hundreds of egrets, herons and cormorants gather in the treetops to roost late in the afternoon. This is the biggest and most developed city in the Mekong delta, the 4th largest city in Vietnam. Lying next to Hau river, Can Tho was officially named on the Vietnam map in 1739 with the name “Tran Giang” which means “The river guard”. After many years, Tran Giang changed many times.

Can Tho city

Can Tho is the capital of whole south west Vietnam since 1858 until now. There’re many important roads here connecting many southern provinces together. Besides the roads, Can Tho also has hundreds of rivers and channels, lots of fruit farms and rice fields, famous for Ninh Kieu dock, Cai Rang floating market – a typical custom of southern Vietnam. In 2025, Can Tho will become the center of industry, commercial, education and medication of southern Vietnam.

There are many things to do and see here. Although Can Tho isn’t a super famous tourist area, but there are lots of interesting cultural places to visit.

Cai Rang floating market

Only 6km away from Can Tho city center, Cai Rang floating market is the largest floating market in Mekong Delta. The market is crowded from 6 am to 6 pm. You should visit early to avoid oceans of people approaching. You can see the floating market on the road or on the bridge, but it is far more interesting for you to dive in by boats.

Ninh Kieu wharf. This is the symbol of youth and development of Can Tho. Ninh Kieu wharf attracts tourist by its elegance, charming view toward Hau river. Young tourist and locals love to hang out for a walk and have some dinners in restaurants here.

Bang Lang stork garden.Located 46km northwest of Can Tho city center, this is a magnificent bird sanctuary of 1.3 hectares with thousands of snowy egrets and storks. Get yourself to the high ground to see all the bird filling branches. The best time to visit is either dawn or dusk. You can take a taxi or local “xe om” to get there easily.

Can Tho museum. This is a very large, well – presented museum bringing local history to life with life – size reproductions of establishment and buildings, manikins. The display (with English translation) concentrates on Khmer and Chinese communities, rice farmers, fish specimens, plants, and the War as well. This is a very good place for travelers with kids, a great opportunity for the children to learn about history.  

Fruits orchards. Southwest Vietnam is famous for numerous of fruit farms spreading all around the street and rivers in Can Tho city. There’re some fruit orchards for tourist like My Chanh, the garden of Mr. Sau Duong, Binh Thuy orchid garden and many more. Tourist will have to pay a small fee to visit, and eat everything you want inside the garden.

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