Travel tips to Can Tho

The network of canals and urban architecture gives Can Tho an unique and charm beauty.

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Can Tho is the fourth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong Delta, and it is famous for its floating markets with everyday trading, rice paper-making village and picturesque rural canals. There are many things that you may need to remember when traveling here:

How to get there?

CanTho, Vietnam

Can Tho is connected to the rest of the country by National Route 1A and Can Tho International Airport. The city’s bridge, which is now completed, is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Southeast Asia. Transportation is mainly by waterways, there is also bus stop that is about 2km to the northwest, along Nguyen Trai road. When traveling by your own motorbike, try not to forget your vehicle papers, personal licenses, and run properly within the traffic rules.

When to go?

All the season! However, if you come in the summertime, you will get to sample a wide range of delicious fruit. On the occasion of the full moon in February and April (in lunar calendar), there will be two biggest festivals in Can Tho, which will be held in Binh Thuy: Thuong Dien and Ha Dien festival.

What to eat?

Fruit being sold from boat to boat, Phung Diem floating market. Can Tho, Vietnam
Fruit being sold from boat to boat, Phung Diem floating market. Can Tho, Vietnam

The floating markets of Can Tho, Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating market, are all has long time reputation for its many local products especially tropical fruits like pomelo, longan, jackfruit, mango, durian, and some of which you might have never seen before. There are small boats offering all kinds of snacks and local soups from which you can get your early breakfast. Other than that, try to taste many kinds of cake and noodles that are also famous here such as “Banh Cong” – a Can Tho traditional pie cake made from a mixture of green beans, little shrimp and minced pork, which is steamed and then deep fried in a flour dough; “Nem Nuong” – a healthy street food with pork BBQ rolled up in rice paper with rice noodles, lettuce, thin banana slices, Asian basil, mint, coriander, fresh herbs and leaves…

Where to discover?

Ong Pagoda in Can Tho
Ong Pagoda in Can Tho

Traveling to Can Tho is a fun and educational experiences. Other than floating all day in the markets, you can come to pagoda, temples, riverside, Can Tho quay, Ho Chi Minh Statue, churches, find some spots to eat out, taste Vietnamese coffee, enjoy local ways of life and even have a chance to learn the history of the city during French colonial times through visiting Can Tho’s old prison.