Can Tho Travel Guide From A To Z

Can Tho is the center of the Mekong Delta, with a unique cultural. With a waterfront advantage, visitors will have short green day excursions that are no less interesting. Can Tho Travel Guide From A To Z will introduce many useful information for you to visit the poetic land of Vietnam!

 

Can Tho (Cần Thơ) Travel Overview

Can Tho is the big city in Southern Vietnam and is also the political, social and economic hub of the Mekong Delta region. This city is located on the bank of the Hau ( Hậu) River, the bigger branch of Mekong, and is famous for its floating markets and canals traversing its rural area. During the day you can cruise the river to visit the floating markets, relax in the smaller back canals or unwind with a drink overlooking the water. The local area is incredibly fertile and local markets are full of exotic fruits and exquisite seafood. By night, the river area comes alive with music and neon lights that rival those of many big cities.

 

Can Tho is one of the most beautiful places in MeKong Delta. Photo: @joyfulgins
Can Tho is one of the most beautiful places in MeKong Delta. Photo: @joyfulgins

 

When is the best time to visit to Can Tho ( Cần Thơ)?

 

Can Tho experiences a tropical and monsoon climate with two seasons. It is rainy from May to November and dry from December to April. The best time to visit Can Tho is during the months of April, May and June.

 

–  June, July, August: This time of the year has a comfortable climate with light rain and warm weather so that the visitors can have a good time exploring the river areas and fruit gardens in Can Tho ( Cần Thơ).

 

– From September to November:  Can Tho is in this time is rainy season or also called floating season. Visitors can explore floating markets in the morning, learn about lifestyle of local people in floating season.

 

Visiting to Can Tho brings for visitors many interesting feelings. Photo: Tuấn Nguyễn
Visiting to Can Tho brings for visitors many interesting feelings. Photo: Tuấn Nguyễn

 

– December, January, February: This is the time of Tet holiday, there is little rainfall and temperatures are modest and consistently sunny. Visitors will immerse themselves in the colorful flowers, enjoy the warm spring when travelling to Can Tho

 

How to get to Can Tho (Cần Thơ)

 

Airplane

The city is served by the Can Tho Airport, which mostly caters to domestic flights to and from Phu Quoc, Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. Most visitors will then transfer by private taxi to their hotel in the city center, which generally costs VND 25,000.

 

Coach

From HCM city, visitors can buy ticket at Mien Tay ( Miền Tây) Bus Station to Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) or contact the special bus routes HCM city – Can Tho.. It takes about 3 hours from Ho Chi Minh City, visitors can reach Can Tho

Address at Mien Tay (Miền Tây) bus station: 395 Kinh Duong Vuong (Kinh Dương Vương) street, An Lac (An Lạc) ward, Binh Tan (Bình Tân) district, HCM city.

 

Some coach brands from HCM city to Can Tho ( Cần Thơ):

 

 Phuong Trang Bus Line

++ Address at HCM city: 272 De Tham (Đề Thám) street, District 1. Tel: (+84) 8 38375570.

++ Address at Can Tho (Cần Thơ): Nguyen Trai (Nguyễn Trãi) street, Hung Vuong ( Hùng Vương) crossroads.

 

Hoang Long (Hoàng Long) Bus

++ Address at HCM city: Mien Dong (Miền Đông) bus station. Tel: (+84) 8 35113113. Office’s address: 47 Pham Ngu Lao (Phạm Ngũ Lão) street, District 1, Tel: (+84) 8 39151818.

++ Address at Can Tho (Cần Thơ):  Bus station at 91B.

 

 Mai Linh Express

++++ Contact phone at HCM city:  (+84) 8 39292929. Hotline: +84 985 29 29 29.

 

Motorcycle

Travel along the QL1A highway from Ho Chi Minh City to reach Can Tho from 3.5 to 4 hours.

 

The beautiful places in Can Tho (Cần Thơ)

 

Cai Rang (Cái Răng) Floating Market

Cai Rang floating market is an impressive “specialty” of Can Tho tourism. Located about 45 minutes down river from Can Tho City, the Cai Rang wholesale floating market began as a way for locals from either side of the Hau River to trade.The operation time of the floating market is from 5 to 9 am mainly agricultural products, fruits, goods, local food.

 

The best time to visit the market is first thing in the morning. Photo: @mr.boo.hue

 

Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) Whaft

As a symbol of Can Tho city, Ninh Kieu ( Ninh Kiều) wharf seems to have a special place in the heart of tourists when coming to this city. Formed in the 19th century, located on the banks of the Hau River through many ups and downs of history as well as the development of Can Tho city, Ninh Kieu ( Ninh Kiều) wharf has developed as busy as today. Being planned the first walking city and night market of Can Tho city, Ninh Kieu ( Ninh Kiều) wharf or Ninh Kieu ( Ninh Kiều) park always create a good impression with tourists in four directions.

 

This city park is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Photo: Nguyễn Xuân
This city park is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Photo: Nguyễn Xuân

 

Fruit Garden

The orchards are located along all roads and canals in Can Tho, offering tourists the chance to taste various kinds of tropical fruits. The largest orchards are My Khanh fruit garden, Mr. Sau Duong’s orchard, Binh Thuy ( Bình Thủy) orchid garden, Phong Dien ( Phong Điền) fruit garden etc.

 

Visitors will be relaxed in the fruit-gardens and enjoy the specialties of Mekong delta region. Photo: Collection
Visitors will be relaxed in the fruit-gardens and enjoy the specialties of Mekong delta region. Photo: Collection

 

Bang Lang Stork Garden

Located in Binh Thoi ( Bình Thới) Hamlet, Thoi Thuan ( Thới Thuận) commune, Thot Not ( Thốt Nốt) district, 52 kilometers from the center of Can Tho City, Bang Lang ( Bằng Lăng) Stork Garden is a popular stop for visitors. Once covered in rice fields and bamboo trees, storks have made this area their home, and the landowners have welcomed them with open arms. Nearly 300,000 storks reside in the sanctuary during peak months of September through December. While visitors are not allowed inside the sanctuary, they can glimpse stork activity in unspoiled nature from a distance.

 

The garden covers about two hectares and is home to thousands of storks as well as many other kinds of birds. Photo: Collection
The garden covers about two hectares and is home to thousands of storks as well as many other kinds of birds. Photo: Collection

 

My Khanh (Mỹ Khánh) Eco-tourism Village

My Khanh ( Mỹ Khánh) tourist village is located at 335 Lo Vong Cung ( Lộ Vòng Cung) street, Phong Dien ( Phong Điền) district, about 5 kilometers from Can Tho city by road or river. My Khanh ( Mỹ Khánh) village is a garden-style eco-tourist site. Visiting My Khanh ( Mỹ Khánh) tourist Village, visitors in Vietnam travel can experience the old days of southern life by taking on the costume of a rich landlord who lived in a big house or of a normal traditional farmer to feel the difference. At the village, you are served with Mekong Delta specialties such as baby rabbits, snakes, tortoises, bats, cuckoos and crocodiles, etc.

 

The village is a special one in Can Tho which brings comfort and relaxation for any visitor. Photo: @liisisiil
The village is a special one in Can Tho which brings comfort and relaxation for any visitor. Photo: @liisisiil

 

Binh Thuy (Bình Thủy) Ancient House

Binh Thuy (Bình Thủy) Ancient House is located in Bui Huu Nghia (Bùi Hữu Nghĩa) street, Binh Thuy (Bình Thủy) ward, Binh Thuy (Bình Thủy) district, Can Tho (Cần Thơ) province. A historical emblem found in nearly every early village, this particular communal house once served as the center of daily life for all citizens. Visitors will delight in the wooden carvings and traditional craftsmanship of the structure and get a glimpse into a day in the life of those served by the communal house.

 

Binh Thuy ancient house is an ideal place to explore the region’s history. Photo: @mrkimjones
Binh Thuy ancient house is an ideal place to explore the region’s history. Photo: @mrkimjones

 

Can Tho (Cần Thơ) Bridge

Can Tho Bridge is a bridge across Hau River, connecting Can Tho City and Vinh Long province. Completed in 2010, this is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Southeast Asia. On the weekends or holidays, the Can Tho Bridge is lit by thousands of colorful lights that make the Hau River glitter.

 

Can Tho bridge is a famous symbol of Can Tho city. Photo: @foodycantho
Can Tho bridge is a famous symbol of Can Tho city. Photo: @foodycantho

 

Ong (Ông) Pagoda

Squeezed in on the river road (Hai Ba Trung street) along the tourist strip in downtown Can Tho, Ong pagoda was built at the end of the 19th century by Chinese descendants, part of the Kuang-Tsao Assembly Hall. Decorated in large incense coils hanging from the ceiling, the brightly colored Ong ( Ông) temple was originally built to worship the deity Quan Cong ( Quan Công), who represented loyalty, justice, and reason. Visitors can explore this temple for free, although donations are encouraged. The building, both inside and out, makes for a stunning backdrop to your travel photos thanks to its stunning color scheme.

 

Ong temple is decorated in large incense coils hanging from the ceiling. Photo: @co_my_linh
Ong temple is decorated in large incense coils hanging from the ceiling. Photo: @co_my_linh

 

Truc Lam Phuong Nam Zen Monastery

Built on an area of four hectares and featuring a hall with a capacity of 500 people, the Phuong Nam ( Phương Nam) Monastery is the largest Buddhist temple in the Mekong Delta region. The monastery was built on four hectares in My Khanh ( Mỹ Khánh) commune, Phong Dien ( Phong Điền) district in the Buddhism architectural style of the Ly-Tran Dynasty in the 11-12th centuries.

 

It was good place to visit because it has a lot of trees, it was made by wood that was ship from South Africa to Vietnam. Photo: @huyennhunz
It was good place to visit because it has a lot of trees, it was made by wood that was ship from South Africa to Vietnam. Photo: @huyennhunz

 

Tay Do (Tây Đô) Night Market

Tay Do (Tây Đô) Night Market is approximately 1 kilometers far from the central of Can Tho City. This market is not only well-known as the trading center of Can Tho City, but also attractive tourism destination. Tay Do (Tây Đô) night market is designed in accordance with the landscape around and expresses the Southern style. The market is divided into many stalls of clothes, handicrafts, jewelry, foods… which can meet all the demand of local and tourism. In addition, there are many interesting activities like games and traditional music shows.

 

Besides the task of exchanging products, Tay Do night market is also used for cuisine and entertainment services.. Photo: @Axel Drainville
Besides the task of exchanging products, Tay Do night market is also used for cuisine and entertainment services.. Photo: @Axel Drainville

 

What and where to eat in Can Tho? Specialties in Can Tho (Cần Thơ)

 

Specialties in Can Tho

 

Mangrove Apple Hotpot

The appeal of hotpot lies not only in the rustic Mangrove Apple but also in the very characteristic flavor of the dish. The soup is sour not too much, but also not too less. The appeal of hotpot lies not only in the rustic Mangrove Apple but also in the very characteristic flavor of the dish. The soup is sour not too much, but also not too less. In order to make the delicious hotpot, the apple has to be cooked first, otherwise, the hotpot will be bitter. Depending on the season, the hotpot can be cooked with many type of fishes such as pangasius, basa, catfish, tilapia… More expensive ingredients will be shrimp, or crab. In the flooding season, it is essential to have some chopsticks flowers, banana, and many sour soup herbs.

 

++ Address: 89, 3/2 street,Hung Loi (Hưng Lợi) ward, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district, Can Tho (Cần Thơ) province.

 

Mangrove Apple Hotpot - Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection
Mangrove Apple Hotpot – Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Grilled Green Pepper Snails

The snails are steamed, and then grilled on charcoal. While grilling the snails, it is also the time to make the sauce. You will need: fish sauce, pepper, garlic. Until the water inside the snail is emptied, it is the time to serve.

 

++ Address: Traffic roundabout of Cai Khe ( Cái Khê), Le Loi (Lê Lợi) street, Cai Khe (Cái Khế) ward, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district, Can Tho (Cần Thơ) province.

 

Grilled Green Pepper Snails- Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection
Grilled Green Pepper Snails- Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Grilled Snakehead

The grilled snakehead (the best is to grill with straw) is the oldest dish in the Southern land. After the fish is ready, put the head of the fish to face the ground, surround the fishes with straw and set the fire. When the fire is done is when the fishes are ready. The fish is served with the herbs; dip into salt with chili or garlic chili fish sauce. This dish requires hands to eat with.

 

++ Address: Mau Than ( Mậu Thân) crossroads, Tran Hung Dao (Trần Hưng Đạo) ward, Can Tho (Cần Thơ) province.

 

Grilled Snakehead - Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection
Grilled Snakehead – Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Vietnamese Traditional Pancakes ( Bánh Xèo)

The name of the pancake is based on the sound it made: Banh Xeo ( bánh xèo) (bánh is cake, xeo is the sound).The sound is unforgettable, and the flavor is irresistible, the pancake and its sauce will mesmerize you from the first taste. The sauce is also unique. The pancake is served along with some vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, and other herbs. You must use your hands to eat it, not chopsticks

 

++ Address: 13/3, the road 917, Tra Noc (Trà Nóc) ward, Binh Thuy (Bình Thủy) district, Can Tho (Cần Thơ) province.

 

Vietnamese Traditional Pancakes- Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection
Vietnamese Traditional Pancakes- Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Some restaurants in Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) you can choose: 

 

– Phuong Nam ( Phương Nam) restaurant. Address: Hai Ba Trung ( Hai Bà Trưng) street, Ninh Kieu ( Ninh Kiều) whaft, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district.

– Bun Tho ( Bún Thố) restaurant. Address: 149 Tran Van Kheo (Trần Văn Khéo) street, Cai Khe (Cái Khế) ward, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district.

– Gony Restaurant.  8 – 10 – 12 Nguyen An Ninh (Nguyễn An Ninh) street, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district.

– Lang Tre Phi Ho (Làng Tre Phi Hổ) restaurant. Opposite to Can Tho water park, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district.

– Hong Ky (Hồng Ký) restaurant: 06 Ly Thuong Kiet (Lý Thường Kiệt) street, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district.

– Ky Nam (Kỳ Nam) restaurant: 234 Lo Vong Cung (Lộ Vòng Cung) street, Cai Rang (Cái Răng) district.

– Viet Hoa Pho (Việt Hoa Phố) restaurant. 189A Tran Van Kheo (Trần Văn Khéo) street, Cai Khe (Cái Khế) ward, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district.

– Am Thuc Van Phat (Ẩm Thực Vạn Phát). 141 Tran Van Kheo (Trần Văn Khéo) street, Cai Khe (Cái Khế) ward, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district.

– Gio Chieu (Gió Chiều) restaurant. C161 Nguyan Van Cu (Nguyễn Văn Cừ) street, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district.

– Song Que (Sông Quê) restaurant. 18/9/53B Tran Phu (Trần Phú) street, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district.

– Hoa Su (Hoa Sứ) restaurant. Traffic roundabout of Water Park, Le Loi (Lê Lợi) street, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district.

 

Where to stay in Can Tho ( Cần Thơ)? Hotel, Homestay in Can Tho (Cần Thơ)

 

Vinpearl Hotel Can Tho

++ Address: 209,  Xuan Khanh (Xuân Khánh) ward, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

 

Vinpearl Hotel Can Tho - Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection
Vinpearl Hotel Can Tho – Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Iris Hotel

++ Address:: 224, 30/4 street, Xuan Khanh (Xuân Khánh) ward, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

 

Iris Hotel Can Tho- Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection
Iris Hotel Can Tho- Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Holiday One Hotel

++ Address::  59-61-63-65 Pham Ngoc Thach (Phạm Ngọc Thạch) street, Cai Khe (Cái Khế) ward, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

 

Holiday One Hotel Iris Hotel Can Tho- Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection
Holiday One Hotel Iris Hotel Can Tho- Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Muong Thanh (Mường Thanh) Luxury Hotel

++ Address:  E1 area, Cai Khe (Cái Khế) ward,Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

 

Muong Thanh (Mường Thanh) Luxury Hotel -<em>- Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection
Muong Thanh (Mường Thanh) Luxury Hotel – Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Nguyen Shack Homestay

++ Address: Next to Ong Tim (Ông Tim) bridge, Thanh My (Thạnh Mỹ) area, Thuong Thanh (Thường Thạnh) ward, Cai Rang ( Cái Răng) District, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

 

Nguyen Shack Homestay - Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection
Nguyen Shack Homestay – Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Green Garden Homestay

++ Address: Vanh Dai Phi Thuong (Vành Đai Phi Thường), An Thoi (An Thới) ward, Binh Thuy (Bình Thủy) district, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

 

Green Garden Homestay - Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection
Green Garden Homestay – Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Villa My Long Homestay

++ Address: My Khanh (Mỹ Khánh) market, Nguyen Van Cu (Nguyễn Văn Cừ) ward, Phong Dien (Phong Điền) district, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

 

Villa My Long Homestay - Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection
Villa My Long Homestay – Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Green Village homestay

++ Address: Xeo Tre (Xẻo Tre) Bridge, Khanh Binh (Khánh Bình) area , Phu Thu (Phú Thứ) ward, Cai Rang (Cái Răng) district, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

 

Green Village homestay- Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection
Green Village homestay- Can Tho travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Some Homestay in Can Tho you can choose :

 

  • N&D Homestay

++ Address: Hung Phu (Hưng Phú) new urban area, Cai Rang (Cái Răng) floating market, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

  • Hien Homestay

++ Address: Ba Lang (Ba Láng) ward, Cai Rang (Cái Răng) floating market, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

  • 08 Homestay

++ Address: Ba Huyen Thanh Quan ( Bà Huyện Thanh Quan), Thoi Binh (Thới Binh) ward, Cai Rang (Cái Răng) district, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

  • Winter Spring Homestay

++ Address: Ung Van Khiem (Ung Văn Khiêm) street, Cai Khe (Cái Khế) ward, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

  • Hung Homestay

++ Address: Thanh Hue (Thạnh Huề) street, Thuong Thanh (Thường Thạnh) ward, Cai Rang (Cái Răng) district, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

  • Tay Ho Hotel

++ Address: 42 Hai Ba Trung (Hai Bà Trưng) street, Tan An (Tân An) ward, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

  • Ngoc Nho (Ngọc Nhớ) Motel

++ Address: No.1 AD Xuan Thuy (Xuân Thủy) street, Hong Phat  (Hồng Phát) area, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

  • Manh Phat (Mạnh Phát) Motel

++ Address: 120B Mau Than (Mậu Thân) street, An Hoa (An Hòa) ward, Ninh Kieu (Ninh Kiều) district, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

  • Hai Dang (Hải Đăng) Motel

++ Address: 52 Bui Quang Trinh (Bùi Quang Trinh) street, Phu An (Phú An) ward, Cai Rang (Cái Răng) district, Can Tho ( Cần Thơ) province.

 

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