The Official Guide to Can Tho Vietnam

Can Tho is the capital city as well as a commercial hub in Mekong Delta, Vietnam with population of 1.6 million (2016). This charming city is contiguous to 5 other provinces: An Giang, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang and Vinh Long which makes it more convenient for visitors to explore the typical life of locals in the South of Vietnam.

By Thomas Vietnam at vemekong.com | Updated: Oct 06, 2020 | Can Tho Travel Guide

Ultimate guide to Can Tho

Things to Do & See in Can Tho

1. Boat ride to visit Cai Rang & Phong Dien floating markets

Cai Rang floating market. The largest floating marketing in Can Tho, and one of the most popular in the world. It is crowded and noisy (with many tourist boats), but still fascinating. The market, about 6 km (3,7 miles) or 30 minutes by boat from Can Tho, starts trading at around 4 am, in the dark, and is usually finished by 10 am.

Can Tho drone at Cai Rang floating market

Phong Dien floating market. About 20 km (12,4 miles) southwest of Can Tho, the Phong Dien is one of the most lively and charming markets and, as an added bonus, less popular with tourists who usually visit the Cai Rang floating market that’s closer to Can Tho. There are just about 20 small nice sampans (traditional farmer’s boat uses in small villages and small canals) boats every day.

Best time to visit Phong Dien floating market during the sunrise

How to get to the markets. From Ho Chi Minh city: Take a sleeping Futa bus to go to Can Tho (about 5 hours one way) and rent a sampan by yourself or book a package Can Tho Tour From Ho Chi Minh 1 Day (HCM-Can Tho-HCM), start at 04:00 AM from Ho Chi Minh city; 119$ per person). From Can Tho: you can start the floating market tours with many departures at 4:30 AM, 5:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM

2. Tropical fruit garden

Along with the floating market, visiting fruit gardens is also a must-do in Can Tho. To get to the gardens, you also have to use boats to go deep into the water maze and enter numerous small natural canals. 

Crossing the Monkey Bridge in the Can Tho

3. Ba Bo Flower Village

What a wonderful moment to see the flowers as the local’s smile on Tet coming holidays. The worth visiting village in Can Tho is the Ba Bo Flower Village where nearly 250 households in the 20-hectare community cultivate dozens of species of flowers and ornamental plants. The only way to unlock the secret of the flower villages is to take Can Tho cycling tours or Can Tho motorbike tours.

Flower village in Can Tho

4. Can Tho night market

It is divided into two zones. The first one (Ninh Kieu night market) sells clothes handicrafts, souvenirs, jewelry, foods, coffee on the pavement…and the other night market zone (coconut market) serves food from dozens of mobile stalls, with vendors who are well versed in the point-and-nod style of ordering. Food stalls start appearing at around 6 pm to 11pm each day.

Can Tho night market

5. Romantic Sampan 247 (from 3 pm to 6 pm)

Take an exclusive tour “Romantic Sampan 247” of CanThoRiverTour.com  in the afternoon & navigate quiet canals as you sit back with your loved one. See Can Tho bridge from the water as you sail through a tranquil islet. Visit the unique local brick kiln. Small bottles of fruit cider in an ice cooler box will be provided during the trip! What a romantic Mekong river moment!

Can Tho sampan ride weaving into the wild canals and local village

6. Vemekong – Very Exclusive Mekong

Vemekong is managed and developed by Can Tho River Tour.,Ltd – a well-regarded travel and tour company (Int. Tour Operating License: 91-005/Issued by: Ministry of Tourism Vietnam), set up by a group of passionate Can Tho locals. Vemekong specializes in hand-crafted, intimate group and even private guided tours with unique activities in Mekong including Can Tho, Sadec, CaMau, Soc Trang, Chau Doc, Ben Tre…private transfer in Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City and licensed local expert tour guides to match all your travel preferences and wishlists. Custom tours are also available, by boat, sampan, bike, scooters, van, car. WhatsApp/Hotline/Viber/Wechat +84939888559; vemekong.com

Must see Phong Dien floaitng market then small water coconut canals

7. Organic Cacao farm

A visit to Lam The Cuong Cacao Farm is both a fun and educational experience. Visitors can see and learn how fruit from a cacao tree becomes familiar cacao products such as cacao powder, butter…and of course pure chocolate in a manual way by the local.

Organic cacao farm in Can Tho

8. Rice noodle factory

During your Can Tho visit, you may stop by the local family-run business to see the process of how the hủ tiếu noodles are made from mixing tapioca & rice flour, then steaming, drying, and cutting the noodles.

9 Cua Rice Noodle Factory near Cai Rang floating market

9. Ninh Kieu Wharf

It is located on the bank of the Hau River in Can Tho city, a calm and chill place to walk along in the late afternoon or the sunset time. Ninh Kieu Park is large and spacious, planted with many beautiful ornamental trees, the highlight of green grass growing and weaving among white cement panels and the statue of Uncle Ho with 7.2m high bronze.

Best sky bar at Ninh Kieu Wharf

10. Can Tho Walking Bridge

If you get to the park by night, it is a time to see Can Tho walking bridge with 2 gigantic lotus flowers made of thousands of neon lights that brighten up the whole area. This is a great spot for taking pictures from the rooftop bar or just simply enjoying the great river view of Can Tho at night.   

 

Can Tho walking bridge by night

How to Get to Can Tho

By Air.

In 2011, Can Tho International Airport opened. It is served with flights to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand), Ha Noi, Phu Quoc, Da Nang, Con Dao, Nha Trang, DaLat,…Currently, there aren’t any direct flights from Saigon to Can Tho, so you have to transit at Phu Quoc or Da Nang Airport for a few hours before continuing onto Can Tho.

Boat trip in the green water duckweed

By Coach.

From Ho Chi Minh city. You can catch a bus from the Western bus station, depart from 7 am to 10 pm, (address: 395 Kinh Duong Vuong, An Lac Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City) with the time to travel to Can Tho is 3,5 hours, to buy tickets or contact system of specialized vehicles running Saigon – Can Tho route such as: Phuong Trang (Futa bus lines), add: 272 De Tham, District 1. For your return trip, you can pre-book your tickets (Futa Can Tho, phone +842923769768) or have your accommodation help reserve the tickets for you.

Birdwatching tour in Can Tho is very popular

When to Visit Can Tho

In Can Tho, It is best visited between December and February when it is cool and dry at night, while monsoon rains saturate the place between July and November. If you don’t like excessive heat, avoid March to June. Therefore, it doesn’t really matter when you visit, as the Mekong Delta looks fantastic in full sun and full rain. Travel companies may list tours for the rainy period, but plan your trip dates carefully or your trip may be a washout.

Best time to see Paddy Rice Fields in Can Tho during March

Where to Eat in Can Tho

Nem Nuong Thanh Van.

Speaking of Can Tho’s cuisine, nem nuong Thanh Van is surely a name not to overlook. The ground pork is rolled into small balls, strung by bamboo sticks and then grilled on charcoal. The smoky scent from the grill entices passersby to pull up a stool. Add: 17, Hoa Binh Avenue; Tel: +84 292 3827 255; Prices: 50.000 VND – 110.000 VND; Opening hours: 6:30A.M–9:30P.M

Best food for local – Thanh Van grilled saugage

Sao Hom.

The restaurant overlooks the local market on one side and the river on the other side. While you sit on the waterfront with a slight breeze, your experience is only enhanced further by the English speaking, friendly and attentive staff. The restaurant offers Asian and Vietnamese cuisines. Make reservations before heading here. Add: Can Tho market, Hai Ba Trung street; Tel: +842923815616; Prices: 300.000 VND – 550.000 VND; Opening hours: 06:00 A.M – 11:00 P.M

Where to Stay in Can Tho

Resort: Azerai Can Tho. Azerai resort is the best-rated resorts & its’ locations in Can Tho, Vietnam! Azerai ‘affordable luxury’ resort, is a unique oasis of calm on culturally fascinating Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong. Its exclusive setting means is only accessed by boat. The Azerai Can Tho combines the familiarity of a global five-star brand with the eclectic touch of a boutique hotel. Add: Con Au Islet, Can Tho City, phone: +84292 3627888; website: Azerai Can Tho; price range: From 5,888,000 VND (~ 256 USD)

City center hotel: KP hotel is one of best favorite walking-distance hotels in Can Tho. It offers very affordable luxury combining modern elegance, refined garden design and great caring stay. Add: 09 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street, Can Tho City; phone: +842923731313 ; Price range: From 707,000 VND (~30 USD)

Pro tips

Updated Can Tho travel blog

Bring your hat, sunglasses, and sunblock

If you plan to spend a night in ecotourism areas, bring mosquito repellent cream

When visiting the floating market or doing any river tours, choose reputable providers and boats equipped with lifebuoys and jackets. Safety is a priority!

Can Tho is magnificent itself, but if you have enough time, don’t forget to put other Mekong Delta places onto your bucket lists such as Chau Doc, Sadec, and Soc Trang…

Bring the raincoat if you travel to Can Tho from August to October, as Can Tho and Mekong Delta always look fantastic in the full rain and full sun.

Hopefully, the above tips will help you to come up with a great plan for your adventure in Can Tho City. Have a safe trip!

“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam and Thank You!!

How to Spend 3 Days in Can Tho, Vietnam

I hope this experience will help you travel cheaper, better, and smarter. Unlike other travel blog, these shares are specifically written for real travel-ler! They contain detailed tips, advice, and information so you can get off the beaten path and away from the crowds as well as trekking, cycling, sampan-riding, birdwatching along with 2 floating markets!!

By Thomas Vietnam at vemekong.com | Updated: Oct 04, 2020 | Can Tho Travel Guide

Updated Can Tho travel blog

Time: In Can Tho, it is best visited between December and February when it is cool and dry at night. If you don’t like excessive heat, avoid March to June. And if you’re planning on visiting during the rainy (flooding) months, check out our Best Time to Visit Can Tho – Weather & Travel Advice By Months to make your holiday extra activities.

Transportation: In some ways, Can Tho is a very well connected city with the rest of Mekong delta like Phu Quoc, Con Dao, Sadec, Soc Trang, Chau Doc, Ben Tre, Ho Chi Minh City…by bus, car, boat, ferry, airplane.

Can Tho floating market & small canals

Accommodation: If you prefer staying away from the hustle of the city center, you should consider staying on Au islet and riverside which has a fantastic selection of boutique hotels & resorts. It is better for Can Tho River Tour & Wildlife as well.

Water: Tap water is supposed to be safe but I advise against drinking it. It’s just not worth the risk. My advice is to use bottled water and save yourself from unexpected stomach problems.

Internet: Really Wi-Fi can be found everywhere from hotels to coffee shops. If you are from the EU you should be able to use your own data plan too. Or contact the hotel for the sim card.

Hidden gems: Unlock Can Tho’s secrets, landmarks and spots that you’d be mad to miss, even if you’re a local.

Can Tho drone at Cai Rang floating market

Learn a little Vietnamese: Sure, you can get by with just speaking English, but trying to speak the local language opens you up to much more polite & meaningful interactions with people. Even if you are not perfect or you make a mistake, your effort is appreciated. At a bare minimum: Hello = xin chao (sin chow), yes = dạ vâng, no = không (khom), thank you = cám ơn (kahm uhn), I’m sorry = tôi xin lỗi (toy sin loy), no problem/you’re welcome = không có gì (khong koh zi), goodbye = tạm biệt (tarm byeet), I’m vegetarian = tôi ăn chay (toy an chayh), How much? = bao nhiêu? (baow nyew), spicy/hot (cay), Oh My God (ôi..choy…oi…).

What we liked: We really liked the floating markets and saw locals trimming the fresh pineapple for us, then had the cycling ride in the untouched villages and along canals by vemekong.com. OMG this exploration was so much wonderful and fun with 2 wheels and a fantastic local lunch. The chill out romantic sampan 247 for watching the sunset on Mekong river was a wow afternoon. Green green and evergreen canal in the forest too.

What we didn’t like: Not many river restaurants to eat, and not many local shops to “look, love & buy”, even not many Can Tho’s secrets to explore, just okie rooftop bar (but we got the romantic sampan 247 for the sunset) and hard to find more things to do in Can Tho beside the Can Tho wildlife. The transportation from Can Tho to Saigon, Rach Gia, Chau Doc is easy, but it so hard to use the local bus for other places like: Soc Trang, Ben Tre, Sadec, Vinh Long.

Day 1 – Morning

On your first day you get to jump right into best things to do in Can Tho on the river and around the city center. This way, you’ll be able to get your bearings and get a feel for the city before exploring further.

Make sure you set the alarm early today so you can have a wonderful sunrise, then continue your adventures in Can Tho small canals.

If you don’t have breakfast already organized at your hotel we recommend holding off until you get to your first stop of the morning.

Boat ride to visit Cai Rang & Phong Dien floating markets

Must see Phong Dien floaitng market then small water coconut canals

Cai Rang floating market. The largest floating marketing in Can Tho, and one of the most popular in the world. It is crowded and noisy (with many tourist boats), but still fascinating. The market, about 6 kilometers (3,7 miles) or 30 minutes by boat from Can Tho, starts trading at around 4 am, in the dark, and is usually finished by 10 am.

Phong Dien floating market. About 20 km (12,4 miles) southwest of Can Tho, the Phong Dien is one of the most lively and charming markets and, as an added bonus, less popular with tourists who usually visit the Cai Rang floating market that’s closer to Can Tho. There are just about 20 small nice sampans (traditional farmer’s boat uses in small villages and small canals) boats every day.

Best time to visit Phong Dien floating market during the sunrise

How to get to the markets. From Ho Chi Minh city: Take a sleeping Futa bus to go to Can Tho (about 5 hours one way) and rent a sampan by yourself or book a package Can Tho Tour From Ho Chi Minh 1 Day (HCM-Can Tho-HCM), start at 04:00 AM from Ho Chi Minh city; 119$ per person). From Can Tho: You can start the floating market tours with many departures at 4:30 AM, 5:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM

Day 1 – Afternoon

After having some lunch from one of the Can Tho Restaurants around the area (or you should have a light lunch at the Ninh Kieu Wharf), it’s time to continue the sightseeing.

You are sure to love the afternoon, as you’re going to do one of the most romantic and untouched places in the entire city.

Romantic Sampan 247 (Daily 3 pm – 6 pm)

Best things to do in the afternoon in Can Tho
Can Tho sampan ride weaving into the wild canals and local village

Take an exclusive tour “Romantic Sampan” of vemekong.com in the afternoon & navigate quiet canals as you sit back with your loved one. See Can Tho bridge from the water as you sail through a tranquil islet. Visit the unique local brick kiln. Small bottles of fruit cider in an ice cooler box will be provided during the trip! What a romantic Mekong river moment! Top tip: Best option for afternoon boat tour if you do not want cycling or scooters.

Day 1 – Evening

You’re probably tired after a massive day of sightseeing, but it’s not time to head to bed just yet, because there’s still plenty of amazing things to do on this Can Tho 3-day itinerary.

Can Tho Night Market

Can Tho night market

It is divided into two zones. The first one (Ninh Kieu night market) sells clothes handicrafts, souvenirs, jewelry, foods, coffee on the pavement…and the other night market zone (coconut market) serves food from dozens of mobile stalls, with vendors who are well versed in the point-and-nod style of ordering. Food stalls start appearing at around 6 pm to 11 pm each day. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily 6 pm to 11 pm. Make sure you used to with the street foods.

Can Tho Walking Bridge

Can Tho walking bridge by night

If you get to the park by night, it is a time to see Can Tho walking bridge with 2 gigantic lotus flowers made of thousands of neon lights that brighten up the whole area. This is a great spot for taking pictures from the rooftop bar or just simply enjoying the great river view of Can Tho at night. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily. Beautiful to see the views from sky bars.

Can Tho Old Market

Can Tho old market – and Can Tho riverside restaurant

From 1912 to 1915, Can Tho market (known as Can Tho old market by the local) was renovated at the same time with Ben Thanh market (Saigon), built by the French contractor Broossard et Mopin. Due to its central location, it is convenient for visitors to pay a visit and shop. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily 7 am to 9 pm. Shop and support the local. Bargain for fun.

Day 2 – Morning

Walk around the city center and get deeper look at some historic sides. Or Chill out at hotel swimming pool.

Can Tho Museum

It’s located on the corner of Hoa Binh and Tran Quoc Toan streets and was established in 1976 with a total surface area of 2,700 square meters. Exhibitions (with ample English translations). The museum exhibits Can Tho historical relics about cultures and inhabitants in Can Tho through historical periods, native plant and fish specimens, rice production achievements of three main ethnic minorities: Kinh, Hoa and Khmer. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: (Tue, Wed, Thu: 8 am – 11 am, 2 pm to 5 pm and Sat, Sun: 8 am – 11 am, 6:30 pm to 9 pm).

Ong Pagoda

Ong pagoda

Many of the decorative features of the temple, completed in 1896, were imported from China. Local devotees come to this small pagoda to pray before Than Tai, God of Fortune, and Quan Am, Goddess of Mercy. Inside the temple has hundreds of coiled incense hanging from the ceiling which make the temple more magical. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily from 7 am to 9 pm. It is smoky from the incense.

Binh Thuy Ancient House

Binh Thuy old house in Can Tho

About 6 kilometers from downtown Can Tho, the house is filled with features that represent rural areas in the Mekong Delta region. The Binh Thuy French-style house, the privately owned house, was built in 1870 by the Duong family and still managed by the eighth generation. The house was famously used in the 1992 movie “L’Amant” (“The Lover”) based on the novel of the same name by French author Marguerite Duras, directed by Jean Jacques Annaud, telling the story of a young Marguerite Duras and her lover Huynh Thuy Le, set during Indochina times. Top tip: 15,000 VND/ticket, hours: Daily 7 am to 12 pm & 2 pm to 6 pm. There is usually a member of the Duong family at home to provide limited commentary on the house if you are lucky.

Day 2 – Afternoon

It is fair enough to know both history and nature.

You are crazy to experience the unique flooded forest as a wetland conservation. Cacao farm is on the way as well.

Can Tho Nature & Wildlife

Can Tho floating market & wildlife

The more you know about the wildlife the more you respect the nature and our tropical rainforest in Mekong Delta. About 40 kilometers from Can Tho city, the wetland conservation is one of Can Tho hidden gems for anyone who loves to see a real Mekong Delta beside Can Tho floating market.

Boat trip in the green water duckweed

Only best way to explore this place is to take the boat and some customized activities there by vemekong.com. Wonderful natural green canals and feeling like nowhere in Vietnam. If you are a true nature lover, you would love to be in the nature any time like us!

Birdwatching tour in Can Tho is very popular

Best time to visit Can Tho is in the dry season from Dec to Apr, but best time to visit this wetland is in the flooding and raining season when the fish, foods, birds come back & wake up the nature and wildlife. Top tip: Bring raincoat & insect repellents if you plan to see the nature in the wet season.

Organic Cacao farm

Organic cacao farm in Can Tho

A visit to Muoi Cuong Cacao Farm is both fun and educational experience. Visitors can see and learn how fruit from a cacao tree becomes familiar cacao products such as cacao powder, butter…and of course pure chocolate in a manual way by the local. Top tip: 40,000 VND/ticket, hours: Daily 7 am to 12 pm. Try yummy cacao wine if you are lucky.

Day 2 – Evening

The best way to understand the culture is via the local food. There you go! Can Tho Waking Street Food Tour. You never know how wonderful hidden gems are in this “Taste of Can Tho”

This walking foodie tour is designed for you to experience the inner city after dark. Enjoy authentic local foods where the native eat & have fun.

Day 3 – Morning

It’s the last of our 3 days in Can Tho, and it’s time to get out of the city center and check the home of paddy rice fields, flower village, tropical fruit garden, giant ficus tree as a heritage tree.

One of our favorite activities was a cycling ride around the village which was very cool, educational and fun trip.

Ba Bo Flower Village

Flower village in Can Tho

What a wonderful moment to see the flowers as the local’s smile on Tet coming holidays. The worth visiting village in Can Tho is the Ba Bo flower village where nearly 250 households in the 20-hectare community cultivate dozens of species of flowers and ornamental plants. The only way to unlock the secret of the flower villages is to take Can Tho cycling tours or Can Tho motorbike tours. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Oct, Nov and Dec of Lunar months.

Tropical Fruit Garden

Crossing the Monkey Bridge in the Can Tho

Along with floating market, visiting fruit gardens is also a must-do in Can Tho. To get to the gardens, you also have to use boats to go deep into the water maze and enter numerous small natural canals. In the gardens, you can stroll around gardens and learn how the fruits grow on the trees like mango, dragon fruit, jack fruit, rambutan, pomelo, rose apple, durian…Top tip: Entrance fee is flexible, hours: Daily 7 am to 5 pm. You can explore many fruit gardens and off the beaten track with Can Tho cycling tours.

Day 3 – Afternoon

It’s been a whirlwind 3 days in Can Tho so far, and we’re almost to the finish line.

For the afternoon on your final day in Can Tho as a rice bowl of Vietnam. We did the most adventure and fun scooter tour, you are on the back with your own local driver.

Can Tho Paddy Rice Fields

Best time to see Paddy Rice Fields in Can Tho during March

As Mekong Delta build up over the years, they get formed in the shape of a triangle and the deposits in this formation are of rich alluvium, which are ideally suited for growing wet rice, as is done now extensively in the Mekong Delta where farmers and fishermen live to pursue their vocation of farming and aqua farming. Walking around the green or saffron yellow rice fields and learning deeply about the “white gold” in Vietnam are fantastic and educational experiences in Can Tho. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily. Best time to see Can Tho and its rice fields is March, April, May. Off the beaten track with Can Tho scooter tours is a must.

adventure and fun scooter tour, you are on the back with your own local driver.

Can Tho Giant Ficus Tree – Secret VC base

Can Tho Giant Ficus Tree – Secret VC base

Gian Gua Can Tho is a local name, a 150 year-old heritage tree of Vietnam. The Ficus microcarpa tree now covers an area of 2,700 square meters, much smaller than it used to be, due to the aftermath of war and environmental impacts. It overwhelms visitors with its large roots and thousands branches and sub-branches intertwining to form an intricate and thick canopy, making it very difficult to identify which is root and which  is  branch. Some of the branches are left with traces of bombs as well. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily. An instagramable place.

Rice Noodle Factory

9 Cua Rice Noodle Factory near Cai Rang floating market

During Can Tho visit, you may stop by the local family – run business to see the process of how the hủ tiếu noodles are made from mixing tapioca & rice flour, then steaming, drying, and cutting the noodles. And you can taste the local Vietnamese “noodle pizza”. Top tip: Entrance fee is flexible, hours: Daily 6 am to 5 pm. Find the real local noodle factory to meet your responsible travel.

Day 3 – Evening

It’s time once again to choose your own steps! For your final night of 3 days in Can Tho, you’ll want to be sure to get some nice sunset views. Here are a few options:

Can Tho Sky Bar

Best sky bar in Can Tho

Can Tho weather is much healthier at night because of the city of river. Ninh Kieu Wharf is the best place to chill after a long journey, you can easily choose one of many rooftop bars here. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: 3 pm – 11 pm. Bring your camera!

Ninh Kieu Wharf

What a night at Ninh Kieu park!

Located on the bank of the Hau River in Can Tho city, is a calm and chill place to walk along in the late afternoon or the sunset time. Ninh Kieu Park is large and spacious, planted with many beautiful ornamental trees, the highlight of green grass growing and weaving among white cement panels and the statue of Uncle Ho with 7.2m high bronze. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily. Many good restaurants here.

Best local coffee shop as a hidden gem

If you are looking for something that characterizes French classical style in the heart of Can Tho, Duong Gia Chi Bao is a perfect selection for you. The interior space is a delicate blend of French colonial architecture and Indochinese architecture styles and has the light yellow walls, white ceilings, beautiful old-fashioned floors, curtains and lamps. This café also offers a wide range of antiques and furniture will touch you as if you are coming back to the memory house of ancient Can Tho. Top tip: Entrance fee is free if you pay for a drink, hours: Daily. Bring your camera and novel.

Pro tips

Bring your hat, sunglasses, and sunblock.

If you plan to spend a night in ecotourism areas, bring mosquito repellent cream.

When visiting the floating market or doing any river tours, choose reputable providers and boats equipped with lifebuoys and jackets. Safety is a priority!

Can Tho is magnificent itself, but if you have enough time, don’t forget to put other Mekong Delta places onto your bucket lists such as Chau Doc, Sadec, and Soc Trang…

Bring the raincoat if you travel to Can Tho from August to October, as Can Tho and Mekong Delta always look fantastic in the full rain and full sun.

Hopefully, the above tips will help you to come up with a great plan for your adventure in Can Tho City. Have a safe trip!

“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam and Thank you!!

Best Time to Visit Can Tho – Weather Advice by Month

In Can Tho, It is best visited between December and February when it is cool and dry at night, while monsoon rains saturate the place between July and November. If you don’t like excessive heat, avoid March to June. Therefore, it doesn’t really matter when you visit, as the Mekong Delta looks fantastic in full sun and full rain. Travel companies may list tours for the rainy period, but plan your trip dates carefully or your trip may be a washout.

By Thomas Vietnam at vemekong.com | Updated: Oct 03, 2020 | Can Tho Travel Guide

Local are loading flowers to floating market during Lunar New New!

Being in southern Vietnam, Can Tho has a tropical climate and three seasons – dry, rainy and flooding. Rainy season in Can Tho lasts from May to November; dry season from December to April. There are no typhoons in Can Tho, but annual flooding. It starts from mid-August to October. The total number of sunny hours is 2,561 hours per year (source: Vietnam Institute for Building Science and Technology). Average humidity per month is 86.6%. The least humid month is March (78.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (87.9%). Wind in Can Tho is usually calm. The annual average rainfall is 1,946 mm with 189 rainy days per year.

Can Tho weather December, January, February

Harvest time in Can Tho in December, January, February

Weather is perfect this time of year in Can Tho to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 31°C (87.8°F) and 24°C (75.2°F). On average, it rains an insignificant amount. These times of year are the busiest with tourists. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance.

Recommended things to do: Can Tho floating market & wildlife, flower village, best exploring & cycling around countryside, fruit gardens, romantic sunset 247, wildlife and nature, cruising on the green water duckweed with the natural waterways. Two weeks before Lunar New Year is super to see the villages and local life.

Can Tho weather March, April, May

Best time to see Can Tho Sunrise and sunset
Best time to visit Can tho during New Year

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel hot. Highs range from24°C (75.2°F) to 33°C (91.4°F) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. These ones are the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Recommended things to do: Can Tho floating markets and small canals, rice fields by scooters, trekking in nature, biking & off the beaten paths, Can Tho city tour & sunset cruise.

Can Tho weather June, July, August

Best time for tropical fruits in Can Tho in June, July, and August

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. Highs range from23°C (73.4°F) to 32°C (89.6°F). and These months see moderate precipitation with 3 to 5 days of precipitation per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Recommended things to do: Can Tho street food tour by scooter, Can Tho walking street food tour, best of Can Tho, Can Tho cooking class.

Can Tho weather September, October, November

Best time to see the green nature and forest in September, October, November from Can Tho

Fall daily highs range from 23°C (73.4°F) to 31°C (87.8°F), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains a normal amount: 2 to 6 days per month. September – November is fairly slow season for tourism in Can Tho, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Recommended things to do: Can Tho River Tour, Can Tho wildlife tours, Can Tho unique tours, Can Tho cycling tours, Can Tho motorbike tours.

“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam and Thank you!!

20 Best Things to Do & See in Can Tho, Vietnam

Whether you’re an adult, a kid, or just a kid at heart, Can Tho is the perfect place to find adventures and new experiences that the entire family will remember for a lifetime. With the wide variety of activities vemekong.com offers to families, even the toughest critic in your crew is sure to crack a smile. Remember to take lots of pictures as well!

By Thomas Vietnam at vemekong.com | Oct 03, 2020 | Can Tho Travel Guide

1. Can Tho Floating Market & Wildlife

Can Tho Floating Market & Wildlife

Cai Rang floating market is the largest floating marketing in Can Tho, and one of the most popular ones in the world. It is crowded and noisy (with many tourist boats), but still fascinating. The market, about 6 km (3,7 miles) or 30 minutes by boat from Can Tho, starts trading at around 4 am, in the dark, and is usually finished by 10 am. It really is worth making a super-early start to watch dawn break over the market during the sunsise. More exclusive unique exploration is to see the untouched 2,800-hectare forest & wetland conservation, an ideal destination for nature lovers where have many rainforest birds (seasonal). Explore and weave in the wetland by boat gives the best Mekong experience about wildlife and nature. Top tip: Bring raincoat & insect repellents if you plan to see the nature in the wet season.

2. Binh Thuy Ancient House

Binh Thuy Ancient House

About 6 kilometers from downtown Can Tho, the house is filled with features that represent rural areas in the Mekong Delta region. The Binh Thuy French-style house, the privately owned house, was built in 1870 by the Duong family and still managed by the eighth generation. The house was famously used in the 1992 movie “L’Amant” (“The Lover”) based on the novel of the same name by French author Marguerite Duras, directed by Jean Jacques Annaud, telling the story of a young Marguerite Duras and her lover Huynh Thuy Le, set during Indochina times. Top tip: 15,000 VND/ticket, hours: Daily 7 am to 12 pm & 2 pm to 6 pm. There is usually a member of the Duong family at home to provide limited commentary on the house if you are lucky.

3. Organic Cacao farm

Organic Cacao farm

A visit to Muoi Cuong Cacao Farm is both fun and educational experience. Visitors can see and learn how fruit from a cacao tree becomes familiar cacao products such as cacao powder, butter…and of course pure chocolate in a manual way by the local. Top tip: 40,000 VND/ticket, hours: Daily 7 am to 12 pm. Try yummy cacao wine if you are lucky.

4. Ba Bo Flower Village

Ba Bo Flower Village

What a wonderful moment to see the flowers as the local’s smile on Tet coming holidays. The worth visiting village in Can Tho is the Ba Bo Flower Village where nearly 250 households in the 20-hectare community cultivate dozens of species of flowers and ornamental plants. The only way to unlock the secret of the flower villages is to take Can Tho cycling tours or Can Tho motorbike tours. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Oct, Nov and Dec of Lunar months.

5. Romantic Sampan 247 (Daily 3 pm – 6 pm)

Can Tho Romantic Sampan 247

Take an exclusive tour “Romantic Sampan 247” of CanThoRiverTour.com in the afternoon & navigate quiet canals as you sit back with your loved one. See Can Tho bridge from the water as you sail through a tranquil islet. Visit the unique local brick kiln. Small bottles of fruit cider in an ice cooler box will be provided during the trip! What a romantic Mekong river moment! Top tip: Best option for afternoon boat tour if you do not want cycling or scooters.

6. Can Tho Museum

It’s located on the corner of Hoa Binh and Tran Quoc Toan streets and was established in 1976 with a total surface area of 2,700 square meters. Exhibitions (with ample English translations). The museum exhibits Can Tho historical relics about cultures and inhabitants in Can Tho through historical periods, native plant and fish specimens, rice production achievements of three main ethnic minorities: Kinh, Hoa and Khmer. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: (Tue, Wed, Thu: 8 am – 11 am, 2 pm to 5 pm and Sat, Sun: 8 am – 11 am, 6:30 pm to 9 pm).

7. Ong pagoda

Ong pagoda

Many of the decorative features of the teple, completed in 1896, were imported from China. Local devotees come to this small pagoda to pray before Than Tai, God of Fortune, and Quan Am, Goddess of Mercy. Inside the temple has hundreds of coiled incense hanging from the ceiling which make the temple more magical. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily from 7 am to 9 pm. It is smoky from the incense.

8. Bang Lang Stork Garden

Bang Lang Stork Garden

Established in 1983 and located 52 kilometers from the center of Can Tho City. Bang Lang bird sanctuary covers only about 2 hectares and is home to thousands of storks as well as many other kinds of birds like cattle egret, ibis, striated heron and painted stork. Top tip: 20,000 VND/ticket, hours: Daily 7 am to 5 pm. A small garden (man-made) of birds, not about the nature or wetland conservation.

9. Munirangsyaram Pagoda

An Angkor-like tower rises over Khmer Theravada Buddhist temple was built in the 1940s to serve and provide spiritual well-being to Can Tho’s Khmer community. Inside, Doric columns blend beautifully with Asian features, such as seated Buddhas and ceramic lotuses. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily 7 am to 5 pm. Wear appropriate clothing & take off your shoes.

10. Phong Dien Floating Market

Phong Dien floating market in Can Tho Mekong Vietnam

About 20 km (12,4 miles) southwest of Can Tho, the Phong Dien is one of the most lively and charming markets and, as an added bonus, less popular with tourists who usually visit the Cai Rang floating market that’s closer to Can Tho. There are just about 20 small nice sampans (traditional farmer’s boat uses in small villages and small canals) boats every day. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily 5 am to 8 am. You need to start the early tour at 4:30 am from Can tho city center.

11. Rice Noodle Factory

Can Tho Rice Noodle Factory

During Can Tho visit, you may stop by the local family-run business to see the process of how the hủ tiếu noodles are made from mixing tapioca & rice flour, then steaming, drying, and cutting the noodles. And you can taste the local Vietnamese “noodle pizza”. Top tip: Entrance fee is flexible, hours: Daily 6 am to 5 pm. Find the real local noodle factory to meet your responsible travel.

12. Tropical Fruit Garden

Can Tho Tropical Fruit Garden

Along with floating market, visiting fruit gardens is also a must-do in Can Tho. To get to the gardens, you also have to use boats to go deep into the water maze and enter numerous small natural canals. In the gardens, you can stroll around gardens and learn how the fruits grow on the trees like mango, dragon fruit, jack fruit, rambutan, pomelo, rose apple, durian…Top tip: Entrance fee is flexible, hours: Daily 7 am to 5 pm. You can explore many fruit gardens and off the beaten track with Can Tho cycling tours.

13. Can Tho Old Market

From 1912 to 1915, Can Tho market (known as Can Tho old market by the local) was renovated at the same time with Ben Thanh market (Saigon), built by the French contractor Broossard et Mopin. Due to its central location, it is convenient for visitors to pay a visit and shop. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily 7 am to 9 pm. Shop and support the local. Bargain for fun.

14. Can Tho Night Market

Can Tho Night Market & Can Tho Old Market (red roof lights)

It is divided into two zones. The first one (Ninh Kieu night market) sells clothes handicrafts, souvenirs, jewelry, foods, coffee on the pavement…and the other night market zone (coconut market) serves food from dozens of mobile stalls, with vendors who are well versed in the point-and-nod style of ordering. Food stalls start appearing at around 6 pm to 11 pm each day. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily 6 pm to 11 pm. Make sure you used to with the street foods.

15. Can Tho Prison

Can Tho grand prison is an important historical site to visit in the city. It was initially built by the French colonists from 1878 to 1886 but then was used by the South Vietnamese and Americans during the Vietnam War. The prison has 21 large and small rooms divided into two ranges: female prisoners and male prisoners, and some special rooms. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: From Mon to Fri from 8 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 5 pm.

16. Phat Hoc Pagoda

It is the most famous Buddhist pagoda in Can Tho city center. On the busy corner of Hoa Binh boulevard and Nguyen Thai Hoc street is a beautiful Buddhist pagoda. Explore the five stories of the pagoda to see Buddhist statues and feel the spirit. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily. Wear appropriate clothing & take off your shoes when visiting the higher levels.

17. Ninh Kieu Pier

Ninh Kieu Wharf in Can Tho

Located on the bank of the Hau River in Can Tho city, is a calm and chill place to walk along in the late afternoon or the sunset time. Ninh Kieu Park is large and spacious, planted with many beautiful ornamental trees, the highlight of green grass growing and weaving among white cement panels and the statue of Uncle Ho with 7.2m high bronze. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily. Many good restaurants here.

18. Can Tho Walking Bridge

Can-Tho walking bridge

If you get to the park by night, it is a time to see Can Tho walking bridge with 2 gigantic lotus flowers made of thousands of neon lights that brighten up the whole area. This is a great spot for taking pictures from the rooftop bar or just simply enjoying the great river view of Can Tho at night. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily. Beautiful to see the views from sky bars.

19. My Khanh Tourist Village

It is best for Vietnamese. My Khanh village, which was established in 1996, features a man-made garden-style eco-tourist. My Khanh tourist village is located at 335 Lo Vong Cung Street, Phong Dien District, about five kilometers from Can Tho City by road or river, with an area of more than 50,000m2 to meet the needs of entertainment and relaxation. Top tip: 60,000 VND/ticket, hours: Daily 5 am – 10 pm. If you’re an animal lover, you may not want to come here. Although the pig and dog races are adorable to watch.

20. Binh Thuy Temple

Binh Thuy Temple

About 5km from Can Tho City. It was restored many times. The last time was 1909 and has remained until now. Its architecture is different from other temples in the North. The rare and perfect house preserved with the specific character of Mekong Delta in the past century. The house connects with a garden, quite wide but not very long. The festival at Binh Thuy Temple is one of the most famous traditional festivals in Can Tho City. If you come here in April and December, do not forget to join this festival. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily 7:30 am – 10:30 am & 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm.

Pro tips:

Bring your hat, sunglasses, and sunblock.

If you plan to spend a night in ecotourism areas, bring mosquito repellent cream.

When visiting the floating market or doing any river tours, choose reputable providers and boats equipped with lifebuoys and jackets. Safety is a priority!

Can Tho is magnificent itself, but if you have enough time, don’t forget to put other Mekong Delta places onto your bucket lists such as Chau Doc, Sadec, and Soc Trang…

Bring the raincoat if you travel to Can Tho from August to October, as Can Tho and Mekong Delta always look fantastic in the full rain and full sun.

Hopefully, the above tips will help you to come up with a great plan for your adventure in Can Tho City. Have a safe trip!

“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam and Thank you!

12 Travel Bloggers Reveal Hidden Gems in Can Tho

Can Tho-Vietnam, being one of the most popular destinations in Mekong Delta, has many of interesting attractions as well. But if you’re a seasoned traveller, so you’ve probably seen most of the places in this city like: Floating markets, boat tours and islands tours…And where are the hidden gems? Is Can Tho still worth visiting if you’ve been here before?

By Thomas Vietnam at vemekong.com | Oct 01, 2020 | Can Tho Travel Guide

1. Can Tho Paddy Rice Fields

Can Tho paddy rice fields

As the Mekong Delta builds up over the years, they get formed in the shape of a triangle and so the deposits in this formation are of rich alluvium. As a result, It is ideally suited for growing wet rice, as done now extensively in the Mekong Delta where farmers and fishermen live to pursue their vocation of farming and aquafarming. Even walking around the green or saffron yellow rice fields and learning deeply about the “white gold” in Vietnam are fantastic and also educational experiences in Can Tho. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily. Best time to see Can Tho and its rice fields is March, April, May. Off the beaten track with Can Tho biking tours is a must as well..

2. Can Tho Giant Ficus Tree – Secret VC base

Can Tho giant ficus tree – Can Tho secret VC base

Gian Gua Can Tho is a local name, a 150-year-old heritage tree of Vietnam. The Ficus microcarpa tree now covers an area of 2,700 square meters, much smaller than it used to be, due to the aftermath of war and environmental impacts. Recently, it overwhelms visitors with its large roots and thousands of branches and sub-branches intertwining to form an intricate and thick canopy, making it very difficult to identify which is root and which is branch. Thus, some of the branches are left with traces of bombs as well. How to get there? Firstly, you can use a bike or scooter and cross the ferry, but recently there is a big new road, so cars and taxis can take you traight in front of the entrancce too! Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily. An instagramable place too.

3. Can Tho Brick Kiln – Giant beehive Kilns

Can Tho brick kiln – Can Tho giant beehive kilns

A cruise along Can Tho’s tributary is full of unexpected hidden gems, but witnessing the images of red burning brick kilns along the canal’s shores and of the daily life of the brick workers may be among the most truly surprising. Many traditional kilns of this type exist in various parts of Mekong Delta, and Can Tho also has some of them because the three key ingredients of brick production – water, clay, and rice husks – are abundant here. Top tip: Entrance fee is flexible, hours: Daily. A real local life which reminds you about Can Tho ancient time as well.

4. Can Tho Antique & Coffee Shop

Can Tho antique & coffee shop

If you are looking for something that characterizes French classical style in the heart of Can Tho, Duong Gia Chi Bao is also a perfect selection for you. The interior space is a delicate blend of French colonial architecture and Indochinese architecture styles and has the light yellow walls, white ceilings, beautiful old-fashioned floors, curtains and lamps as well. This café also offers a wide range of antiques and furniture will touch you as if you are coming back to the memory house of ancient Can Tho. Top tip: Entrance fee is free if you pay for a drink, hours: Daily. Bring your camera and novel.

5. Can Tho Beach – Bien Can Tho

Can Tho beach – Bien Can Tho

The man-made beach opened in Can Tho on Mekong river’s bank – the local beach. Please, don’t get us wrong, Can Tho beach will not challenge places like Phu Quoc, but it is still a nice place to visit. Moreover, the locals clearly enjoy spending time there during the afternoon, sitting in one of the cafes at the beach, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere, great views of  Can Tho bridge and local boats along the Hau river or using some of the water activities like jet ski or the boat ride, while kids were playing in the fresh water. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily. Fresh water beach and a bit muddy, but it is fun and safe to make “a swim of your life in the magic Mekong river”. Do not forget to wear the life jacket.

6. Can Tho Floating Markets & Small Canals

Can Tho floating markets & small canals

Many tourists have a limited time and they do not know how to explore Can Tho and its nature before they come. Actually, Can Tho canals is one of the main reasons why Can Tho is more attractive because of its hidden gem, even less touristy and super insight into local unique culture.  We assure that this Can Tho secrets will make your trip more worthy. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily. Best way to see it by Can Tho sampan, Can Tho cycling tour or scooter tour.

7. Can Tho Sky Bar

Can Tho sky bar

Can Tho weather is much healthier at night because of the city of river. So Ninh Kieu Wharf is the best place to chill after a long journey, and you can easily choose one of many rooftop bars here. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: 3 pm – 11 pm. Bring your camera also!

8. Vemekong – Very Exclusive Mekong

Vemekong – very exclusive Mekong, Vietnam

Vemekong is managed and developed by Can Tho River Tour.,Ltd – a well-regarded travel and tour company (Int. Tour Operating License: 91-005/Issued by: Ministry of Tourism Vietnam), set up by a group of passionate Can Tho locals. Vemekong specializes in hand-crafted, intimate group and even private guided tours with unique activities in Mekong including Can Tho, Sadec, CaMau, Soc Trang, Chau Doc, Ben Tre…private transfer in Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City and licensed local expert tour guides to match all your travel preferences and wishlists. Custom tours are also available, by boat, sampan, bike, scooters, van, car. WhatsApp/Hotline/Viber/Wechat +84939888559; vemekong.com

9. Can Tho Tarot Museum

Can Tho Tarot Museum

The Museum of Tarot is located in Can Tho City, in the south of Vietnam.  It is combined from six main collections related to Art of Cartomancy: First, Fortune Telling Cards (Tarot and Oracles decks); Second, Books and Historical Documents about Fortune Telling Cards; Third, Art of Cardmaking and Decoration of Fortune Telling Cards (Tarot and Oracle); Next, Art of Magic and Divination tools; Fifth, Magic Stones and Lithotherapy Crystals; Last, Art of Demonology and Haunted Objects. The objects of the museum have a large variety in time from the 15th century to 21th century. Top tip: Entrance fee is flexible, hours: Daily 10 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 5 pm. A person from the museum will guide you.

10. Truc Lam Phuong Nam Zen Monastery

Truc Lam Phuong Nam Zen Monastery in Can Tho

As one of the largest Buddhist temples in the Mekong Delta, more than 38,000 square meters, so that is the largest monastery in Can Tho. Southern Truc Lam Zen Monastery is quiet, spiritual and huge with several lakes adjacent to pagodas, and many Buddhist statues behind the main door. It’s not in the Can Tho city center, so you may reach there by motorbike or taxi. Top tip: Free entrance, hours: Daily. Wear appropriate clothing & take off your shoes.

11. Con Son Ecotourism Village

Join hands with local to make tradition sweeties & cakes at Con Son Ecotourism Village

Con Son islet lies on the Hau tributary part of Mekong river as well, so to get there you need to take a boat. This place is community-based tourism where locals share their cultural life. This allows the locals to support themselves and truly improve livelihoods. Most of the families take part in tourism and each family has different interests or activities to offer the visitors. Top tip: 15,000 VND/ticket, hours: Daily 7 am – 5 pm. The islet is acceptable for all time walking, not cycling or crusing.

12. Can Tho Floating Fish Farm

Can Tho Floating Fish Farm

Located to the North East of Can Tho city center. Can Tho floating fish farm is a freshwater fish farming village formed in the last decades. So visitors can come and enjoy seeing & feeding fish by themselves and you even can take leisure time to interact with the fisherman to learn about different interesting colorful freshwater fish and unlock the secrets of the river habitats on the Mekong river. Top tip: 10,000 VND/ticket, hours: Daily 7 am – 5 pm. The floating fish farms are mainly private houses. Visitors must seek permission to board.

Pro Tips:

Firstly, bring your hat. Secondly, sunglasses and sunblock

If you plan to spend a night in ecotourism areas during the wet season, bring mosquito repellent cream to use it later.

When visiting the floating market or doing any river tours during your Can Tho stay, choose reputable providers and boats equipped with lifebuoys and jackets also. Safety is a priority!

Can Tho is magnificent itself, but if you have enough time, don’t forget to put other Mekong Delta places onto your bucket lists: Can Tho first, Chau Doc second, Sadec third, and Soc Trang next, even Phu Quoc and Con Dao…during your holiday,

Bring the raincoat if you travel to Can Tho from August to October, as Can Tho and Mekong Delta always look fantastic in the full rain and full sun.

Hopefully, the above tips will help you to come up with a great plan for your adventure during your Can Tho exploring Can Tho. Have a safe trip!

“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam & thank you!

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Can Tho Gondola Ride with Sampan
November 27, 2020
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Can Tho Gondola Ride with Sampan

Taking a rowing sampan in Can Tho is so much pleasure and authentic experience for Mekong Delta trip. This ride is considered as “getting in maze of Mekong canals and hidden villages in Can Tho”. It is even on the same way to unlock both Cai Rang and Phong Dien floaitng market.

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