Cần Thơ is the fourth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong delta. It is famous for its floating market, rice paper-making village, and picturesque rural canal. It had a population of 1.2 million as of 2011, and is located on the south bank of the Hau River, a branch of the Mekong.
The city is nicknamed the “western capital” (Tây Đô), and is located 169 kilometres (105 miles) from Ho Chi Minh city. Cần Thơ’s climate is tropical and monsoonal with two seasons: rainy, from May to November; and dry, from December to April. Average annual humidity is 83%, rainfall 1,635 mm (64 in) and temperature 27 °C (81 °F).
Can Tho is connected to most other population centers in the Mekong Delta by a system of rivers and canals. These waterways and the colorful Cai Rang Floating Market draw interest of tourists coming to Vietnam. Can Tho is located in the heart of Mekong River Delta, amidst an intricate network of rivers, brooks, canals and ditches, which provide the main source of transportation for many areas in the province. These waterways also feature banks shaded by coconut and palm trees, delicate “monkey bridges” and numerous intriguing floating villages and markets. , and it remains the “rice basket” of southwestern Vietnam today. In addition to being a major rice producer, the province is also known for its abundant fruit orchards, freshwater aquaculture, and lush, quintessentially Vietnamese rural scenery.