Can Tho

Can Tho

Things to do - general

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.

Country vietnam
Languages spokenVietnamese
Currency usedVND
Area (km2)1409

Interesting palaces & Activities

The most interesting thing to do in Can Tho is take a boat ride through canals and visit the floating markets are a very lively scene, accommodating much of the goods exchange throughout the area, and can be quite freely visited on board smaller boat. Followings are some of the most visited floating market of the area.

-Cai Rang floating market is the main wholesale floating market near Can Tho. It is better going there early (as early as 06:00), and come back through the small tributaries to Can Tho river; about 1 - 2 hours.

-Phong Dien floating market is further upstream the Can Tho river, and worth seeing as it is a retail market. It is very active at dawn, but slows down early too, so you may want to go there by land. The arroyos back to Can Tho are also very much worth a ride on a small boat.

-Phung Hiep is much farther away, in the neighboring Hau Giang province, but deserves a trip if you are going to stay more than a few days, as it is always bustling with activity.

-Tra On in Vinh Long province, is just over an hour downstream the Bassac (the lower Mekong branch, also called Hau Giang or Sông Hau). It is a small floating village's market anchored near the clouds' island (Cu Lao May).

-Canals
The canal system around Can Tho is a fascinating travel network, much more relaxed than the bustling roads. Taking a small row boat (probably with a small diesel motor as well) that can lead us through the small canals that the larger tour boats can't navigate.
-Outside of the 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.
-Can Tho is usually combined with the trip to Chau Doc, a little town near Cambodian borde

Useful information

Trips to Mekong Delta are suitable all year round but the best time is the monsoon from June to September.Bring along camera, hat, sunscreen and insect repellant. Should keep your camera in a plastic bag when it is not in use as it is easy to get splashed by the wake of motorized boats.

Culture and history info

Initially, Can Tho land was reclaimed and appeared on Vietnam map with name of Tran Giang in 1739. With up and down of Vietnam history, Can tho has been changed names and its administrative border many times : in Nguyen Dynasty, Can Tho was old land of An Giang province. In French colonial times, Can Tho was separated to found new province called Tay Do which was central of southwest of Vietnam. In the Republic of Vietnam , Can Tho change name was Phong Dinh . After 1975 , Phong Dinh province , Ba Xuyen was unified in Hau Giang province, in which the city of Can Tho province. By the end of 1991, Hau Giang divided into two provinces again Can Tho and Soc Trang . Can Tho City is capital city of Can Tho province . November 26, 2003 , the Vietnam National Assembly adopted Resolution No. 22/ 2003 / QH11 , Can Tho city is divided into Can Tho city is centrally and Hau Giang Province .

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