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Can Tho Tourism And Travel Guide
24° C / 75.2° F
January to March
2 to 4 Days
Can Tho International Airport (10 kms)
Can Tho is one of the most unique destinations that Vietnam has to offer. Nearly a million citizens call this city home and it has become the most ideal spot for visitors keen on exploring the spectacular Mekong River Delta. It is best reached by bus or taxi services that are available from the neighbouring cities. Tourism in Can Tho is generally booming all year around, but it is especially crowded from January to March when the weather is well balanced and rainfall is low.
There are a bunch of unique tourist spots to explore here from the Grand Prison to the legendary Cai Rang Floating Market to the beloved Ninh Kieu Wharf. Outdoor exploration activities like the Sampan boat tours are also thoroughly enjoyable if the weather permits it. This travel guide gives visitors a deeper insight into one of Vietnam’s most underrated destinations - Can Tho.
How to Reach
The most ideal way to get to Can Tho is to hop on one of the numerous private and public bus and taxi services availalbe from any of the major neighbouring cities.
The Can Tho International Airport is nearly 10 km away from the heart of the city. With no direct flights it can be reached by domestic flights from other significant cities in and around Vietnam.
With no railway of its own, the only other way to get to Can Tho is via boat. There are a few select overnight cruises for visitors to choose from. However, in general this is not a recommended way to reach.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Dry Season (December - April):
With temperatures averaging 23 to 30° C, this is the most popular time for visitors to explore Can Tho. The warm weather, high visibility and reduced rainfall and humidity are what primarily characterize this season.
Monsoon Season (May - November):
Other than the initial few months of this season, the rest of this period is not ideal for travel. This is due to a severe rise in humidity and rain showers. Additionally the area might be prone to cloud burst with a chance of flooding.
Things to Do
Visit Ninh Kieu Wharf:
An extremely popular tourist spot, a trip to this wharf is one the best things to do in the city. The bustling nightlife, variety of restaurants and entertainment are all partnered with stunning views.
Cai Rang Floating Market:
Exploring this unique market is another highly recommended thing to do. The sheer variety and diversity of items available in addition to the magnitude of the Mekong Delta makes this a memorable activity.
Take a Private Sampan Tour
Touring the Mekong River on one of these traditional wooden rowboats is a fun filled activity for families and young couples alike. It is a great way to get a hands-on experience of the Vietnamese culture.
Visit the Grand Prison
The prison serves as an important historic monument that helps visitors learn about the atrocities of the French Colonization as well as the American war.
Can Tho is sure to leave visitors' taste buds wanting more. Rice is the key component of most of the dishes here along with the exquisite and varied seafood on offer. Grilled Rolls, Baked Sticky Rice Pudding, Noodles with Coconut Cream and traditional Vietnamese Pancakes are just some of the delicacies that are highly recommended here. From small food stalls to upscale restaurants, there is something on offer for all tourists here.
For visitors keen to explore the Mekong Delta, stopping off in Can Tho is a must. The town serves as one of the best places for visitors to shop for everything from traditional handicrafts, clothing, artefacts, to fresh produce. The legendary Cai Rang Floating Market, Central Market, Big C Supermarket and Tay Do Night Market are just some of the highlights of most visitors' shopping experiences here. The items on offer here suit every visitor’s budget and tastes.