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Can Tho – A poetic landscape of Mekong Delta

Can Tho, also known as Western Capital, is now one of the 5 municipalities, the 5th largest city in Vietnam, stretching 55km along the western bank of Hau River. It is contiguous to 5 provinces: An Giang on the north, Dong Thap and Vinh Long on the east, Kien Giang on the west and Hau Giang on the south.


Beautiful scenery of water region, Can Tho

1. Climate

Can Tho’s climate is tropical and monsoonal with two seasons: rainy, from May to November; and dry, from December to April. Average annual temperature is 27ºC.

2. Sights of interest

Can Tho is very famous for its floating market, rice-paper-making village, orchards and picturesque rural canals. It is the best place that you can really experience the daily life of inhabitants in the Mekong delta. All of economic, culture activities are closely related to river and canals, equivalent  to the ‘street’. Can Tho has simple, poetic beauty with well-off villages under shade of coconut trees. And the best way to enjoy the unique lifestyle here is taking a boat trip along the riverbanks on fine weather days.


Ninh Kieu wharf

Ninh Kieu wharf, on the east bank of Hau River, is well known for its beautiful location and special architecture. It is located close to the center of the city on the bank of Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong River. It’s the city main trading center.


Binh Thuy communal house

Binh Thuy communal House, belonging to Duong Family, built since 1870 and now lives Mr Dung Minh Hien, a  Duong’s descendant.  The house is also known as Binh Thuy orchid house as there is an orchid garden there. This is the most ancient house in the Mekong delta, having a western architecture with big pillars outside but still keeps many traditional characteristics with carved and engraved wooden boards inside the house. This destination is also the place where is held the festival dedicated to the spirit of the land and Dinh Cong Trang. The main purpose of this festival is to pray for a peaceful existence.


Bang Lang stork garden

Bang Lang Stork Garden, a popular stop for international and domestic tourists coming to view thousands of storks. Because more than ten species of storks are residing here. Visitors these birds returning home in late afternoon after the whole day seeking food from other places. There is a tall wooden viewing platform to view the birds. The scenery of thousands of storks flying around and gathering in the garden is really amazing to visitors.

Floating market is definitely something you can’t miss once coming to Mekong Delta, it appeared long time ago since in the past, there was no road system here. They’re held by farmers, now mostly sellers, at the meeting point of several waterways to sell agricultural products from their boat to another. And the unique point here is that each boat will always have a bamboo pole, on which products are displayed. Nowadays, even road system is established and very developed, Mekong delta farmers still keep the habit to sell their products at floating markets.

Cai Rang and Phong Dien Floating Markets are two of the major markets in Can Tho as well as in the Mekong Delta.


Cai Rang floating market

Cai Rang floating market, the largest floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 5am and runs until around midday. The market is about 6 km from Can Tho, or about a 40-minute boat ride. While floating down the river, you will glimpse life along its shores, pass vibrantly painted boats anchored along the shore, merchant vessels carrying loading down the river and houses built on stilts along the river.


Phong Dien floating market

Phong Dien Floating market, located 20 km South-west of Can Tho. The floating market at Phong Dien district is considered the best seen market in the Mekong Delta. Local people living around this area are seen to buy in this market. Commodities such as fruits, vegetables, and sometimes fishes are sold here. The market is also a good place to have breakfast. With its peaceful environment, all you could hear are the local people chattering.

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