CAN THO TRAVEL GUIDE

Can Tho Vietnam is one of the great places for tourists to explore the river culture of the Mekong River or the farming habits of the local people, most notably the floating market culture. This is also a fertile land with diverse nature and delicious dishes that attract tourists.

Table Contents
  • I - Overview about Can Tho Vietnam
  • 1 - Location
  • 2 - The best time to visit Can Tho
  • 3 - People and culture 
  • II - Can Tho attractions that you should not miss
  • 1 - Binh Thuy Ancient House
  • 2 - Can Tho Museum
  • 3 - My Khanh tourist village
  • 4 - Cai Rang Floating Market
  • 5 - Can Tho Bridge
  • 6 - Ninh Kieu Wharf
  • III - What to do in Can Tho?
  • 1 - Enjoy music of amateurs
  • 2 - Enjoy the nightlife in Can Tho
  • 3 - Enjoy typical specialties
  • IV - Can Tho accommodation
  • 1 - Hotels
  • 2 - Resorts
  • 3 - Homestays
  • V - Travel to Can Tho
  • 1 - Can Tho International Airport
  • 2 - From Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho Vietnam
  • 3 - From Hanoi to Can Tho
  • 4 - From Da Nang to Can Tho
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Can Tho title photo
Source: Enchantingtravels

I - Overview about Can Tho Vietnam

1 - Location

This city is located on the right side of Hau river, in the territory of the Mekong Delta, downstream of the Mekong River. Can Tho is 169km from Saigon, 150km from Ca Mau city and 80km from Rach Gia city. The way to these tourist spots is very convenient, you can ride a motorbike or take a bus to visit this beautiful city.

2 - The best time to visit Can Tho

The weather here is characterized by a humid monsoon tropical climate. The average temperature is about 28oC. However, the city is in waterways, the climate is very pleasant, especially in summer, from April to July. This is also the best time to travel and explore this land.

Floating market in Can Tho

Can Tho floating market (Source: Visavietnam)

3 - People and culture 

Can Tho take the beauty and charm of the Tay Do (The Western Capital) land, and attraction of the local people and culture. Going there, you will be fascinated by the simple and honest nature of the people in the land. You also have a chance to immerse in the unique cultures of the Western, such as floating market culture, delicious elaborated cuisine, and orchards culture. The Mekong River Delta region is known as many green, lush and fruit orchards all year round. These cultural features have attracted many tourists to visit in recent years.

II - Can Tho attractions that you should not miss

1 - Binh Thuy Ancient House

Can Tho attractions

Binh Thuy Ancient House (Source: Thamhiemmekong)

Binh Thuy Ancient House is over 100 years old but still retains its unique architectural features of The Eastern and Western cultural interference. Located on Bui Huu Nghia Street, Binh Thuy Ancient House was first built around 1870 and rebuilt and restored in the early years of the twentieth century. The house was built in the direction of East - West, surrounded by bonsai gardens, lush fruit trees all year round. This place both holds the features of the Southern people, shown at the sculpting, decoration and worship space, while it brings the western cultural characteristics in the brick used to pave the floor.
- Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Ticket: 15,000 VND/person (0.65 $)
- Contact: 0292 3841 127
- Email: baotangthanhpho@gmail.com

2 - Can Tho Museum

Can Tho museum

CanTho Museum (Source: Cantholink)

With an area of ​​nearly 3000m2, the museum is to display and introduce artifacts about local people and the city through historical periods. The museum has 2 floors, The ground floor displays an overview of the characteristics of this city such as location, climate, rivers, animals, plants, landscapes, culture, ... The 1st floor displays artifacts about the history of fighting against the invaders during the wars. Especially, this place displays and preserves the Oc Eo culture with many valuable materials.
- Ticket price: free
- Phone: 0292 3820 955.
- Email: baotangthanhpho@gmail.com

3 - My Khanh tourist village

Located in Phong Dien district, Can Tho city, My Khanh village is in the area of ​​30 hectares and is like the mini-Me Kong Delta. Coming here, tourists are free to learn and explore the orchards life through experiencing practical activities such as visiting the ancient house of the South, listening to "music of amateurs" (don ca tai tu), enjoying foods and fruits.
- Opening hours: 7:00 - 22:00 daily
- Ticket price: 30,000 - 70,000 VND/person (~1.29 - 3.02 $/person)
- Phone: 0292 3846 260
- Email: mykhanhtourist@gmail.com

Can Tho Cai Rang floating market

Cai Rang Floating Market (Source: Guide.cmego)

4 - Cai Rang Floating Market

Located in the downstream of Can Tho river, Cai Rang floating market is a cultural beauty of people here in particular and Southern people in general. It is usually active very early, from dawn to 8 or 9 am. The most crowded time is around 7-8 am and it is almost inactive on Tet Holiday. It sells a lot of fresh goods and food, in particular, you will see the sincerity and simplicity of Westerners.
When you arrive at Cai Rang floating market, enjoy the following dishes: minced crab noodles, Chinese noodles (Hu Tieu), grilled pork noodles, porridge with pig's tripe, bread, savory rice cakes, grilled sticky bananas, Tam Bi noodles, rice cakes, fish sauce hotpot, dried mango salad with snakeskin gourami, ... The dishes cost from 30,000 - 35,000 VND (1.29 - 1.51 $).

Related topic: List of Floating Markets in Vietnam

5 - Can Tho Bridge

Can Tho bridge

CanTho Bridge (Source: Mapio)

This bridge has the longest main span in Southeast Asia and is also an interesting check-in place for tourists. This is also a symbol of the dynamic, modern and innovative of this city. To reach the bridge, you will go to Hung Phu ward, Cai Rang District, Can Tho City. [Read more...]

6 - Ninh Kieu Wharf

Ninh Kieu wharf, 2.1km from the bridge, is a symbol that has touched people’s hearts from the past up to now. Ninh Kieu wharf has an area of ​​more than 7,000 square meters with a romantic and quiet space, wherries and boats floating on the immense river. Being at Ninh Kieu wharf, you can go sightseeing, take photos and enjoy a lot of snacks as well as see Can Tho Bridge at night.
To visit Ninh Kieu wharf, please stop at Tan An ward, Ninh Kieu district. 

III - What to do in Can Tho?

Besides visiting the local market to buy souvenirs, enjoy tasty dishes, you should try these experiences:

1 - Enjoy music of amateurs

What to do in Can Tho

Music of amateurs (Source: Internet)

Music of amateurs brings listeners deep feelings by performing excerpts of Cai Luong drama. You can enjoy this form of art at every orchard in this city, especially in Phong Dien district.

2 - Enjoy the nightlife in Can Tho

At night, you can walk, shop at night markets like Tay Do, Tran Phu or Ninh Kieu market. Plus, you can also walk at Ninh Kieu wharf, and feel the charming river landscape with the colorful lanterns floating on the Hau River. You can also experience the cruise on Ninh Kieu Wharf in the evening.

3 - Enjoy typical specialties

The Huynh family Banh Tet La Cam (Sticky cake with leaves with a violet colour)
Banh Tet is made of dried shrimp, salted chicken’s egg yolks, sausage, green beans, lard, sticky rice in La Cam (leaves with a violet colour) and wrapped by green banana leaves. The Huynh family cake has become a specialty dish of Can Tho Vietnam with dreamy purple color, salty taste, sweet, taste of fat from the blending of ingredients makes the dish very unique.
You can try this dist at Banh Be store which sells at Binh Thuy market, the Tai Hoa store sells at An Nghiep market and the Kiet store only sells during the Lunar New Year. Price from 55,000 - 110,000 VND/piece (2.37 - 4.47 $ / piece).

Can Tho food

Cai Rang sour spring rolls (Source: Chudu24)

Cai Rang fermented pork roll (Nem Chua Cai Rang)
Cai Rang fermented pork rolls contain more pork than the pig’s skins, the taste is sour and sweet afterward and not chewy. Nem is wrapped in chum ruot leaves (Phyllanthus acidus) or Vong leaves (Erythrina variegata L.), wrapped with banana leaves on the outside. Cai Rang fermented spring rolls can be purchased at famous spring rolls stores such as: Minh Thu, Ba Nam, Co Huong, Co Phuc, ... The price of this Can Tho food ranges from 10,000 - 20,000 VND / 10 pieces (0.43 - 0.86 $ / 10 pieces).

Can Tho food 7

Cho Noi grilled noodle soup (Source: Thamhiemmekong)

Ha Chau Strawberry
This is a specialty of Phong Dien district. Ha Chau Strawberry has a sweet, fragrant flavor, long bunches, thin skin, and ivory white flesh. Each year, the fruit has 3 crops in the months: May lunar month, August lunar month and January lunar month next year. The retail price in the market is 25,000 VND / kg (1.08 $ / kg).

Food in Can Tho

Grilled snail with pepper (Source: Vietfoodshop)

Grilled snail with pepper
Grilled snail with pepper is a delicious dish at Cai Rang floating market. The snail has a slightly spicy, sweet and savory taste, and the crispy snail. The taste of the snail and the spicy taste of pepper will make you not refuse. You can eat this at:
- Chi Toi Restaurant: No. 118/9/48 Tran Van Kheo street, Cai Khe ward, Ninh Kieu district.
- La Ca shop: No. 118 Tran Van Kheo, Cai Khe ward, Ninh Kieu district.
- Que Huong Restaurant: No. 23B Mau Than street, Xuan Khanh ward, Ninh Kieu district.
In addition, there a number of other specialties such as: Salty rice powder cakes, dried Chinese noodles (Hu Tieu), tam bi cake, ...You can refer to some Can Tho restaurants below to try these food:
- Tum Lum Snail restaurant: 162/33, Tran Quang Dieu street, An Thoi ward, Binh Thuy district
- Co Ut rice cake: 86/38, Ly Tu Trong street, An Cu ward, Ninh Kieu district
- Ghe Go: 15, Le Loi street, Cai Khe ward, Ninh Kieu district

IV - Can Tho accommodation

1 - Hotels

Vinpearl Hotel Can Tho - 5 stars

Vinpearl Can Tho

Vinpearl CanTho Hotel (Source: Agoda)

Located about 2.3km from Ninh Kieu wharf, Vinpearl hotel stands out as a white building, with an outdoor swimming pool, overlooking the river or the city. In addition, the hotel also has a gym, kids club, booking tour desk.
- Address: 209, 30/4 Street, Xuan Khanh ward, Ninh Kieu district
- Room rates: 1.900.000 - 2.350.000 VND / 1 night (81.86 - 101.24 $ / 1 night)
- Contact phone number: 0292 3761 888 
West Hotel - 4 stars

Hotels in Can Tho

West Hotel (Source: Booking)

Designed with interior space in European style, comfortable and luxurious, this Can Tho accommodation is one of the most popular hotels with visitors. In addition, it also owns a rooftop swimming pool that helps visitors both relax and see the romantic city or river, 100 meters from Ninh Kieu Wharf.
- Address: 88 + 90 + 92 Hai Ba Trung, Ninh Kieu Wharf
- Room rates: 750,000 - 1,900,000 VND / room / night (~ 32.32 - 81.89 $)
- Tel: 0292 381 22 66

2 - Resorts

Victoria Resort - 4 stars, 5 stars

Can Tho resort Vietnam

Victoria Resort (Source: Victoriahotels.asia)

The resort is designed with a closed space, quiet and fully equipped for a complete vacation. The hotel space is decorated in the style of the Champa people with wooden furniture and typical textiles attracting visitors. The large outdoor swimming pool is always a tourist attraction.
- Address: Cai Khe ward, Ninh Kieu district
- Room price: 1,300,000 - 3,000,000 VND / room / night (~ 50.06 - 129.31 $).
- Tel: 0292 382 9259
Can Tho Ecolodge - 4 stars
Can Tho resort


CanTho Ecolodge (Source: Thamhiemmekong)

The whole space of this Can Tho resort is designed in a simple style with typical wooden and bamboo furniture, bringing a warm feeling, which partly helps visitors to better understand the architectural style and lifestyle of the people here. Moreover, the resort also provides a full range of amenities for your stay such as a restaurant, swimming pool, bar, ...
- Address: No. 542, Zone 3, Ba Lang ward, Cai Rang district
- Room price: 700,000 - 800,000 VND / person / night (~ 30.17 - 34.48 $)
- Tel: 0292 365 6567-     

3 - Homestays

Green Garden Homestay

Homestay in Can Tho Vietnam

Green Garden Homestay (Source: Booking)

Designing space in the style of wooden hut, leaf roof - typical architecture of local people's houses, Green Garden Homestay is hidden in a green space of many trees. Coming here, visitors not only have the opportunity to enjoy the fresh space but also learn more about the life of the local people.
- Address: No. 97, Dong Van Cong, An Thoi, Binh Thuy, 
- Room price: 250,000 VND / person / night (~ 10.77 $)
- Tel: 0292 2220 238
Winter Spring Homestay

Best homestay in Can Tho

Winter Spring Homestay (Source: Luxstay)

Located at the centre, about 150 meters from the commercial center, Winter Spring Homestay - one of the best homestays in Can Tho,  is suitable for those who love bustling urban life. The space has minimalistic design but still fully equipped. Visitors can visit the aquatic vegetable garden on the rooftop planted by the local people.
- Address: No. 75 Ung Van Khiem street, Cai Khe ward, Ninh Kieu district
- Room price: 300,000 - 400,000 VND / room / night (~ 12.93 - 17.24 $)
- Phone: 090 704 00 33 

V - Travel to Can Tho

Can Tho airport

CanTho International Airport (Source: Canthoplus)

1 - Can Tho International Airport

Can Tho Airport is about 8km to the north of the city center, so visitors can easily move to attractions such as Ninh Kieu wharf (10km), Cai Rang floating market (14km), My Khanh tourist village (16km), Binh Thuy ancient house (5km), ...
Location: Binh Thuy District- Along Hau River.
There are flights from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hai Phong, Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot, Phu Quoc, Con Dao, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur arriving at the airport.

2 - From Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho Vietnam

Motorcycle (Source: Tony Pham)

From Ho Chi Minh, there are two routes with distances equivalent to 162 (travel time 3h30m/way) - 194km (travel time 4h40m/way). 
Motorbikes
It takes about 4 – 5h/way. Motorbike rental is from 100,000 - 150,000 VND/day/motorbike (~ $ 4.31 -6.46). Here are some motorbike rental shops in Ho Chi Minh:
- Thanh Dai: No. 115/21 Le Van Sy, Ward 13, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, phone number: 0908 959 723.
- Bike Saigon: Number 508/34 Cach Mang Thang 8 Street, Ward 11, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, phone number: 0939 865 562.
- Thanh Lan: 17C Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, phone number: 090 284 03 61.

Bus
Currently there are quite a lot of buses from Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho, the average travel time is from 3 to 4 hours/trip at flexible departure time.
- Phuong Trang Coach: 20 trips/day, ticket price 110,000 VND/person (~ 4.74 $). Pick up point – Mien Tay bus station (395 Kinh Duong Vuong, An Lac, Binh Tan, Ho Chi Minh City); drop off point - Can Tho coach station (Lot 91B, Nguyen Van Linh, Hung Loi, Ninh Kieu district). Reservation contact: 02838386852.
- Thanh Buoi Coach: 41 trips/day, ticket price 130,000 VND/person/way (~ $ 5.6). Pick up point - Western bus station; drop off point at Can Tho coach station. Reservation contact: 02838306306.

Private car rental
For those who love privacy, take initiative in time and travel itinerary, you can choose to rent a private car by trip or day. Rent is about: 1,450,000 - 2,500,000 VND/way/4 - 16 seats (~ 62.5 - $ 107.75). Taxi Go Agency, hotline: 1900 0370.

Hanoi to Can Tho flights

Vietnam Airlines aircraft (Source: Internet)

3 - From Hanoi to Can Tho

The distance between the 2 destinations is about 1878km (along National Road 1A). Because the distance is quite far, to have the most favorable travel, traveling by plane is recommended. It takes about 2h30p, currently there are Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air; Bamboo Ways serves Hanoi - Can Tho flights. As follows:
- Vietnam Airlines: ticket price from 800,000 VND/seat/one-way (~ 34.48 $).
- Vietjet Air: ticket price from 900,000 VND/seat/one-way (~ 38.79 $).
- Bamboo Airways: ticket price from 900,000 VND/seat/one-way (~ 38.79 $).

4 - From Da Nang to Can Tho

From Da Nang (about 1120km), tourists can choose to travel by plane to save time. The average flight time is about 2 hours/flight. Current airlines serve this flight are:
- Vietnam Airlines: ticket price from 800,000 VND/seat/one-way (~ 34.48 $).
- Vietjet Air: ticket price from 900,000 VND /seat/one-way (~ 38.79 $).
- Bamboo Airways: ticket price from 900,000 VND /seat/one-way (~ 38.79 $).
This destination is a land famous for the proverb "Can Tho with white rice, clear water" (Cần thơ gạo trắng nước trong), we hope that with the information we shared, visitors will have an interesting journey, a great experience when coming to Can Tho Vietnam. Wishing you a memorable vacation when you come to this beautiful land.

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