Can Tho is the central region of Mekong Delta, with the typical cultural lifestyle of the Western area. It is famous for the floating market, orchard gardens, and traditional handicraft villages, this is a destination that should not be missed in the journey to explore Mekong Delta. Can Tho has 3 ethnic groups living together: Viet, Hoa, and Khmer, so there are separate festivals or craft villages of each ethnic group contributing to the diverse culture of this land.
Can Tho city at night
Cai Rang floating market: The floating market is a cultural characteristic of the Southwest people that you can hardly find in other localities. Especially Cai Rang floating market is one of the five largest floating markets in Mekong Delta. You should go in the early morning because this is the time when the market is most exciting and crowded. All the activities of shopping or eating happen on the river, you will definitely have interesting experiences here.
Cai Rang floating market
Can Tho Bridge: Can Tho Bridge connects Can Tho City and Vinh Long Province. Completed in 2010, Can Tho Bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Southeast Asia with 550m long. The total length of the route is 15.85km and a width of 23.1m. On weekends or festivals, Can Tho Bridge is lit up by thousands of colorful lights that make the Hau River sparkle brightly. In Ninh Kieu wharf, It also has a train service that takes you to the middle of the river to see the whole beautiful Can Tho Bridge at night.
Can Tho Bridge
Binh Thuy Ancient house: Binh Thuy old house in Can Tho city is a wooden house, built by the Duong family in 1870. The house is designed in French style from the outside but the inside follows the traditional style, the furniture has a strong Vietnamese family identity. Items in the house are made from many kinds of rare woods and intricately carved, associated with the lifestyle of the Southwest area. Besides that, this place also remains a lot of valuable antiques with the age is over 140 years old.
Binh Thuy ancient house
Ninh Kieu wharf: This is the symbol of youth and development of Can Tho. Ninh Kieu wharf attracts tourists with its elegance, charming view toward Hau river. Young tourists and locals love to hang out for a walk and have some dinners in restaurants here.
Bang Lang stork garden: Located 46km northwest of Can Tho city center, this is a magnificent bird sanctuary of 1.3 hectares with thousands of snowy egrets and storks. Get yourself to the high ground to see all the bird filling branches. The best time to visit is either dawn or dusk. You can take a taxi or local “xe om” to get there easily.
Can Tho museum: This is a very large, well – presented museum bringing local history to life with life-size reproductions of establishment and buildings, manikins. The display (with English translation) concentrates on Khmer and Chinese communities, rice farmers, fish specimens, plants, and the War as well. This is a very good place for travelers with kids, a great opportunity for the children to learn about history.
Can Tho museum
Can Tho is less affected by storms and natural disasters, so tourists can visit it at any time of the year. The most beautiful time is in the summer (from May to August) when there are filled with fruits and bloom orchards, it is a chance for you to visit, enjoy local life and take photos. Note that this is the rainy season in Can Tho (from May to November every year), but the highest rainfall is around August - November so you should bring a raincoat, an umbrella if you go there during this period.
Can Tho has 3 ethnic groups: Viet, Khmer, Chinese, so the festivals here have many characteristics of traditional customs and folk beliefs that belong to these ones. If you come Can Tho on the full moon days every month, there often has worshiping rituals, in some important occasions of the year such as the 7th of the 7th lunar month, "Vu Lan" ritual usually lasts from 2 -3 days.
In addition, at Dinh Binh Thuy, there is Ha Temple Ceremony to worship the land to start the new crop (full moon day in 4th lunar month) and the Thuong Dien Ceremony to give thanksgiving and to worship the fields to rest (full moon day of the 12th lunar month). If you like the culture of the Khmer, you should come here at Cholchonam Thomay, which is the New Year festival lasting three days 13,14,15,15 of the lunar calendar, if it is a leap year then back one day; Okombok Water Ceremony - Worship the moon (October lunar calendar) and ancestor worship ceremony - Dolta (August lunar calendar).
From Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces, the tourist should use the bus. You can pick up the bus at Mien Tay Bus Station or contact other coaches to buy tickets. Travel time is about 3-4 hours. Note should call to book in advance to ensure a satisfactory seat position.
From Hanoi or Da Nang, you can take a direct flight to Can Tho which takes about 2 hours, the airport is only about 10 km from the city so you can take a taxi easy to reach the center. In Can Tho, you should rent a motorbike to visit this city, motorbike rental service is often available at the hotel.
Can Tho city
When visiting floating markets or river tours, you need to pay attention to select a safety boat and fully equipped life jackets.
In the evening, you should take a cruise on the Hau River to listen to folk music which is a cultural form imbued with national identity and a chance to enjoy some specialties or enjoy the evening of Can Tho.
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