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If you are finding a place to meet friendly locals, try simple yet delicious Vietnamese dishes, immerse in nature but not still not missing the fun of the crowd, Can Tho is a worthy destination. Read our Can Tho travel guide and find out the hidden gems of this charming province.
Locating in Southern Vietnam, Can Tho is one of the provinces that have pleasant weather almost all year round. From December to April is the dry season, while the other time of the year is rainy season - which is the best time to try out fresh fruits here.
Can Tho is located about 165 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, so it would take from 2 - 5 hours to cover this journey depending on your transportation of choice.
This is the most convenient and popular transportation because of its time flexibility and safety reasons. You can buy a ticket either directly at Mien Tay Bus Station at 395 Kinh Duong Vuong Street, Binh Tan District in Ho Chi Minh City or contact a coach's office to find the most suitable departure time for you. The transportation is mostly limousines with high-quality facilities, which is quite comfortable for traveling a long distance. Ticket price varies from VND 100,000-180,000.
|Company||Ticket price (per pax)||Duration between Two Buses|
|Phuong Trang||VND 110,000||30 minutes|
|Loc Phat Limousine||From VND 120,000||1 hour|
|Anh Tuan (Bac Lieu)||VND 160,000||30 minutes|
|Tri Nhan||VND 160,000||30 minutes|
|Hanoi||2 hours and 10 minutes|
|Phu Quoc||55 minutes|
|Danang||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Con Dao||55 minutes|
By car or motorbike
Motorbike is the most favorable option to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the road. The traveling time can be up to 5 hours. However, unless you can find a local guide who can provide a comprehensive Can Tho travel guide, taking a coach is always a more viable alternative. Riding motorbikes on a long journey requires more experience and can be exposed to more risks.
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Booking link: Muong Thanh Luxury Can Tho Hotel
Muong Thanh Luxury Can Tho
Muong Thanh Luxury Can Tho Hotel is a five-star hotel situating right in the center of the city. Featuring 300 boutique rooms with the first-class standard, the hotel is an ideal location for both fancy vacations and business trips. What is more, after a long day of traveling, you can kick back and relax and their Lily Spa & Massage for complete relaxation.
Booking link: Azerai Can Tho Resort
Azerai Can Tho Resort
If you prefer a hideaway from the bustling city, Azerai Can Tho Resort can offer the most extravagant experience for your trip to Can Tho. The resort is established on its own islet and surrounded by mangrove forests and calming nature. In addition, their spa service and restaurant which provide culinary delights from the Mekong Delta and international cuisines will be the highlights of your Can Tho travel.
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Booking link: TTC Hotel Premium - Can Tho
TTC Hotel Premium - Can Tho
With a wide range of room options, TTC Hotel Premium - Can Tho does provide not only spacious and comfortable stays but also the most pleasurable service for your memorable Can Tho trip. The hotel also prides themselves in their restaurant with a Western-Asian fusion menu, with a highlight on the Southern Vietnamese cuisine.
Booking link: West Hotel Can Tho
West Hotel in Can Tho promises the highest quality for your experience with stylishly decorated rooms, indoor pool and fitness center. The ideal of the hotel offers a magnificent view of the rivers and is incredibly convenient for sightseeing around the city.
Booking link: Aura Hotel
Aura Hotel in Can Tho
As an affordable hotel, Aura Hotel in Can Tho actually offers the best service possible for its price. The professionally trained staff are always ready to assist you with all the needs, and the inclusive amenities such as a sauna and steam room will give you deep relaxation. The location is adjacent to Can Tho beach, which is wonderful for a quick escape from the city.
Being the metropolitan of Mekong Delta, Can Tho has so much more than just a city life to offer.
Cai Rang is one of the most crowded floating markets in Western Vietnam. It opens from 4-5 AM and the floating commerce would be animatedly conducted until the evening. Here you can find all types of fresh must-try Vietnamese fruits and Vietnamese vegetables, even snacks, and household items. At the head of each boat, you would see a bamboo tree with some products hanging on it, those are what you can expect from that boat. If you want to try the fruits on the spot, feel free to ask the sellers to peel and cut them into small pieces for you. You should also not miss the specialty of this area - Bun Rieu. It is also served right on the boat at a surprisingly inexpensive price.
Selling fresh fruits and vegetables at Cai Rang Floating Market
A ticket to get on a boat visiting Cai Rang Floating would cost about VND 30,000-50,000.
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Built about 150 years ago and is still well-preserved, Binh Thuy Ancient House is a great place for you to get to know about the life of Vietnam during wartime. This house belongs to the Duong family and is a testimony of the fusion of Western and Eastern culture during that time. While the structure and some parts of its remind people of the old vibe of Southeast Vietnam a long time ago, the decoration and design take after Western architecture significantly. Many corners of the house show that the owners have good aesthetics and pay a lot of attention to symmetry. It is also where you can see lots of antiques and many types of plants and flowers.
Binh Thuy Ancient House
Address: Cai Khe Ward, Ninh Kieu District
Opening hours: 5 PM - 11 PM
When the rivers fall into silence at night, life in Tay Do Night Market has just started. Go on a shopping spree and bring home some either fruits, flowers, clothes or souvenirs. If you do not intend to buy anything, just walk around and try some exquisite Vietnamese street foods.
Souvenir kiosk at Tay Do Night Market
Address: Highway 91, Thuan An Ward, Thot Not District
Opening hours: 5 AM - 7:30 PM
Stork is an image that has associated with the rural life of Vietnamese people for a long time. With suitable natural conditions, Bang Lang Stork Garden has become a favorite place to come and settle for about 300,000 individuals of different types of storks, especially during breeding seasons which is mostly between September and February. The storks would generally leave their nests around 6 AM and would not return until sunset. Therefore, you should arrange your arrival time carefully to see the best scene.
A couple of storks at Bang Lang Stork Garden
Note that this place is wild forest, so you should wear a long-sleeve top and pants and prepare insecticides to protect yourself.
Hu Tieu is either a type of noodles you should not miss out on when you are in Vietnam. At these “factories”, you would be introduced to how Hu Tieu is made by the local people who have more than a decade of experience. Besides that, you also have chances to try this dish right on spot.
A Hu Tieu factory in Can Tho
Our Can Tho travel guide cannot be completed without some tasty food! Take a look and find what you might like below.
Banh Cong has a shape that would remind you of a cupcake. The cook would make a combination of rice flour, shrimp, minced pork, mung bean, and then deep fry it.
Banh Cong Can Tho is usually served with Vietnamese vegetables
This version of Hu Tieu is a crispily fried cake with a round, flat, pizza-lookalike shape. It is served with toppings like peanuts, scallions, fried eggs, and thinly sliced pork.
How “Pizza” Hu Tieu looks like
Nuong Trui is a special and unique grill method of people in North Vietnam. The fish after being caught would be grilled immediately without going through any preparing steps. A long stick would be put through it from mouth to tail, and it is then covered with straw during the whole cooking process. When it is done, the scales would be removed and the fish is served with fish sauce mixed with tamarin.
Ca Loc Nuong Trui can be eaten alone or wrapped in Banh Trang (Vietnamese rice paper wrappers)
Oc Nuong Tieu - Snails Grilled with Pepper
Bun Tom Kho - Dried Shrimp Rice Vermicelli
Chuot Nuong Chao - Field Mice Grilled with Fermented Bean Curd, an exotic dish
Coming to Can Tho, you can experience exuberant Cai Rang Floating Market or Tay Do Night Market, learn about history at Binh Thuy Ancient House, and enjoy nature in Bang Lang Stork Garden. The province also welcomes you with many typical dishes that you can hardly find anywhere else. Fresh fruit is abundant here, so do not miss this opportunity and eat as much as you can!
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