Can Tho has a reputation for being a welcoming place, where everybody is smiling and welcoming. Indeed the Vietnamese in the Mekong Delta are making good a saying that goes: Can Tho (or Cantho; Vietnamese: Cần Thơ) is the biggest city of the Mekong Delta, in Vietnam with an estimated population of 1,5 million as of 2013.
The name comes from "cầm thi giang" - river of poems. It is also referred to as "Tay Do" meaning "Western capital". The city is famous for its floating markets, Buddhist pagodas, delicious food and fresh fruits and the beauty of the Mekong delta.
Although developing fast (about 10% growth per year since 2004), it retains its charm as the center of a rural area, as urban development is taking place in a rather orderly manner.
Can Tho is located on the south bank of the Hậu River, the bigger branch of the Mekong River. It is in vicinity to Sóc Trăng, 1.5 hours from Long Xuyen, 3 hours from Châu Đốc and Rạch Giá, about 6 hours from Cà Mau, and 169 km (3 hours) from Ho Chi Minh City.
The climate is tropical and monsoonal with two seasons: rainy, from May to November; and dry, from December to April. Average annual humidity is 83%, rainfall 1,635 mm and temperature 27 °C
Cai Rang floating market (Chợ nổi Cái Răng): is the main wholesale floating market near Can Tho. Go there early in the morning (as early as 5:30am), and come back through the small tributaries to Can Tho river; about 3-4 hours.
The floating markets are a very lively scene, accommodating much of the goods exchange throughout the area. And, the canal system around Can Tho is a fascinating travel network, much more relaxing than the bustling roads. Longer tours on a private boat to the floating markets usually include traveling through the canals as well. Make sure the boat you book is a small boat that can take you through the small canals that the larger tour boats cannot navigate. You can rent a boat from the "boat ladies" at the Ninh Kiều pier or from local tour agents. Often they can pick you up at your hotel and the tour included some snacks. Prices depend on your negotiation skills and the longer the tour, the cheaper.
On August 2013, starting prices of private boats to the floating markets are about 19USD for a 3 hour tour to Cai Rang floating market and about 39USD for a 7 hour tour to both markets - Cai Rang and Phong Dien - and canals. It could be bargained down and the price also depends on the quality and state of the boat. Make sure that the boat has a shade, so you do not sit in the sun for too long.
Ninh Kiều Park
Ninh Kieu Pier is one of the most famous Can Tho attractions. This berth is well-known for beautiful landscapes and exciting atmosphere in Ninh Kieu Night Market which is open to meet the need of tourists and promulgate tourism in Can Tho.
Ninh Kieu Pier is a long-lasting and attractive tourist site in Can Tho with poetic landscapes and favorable position near Hau River. For a long time, Ninh Kieu Pier is a beautiful icon of Can Tho City, appealing hundreds of tourists. This pier is also mentioned a lot in Vietnamese literature. Ninh Kieu Pier now becomes Ninh Kieu Park which has been a water port as well as a tourist and cultural site of Can Tho City since the 19th century. Ninh Kieu Pier is situated on the right bank of Hau River, between the junction of Hau River and Can Tho River. This pier is adjacent to Hai Ba Trung Street, Tan An Ward in Ninh Kieu District of Can Tho City.
Tay Do night market
Features: Tay Do Night Market is the largest trade center of the southern provinces is also entertainment, tourist attractions.
Although operated in recent years but the Tay Do night market is considered a cultural tourist destination features, highlights and attractions in Can Tho, attracting not only locals but also foreign tourists.