Can Tho, or nine dragons as it literally translates, is the largest town in the Mekong Delta. Dominated by the mighty Mekong River and its many tributaries, its myriad drainage channels wind around a vast patchwork of tiny islands that are bordered by dense mangrove swamps, silt islets and palms.The Mekong Delta is one of the world’s most productive rice-growing regions, so the culture revolves around the grain, from the lush green paddy fields, to the local liquor and papercraft industry. Can Tho buzzes with life, but moves at a leisurely pace in both the human and the natural world. The colorful burst of large floating markets and riverside hamlets with sculpted gardens are a unique sight to witness.
Wine & Food
Can Tho Museum
Recommended Vietnam Tours
Places: Hanoi (3 days) → Halong Bay (1) → Hué (2) → Hoi An (4) → Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon (3)
Tour Highlights: Colonial Buildings, Water Puppet Show, Cyclo Ride, Hanoian Culture, Ancient Architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Site...
Embark on a cruise to Ba Long hamlet. Here, disembark and pedal a local bike for a leisurely 7-14 kms (depends on your physical stamina) cycling amid serene countrysides. The highlight of this trip is an experience on the local shuttle ferry and crossing the wooden bridges. See rice fields, fruit gardens, daily life. Halt at a local home for a cup of tea; interact with your host. Cycle back to Ba Lang pier, return the bike and cruise to Ninh Kieu pier.
Half day Floating Market & City Tour of Can Tho
Experience an early morning motor-boat trip to Cai Rung..the Delta’s biggest floating market; see boats laden with fruits, vegetables and fish trading; uniquely, sellers advertise their wares by shouting across the water or tying up goods to a pole on their boat making it visible far away. Next, disembark for a city tour…visit Cantho museum containing over 5,000 Mekong objects and relics; understand agricultural river life; see how ethnic Vietnamese, Chinese and Khmer live together; drive to Binh Thuy Ancient House, featuring French architectural styles with valuable antiques.
Half Day Boat Ride in Can Tho
Board a local boat in order to explore the colorful Cai Rang floating market, where number of boats laden with fruit, vegetables and fish jostle for trade. Observe how sellers advertise their wares by crying out across the waters or how they tie their goods to a tall pole so that buyers can see them from a distance. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of everyday life as it really is on a river.