Vietnamese woman on boat in Can Tho, Vietnam
Holidays to Can Tho, Vietnam
Set on the banks of the Mekong River, a holiday in the lively resort of Can Tho, the largest city in the region, offers a pleasant antidote to quiet days spent relaxing in the backwaters of Vietnam.
Lined with sculpture gardens, Ninh Kieu waterfront is home to floating restaurants and bars, and is a great place for an evening cocktail when the buildings are illuminated. Overlooked by the statue of Ho Chi Minh, its docks are lined with food stalls selling Vietnamese specialities each evening, like Vietnamese pancakes (Bánh Xèo), and seafood hotpot (Lau Mam). From here you can visit the floating markets of Cai Rang and Phong Dien on a short boat tour – be warned, an early start around sunrise is best if you want to beat the rush! Look out for the bamboo pole on the bow of each trader’s boat, from which they hang a sample of their goods. On your way back into town, why not take a tour of the pretty orchards or flowers gardens that thrive in the region? Ba Cong Orchard Garden is the best-known, and one of the largest wholesalers in the area, and here you can sample tropical home-grown fruits like rambutans and mangosteens.
In the evening, take a walk round the narrow backstreets and stop at the Tay Do night market to pick up jewellery, handicrafts and clothes. History buffs will enjoy visiting the Can Tho museum which brings to life stories of the region with a traditional teahouse, over 5,000 historical relics, and a life-size reproduction of a pagoda. For a glimpse into Vietnamese life through the ages, the traditional village of Long Tuyen is a great daytrip. The embellished houses and temples are a combination of Chinese and French, and, if you’re lucky, a descendant of the owner may be around to answer your questions and tell you tales of her ancestor’s past.
Visit floating markets and watch local life unfold on the river
Dine at vibrant restaurants and bars
Enjoy day trips to local flower gardens
Places to stay in Can Tho
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Map of Can Tho
When to go to Can Tho