Can Tho is the center of Cuu Long Delta (another name in Vietnam of Mekong Delta), mildly states beside the Hau River. Lives here express sharply their typical features. Due to this advantage, Can Tho nowadays becomes a fascinating tourist attraction of the South-West Vietnam. Let’s take a glimpse at the top things to do in Can Tho.
1. Go for a shop in Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang is one of the most well-known floating markets in South West of Vietnam. This market specifically trades fruits, agricultural products within the area. Every morning, hundreds of boats different scale park closely to each other.
They hang the kind of good they sell on long bamboo tree, and make it fixed on the prow so they don’t need to invite others come to buy their products like markets on land. Tourist should go there once for shopping or enjoy a traditional market on the river with the crowded and busy atmosphere here. This will be a very strange and interesting experience on your tour.
2. Enjoy fresh fruit in Can Tho Garden
Tourism gardens which are laden with fruit attract more and more people.
Come here, people can sightseeing and enjoy fruit and specialties (grilled fish, boiled snail).
Recently there have a lot of fruit garden for tourists like My Khanh, Mr.Sau Duong’s Garden, Binh Thuy Orchid Garden, bow-shaped Gardens on Phong Dien river grid and so many family tourism gardens in O Mon, Thot Not.
3. Contemplating birds in Bang Lang Stork Garden
This place is one of the biggest bird sanctuary in Cuu Long Delta. On the way from Can Tho to Long Xuyen (An Giang), surpass Thot Not about 5km can reach Bang Lang Stork Garden.
Walking along the small river, under shady row of trees and nearby harvested fields, you can observe thousands of storks from different species while they are living lively in the natural habitat.
4. Visit Binh Thuy Ancient House
This ancient house has five rooms, two roofs, follows France architecture and was built in 1870 by the Duong family. This architecture has its floor higher than the yard 1m, four bow-shaped steps link to large space.
It also has high ceiling decorated with patterns, many simple doors and windows make this place look spacious. The front of the house was decorated with reliefs. All bricks and fences defending the campus were directly delivered from France.
This is rare unique model left which was preserved well to help researchers study life, culture and developing progress of citizens in Cuu Long Delta between two decades.
5. Enjoy ancient architecture in Ong Pagoda
Location: 612 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, An Thoi Ward, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City.
Ong Pagoda is the place for religious and cultural activities of Chinese in Can Tho. This pagoda was regconized as National Artistic Architectural Relics by Ministry of Culture and Information in 1993. Ong Pagoda has unique architecture which was remained original.
The pagoda was built from 1894 – 1896 on a 532 square meter land. The roof was covered by yin-yang tiles and decorated with ceramic figures. Inside the pagoda, they worship Guang Gong (A General of Three Kingdoms’ age), Guan Yin and so many other Guardians based on Eastern culture.
6. Buy souvenir in Can Tho Old Market
Can Tho Old Market was also called Hang Duong Market or “Six Provinces Market”, states on Hai Ba Trung Street. This market was built at the same age of Ben Thanh Market and Binh Tay Market.
It has it owns special unique features of Delta’s market. Recently, Can Tho has had project to restructre Can Tho Old Market to make it more attractive to tourists (add tourism wharf, church, souvenir shops)
7. Relax in Tay Do Night Market
Tay Do Market is one of the biggest trading center of Southern provinces. It is also an amusement park and tourist attraction. It used to be a wholesale market to transport good everywhere.
Besides trading function, there are also food and entertainment services. Due to the scale and its importance to the region, it becomes large trading center of South West of Vietnam.
8. Take photos and enjoy Can Tho specialties in Ninh Kieu Wharf
Ninh Kieu Wharf attracts tourist due to it scene and convenient position to look out Hau River. Besides, there is a floating restaurant in the river. This restaurant is a big floating ship fully equipped balcony for sightseeing purpose.
At this place people can enjoy specialties especially rice liquor with eel hotpot. The restaurant has two floors with capacity of more than hundreds of people. People can enjoy the food and experience magnificent scences as well as river traffic at the same time. Citizens also come to its wharf’s park for their activity.
In addition to the activities listed above, there are still many other interesting places in Can Tho waiting for your footprints. However, let’s take the priority to these ones. Hope you have an interesting trip here!