Can Tho City
Can Tho is also one of the cities with the development in many aspects of the South Vietnam, second only to Ho Chi Minh City. It is the central region of the Mekong Delta area, with the typical cultural lifestyle from the river. Famous for its Cai Rang Floating Market, lush orchards and traditional villages, this is a destination not to be missed in the journey to explore the water flow of the delta.
Can Tho has 3 ethnic groups living together: Viet, Hoa, Khmer, so there are separate festivals or craft villages of each ethnic group contributing to the richness and diversity of this land.
What season should go to Can Tho?
Can Tho is less affected by storms or natural disasters, so you can visit it at any time of the year. The most beautiful is in the summer from May to August when the full bloom and fruitful orchards are ready for you to visit and take photos. Note that this is the time of the rainy season in Can Tho (May – November), but the highest rainfall is around August – November, so you should take care to bring rain gear if you go there in this period.
Costs and Tips
The distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho is about 169km. The trip takes about 3 hours if you go by coach. Meanwhile, visitors to Can Tho by motorbike from Saigon need about 3h30 minutes – 4hours to move between the two cities, you will have two options to choose:
How to get from Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh city?
Going by bike
To enjoy the beauty of two roadsides, which costs you about 100,000VND for gasoline fees. Here’s the route: Starting from Ho Chi Minh City to Binh Chanh, to the overpass of Binh Thuan intersection, you turn to Highway 1A about 16km straight through My Yen and Vinh Loc, then across Ben Luc Bridge. From Ben Luc Bridge, you continue going straight 14km through Tan An Bridge to Tan An City, Long An. Then you continue to go through Tan An city to the territory of Tien Giang province. From here you go straight 16km to My Tho city – Tien Giang.
From My Tho city, you turn right, follow the direction of National Highway 1A, about 65km more, when passing My Thuan Bridge, you will reach Vinh Long province. From the intersection at the foot of My Thuan Bridge, you follow National Highway 1A about 33km to Can Tho Bridge. When passing Can Tho Bridge, you turn right to Big C Can Tho and go to Can Tho City. When traveling, remember to follow traffic laws, stay in the right lane and speed to ensure safety and avoid traffic violations.
Getting to Can Tho by bus – coach from Ho Chi Minh city
Buy a ticket from the Mien Tay Coach station (address: 395 Kinh Duong Vuong, An Lac Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City) to buy tickets or contact the specialized vehicles running from Saigon to Can Tho like:
Phuong Trang bus:
- Address: 272 De Tham, District 1.
- Tel: (08) 38375570.
- Departure Time: from the Mien Tay Coach Station from 7 am to 10 pm.
Hoang Long bus:
- Address: Eastern Bus Station
- Tel: (08) 35113113.
- Office: 47 Pham Ngu Lao Ward Q1 (08) 39151818.
Phuong Trang, Hoang Long and Mai Linh coach always have routes from Saigon to Can Tho and vice versa every day. The car is often parked at the Mien Tay bus station, at 395 Kinh Duong Vuong, An Lac ward, Tan Binh Dist. Tourists can buy bus tickets to Can Tho right at the bus station for only 130,000 – 200,000 VND / person.
Where to go in Can Tho City
The unique Cai Rang floating market
The market is opened on boats, boats floating on the water. The market is only 20-30 minutes from Ninh Kieu wharf. However, visitors should go to the market before 6 am because it stops very early. The market sells many specialty breakfast dishes in Can Tho, so visitors will not have to worry about being hungry when returning. It is not difficult to rent a boat to leave from Ninh Kieu wharf to Cai Rang floating market because there are many boats to the market at the wharf. Passengers only need to discuss the prices with boat owners right at the wharf without having to book in advance.
The price of each boat trip to and from Cai Rang floating market ranges from 300,000 to 400,000 VND / turn. If you are self-sufficient, visitors can still buy boat tickets with other travelers with the ticket price of only 50,000 – 100,000 VND / person.
Phu Sa eco-tourism area
Boat to Phu Sa eco-tourism area is located in Ninh Kieu wharf. Visitors only need to buy an entrance ticket for 30,000 VND / person to take a free boat ride to Phu Sa tourist area. Here, visitors can go fishing, boating, sightseeing at Can Tho river and enjoy the most delicious and attractive specialties. Most of the services here are reasonable. They usually cost from 30,000 to 300,000 VND for a meal, an activity or even a room to stay in.
Fruit garden in Can Tho
Not only famous for its romantic river view, but Can Tho is also a land of many beautiful orchards, rural countryside. Fruit gardens are found throughout the roads in Can Tho. The fruit here is very cheap and delicious. Visitors here will have the opportunity to pick beautiful ripe fruits from the tree. There are four gardens you should come to: My Khanh, 9 Hong, Rach Ke Ecological fruit garden, Vam Xang Fruit Garden.
To get in these gardens, visitors don’t need to pay much for the entrance ticket, ranging from 20,000 to 50,000 VND/person. And feel free to enjoy all kinds of fruit in the garden with cheap price. Come to the orchard you can also buy fruit as a gift, certainly the garden price is much cheaper than the market price. You should visit the garden early in the morning or afternoon to avoid the sun and enjoy the fruit is better.
Tay Do night market
It is located just 1km away from Can Tho city so visitors can walk along Ninh Kieu wharf to the Tay Do night market. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of pedestrians around all food vendors in the Can Tho area facing the river. Here you can enjoy many kinds of snacks. This is a very typical market in Vietnam, like Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh… The highlight of Tay Do night market is that the food here is very delicious. Take your time here.
Some important tips for your next trip to Can Tho city
- When visiting the floating market, visitors should note that they must wear a full life jacket to ensure safety.
- Tourists should choose footwear that is easy to move, especially on the boat.
- When tourists visit the spiritual tourist sites need to dress politely to avoid revealing offensive.
- Preparing sunscreen, hats, masks and some medicines to prevent headaches, stomachache, fever or allergies.
- Should bring cream or spray against mosquitoes because the Mekong Delta river is a famous area with a lot of mosquitoes.