Considered the unofficial capital of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is a bustling city famed for its floating markets and scenic canals. It was established in 1739 as the settlement of “Tran Giang” and flourished as an inland port, with the cultivation of rice and coconut oil extraction among its most important industries.
Things to do in Can Tho
Don’t miss the Cai Rang Floating Market, which is particularly lively during the early morning hours. It attracts hundreds of boat-based vendors who come to hawk their fresh produce and ready-to-eat meals, resulting in an explosion of colour and noise. In addition to tropical fruits and fresh fish, you’ll find steaming hot bowls of pho noodle soup.
Established in 1976, the Can Tho Museum details the people, events and industries that have shaped the town. It is the largest museum in the Mekong Delta and houses more than 5,000 artefacts, including objects from the Khmer people who settled here before the arrival of Chinese Ming refugees. Of particular note are the life-size pagoda and the exhibits of watercraft used throughout the Delta.
Overlooking the junction of the Hau and Can Tho rivers is the Ninh Kieu Wharf, a lively riverbank precinct clustered with restaurants and bars. Originally established in the 19th century as a goods trading hub, it offers wonderful views from its waterfront trails and landscaped gardens. The Ninh Kieu Wharf is particularly magical at night when its bridge is colourfully illuminated.
Getting around Can Tho
Can Tho International Airport is a 25-minute drive from the city centre and has flights to destinations across Asia. Regular buses connect to Can Tho and travel throughout the city, connecting most of its attractions. Ferries and moto-taxis are also available for getting around the area.