CAN THO – CAPITAL OF WESTERN COCHINCHINE

All Things You Should Know Before Travelling to Can Tho

Can Tho city map

Can Tho also called Tay Do land, where there are fields of rice paddy fields, flying fruit trees. Especially a network of interconnected canals, houses with unique ancient architecture. Beside friendly of local people. But it is said, “Vietnam tours to Can Tho, the land gives many flowers and fruits.”

Can Tho City is located in the lower part of the Mekong River Delat and in the center of the Cuu Long Delta. It’s about 169 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Can Tho is the capital city of the Southwest region since the French colonial period, which continues to be the economic center of the Mekong Delta region. In addition to geographical features, an important transport hub between the provinces in the region. Can Tho city is also known as a “river delta city” .

What is the best time to travel to Can Tho?

Can Tho with a sunny and sunny climate all year round, mild weather, so almost every tourist visiting the season is beautiful. Every season in Can Tho has its own interesting things.

Summer (around June, July and August) is the season of fruit ripening in Can Tho so if you like to explore the lush fruit gardens, you should go in the summer.

September to November is the season of floating water, coming to Can Tho this season you will see water flooded with white rice fields, everywhere you see water.

From December to January, February of the solar calendar is the time near the Tet festival. Come to Can Tho on this occasion to immerse yourself in the colorful flowers.

Transportations to Can Tho

By Coach

You can catch a bus from the Western bus station (address: 395 Kinh Duong Vuong, An Lac Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City) with the time to travel to Can Tho is 3 hours, to buy tickets or contact system of specialized vehicles running Saigon – Can Tho route such as:

1. Phuong Trang

  • Saigon: 272 De Tham, District 1. Tel: (08) 38375570. Departure at the West bus station from 7am to 10pm.
  • Can Tho: Depart at Nguyen Trai bus station (Hung Vuong crossroads), every half hour is a trip.

2. Mai Linh

  • Ticket booking center in Saigon: (08) 39292929. Hotline: 0985 29 29 29.
  • Saigon – Can Tho route: 15 seats and 45 seats interchangeably for 15 minutes to depart from the station every day, 24/24.
  • Ticket prices from Saigon to Can Tho range from 130,000 to 140,000 VND per ticket.

3. Hoang Long

  • Saigon: Eastern Bus ticket office, Tel – (08) 35113113. Office: 47 Pham Ngu Lao, Q1, telephone (08) 39151818.
  • Can Tho: Bus route 91B

Planes

There are 3 airlines that operate Hanoi – Can Tho flights, namely Vietnam Airlines (Price ranges from 2,400,000 to 4,500,000 VND / roundtrip), Vietjet Air (price is about 1,800,000 – 2,700,000 VND). /round-trip ticket). In addition, visitors can also hunt for cheap tickets to Can Tho by Jetstar. But at Origin we always recommend you use Vietnam airline.

Motorbike

You can choose motorbikes when departing from Saigon to take the initiative in your time and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the road.

Top Sightseeings in Can Tho

Cai Rang floating market

It is said that “not being in Cai Rang floating market means not knowing the land of Tay Do – an old name of Can Tho”. Cai Rang floating market, one of the famous floating markets of the Southwest, specializes in selling fruits and agricultural products of the whole region.

Every early morning, hundred boats gather together where their owners sell agricultural products. To be recognized easily, they hang out product samples on a long bamboo (called Cay Beo) in front of the boats, so that they do not need to cry about their wares as farmers do in the mainland market.

The market also has most services of a normal market such as food, grocery sales, repairing service, fuel station…

Binh Thuy ancient house

Binh Thuy ancient house is an ideal place to explore the region’s history.

Located at 26/1A Bui Huu Nghia Street in Binh Thuy ward, about five kilometers from downtown Can Tho, the house is filled with features that represent rural areas in the Mekong Delta region during the 20th century.

The French-style house was built in 1870 by the Duong family on an area of nearly 6,000 sq m. Its base is about one meter higher than the land surface. In order to keep warm and avoid termites, the house owner laid a 10 cm layer of salt under the floorboards.

With front and back gardens, the five-room house offers a comfortable environment full of fresh air and brilliant sunshine.

Bang Lang stork garden

Located in Binh Thoi Hamlet, Thoi Thuan Commune, Thot Not District, 52 kilometers from the center of Can Tho City, Bang Lang Stork Garden is a popular stop for tourists.

The garden covers about two hectares and is home to thousands of storks as well as many other kinds of birds. There are various species of storks living at Bang Lang Stork Garden including cattle egret, ibis, striated heron and painted stork.

There are also other species making it their home such as black-crowned night heron, little cormorant and greater coucal heron.

Eighty percent of birds in the garden are the white cattle egret. This species of stork often builds their nests in the garden from March to August of the lunar year.

Nguyen Ngoc Thuyen, who is often referred to as Mr. Bay Co, the owner of Bang Lang Stork Garden, at first he only wanted to save some storks stuck in fishing traps but the garden kept getting bigger and bigger.

Thus, the garden was established in 1983. It is strange that a large number of storks chose to make their home at the garden of Mr. Bay Co. At first, there were very few but then Mr. Bay has created good conditions for the storks to live in his garden. Since then, Bang Lang garden has gradually been expanded with the current area of about 2 hectares and number of storks ranging from 100,000-150,000 of more than 20 species.

The best time to admire the garden is 5 p.m. when flocks of storks fly back to their nests. They hover on the sky then perch on tree peaks, twitter together and pose in the wind. There is a three-meter watching tower for you to see birds.

Ba Bo Flower Village

Ba Bo flower village is considered as one of the tourist attractions in Can Tho contributing to enrich the Orchards tour at Binh Thuy District. In 2015, it had nearly 250 gardener households with main flowers such as marigolds, sunflowers, ixora species, apricot blossoms and roses. With an area of nearly 20 hectares, you can leisurely contemplate and take photos to capture memories with different gardens.

Ba Bo flower market is considered the oldest flower granary in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. It provides a variety of flowers..

Ninh Kieu Wharf

Ninh Kieu Pier is a long-lasting and attractive tourist site in Can Tho with poetic landscapes and favorable position near Hau River. For a long time, Ninh Kieu Pier is a beautiful icon of Can Tho City, appealing hundreds of tourists. This pier is also mentioned a lot in Vietnamese literature. Ninh Kieu Pier now becomes Ninh Kieu Park which has been a water port as well as a tourist and cultural site of Can Tho City since the 19th century. Ninh Kieu Pier is situated on the right bank of Hau River, between the junction of Hau River and Can Tho River. This pier is adjacent to Hai Ba Trung Street, Tan An Ward in Ninh Kieu District of Can Tho City.

The history of Ninh Kieu Pier has not been recorded clearly in text. According to several researchers, this pier has existed from the empire of Gia Long in Nguyen Dynasty. At that time, Ninh Kieu used to be a berth of Can Tho Market. Since 1876, when the French occupied Tran Giang of Nguyen Dynasty, Ninh Kieu Pier became busier with boats and trading activities. Along this pier, many populus trees are planted, which is the reason why Ninh Kieu Pier has another name – “Hang Duong Pier”.

Ninh Kieu Pier is one of the most famous Can Tho attractions. This berth is well-known for beautiful landscapes and exciting atmosphere in Ninh Kieu Night Market which is open to meet the need of tourists and promulgate tourism in Can Tho.

Tay Do night market

Tay Do Night Market is approximately 1km far from the central of Can Tho City. This market is not only well-known as the trading centre of Can Tho City, but also attractive tourism destination.

In the past, Tay Do night market was a wholesale market, mainly exchanging goods in and out of Vietnam. However, in the recent year, besides the task of exchanging products, Tay Do night market is also used for cuisine and entertainment services. Basing on its large scale and importance, Tay Do night market is recognized as a large trading centre in Mekong Delta. Tay Do night market is designed in accordance with the landscape around and expresses the Southern style.

The market is divided into many stalls of clothes, handicrafts, jewelry, foods… which can meet all the demand of local and tourisms. In addition, there are many interesting activities like games and traditional music shows.

Truc Lam Phuong Nam Monastery

Built on an area of four hectares and featuring a hall with a capacity of 500 people, the Phuong Nam Monastery, with Venerable Thich Binh Tam appointed as its abbot, is the largest Buddhist temple in the Mekong Delta region.

Phuong Nam is one of many monasteries of the Truc Lam Zen School, which was founded by 13th century King Tran Nhan Tong and recently revived by Most Venerable Thich Thanh Tu.

After repelling the Mongol invasions, King Tran Nhan Tong abdicated in favour of his son and sought a retreat in the Yen Tu Mountain where he founded a Vietnamese Zen school by unifying existing sects.

General Pham Van Tra said he wanted to build the Phuong Nam Zen Monastery so as to reinvigorate the Truc Lam Zen sect and create a learning and meditation centre for Buddhist monks, nuns and followers in Can Tho city.

It was good place to visit because it has a lot of trees, it was made by wood that was ship from South Africa to Vietnam.

Thien Vien Truc Lam Phuong Nam has only just opened for just over a year and was an interesting place to visit. I thought it worth the motorbike ride out to see this place. The architecture was nice. The day was cool with a breeze, so was nice to walk around.

Can Tho Museum

Can Tho Museum is situated at No.1 Hoa Binh Avenue, Tan An ward, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho city. Thanks to an area of 3.000m², Can Tho Museum is considered the complex museum retaining the largest area in Mekong Delta. It is home to display and introduce artifacts in Vietnam country and Can Tho people through historical periods; present social cultural economic achievements of Kinh, Hoa, Khmer people… in the locality during the process of building and defending the country as well as achievements on economy, defense, security and society of increasingly beautiful Tay Do today. Thanks to objects remaining in the museum, Can Tho Museum is one of the fascinating tourist attractions in Can Tho alluring tourists.

Taking pioneering role among Can Tho museums, Can Tho Museum has created the trust with the public in the exploitation and promotion of the value of cultural heritages. The museum now houses and displays more than 1,000 precious artifacts, documents and artifacts. Beside the renewal of professional activities and contents displaying at the museum to serve the public, Can Tho Museum has deliberately focused on traditional education so far.

Can Tho Museum is one of the important addresses in the cultural preservation with numerous precious materials and artifacts exhibited for many years. The museum significantly contributes in promoting the image of a dynamic Can Tho city to tourists.

My Khanh eco-tourism village

My Khanh tourist village is located at 335 Lo Vong Cung Street, Phong Dien District, about five kilometers from Can Tho City by road or river. My Khanh village, which was established in 1996, features a garden-style eco-tourist site. The village is a special one in Can Tho which brings comfort and relaxation for any visitor.

Visiting My Khanh Tourist Village, visitors in Vietnam travel can experience the old days of southernlife by taking on the costume of a rich landlord who lived in a big house or of a normal traditional farmer to feel the difference. As a rich landlord, you can enjoy fruit, hot tea and listen to music from a hand-operated gramophone made more than 300 years ago. As a farmer, you are given opportunity to work and prepare meals as southern farmers did in the past.

Another feature that makes My Khanh tourist village special is the 100-year-old southern house that was moved piece by piece from Can Tho’s Binh Thuy Ward and reassembled.

At the village, you are served with Mekong Delta specialties such as baby rabbits, snakes, tortoises, bats, cuckoos and crocodiles, etc. The meals include regional fruits such as rambutans, durians, langsats, mangosteens, oranges, tangerines and pomelos.

Museum of Military Zone 9

This translates to War Museum, and the main museum does indeed cover the Vietnamese military and the wars they fought. There are many rooms to view and detailed history, I think mostly of the Vietnam War, including during the French occupation. There are dioramas and lots of photos and artwork depicting the struggle for freedom. This was a very informative museum. As you enter the grounds the main museum is directly in front of you.

Near the museum to the left, under a protective roof, are some military objects, like the remains of a helicopter, some cannon, and other military weapons from the war that you can browse. We ducked in here and checked out some of it, but didn’t stay long in this area.

As you approach the museum from the road, to the right is the Ho Chi Minh museum. We visited this after the War museum and it was equally fascinating, as it covered the life of Ho Chi Minh. It was very interesting, and led me to want to read more about this man, to see what his views were. This museum had several floors as well, and we spent a lot of time walking through and learning about his life, his family, and his travels and writing.

In both museums the signs were plentiful and much was in English so you could understand it. (Of course, my wife could translate things for me so a few things were made more impressive knowing what they said.)

Phat Hoc Pagoda

Phat Hoc Pagoda is located in Hoa Binh Avenue – one of the great pagodas and also the famous spiritual destination of Can Tho city. The pagoda was built in 1951.

Previously, the pagoda had only 3 storeys, and the architecture was relatively simple. From 2012 to 2014, the pagoda was restored into a five-storey building, located majestically on Hoa Binh Avenue. The architecture of the pagoda is similar to many typical pagodas in the South, with the main hall, many doors, surrounded by corridors. The space of the pagoda is spacious and cool, when we enter the pagodas, it is like going into another world without noising and hustling.

Every year, Phat Hoc Pagoda often donates and organizes charitable activities to give money and gifts for the poor in Can Tho city; distribute rice and support free accommodation for students going to Can Tho to take the university entrance examination.

Bao Gia Trang Vien Ecological garden

Bao Gia Trang Vien Ecological garden is located at 268 Tran Hung Dao B, Thuong Thanh Ward, Cai Rang District, Can Tho City. This is a good place to organize outdoor activities, picnic and party parties. Located in an area that has not been exploited many tourist services, Bao Gia Trang Vien Eco-gardens started operating on 11/2015 with an area of over 11,000 m2, quite attractive from entertainment services, houses up to the typical homestay guesthouses. The campus of Bao Gia Ecological garden is spacious and airy, filled with green trees planted and carefully caring.

If you want to stay overnight, you can use the homestay service. At present, Bao Gia Trang Vien Garden Resort has 13 rooms with 2 dormitories which can accommodate 10 persons per room. There are 5 beds, 2 beds.

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