You're Going to Love Can Tho
Can Tho is famous for its floating markets in which tourists can explore Vietnamese culture and food at its finest. There are also a great many museums, pagodas, and Buddhist temples to visit in the surrounding area, which attracts many international visitors.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Can Tho
1. Floating Markets
These Venetian-like markets located on small canals are a great place to bargain for souvenirs and try local Vietnamese food.
2. Ong Temple
This 19th-century Buddhist and Confucian temple faces the river and is popular for its brightly colored facade.
3. Cần Thơ Museum
This museum housing over 5,000 artifacts and replicas telling the history of Vietnam is located in the city center and is free of charge for visitors.
4. Luu Huu Phuoc Park
This downtown green space is a popular meeting point and hosts many activities including picnics, informal sports games, and concerts.
5. Nguyen Trai Bridge
Relax at sunset on this bridge with great views overlooking the city and the Hậu River.
When to Visit Can Tho
The best time to visit is between February to April when there is little rainfall and temperatures are modest and consistently sunny.
How to Get to Can Tho
Can Tho International Airport (VCA) has daily flights to Asia and other international cities. Most visitors will then transfer by private taxi to their hotel in the city center, which generally costs ₫25,000.
Travel along the QL1A highway from Ho Chi Minh City to reach Can Tho in 3.5 hours.
Thanh Buoi, Phuong Trang, and Mai Linh buses leave every 1-2 hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho and cost ₫100,000. The journey takes 3-4 hours.
Airlines serving Cần Thơ
Where to Stay in Can Tho
Water-facing rooms at the luxurious Victoria Can Tho cost ₫5 million. Kim Lan Hotel is cheaper, with breakfast included and rooms facing a busier main street.
Popular Neighborhoods in Can Tho
Quang Duc Pagoda - this area is home to one of the biggest Buddhist pagodas with monks still living on the premises.
Xuan Khanh - the historical center of the city is characterized by the Mau Than shopping street and student population.
Cái Khế - here you will find many restaurants and hotels as well as the the Cái Khế Market, selling fresh fruits and textiles along the river.
Where to stay in popular areas of Cần Thơ
Most booked hotels in Cần Thơ
How to Get Around Can Tho
Cyclos or shared motorbikes are popular in Vietnam, with a standard ride costing around ₫20,000 - 60,000.
Mai Linh and Happy Taxi are the two main taxi companies, with tariffs starting at ₫8,000. A typical ride in the city center costs ₫15,000.
There are many companies with daily rental options. Motorbike rentals start at ₫220,000 and are a great way to quickly travel around the city.
The Cost of Living in Can Tho
The floating markets are a great place to pick up traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.
Groceries and Other
Most food shopping is done at the floating markets or at LOTTE Mart Cần Thơ. A dozen eggs costs ₫29,000.
Where to Eat in Can Tho
Browse among the many food stalls on Hot Pot Alley (between Mau Than Street and Hem 1 Ly Tu Trong), named after the signature "hot pot" Vietnamese dish. Meals generally cost around ₫130,000.