Cantho City - The Center of Mekong Delta
Sited at the confluence of the Can Tho and Hau Giang rivers, Cantho is the delta's biggest, a major trading centre and transport interchange. However, abundant rice fields are never far away, and boat trips along the canals and rivers, through memorable floating markets, are undoubtedly Can Tho's star attraction. It is about 160 km away from Saigon, 4 hours drive as there is a ferry to pass which takes time to wait.
Ninh Kieu Pier - Cantho, Vietnam
Things you should do
• Boat to visit the floating markets.
• Experience life of Vietnamese in the countryside.
• Visit to the local market by the river.
• Visit to local homes to understand life in Mekong Delta.
• Have snake and rat as the Mekong specialties.
When to go
There are two seasons in Southern Vietnam, with the annual average temperature is around 27ºC, rains during wet season from May and November, the best time to visit tropical climate zone - Ho Chi Minh City is in the dry season - from December to April. Even rainy season, but it rains some days. So, you can travel to Saigon all year around. You should ovoid to visit Saigon during Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year, it fails around the end of January or the beginning of February, very close to Chinese New Year) as you won’t see a busy daily activities of this City.
+ Roads: 160 km away from Saigon, 4 hour drive.
+ Boat: Speed boat from Saigon River takes 3 hours. There is no way to go by air nor train down Cantho from Saigon.
Where to stay
Cantho Victoria Resort, 4 stars, from USD 120: the best hotel in Cantho The only luxury hotel in the centre of the Mekong Delta, the four stars Victoria Can Tho Resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. Close to Can Tho town, but a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, the resort lies on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst gardens with a plethora of exotic plants. www.victoriahotels-asia.com
Cantho Golf Hotel, 4 stars, from USD 80: Located on the banks of the Hau river- one of the nine estuaries of the Mekong Delta- Golf Can Tho is a splendid modern style hotel set in the magnificent Can Tho city. The hotel feature 101 rooms, 8 of which are spacious suites, all has balcony with a half river view. www.vinagolf.vn
Saigon Cantho Hotel, 3 stars, from USD 40: Good location, right in the City Center, fine services. www.saigoncantho.com.vn
What to eat
Can Tho is famous for delicate cuisine and extra-fresh fruit and vegetables, and a good place to try and eat the fruit you would not usually like: you may well find they are very tasty and enjoyable. Among the local produce, you may like to try mangoes, oranges, jackfruit, pomeloes, grapefruit, but also custard apple, corossol, longans or even durian.
Cantho is also popular for fresh water fish like elephant eared fish, snaked head fish, and cat fish. And if you want to try exotic food, you can find snake and rat.
What to see & do
Cairang Floating Market: Floating market is the unique one in Mekong Delta, all boats gather together at the River Corner during the early morning hours, larger sized boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of. The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even smuggled goods like cigarettes. Sellers do not have to cry out about their goods because their goods can be seen in a distance and their cries would not be heard in the vastness of the river and the noise of boat engines. Small boats that sell beer, soft drinks and wine go among the other boats to serve market-goers and visitors. Sellers tie their goods to a tall pole so that buyers can see from a distance what they are selling.
Bring along mosquito spay & rain coat./.