Uncover the unforgettable delights of the Mekong Delta at its very best.
Famous for its picturesque canals, vibrant floating markets, and inspiring temples, Can Tho is a place of enchanting culture and heritage. The epicentre of the Mekong Delta, it's easy to see why this is one of Vietnam's must-visit destinations. Highly popular with tourists, boasting lively waterfront restaurants, bars, and plenty of amenities, the city nonetheless maintains a unique sense of harmony with nature and a connectedness to its authentic roots which can be lacking in other, larger cities. Beautiful waterways crisscross the city and surrounding area, giving it a distinctly peaceful air. Plied by local craftsmen, fishermen, and wading birds, you're as likely to encounter a traditional wooden boat propelled by a bamboo pole as you are a modern motor craft, whilst elegant Vietnamese and French colonial-style buildings capture all the timeless grace of a bygone era.
Often styled as Vietnam's western capital, Can Tho is filled with plenty of unforgettable sights and hidden gems to explore, and is the perfect base from which to discover the delights of the Mekong Delta beyond. Filled with colourful Khmer pagodas and scenic Buddhist monasteries, you're never far from rich cultural excursions or interesting historic spots. Relaxing river cruises, taking in the area's rich wildlife and displaying the more rustic side of Vietnam, are plentiful.
No trip here would be complete without a visit to the iconic Cai Rang floating market. One of the largest in the world, filled with hundreds of rustic sampan boats displaying all kinds of colourful wares, you can signal and they'll dock alongside your boat, bringing you everything from handmade souvenirs and rich Vietnamese coffee to delicious local street food and beer or cocktails. Be sure to head to the alluring illuminations of the Ninh Kieu waterfront at night for spectacular views of the water as well as some of the best dining experiences to be found.
Approx. 16 hrs 5 mins
Best Time To Go
December to April
Enjoying a well-balanced tropical climate, temperatures in Can Tho are consistently warm all year round. The region experiences two seasons – a dry season in the summer, and a monsoon season in the winter. Though at its hottest during April to June, the area is best visited between December and March when it is a little cooler and much drier. Frequent showers and occasional flooding can occur during the monsoon season.