CanTho City Travel Guide

CanTho city
CanTho city

Cantho, Vietnam – one of the largest cities of the country, is practically considered the ‘capital’ of Mekong Delta. Being the gateway to the paradise ofMekong Delta, Vietnam, practically no other urban city in Vietnam can match Can Tho in terms of its spectacular landscape. Bustling with life and color, Cantho is like a painter’s stroke on the canvas of Vietnam. You must visit this place, one of the most frequented of the Vietnam popular destinations and that too with lots of time in hand.

The city of Cantho, Vietnam is located exactly on the Southern Bank of Hau Giang, a tributary of the Mekong River. It is immediately behind Danang and is about 160 kilometers away from the Ho Chi Minh City. Cantho’s busy city life can be credited to the fact that this province produces some of the largest amount of rice, vegetables, fruits in the whole country. They also have a flourishing fish production unit. Its sea port, being able to house some large ships from foreign countries is also a centre of lot of activity.

In spite of being a prime urban area, Cantho’s picturesque location in the midst of meandering rivers, is what makes it a haven for tourism. Canal tours, the floating markets, the nearby villages, parks and other prominent attractions, the city offers plenty.

Some of the major tourist attractions in Cantho, Vietnam are:

Floating Markets in Cantho: These are one of the distinctive features of this district and are of great interest to the tourists. Some of the most frequented floating markets in this area are Cai Be, Cai Rang, Phung Hiep, Phong Dien, Nga Nam and Long Xuyen. Of these the Cai Rang Floating Market is the most popular one. Apart from providing a lovely view of the busting activities, these markets are a great place to hangout as they have lots of floating restaurants also.

Tourist Gardens in Cantho: There are several riverside gardens all over Can Tho like My khanh, San Duong, Ba lang and Tan Binh. These gardens give a closer view of the flora and fauna of this place.

Ong Pagoda in Cantho: Situated right at the centre of the city, on Hai Ba Trung Road, near the Ninh Kieu Wharf, the Ong Pagoda is the place for all Chinese cultural and religious activities in Cantho, Vietnam. Its colorful Chinese architecture is of special interest.

Ninh Kieu Wharf: This is the heart of all industrial activities in Cantho. Positioned on the bank of Hau River, it has a number of floating restaurants. Cantho City Museum: Situated on Phan Dinh Phung Street in Can Tho this museum provides an overview of the native history, culture, customs and traditions.

Army Museum: Situated on Hoa Binh just opposite to the City Museum, this Museum exhibits weapons, maps, photographs and other items from the Vietnamese War. It gives an idea of Vietnam’s long fight to freedom.

Cantho in Vietnam is a fabulous place offering everything required for a charming vacation. Getting here is quite easy as it is linked to the other main cities of Vietnam, like Ho Chi Minh City and My Tho by efficient bus services. The Cantho bus stop is just 2 km north-west to the heart of the city.

Also See:

 Cantho hotels
 Tours to Cantho
 Cantho photo gallery
 Cantho travel guide
 Can Tho natural conditions
 Restaurants & Bars in Cantho
 Cantho overviews
 Cantho history

Bars and restaurant in Can Tho

While many of Can Tho’s eateries line the riverside, a bunch of reasonable options are also clustered around the hotels towards the southern end of town, and a block or so back from the river. You won’t have to look too far at all to find a good place to eat in Can Tho.

Com Chay An Lac – Vegetarian hideaway
10 Dien Bien Phu, Can Tho – Can Tho
Tel: (071) 815 188;
This hole-in-the-wall vegetarian restaurant boasts a wall dedicated solely to meat substitute products, and while it may mostly look like dog-food, it tastes good. Popular with locals, especially for take-away they offer good soups, fresh spring rolls and a variety of other ready-made vegie dishes, plus service with a smile. Vegetarians won’t be disappointed and meat eaters may be fooled. English menu.
Type of Food: Vegetarian only / Vietnamese /

Goc Pho – Jovial and local
83 Phan Ding Phung St, Can Tho – Can Tho
A boisterous and very local scene, Goc Pho attracts a steady stream of young Canthonians with their brisk service, cold drinks and good food. Goc Pho has a jovial atmosphere and if you find yourself still hungry, dive around the corner to one of the stalls for a late night top-up.
Type of Food: Vietnamese /

Hop Pho – Coffee and ice cream with the locals
6 Ngo Gia Tu St, Can Tho – Can Tho
Set behind the Golf Hotel, this sprawling two-level coffee and ice-cream emporium is a must-try if you want to get away from the tourist crowds and relax in a purely Vietnamese environment. Popular with students and grannies alike, the well-alcoholised coffees carry enough sugar to send you into cardiac arrest and the ice creams are not far behind. Exhaustive, bordering on bizarre drinks list — try the Aloe Vera and Grenadine cocktail, or perhaps the fresh milk and orange juice concoction. Very welcoming staff. Recommended.
Type of Food: Coffee and/or Tea House / Vietnamese /

Hotel 31 – Popular local hangout
31 Ngo Duc Ke St, Can Tho – Can Tho
Tel: (071) 825 287;
While western tourists rule the roost here at lunch, in the evenings the restaurant at Hotel 31 rests firmly in local hands. A full house is a regular deal here and while we gave it a go, it seemed we didn’t have as much luck as the locals in our menu choices — local knowledge perhaps, so ask for whatever the table next to you is having if you want to try here. Reasonable prices.
Type of Food: Vietnamese /

Mekong Restaurant – Riverside hole-in-the-wall
Hai Ba Trung St, Can Tho – Can Tho
The building if not the bar and restaurant has been in action since 1965 and the fries here taste as if they’ve been cooked in oil that hasn’t been changed since then. Mekong has one of the most enthusiastic touts we’ve ever come across — he doesn’t shy from chasing cars down the road to bring in more traffic to this small hole-in-the-wall. Attracts a steady crowd of Vietnamese who go for the noodle soup, local characters who knock back beer, and travellers who regret ordering the fries. Reasonable prices and a comprehensive western and Vietnamese menu, with a few goat specials thrown in.
Type of Food: International / Vietnamese /

Nam Bo – Lofty atmosphere, lofty prices
50 Hai Ba Trung St, Can Tho – Can Tho
This fancy two-storey colonial building attracts tourists like bugs to a lantern and it’s easy to see why. The second floor terrace is ideal for people watching and savouring the late afternoon Can Tho light. Service is particularly good and friendly, and while the food and drinks are both succulent and refreshing, the prices may leave your throat a little dry. A good option for a splurge.
Type of Food: International / Vietnamese /

Phong Nam Restaurant – Complimentary snake wine
48 Hai Ba Trung St, Can Tho – Can Tho
Tel: (071) 812 077;
Playing second fiddle to the flash Nam Bo next door, Phong Nam is popular with tour groups and travellers alike. Jovial staff lay on complimentary snake wine to get you started. Their fare is good and the prices far more down to earth than its lofty neighbour. Decor is non-existent but the atmosphere can get pretty raucous.
Type of Food: International / Vietnamese /

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