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Tips for driving in Can Tho – Transportation guide

Tips for driving in Can Tho - Transportation guide

Tips for driving in Can Tho

Driving is quite common in Can Tho. However, when you come to Can Tho for the first time or are not used to driving by car in Can Tho, you may be wondering: 

  • Do people drive on the left or right in Can Tho?
  • How do you find a reputable car rental company?
  • Can Tho have peak-hour traffic?
  • How is flooding problem in Can Tho traffic?

Fabulous Mekong Ecotours will suggest to you a few tips when traveling by car in Can Tho that can make your trip to Can Tho even more wonderful.

Prepare your vehicle for your trip:

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Things you need to know about traffic in Can Tho

Whether you’re visiting Can Tho or planning to stay a long time, understanding the traffic is essential to getting around quickly.

Driving on the right side of the road

In Can Tho, people have to drive on the right side of the road. Although the traffic rules here may be similar to your home, if you’ve never been to Can Tho, you should drive a little more cautiously or you can rent a car with a driver to go around Can Tho.

Walking in Mekong Delta village
Walking in Mekong Delta village

Parking

Most entertainment centers or tourist places in Can Tho have parking spaces. However, there are some shops and casual restaurants in Can Tho that do not have parking; therefore, you should ask the seller or the security guard there, and they will guide you where to park properly.

No parking areas are marked with blue circular signs with a red dash in the middle.

Rush hour

One of the great things about driving around Can Tho is the lighter traffic. Although the road is also quite crowded if you go to some city center roads at 7-8 am and 5-6 evening, that is not a cause for concern.

Therefore, you do not need to worry too much about traffic jams at peak hours.

Traffic in Can Tho in the rainy season

The rainy season is from May to October. During this season, you will see rain virtually daily and everywhere. Rainfall is highest in June and July. 

The seasons in Can Tho infographic
The seasons in Can Tho infographic

At the beginning of the rainy season in Can Tho, there are often thunderstorms and tornadoes. Intense thunderstorms can falling trees, and flooding of the streets in the rain. This makes it very difficult to drive.

However, you do not need to worry about this because the state agencies will cut down tree branches in the rainy season to limit falls, threatening human life and traffic safety on inner city roads.

Tips to drive in the rainy season

Wait until the weather becomes better

You should wait until the weather improves before driving. If you feel uncomfortable driving in the rain and may postpone your trip or commute, do so. If it’s not essential to drive in the rain, there’s no need to put yourself at risk.

Drive slowly

If you are driving in the rain, you should drive slower than the normal speed limit because wet roads are very dangerous. Therefore, slowing down is mandatory in rainy weather.

Turn on the car headlights

When driving in the rain, you should turn on your car’s headlights. Because that will help increase your visibility and other drivers to see your car on the road.

Maintain a safe distance between vehicles

It is more difficult to stop your car when driving in the rain because the road is slippery. Therefore, you should keep a greater distance between your car and other vehicles.

Traffic in Can Tho in the flooding season

In the rainy season, because it rains almost every day, a flood will happen in Can Tho in a few months. Flooding in Can Tho usually starts from August to November every year, the highest is in the second half of August and early September.

The highest flood level can be up to 2 meters. This has a significant impact on people’s lives and travel. Many vehicles are stalled and damaged.

The time of day when flooding occurs in Can Tho

Flooding in Can Tho usually occurs in the early morning (from about 6 am to 8 am) and in the evening (from 5 pm to 7 pm). Then the flooding will recede after that period.

Roads prone to flooding

The roads that are prone to flooding and often have the highest water levels are in the streets of Can Tho city center such as Mau Than, Nguyen Van Cu, April 30, Cach Mang Thang Tam, etc.

Tips to drive in the flooding season

News update

State agencies will announce the time of flooding and the dangerous depth of water so that people can proactively arrange a time to join traffic. Therefore, you should regularly watch the news or read newspapers on social networks to update the news. 

Avoid driving at times of flooding if possible

You can go out earlier than the time of the flood or later if you do not need to go outside.

Avoid standing puddles

You should drive through flooded areas when possible.

Keep moving

If you’re driving in a flood situation, do your best to keep moving through the water and don’t stop. Besides, do not accelerate suddenly or brake suddenly, just keep the momentum steady.

If you want to know more information about the weather in Can Tho, you can refer here: Best Time To Visit Can Tho.

Rainfall and Temperature table
Rainfall and Temperature table

Personal documents always need to bring when going to Can Tho

Here are a few documents that you need to prepare when traveling to Can Tho.

Passport

The minimum type of document you need to bring in your travel luggage to Can Tho is a passport valid for more than 6 months. If you do not have a passport, you should go to work early

Visa

If you travel or plan to stay in Can Tho for a long time, a visa is required, valid for a maximum stay of 30 days (this period includes cases that the visa is exempt).

Vietnamese driving license

Vietnamese driving license is mandatory for all car drivers as well as motorcyclists over 50cc. Non-Vietnamese people are only allowed to drive in Vietnam if they have a temporary Vietnamese driver’s license.

Other identification documents

When in a foreign country, identity documents are very important. You not only need a passport, but also a national identity card.

Personal papers help identify who you are, and which country citizen you are so that if you encounter any problems, you will be able to provide personal information and enjoy certain guarantees from the Vietnamese embassy.

Keep your money carefully

  • In addition to carrying a suitcase, to avoid having to carry bulky luggage during the trip, you should prepare a small bag with a long strap to hold your wallet or phone when traveling in the city. 
  • Note that the bag should not be left behind, but should be worn on the chest to avoid theft (especially when you go to crowded places). 
  • It is best to change to Vietnamese currency at the airport or bank so that you can easily spend it when traveling in Can Tho.

Getting out of the car

It’s best to open the door and get out of the car on the side of the sidewalk. In the event that you get out of the car on the opposite side, you should check the safety of the rear side of the vehicle to ensure that no other vehicles are passing. This helps keep you and other road users safe

Remember to check your personal belongings such as mobile phones, wallets, identification documents, etc. before leaving the car.

How to handle bad situations when driving by car in Can Tho

You can come across circumstances that are beyond your control when driving. Use these suggestions to make the right decisions when faced with a difficult situation.

Astray

When you get lost and take the wrong way, you can ask the people there. They will show you the right path.

Car breakdown

There may be cases where your car breaks down or your car breaks down while on the road. When this happens, get the help of a reputable mechanic to check the car or you can ask someone to help you find a car repair unit to help you.

Most of the houses in the city have mechanics. If it is a car that you rent from the company, you can call the company directly for the fastest support.

Police stop

Assuming that no accidents have occurred and you are not involved in any unusual behavior, it should not be a big deal for the police to stop you.

There’s nothing to fear, especially if you’re abiding by the law. Just stay calm, and be polite to the police. Always carry your legal documents with you to have some form of identification so that you can communicate effectively with the police.

In case you lose your way or break down your car at night or on an empty road, you can call the hotline + 112. This is the number of requests for assistance and search and rescue nationwide.

Why should you choose to drive the car in Can Tho?

  • Independence and freedom: When taking public transport, you may worry about travel time and schedule. If you miss your bus, you may have to wait a long time to catch the next bus. However, if you ride, you will be able to be proactive in arranging your schedule
  • Privacy: You will have a safe place and ample space to store your belongings inside the car
  • Save time: The speed when riding will save you a lot of time.

Should you choose a car or a motorbike?

Depending on the situation and purpose, using a motorbike or a car will be more convenient.

Depending on the distance and destination

If you are going to a remote location such as outside the city center, you should choose a car because you will feel more comfortable when traveling long distances.

When you go to the market, you can choose to go by motorbike for more convenience because the space in the market is a bit small and there is usually not much parking space for cars.

Package

If your luggage is large and bulky, you should choose a car to have more storage space.

Financial capability

Gas prices and car rental are always more expensive than motorbikes, so you can consider your own finances to make the right choice.

In addition to going by car, you can refer to other means of transportation in Can Tho here: How To Get To Can Tho?

Tips for renting a car in Can Tho

If you intend to rent a car in Can Tho for a comfortable journey, here are some things you need to keep in mind.

Determining the purpose of renting a car in Can Tho

You should take some time to clearly determine the needs and purposes of renting a car as well as the car selection criteria such as car type, car color, car rental term, price, etc.

Determining this purpose in advance will help you when referring to car rental service providers in Can Tho, you can be more accessible and more proactive in comparing and evaluating to come to the right choice.

When choosing a car rental service, you should book a car early

The demand for renting a car in Can Tho or anywhere in the country to travel is increasing. Therefore, the tip when renting a car in Can Tho is that you should plan and book a car rental early, to make sure that you will rent beautiful cars, at cheap prices, and timely.

Car booking steps in Can Tho

  • Choose a reputable car rental place. Hiring a car from a reputable company will help you avoid scams and have a safe and comfortable trip.
  • Specify the destination.
  • Select the vehicle or car rental service you want. You can go to the company’s website to find this information.
  • Confirm the reservation and pay the deposit. You can do this right on the car rental company’s website
  • Meet the driver and pick up the car. You can check the vehicle information directly
  • Check vehicle status, pay bills and receive your rental car.

How to choose a reputable car rental company in Can Tho

We will suggest reputable car rental places in Can Tho for your reference

– Fabulous Mekong Ecotours.

Fabulous Mekong Ecotours supplies private transfer services with modern 4-seater and 7-seater cars and professional drivers at a reasonable price. The cost will vary depending on the destination, as well as the size and style of the car.

  • Address: 162/42A Nguyen Viet Hong, Ninh Kieu, Can Tho, Vietnam.

Renting a car at a reasonable price in Can Tho

For you to rent a car in Can Tho at a reasonable and economical price, you should choose reputable car rental companies. Besides, you should also plan and book a car early to help you avoid encountering the situation of being ripped off car rental prices because you have to rent a car in a hurry to keep up with your plan.

On average, a rental car in Can Tho costs between $51 and $150 per day, depending on the destination, as well as the size, and the style of the car. The price does not include 10% VAT, the escort, tour guide, and a 30% surcharge on Sept 02nd, Apr 30th, May 1st, March 10th on the lunar calendar, and 03 days of the Lunar New Year. You have many types of vehicles to choose from, but the most popular are 4-seater and 7-seater.

Car rental payments are usually made in cash or payment via PayPal. Some car hire companies in Can Tho may ask you to pay in advance or a small deposit.

Provincial routes from Can Tho

#RouteDistance
1Can Tho – Sai Gon170 km
2Can Tho – Rach Gia112 km
3Can Tho – Chau Doc 120 km
4Can Tho – Ha Tien210 km
5Can Tho – Vinh Long 38 km
6Can Tho – Cai Be74 km
7Can Tho – My Tho109 km
8Can Tho – Tran De81 km
9Can Tho – Tra Su 126 km
10Can Tho – Tra Vinh75 km
11Can Tho – Vung Tau252 km
12Can Tho – Mui Ne370 km
13Can Tho – Ben Tre110 km
14Can Tho – Soc Trang62 km
15Can Tho – Bac Lieu 105 km
16Can Tho – Ca Mau149 km

FAQ

Where to rent a car in Can Tho?

There are many reputable car rental companies in Can Tho for foreign tourists such as Fabulous Mekong Ecotours. We supply private transfer services with modern 4-seater and 7-seater cars and professional drivers at a reasonable price. The cost will vary depending on the destination, as well as the size and style of the car.

How to book a car with a driver from Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh city?

You can contact Fabulous Mekong Ecotours to book a car with a driver from Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh city. We supply high-quality cars and our driver has a lot of experience in domestic tours and has a good customer service spirit.

How much does it cost to hire a car in Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho?

Car rental from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho is $119 for a 4-seater car and $132 for a 7-seater car.

How to book a transfer service from Can Tho to Ca Mau? 

If you want to book a transfer service from Can Tho to Ca Mau, you can contact Fabulous Mekong Ecotours. We offer private transfer services with modern 4-seater and 7-seater cars and professional drivers at a reasonable price. 

What side of the road do people drive on in Can Tho?

In Can Tho, people have to drive on the right side of the road. Although the traffic rules here may be similar to your home, if you’ve never been to Can Tho, you should drive a little more cautiously or you can rent a car with a driver to go around Can Tho.

Can Tho has peak-hour traffic?

One of the great things about driving around Can Tho is the lighter traffic. Although the road is also quite crowded if you go to some city center roads at 7-8 am and 5-6 evening, that is not a cause for concern. Therefore, you do not need to worry too much about traffic jams at peak hours.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Can Tho for a day?

On average, a rental car in Can Tho costs between $51 and $150 per day, depending on the destination and the size and style of the car. The price does not include 10% VAT, the escort, tour guide, and a 30% surcharge on Sept 02nd, Apr 30th, May 1st, March 10th on the lunar calendar, and 03 days of the Lunar New Year.

Are baby seats available when renting a car in Can Tho?

Fabulous Mekong Ecotours also offers a wide range of baby safety seats suitable for babies and children when you require them. And we will provide you with detailed information about baby seats when you rent a car our car.

Can I eat food in a rental car in Can Tho?

In order to avoid unfortunate events such as spilling food in the car, etc., some car rental companies will regulate not eating in the car.

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