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Ultimate Travel Guide to Can Tho 2023

Ultimate Travel Guide to Can Tho 2023

Travel guide to Can Tho

Located in the heart of the Mekong region of Vietnam and known as the capital of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is always a Western tourist destination attracting a large number of tourists because of the beauty of the river and garden, both rustic and lyrical.

The modernity of the city mixed with a rustic breath and long-standing cultural values is what makes visitors linger on nostalgia for the land of the West.

Floating Market in Vietnam flycam
Floating Market in Vietnam flycam

Can Tho is a land of harmony between rice fields, fruit gardens, and farmers and workers. Exploring Can Tho, visitors will feel loved sitting on small boats because they experience the local lifestyle on the Mekong River that Vietnamese people have lived for many years.

In addition, you also have the opportunity to explore the wonderful orchards (depending on the season) and enjoy a variety of tropical fruits. Not only that, Can Tho cuisine also has unique features of the flavor of Western Vietnam. Each dish is associated with Can Tho culture, so you will have the opportunity to understand more about Can Tho.

Pick and taste fresh fruits in the gardent
Pick and taste fresh fruits in the gardent

Coming to Can Tho, you can also experience the lifestyle of a young city in Vietnam. You will experience the taste with a food tour, or experience riding a bicycle (or motorbike) through crowded roads, etc. FME will become an online Travel Guide to Can Tho to help you pack useful luggage before traveling.

You can see stories, life, food, culture and more via Emagazine by FME: Mekong Delta Emagazine.

Emagazine by FME Travel
Emagazine by FME Travel

Table of Contents

Things to know about Can Tho

If you are a tourist and visiting our city for the first time, you will need to know what Can Tho has to offer such as food, nightlife, local tours, famous coffee shops, tourist information about safe travel guides.

Experiencing some of the local cafes is a must: Best Local Coffee Shops in Can Tho.

Let’s discover the top reasons to go, the best time to visit, tours and free itineraries, history, and hidden gems with the official guide. Find out what to do, where to go, where to stay, and what to eat in Can Tho from the local travel experts who know it best. If you cannot visit just yet, plan ahead to make the most of your wish lists.

"Queen" of pork BBQ
“Queen” of pork BBQ

Let’s travel with FME to Can Tho for full experience.

Where is Can Tho? 

Can Tho city is located on the south bank of the Hau River, the largest tributary of the Mekong River, with a population of 1,78 million by 2022. Can Tho has been the capital city of the Southwest region since the French colonial period, which continues to be the economic center of the Mekong Delta region.

In addition to geographical features, it is an important transport hub between the provinces in the region. Can Tho city is also known as a “river delta city”. 

Life on Mekong river
Life on Mekong river

Can Tho is also called Tay Do land, where there are rice paddy fields, and flying fruit trees. Especially a network of interconnected canals, houses with unique ancient architecture, and the friendliness of local people.

Can Tho and Vietnam travel restrictions

Currently, the covid epidemic is still in Vietnam, so to ensure your safety when traveling to Can Tho and Vietnam, it is best to wear a mask. However, all are well-controlled and not strict with tourists about regulations. You can easily travel in Can Tho, almost all places are open to welcome guests.

Please stay up to date here: Mekong Delta travel advice and safety.

Timezone in Can Tho

Vietnam sits in the time zone of UTC + 7 hours. This is the same time zone as Ho Chi Minh city, Bangkok and other Indochinese countries.

Best time to travel to Can Tho

Balm garden on Son islet
Balm garden on Son islet

Located in the western portion of the river, Can Tho experiences two distinct seasons throughout the year (dry season and rainy season).

2 seasons in Can Tho

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

The best months to visit Can Tho are January through April when the weather’s warm and sunny with a clear sky.

Dry season

From December to August with the highest average temperature of 33.5°C (92.3°F) and the lowest of 22.1°C (71.8°F). In the dry season, you can easily experience outdoor activities in Can Tho such as exploring the Mekong Delta’s lifestyle by bicycle, rowing SUP to watch the sunset on the Mekong River, etc.

Rainy season

From September to November with the highest average temperature of 31.3°C (88.3°F) and the lowest of 24.4°C (75.9°F). In the rainy season in Can Tho, you should limit outdoor activities. Instead, you can experience indoor activities such as visiting museums or ancient temples in Can Tho, etc.

Can Tho weather by months

Rainfall and Temperature table - The Weather in Can Tho
Rainfall and Temperature table

Can Tho weather December, January, and February

Can Tho’s weather at this time of year is ideal for tourists to enjoy the warm climate. This season’s typical high temperature ranges from 31°C (87.8°F) to 24°C (75.2°F). The amount of rain is little on average. Because of the warm weather, these are the busiest travel seasons of the year. Therefore, prices for hotels or flights will increase during these months.

Can Tho weather March, April, and May

The combination of high temperatures and humidity makes this season feel hot. Highs in these months vary from 24°C (75.2°F) to 33°C (91.4°F) and it rarely rains. Therefore, these are also the best times for tourism in Can Tho.

Can Tho weather June, July, August

The middle of the year has quite pleasant weather with highs that are pretty warm with 23°C (73.4°F) to 32°C (89.6°F). These months get mild precipitation, averaging 3 to 5 days each month. 

Can Tho weather September, October, and November

Given the humidity and breeze, the daily highs in the fall range from 23°C (73.4°F) to 31°C (87.8°F), which will feel extremely pleasant. In these months, the rainfall will be higher than in the previous months.

The best time to go to Can Tho is from December to April. You can learn more about: The weather in Can Tho.

Specialties in Can Tho: Must-try food in Can Tho

The culinary experience is one of the experiences that visitors cannot ignore when coming to Can Tho. The delicious and bold flavors of Western Vietnam in every dish in Can Tho will awaken your taste buds.

If you are a vegetarian, you must check out this article: BEST Vegetarian Restaurants in Can Tho.

Nem Nuong (Vietnam Pork BBQ Rolls)

Grilling pork BBQ rolls Nem Nuong
Grilling pork BBQ rolls Nem Nuong

Grilled rolls made with lean pork, soaked in a smooth paste to add diced fat and flavored garlic, sugar, salt, etc. with a fingertip.

The seller skewered or clamped the meat on the bamboo chopsticks placed on the embers of blisters, fat, and small, smoky, fragrant fumes.

  • Recommend restaurant: Nem Nuong Hai Van
  • Address: 98 De Tham Street, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.

See more via Emagazine: Nem Nuong Hai Van in Can Tho.

Banh Cong (Vietnamese Fried Shrimp Cake)

Fried prawn banh cong
Fried prawn banh cong

Banh Cong, also known as Fried Shrimp Cake, is a common afternoon or evening snack in Can Tho. This food is made from rice, soy flour, mung beans, shredded taro, minced pork, and shrimp. It comes with lettuce, a variety of fresh herbs, and either a sweet or sour dipping sauce.

  • Recommend restaurant: Banh Cong Co Ut.
  • Address: 86/38 Ly Tu Trong Street, An Cu Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.

See more via Emagazine: Banh Cong in Can Tho.

Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake)

Banh Xeo Vietnamese pancakes
Banh Xeo Vietnamese pancakes

When going to Can Tho, remember to enjoy the famous food in Can Tho – Banh Xeo.

Raw materials for making pancakes are rice flour mixed with coconut milk, turmeric, shrimp, meat, etc. Banh Xeo rolls with rice veggies (spicy green mustard, lettuce, etc.) Depending on taste, you can dip Banh Xeo in fish sauce or soy sauce.

  • Recommend restaurant: Banh Xeo 7 Toi.
  • Address: 45 Hoang Quoc Viet Street, An Binh Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.

Vit Nau Chao (Vietnamese Duck With Fermented Bean Curd Hotpot)

Duck with fermented vietnamese
Duck with fermented vietnamese

The main ingredients that make up this dish are Siamese duck and ‘Chao’ – a type of fermented bean curd, it is a typical dish of the Mekong Delta. When eating, you will feel the softness of duck but still retain the toughness, the aroma of coconut water, and the flesh of taro. Served in the hot pot can be fresh noodles, straw mushrooms, or tofu skin.

  • Recommend restaurant: Thanh Giao.
  • Address: Alley 1, Ly Tu Trong Street, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.

Banh Tet La Cam (Cylindrical glutinous rice cake with magenta leaf) 

Banh Tet La Cam - Rice Cake Vietnamese
Banh Tet La Cam – Rice Cake Vietnamese

Banh Tet La Cam has become a specialty and famous food in Can Tho. “Banh tet la cam” is different from ordinary “Banh Tet” in that it has the characteristic purple color of magenta leaves along with a delicious taste, so it makes a difference compared to other regions.

In addition to traditional ingredients such as sticky rice, green beans, coconut milk, and fatty meat, Banh Tet La Cam has some very attractive ingredients such as salted duck yolk, and pork.

Besides, to enjoy and discover Mekong cuisine, we recommend you join this food tour: Food Tours in Can Tho.

Top restaurants in Can Tho

When coming to Can Tho, eating anywhere is also one of the things that tourists care about. Therefore, FME will provide you with some restaurants in Can Tho for your reference. Can Tho has many restaurants from local restaurants to luxury restaurants.

Nem Nuong Hai Van restaurant
Nem Nuong Hai Van restaurant

Local restaurants in Can Tho

  • Nem Nuong Hai Van (98 De Tham Street, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho).
  • Banh Cong Co Ut (86/38 Ly Tu Trong Street, An Cu Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho).
  • Banh Xeo 7 Toi (45 Hoang Quoc Viet Street, An Binh Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho).
  • Thanh Giao restaurant (Alley 1, Ly Tu Trong Street, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho).

Luxury restaurants in Can Tho

  • Lua Nep restaurant (Cai Khe Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho).
  • Grill and Chill SteakHouse (110B Tran Van Kheo Street, Cai Khe Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho).
  • K&K Crawfish Can Tho restaurant (9 Tran Binh Trong Street, An Phu ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho).

Which language is widely spoken in Can Tho?

The answer is Vietnamese.

If you’re worried about communicating, do not worry! English speakers can be found in most tourist areas and in major cities but when venturing out of these areas, very few speak English, and the older generation might also speak French.

Traveler visit cocoa farm in Can Tho
Traveler visit cocoa farm in Can Tho

The official language in Vietnam is Vietnamese, but English is widely spoken in more touristy places. While it’s unlikely that you’ll have any trouble with language barriers in the bigger cities, it’s always a good idea to know the basics.

Here are a few key phrases that will make your trip a whole lot more enjoyable and perhaps even impress a few locals:

Daily Conversation

EnglishVietnamesePronunciation
Hello/HiXin chàosin chow
GoodbyeTạm biệttam bee it
Sorry/Excuse meXin lỗiseen loy
Thank youCám ơngahm un
YesDạzah
NoKhôngkhom
Do you speak English?Bạn biết nói tiếng Anh không?ban byet noy tyeng ang kaumng?
I don’t understandTôi không hiểutoy kohng hugh

Asking direction

EnglishVietnamesePronunciation
Where is…?… ở đâu?…uh doh?
I want to go to…Tôi muốn đến…toy muan dean…
I am lostTôi bị lạcToy bee lag
How to get to …?Đi đến…như thế nào?Di dean…nhu thea nao

Shopping & Haggle

EnglishVietnamesePronunciation
How much?Bao nhiêu tiền?Bow neuw tee-en?
Can you give me a discount?Bớt được không?Bot duoc kung?
That’s too expensive!Đắt quá!Dat wa!
I will take itTôi mua cái nàyToy moo-ah kuy nay
I don’t want to buyTôi không muaToy kung moo-ah
What is this?Cái gì đây?Kie zee day

Dining and ordering food

EnglishVietnamesePronunciation
PhoPhởFuh
BreadBánh mìBanh mee
Iced coffee with milkCà phê sữa đáKa fey sooh da

Local currency

Vietnam currency
Vietnam currency

The Vietnamese Dong or VND is the currency in Vietnam. For current exchange rates, check the internet for accurate and up-to-date information.

Always double-check the denomination of bills you are paying as some look very similar in color, (namely the 500,000 and 20,000 VND notes). It’s best to keep more minor changes and bills handy to make paying for things much more manageable.

How to get to Can Tho?

Air travel

In 2011, Can Tho International Airport opened. It is served with flights to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand), Ha Noi, Phu Quoc, Da Nang, Con Dao, Nha Trang, Dalat…

The average price ranges from 750,000 VND to 6,4 million VND (32 USD – 275 USD) per flight ticket. Currently, there aren’t any direct flights from Saigon to Can Tho, so you have to transit at Phu Quoc or Da Nang Airport for a few hours before continuing to Can Tho.

Bus travel

From Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho. You can catch a bus from the Western bus station. The time to travel to Can Tho is 3,5 hours.

There is still no means of transport by boat or train to Can Tho.

You can learn more about other transportation to Can Tho: How to get to Can Tho.

How to get around Can Tho?

As the center of the Mekong Delta region, Can Tho has invested in upgrading its transportation and infrastructure. It also means that traveling to the city won’t take much sweat, especially when you get here by public bus, car, ferry, or airplane. 

Getting around Can Tho by scooter

Scooter is the most popular transportation choice in Vietnam in general and Can Tho in particular. Vietnamese people use motorbikes to go to work or travel within a short driving distance. Besides, motorbikes are the easiest transportation to use, not expensive, and very flexible. 

For travelers, you can rent or buy a motorbike from one destination to travel through the country, then sell it to get money back and save more for traveling in Vietnam.

But you should test your motorbike driving skills and get familiar with transportation in Vietnam in advance. A group of travelers driving together is the best choice when you can help each other, especially on the less traveled road.

You can also rent a motorbike or a bike to get around Can Tho city. It will cost about VND 200,000 to rent a motorbike in 24 hours and it may be cheaper if it is an older manual motorbike. Our company provides scooter rental service for visitors who want to enjoy the city scenes by themselves. 

You can rent scooters at a reasonable price and the best service at: Scooter rental in Can Tho.

Getting around Can Tho by taxi

Taxis are the second most common vehicle that Vietnamese people prefer to use, especially on sunny days. The most popular taxi companies nowadays in Can Tho are Mai Linh and Khanh Cuong. 

Khanh Cuong Taxi

Khanh Cuong Taxi is a large Can Tho taxi company, familiar to locals. 

  • Call center: +84 29 23 86 86 86
  • Fares: from 10.700 VND/km (about $0,41)

Mai Linh Taxi

Mai Linh Taxi Can Tho provides door-to-door shuttle services with affordable rates and a variety of vehicles from 4 seats to 7 seats.

  • Call center: +84 292 3 65 65 65
  • Fares: from 12.000 VND/km (about $0,5)

Getting around Can Tho by bike

Bicycles are always available in Can Tho. Some hotels and homestays even provide you with bicycles. Our company has services for riding bicycles around the countryside for tourists.

Tourist do bicycle tour in Mekong Delta
Tourist do bicycle tour in Mekong Delta

If you book a tour at our company, you will have a chance to enjoy the tranquility of the countryside. Before renting a bike, make sure that the bike is suitable for you or you will have to pay a compensation bill if it is broken down.

Getting around Can Tho by electric sightseeing car

Now you can explore Can tho city with eco-friendly transport. Going around Can Tho city by electric sightseeing car could be a nice experience for you.

ArrivalPrice
City tour200,000 VND / hour / round trip (about $8)
Cai Khe night market10,000 VND / customer (about $0,4)100,000 VND / trip (about $4)
Binh Thuy courtiers / Binh Thuy ancient house400,000 VND / trip (about $16)
My Khanh tourist village500,000 VND / trip (about $20)
Renting per hour200,000 VND / hour (about $8)

Get more information about Can Tho transportation: Tips for driving in Can Tho

Getting around Can Tho by walking

If you are in the center of Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho, we highly recommend that you walk to visit nearby attractions such as Ninh Kieu Wharf, Ong Pogoda, etc. In addition, you can walk to night markets in Can Tho at night to discover and enjoy delicious local food here.

Walking in Mekong Delta village
Walking in Mekong Delta village

Travel Guide to Can Tho: Top things to do

Coming to Can Tho is an excellent chance for you to experience many picturesque landscapes, the specialties of the Mekong Delta and the friendliness of the locals.

Tourists try making clear rice noodles
Tourists try making clear rice noodles

Here are some of the most famous places that you must visit when coming to this place.

Boat trip visit Cai Rang floating market

Vendor on Floating Market
Vendor on Floating Market

Cai Rang floating market is about 6 km from the city center. It can be said that this floating market is the biggest one in the Mekong Delta.

Traveling to this unique place, you will have a chance to discover a lively and picturesque floating market and to taste the freshest tropical fruits.

Rice noodle soup in Floating Market
Rice noodle soup in Floating Market

To have breakfast on the river and get to know how the locals make a living on the river are also amazing experiences. A boat trip to Cai Rang floating market in the morning will be a perfect initial for your trip to Can Tho.

River of floating market with many interesting life pieces and stories, discover more: Rustic boat life at Viet Nam Floating Market.

Rustic boat life at Cai Rang floating market
Rustic boat life at Cai Rang floating market

Coming to 9 Cua rice noodle factory

Visiting 9 Cua rice noodle factory is a should-not-miss activity when traveling to Can Tho because you will have a chance to learn the process of making rice noodles that are famous all over the land of Tay Do, Can Tho.

Lady make rice noodle in Can Tho
Lady make rice noodle in Can Tho

If you are interested in making rice noodles, join our boat tour to Cai Rang floating market now. Not only do you learn how to make rice noodles but also learn about the owners’ business stories with a local guide.

  • Address: 474c/14a, area 7, An Binh Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.
  • Opening hours: 6 am – 4 pm.

Admire the 150-year-old giant tree garden at Gian Gua relic

Gian Gua relic is inherently a huge ecological area, where ancient giant trees up to hundreds of years old are kept. Coming to this site, you will immediately be overwhelmed by the wild but gorgeous beauty of this site.

Gian Gua tree garden
Gian Gua tree garden

Taking a bike and traveling with us to Gian Gua relic on our Bike Tour, we offer not only experience to Gian Gua trees but also to witness the local lives in Can Tho. We ensure that the trip will be worth your time when you come to this amazingly beautiful place.

  • Address: Nhon Khanh Hamlet, Nhon Nghia Commune, Phong Dien District, Can Tho.
  • Opening hours: 7:30 am – 5 pm.
  • Entrance fee: Free.

Explore the cocoa garden at Muoi Cuong cocoa farm

Muoi Cuong cocoa farm is a popular tourist destination in Can Tho with foreign tourists. This is a 60-year-old cocoa farm. When you come here, you will have the opportunity to learn how to grow cocoa fruits and the cocoa process to 100% HANDMADE Vietnamese chocolate and cocoa products.

Harvest cocoa fruit in Can Tho
Harvest cocoa fruit in Can Tho

More than that, you will have a chance to hear a lot of inspiring stories about the owner of this farm – Mr Muoi Cuong. Let book a Cocoa farm tour to get to know amazing cocoa stories with us.

  • Address: My Ai Hamlet, My Khanh Commune, Phong Dien District, Can Tho.
  • Opening hours: 7 am – 12 pm.
  • Entrance fee: 50,000 VND/person (ticket price includes garden entrance fee, experience making and drinking cocoa as well as enjoying chocolate made in the garden).

Find out about Mr. Muoi Cuong via Emagazine: The story of Cocoa farm in Mekong Delta.

Mr Muoi Cuong farmer cocoa Mekong Delta
Mr Muoi Cuong farmer cocoa Mekong Delta

Relax at Son Islet

Opposed to the bustling life in the city center, Son Islet has a very different atmosphere with the beauty of the Southwest countryside. This is an ecotourism-based community and is a perfect place for eco-travel lovers.

Monkey bridge on Son islet
Monkey bridge on Son islet

Traveling to this place, you have a chance to witness the amazing and natural beauty of all the landscapes here. Also, trying fresh tropical fruits, learning to make folk cakes and eating specialties are main activities when coming here.

Join us with our Son Islet Tour to have fabulous experience with the nature of the Southwest countryside of Vietnam.

Pick fresh rambutan fruit on Son islet
Pick fresh rambutan fruit on Son islet

To go to Son Islet, you will first go to the Co Bac ferry station by motorbike or taxi. Then to the ferry station, you will buy a ticket to get on the ferry boat to move to the islet.

  • Address: Bui Huu Nghia Street, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho.
  • Ferry ticket price: 10,000 – 20,000 VND ($0,4 – $0,8).

Discover architecture at Binh Thuy ancient house

One of the best highlights in Can Tho that you shouldn’t miss is Binh Thuy Ancient House. This is a very beautiful house in Can Tho in particular and in the Mekong Delta in general.

The house is a perfect combination between classic French architecture and the architecture and culture of Southern Vietnamese. Visiting this ancient house will surely bring you the experience of being transported back in time to the previous century.

  • Address: 142/144 Bui Huu Nghia Street, Binh Thuy Ward, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho. 
  • Opening hours: Includes 2 hours per day
  • Morning: 8 am – 12 pm.
  • Afternoon: 20 pm – 6 pm.
  • Entrance fee: The ticket price to enter the ancient house is 20,000 VND per person ($0,8). And if visitors just stand outside the campus to visit, it’s free.

Explore Truc Lam Phuong Nam Zen Monastery

Located far away 15km from the center of Can Tho city, Truc Lam Phuong Nam monastery is the biggest monastery in The southwest of Việt Nam, and it is imbued with the dignity of Ly and Tran dynasties’ architectural features.

Truc Lam Phuong Nam temple in Can Tho
Truc Lam Phuong Nam temple in Can Tho

Containing many great thoughts, this monastery can help people to contemplate many philosophies toward life whenever coming there.

  • Address: My Nhon Street, My Khanh Commune, Phong Dien District, Can Tho.
  • Entrance fee: Free.

Explore more: Top must-visit temples in Can Tho.

Explore cuisine at night markets

The famous night markets are a must-see if you enjoy street food and the hustle bustle atmosphere. In addition, this place also sells a lot of souvenirs for you to buy as gifts. There are the top 3 famous night markets in Can Tho:

Ninh Kieu night market

  • Address: Corner of Hai Ba Trung – Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Tan An Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.
  • Opening hours: 5 pm – 11 pm.

Tay Do night market

  • Address: Hai Ba Trung Street, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.
  • Opening hours: 5 pm – 11 pm.

Tran Phu night market

  • Address: Tran Phu Street, Cai Khe Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.
  • Opening hours: 4 pm – 12 am.

Rowing SUP to watch the sunrise on the Mekong River

Sup tour on Mekong River
Sup tour on Mekong River

What an amazing experience when you get up early and surf on the Mekong River as well as enjoy watching the sunrise coming up on the Mekong River.

Can Tho briged views in sup tour
Can Tho briged views in sup tour

Enjoying the sunrise and then going through many small canals in between the islands, enjoying the fresh air, green trees and plenty of bird songs are should-not-miss activities to do when rowing a SUP on the Mekong river.

Join SUP tour in Can Tho with us to start an adventure trip and gain fabulous travel experience: Paddle sup on the Bassac river.

Can Tho travel guide: Accommodation

Most of the accommodations are located in the city center. Some hotels and resorts are also located along the Hau River with a poetic view, which is a lovely side attraction. To find luxurious places with river and city views, you can check out  Can Tho’s best hotels and resorts. If you are looking for a peaceful place to stay, pick one far from the city center.

Victoria Can Tho Resort
Victoria Can Tho Resort

All accommodation in Can Tho follows the general rule that accommodation prices are very reasonable and affordable for tourists. Can Tho has many places to stay from cheap, mid-range to high-end.

Pricing table for accommondation in Can Tho
Pricing table for accommondation in Can Tho

Here is a price list and some accommodations in Can Tho that you can refer to.

Type/ Price rangeCheapMidLuxury
Hotel$15 – $20$28 – $35$62 – $108
Hostel$11$14 – $18$20 – $26
Resort$35$46 – $50$95 – $200
Homestay$8$12 – $20$28 – $42

Some accommodations in Can Tho that you can refer to

Sheraton hotel Can Tho

Sheraton Hotel Can Tho is one of the best 5-star hotels in Tay Do and the highest hotel in the Mekong Delta with a beautiful river view.

  • Address: 30/4 Street, Xuan Khanh Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.
  • Reference price: From 1,800,000 VND ($75) to 4,900,000 VND ($200) per night.

Linh Phuong 2 hotel

Linh Phuong 2 hotel is a 3-star hotel with an affordable price. The hotel’s location is convenient for shopping, entertainment, or enjoying Can Tho specialties.

  • Address: 07 Tran Dai Nghia Street, Cai Khe Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.
  • Reference price: From 400,000 VND ($17) to 900,000 VND ($37) per night.

La’ANh Boutique Stay

LaAnh Boutique Stay Can Tho
LaAnh Boutique Stay Can Tho

La’ANh Boutique Stay has classic styles and spacious rooms with windows. The terrace area provides a beautiful view and includes BBQ services as well as tables and seats to enjoy tea. Every corner and crevice of the house is worthy of your photo quest. Guests may book a room or the whole house, and it would be ideal for visiting with family or friends.

  • Address: 134/3 Doan Thi Diem Street, Cai Khe Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.
  • Reference price: 390,000 VND ($16) per night.

Con Khuong Resort

Cồn Khương resort
Cồn Khương resort

Con Khuong resort is right next to the gentle Hau River, surrounded by peaceful natural scenery. The architecture has an eco-friendly design by using a lot of natural materials, both bringing a rustic feel and being in line with modern social trends. 

  • Address: 99A Nguyen Huu Cau Street, Con Khuong Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.
  • Reference price: From 830,000 VND ($35) to 2,640,000 VND ($110) per night.

Find out more about: Best accommodations in the heart of Can Tho.

The average cost of accommodation for one person in Can Tho is $15. The average cost of a hotel stay in Can Tho is $30 for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy room.

Can Tho travel tips

You should note the following tips when traveling to Can Tho

Clothing

It’s hot, so our advice is to pack lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, silk, and cotton that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry.

Explore Mekong Delta tours
Explore Mekong Delta tours

Light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it’s hot, and doesn’t retain odors – even after prolonged wear.

December and January travel: If you are traveling during December and January, please bring extra warm clothes, as it might get chilly during these two months in northern Vietnam.

Wearing shorts is acceptable in most situations for both men and women. However, Vietnam’s traditional culture is somewhat conservative, so avoiding sleeveless shirts, tank tops, or short shorts—especially while visiting Buddhist temples—shows the greatest respect for them.

Tourist in boat
Tourist in boat

Shorts and leg-baring skirts are forbidden in the temples, though you will be given cover-ups when entering.

We recommend the following preparation for clothing:

  • Short-sleeved cotton shirts: Polo-style shirts are more versatile than T-shirts.
  • Long-sleeved cotton or cotton-blend shirts: for sun and insect protection
  • Trousers: comfortable and loose fitting. Avoid tight-fitting jeans.
  • Cotton sweater or sweatshirt for the air-conditioned bus
  • Walking shorts, long-cut for modesty
  • Wide-brim sun hat
  • Swimsuit
  • Shoes should be comfortable walking/ running shoes or low-cut hiking shoes, with arch support
  • Sport sandals with secure ankle strap, such as Tevas (not flip-flops).
  • Light rain jacket/windbreaker with hood
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • December/January: Warm clothes

Travel Insurance

This is a must thing when visiting any country. For this reason, it’s arguably the most crucial travel tip for Vietnam not to overlook.

Although Vietnam is a relatively safe country to visit, it’s important to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances. And that doesn’t just include petty theft. Food poisoning, getting injured during an adventure activity, losing your valuables, or even missing a flight are just some of the things that can really ruin your Vietnam trip.

Sim card in Can Tho

When you are planning to stay a bit longer, getting a local SIM card or pocket wifi is highly encouraged (especially if you are a first-time visitor to Vietnam). 

Even though most hotels and posher eateries are likely to have free (and super fast) wifi, having access to all your favorite travel apps like Google Maps, Google Translate, and Grab Taxi 24/7 can help avoid unnecessary stress. 

Scams in Can Tho

You should also be careful with scams in Can Tho such as pickpockets, selling at higher prices than usual, etc.

Do I need a visa when traveling to Can Tho?

Most visitors to Vietnam do require a visa to enter the country. Check your local consulate or online for current rules: Vietnam Visa requirements.

Tourist attractions near Can Tho

A woman is holding a beehive to showcase to the tourists and tour guide
A woman is holding a beehive to showcase to the tourists and tour guide

There are also many tourist attractions near Can Tho that you can refer to.

Vinh Long

Vinh Long is about 40 km from Can Tho (it takes about 1 hour by car). Vinh Long is famous for its ripe fruit gardens and interlaced canals. Vinh Long is very suitable for traveling, discovering the culture of the river region, and enjoying unique types of entertainment.

Some tourist attractions in Vinh Long: Hoang Hao Ecotourism Area, An Binh Islet, Vinh Long Pottery & Brick Kiln Factory, etc.

Dong Thap

Dong Thap is a province in the Southwest region, in the Mekong Delta region, with the center of Cao Lanh city. Coming to Dong Thap, visitors not only have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the gentle canals, the vast rice fields, and the fragrant lotus lake, but also enjoy countless delicious dishes of the western region country.

Dong Thap is about 60 km from Can Tho city, you can easily come to Dong Thap by motorbike or bus (it takes about 2 hours). Dong Thap has many interesting attractions such as Sa Dec flower village, Thap Muoi Lotus Field, Pho Bang Mausoleum, etc.

An Giang 

Tra Su An Giang
Tra Su An Giang

An Giang is located 120 km from Can Tho (it takes about 4 hours by car). This is the land of nature, where there are many religions with distinct cultural features.

Fishing boat in An Giang
Fishing boat in An Giang

Some tourist attractions in An Giang: Tra Su Cajuput Forest, Sam Mountain, Holy Mother Temple, etc.

You can book tour here: An Giang tour.

Bac Lieu

Another place on this list is Bac Lieu, where there are many tourist attractions. Among the places to visit here, the most famous today is the wind fan field, an ideal virtual living place for young people because it produces beautiful pictures shimmering.

About 120 km from Can Tho (it takes about 3 hours by bus), Bac Lieu has many tourist attractions such as Bac Lieu Wind Fan field, Cong Tu Bac Lieu House, Nam Hai Buddha, etc.

Soc Trang

Soc Trang is one of the attractive tourist destinations in the Mekong Delta region. Coming to Soc Trang, visitors will enjoy the charming natural scenery with immense rice fields and fruit-laden orchards.

If you go on the full moon of the 10th month of the lunar calendar, you can also experience the famous Ok om bok festival of the Khmer people, attracting thousands of visitors every year.

Only 60 km from Can Tho city, you can easily reach Soc Trang with just a motorbike (it takes about 2 hours). Coming to Soc Trang, you can both travel, enjoy specialties and learn about the cultures of other ethnic groups.

Some tourist attractions in Soc Trang: Nga Nam Floating Market, Bat Pagoda, Khmer Museum, etc.

Ben Tre

Ben Tre is an ideal destination for those who love to explore green space. Not only to check in on famous attractions but also to immerse in the peaceful beauty of the West River region. 

Can Tho and Ben Tre are about 110 km apart (it takes about 2 hours – 2 hours 30 minutes by bus). Ben Tre has a number of attractive tourist attractions such as Tuyen Linh Temple, Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary, Phung Islet, etc.

Tien Giang

Tien Giang is a province located in the southwestern region of Vietnam, 112 km from Can Tho (it takes about 2 hours by car). It has many beautiful natural scenes and is imbued with the cultural history of the people of the South.

Some tourist attractions in Tien Giang: Tan Than Beach, Vinh Trang Pagoda, Cai Be Floating Market, Dong Tam Snake Farm, etc.

Attractive tours in Can Tho

Son islet tour Can Tho
Son islet tour Can Tho

To have a full experience and better understand the tourist attractions in Can Tho, we highly recommend booking tours when coming to Can Tho.

Some tours in Can Tho that we recommend for you:

ToursPrice
Street food tour in Can Thofrom $32
Can Tho Tour 2 days 1 nightfrom $99
Son Islet tourfrom $46
SUP Tour in Can Thofrom $37
Boat tour in Can Thofrom $28
Bike tour in the countryside Can Thofrom $51

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FAQs

Do visitors need a vaccine to travel to Vietnam?

If you wish to travel to this country and witness the glorified culture and history of the same then you need to be well vaccinated. Vaccination for diseases like hepatitis, yellow fever, malaria, etc., is mandatory for tourists who are entering the country.

Is it worth visiting Can Tho?

Can Tho is a great starting point for discovering the maze of waterways that makes up the Mekong Delta.

How many days should visitors stay in Can Tho?

Our recommendation is 2 days in Can Tho if you can spare the time in your itinerary.

What is the best tour in Can Tho?

You can refer to some tours in Can Tho at FME such as the SUP tour, Cai Rang floating market tour, etc.

How much to explore Can Tho?

For your vacation in Can Tho, you should budget around $60 per day, which is the average daily cost based on what previous tourists spent here. On average, previous visitors have spent $10 on local transportation and $12 on food for one day, $12 for budget accommodation.

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