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Can Tho - things to know

Thu, 06 Nov 2014. Last updated Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:44

As the center of economy, politics and tourism in Mekong Delta, Can Tho has retained the typical cultural and economic lifestyle. With the inherent advantages of the region, tourists will actually enjoy a green short picnic but equally interesting.

Thanks to its prime location and economic strengths, Can Tho has gradually asserted its role as the center of Mekong Delta. It is increasingly attracting tourists with the creative and appealing attractions featuring the characteristics of the water-river region. Tourists participating in any Vietnam tours to Mekong Delta cannot ignore the fascinating tourist sight. Thanks to unique Cai Rang Floating Market, poetic Ninh Kieu Pier and immense Bang Lang stork garden, CanTho tourism is increasingly much more attractive.

Cai Rang floating market

Trading right in Cai Rang Floating Market

Far about 30 minutes by canoe from Ninh Kieu Pier, Cai Rang floating market is situated in Cai Rang district, Can Tho City. Going to Can Tho without setting foot on Cai Rang Floating Market is considered as incomplete exploration of Tay Do beautiful land. Cai Rang is one of the famous floating markets in the southwest that any tourists discovering Vietnam travel to Can Tho would like to arrive. The market specializes in purchasing fruits and agricultural products in not only Can Tho but also entire Mekong River Delta region. In particular, hundreds of multi-sized boats park closely each other every morning. The locals will hang their products on a pole right on their boat for trading.  It is unnecessary to peddle like markets on the mainland. This is one of unique features not only appears in Cai Rang Floating Market but also occurs mostly in other floating markets in Can Tho.

Can Tho tourist gardens

Life in the Mekong Delta

Tourists can find easy to catch Can Tho tourist garden through the roads and waterways in Can Tho City. The lush tourist gardens have been attracting a growing number of both the local and foreign tourists. Sau Duong Garden, Binh Thuy Orchid Garden, arch gardens on the rivers of Phong Dien, Phung Hiep and numerous other family tourist gardens in O Mon, Thot Not are worth the must-see tourist spots in Can Tho travel. In particular, My Khanh Garden retains an area of 2,2ha with more than 20 kinds of fruit trees, ornamental plants and many animals such as birds, turtles, snakes, crabs, shrimp...

Bang Lang Stork Garden

Flock of storks in Bang Lang Sanctuary

Bang Lang Stork Garden is located in Thoi Binh village, Thoi Thuan commune,Thot Not district, Can Tho City. This is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in Mekong Delta. Almost Vietnam tour packages exploring the fascinating land are directly this stork garden. On the way from Can Tho to Long Xuyen city (An Giang) through Thot Not approximately 5km, tourist will set foot on Bang Lang Stork Garden. Tourists visiting the stork garden will have a chance to admire tens of thousands of species of storks (white storks, gray storks, black storks, cormorants) swooping down branches of bamboo, swinging in the wind and profusely chirping... The scenery becomes extremely romantic and poetic.

Binh Thuy ancient house

French Colonial-style house in Binh Thuy Village, Can Tho

Binh Thuy ancient house is situated in Bui Huu Nghia Street, Binh Thuy ward, Binh Thuy district, Can Tho City. The French-style architecture ancient house includes 5 compartments and 2 roofs. It was built in 1870 by Duong family.

French architecture is shown of by the floor 1m higher than the yard, 4 elegant bow- shaped sidesteps connecting with the house through the large yard. The high ceiling decorated with motifs along with many gudgeon multi-size doors provides the relatively airy space. The house's facade is designed with reliefs...  Whole red rose-shaped bricks and black ones for paving along with iron fences are ordered and purchased from France. This is a rare model of ancient houses are relatively intactly left helping researchers to ascertain about daily life, culture and evolution under different impacts at the turn of 2 century of inhabitants in Mekong River Delta.

Ong Pagoda

Inside Ong Pagoda -  Can Tho

Ong Pagoda is located in Hai Ba Trung Street, Tan An ward, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho City. This is religious practical and cultural rendezvous of Hoa (the Chinese) people in Can Tho. The pagoda was recognized as a national-level artistic architectural monument by Ministry of Culture - Information in 1993. Ong Pagoda retains a unique architecture which has been almost intactly preserved from the beginning. The pagoda was built from 1894 to 1896 on an area of ​​approximately 532m².  The roof was covered with Yang – Yin tiles and decorated by the great number of colorful ceramic motifs such as “2 dragons reaching the moon”, “fish turns into dragon” or unicorn. The pagoda worships Guan Gong, Nanhai Guanyin and Earth Goddess... Ong Pagoda is one of the most appealing attractions in Can Tho for those who would like to explore the unique architecture along with tranquil and peaceful scenery.

Nam Nha Pagoda

Inside Nam Nha Pagoda

Nam Nha Temple is situated at 612 Cach Mang Thang Tam (August Revolution) street, An Thoi ward, Binh Thuy district, Can Tho City. The temple was built by Mr. Nguyen Giac Nguyen in 1895. The temple was restored in 1917. The spacious yard is home to trees with bonsai higher than 2m at centerboard. There are the altar of Mr. Giac Nguyen and 3 statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, Confucius and Lao Tzu in the chancel. Both sides of are the main hall are 2 rows of house with 5 compartments for men and women. Behind the temple is the tomb garden, which is the resting place of those who participating in the Dong Du movement and the construction of the temple. Today, tourists going to Nam Nha Pagoda not only have a chance to admire the ancient and solemn beauty of the temple, but also ascertain about the exciting activities of the patriotic scholars in Dong Du movement in early hardships of Vietnam's revolution.

Tay Do Night Market – Tourism and Culture Market

Can Tho Market by night

Far approximately 1km from Can Tho City center to the west of Hau River, Tay Do Night Market is located in Can Tho International Exhibition and Fair area. Tay Do Market is the largest wholesale center of the southern provinces; simultaneously, it is also one of entertainment and tourist attractions in Mekong Delta. Tay Do Market formerly was a general wholesale market transiting items between many locals and countries in the region. Beside the function of commodity exchanges, the market is home to food services and entertainment. Although having been operated recently, Tay Do Night Market is seen as a unique, appealing cultural tourist attraction in Can Tho, alluring not only the locals but also international tourists when participating Vietnam tours to Can Tho.

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