Being situated in the center of Mekong River Delta, Can Tho has an interlaced system of canals, featuring the characteristics of the wetland. Acknowledging the strengths, in recent year, Can Tho is concentrating to invest with focuses and keys to develop Can Tho ecotourism. Mr. Le Minh Son, Deputy Director of Can Tho Tourism - Sports - Culture said that by the right investment, Can Tho tourism is having positive chances from construction, implementation of tourism products, tours, and typical routes to connecting and promulgating activities to create position and image of tourism in Can Tho.
Ecotourism in Can Tho in particular and in Mekong River Delta in general have appealing attention of tourists. Since the operation of Can Tho Bridge and flights from Can Tho to cities in Vietnam opened, the number of local and international tourists coming to Can Tho and Mekong River Delta is increasing. Besides, with the advantage of being located in the center of Mekong River Delta, Can Tho is the convergence of criteria to develop ecotourism. Tourists can easily contemplate river scenery and immense fruit gardens... In recent year, spots of ecotourism in Phong Dien are always top choices of tourists coming to Can Tho. As for a long time, this is a poetic countryside with luxuriant fruit gardens. However, it will be more interesting if tourists enjoy Mekong River Delta tours in Can Tho with a starting poit at Ninh Kieu Pier. From here, tourists have chances to explore the beauty of river city when your boat elegantly glides along river passing Can Tho Market and Cai Rang Floating Market... with bustling buying and selling activities.
Mr. Vo Thanh Giup, Director of Phong Dien Tourism and Trade Promotion said that the district is seen as an ecoregion in the west, a "green lung" of the city. In the last time, the locale undertakes to enhance and develop tourism in Can Tho. Thereby, tourism is the premise for commerce and service development. It is necessary to focus on improving the quality of attractions in Can Tho to serve tourists well. Simultaneously, community tourism and responsible tourism need establishing. This year, Can Tho will focus on two models to create highlights for Can Tho travel to Phong Dien. At present, there are famous Can Tho attractions such as My Khanh tourist village, and Southern Truc Lam Zen Monastery. Two attractions entice a large number of tourists.
During last year, Can Tho welcomed more than 1.3 million of tourists with the avenue of over 1,100 billion dong. This proves that tourism in Can Tho gained many positive changing signals in creating tourism products, promoted, promulgated and coordinated tourism development as well with regions and centers of tourism. Mr. Le Minh Son added the specific tourism products would be focused to develop. Among those, Cai Rang Floating Market will be improved and upgraded. In addition, exploitation of river routes via islands along Hau River as well as garden spots and tourism spots. With the determination of tourism economy is on eof strengths in Can Tho economic development, infrastructure and models of tourism are being invested and upgraded to attract local and international tourists.
Mr. Le Van Tam, Vice Chairman of Can Tho People's Committee stated that Can Tho tourism will build new products such as cultural programs on traditional arts of ethnic Khmer people at Pothysomrom Temple, ancient house system, Tan Loc fruit festival, restoring Bang Lang Stork Garden and Pho Tho - Ba Bo flower villages. The city also organizes tours to experience in farms. In addition to renovating and upgrading operating adjustments to ensure the development of tourism, the city will continue to generate some additional tourism products and invest in many relics such as Tan An Temple, famous monuments, relics of Nguyen Trong Hoang carpentry hall, and Chau Van Liem Temple. There are relics recognized as national relics.
For many years ago, when coming to Mekong River Delta, tourists felt that just by popping in one attraction in the region, they would now what the local specialty was which makes local tourism less attractive. Since efforts in investing in infrastructures, restoration and preservation, ecotourism in Can Tho and ecotourism in Mekong River Delta are attracting a large number of tourists. However, that non-stop innovations to change preferences for tourists, creating interests to explore, and improve the quality of professional tourism to be able to leverage tourism in Can Tho increasingly develop, becoming one of the most attractive attractions in Mekong Delta.