* Location: 169 km from Ho Chi Minh City
* Status: the largest city of Mekong Delta
* Population: 1,5 million (estimated 2012)
* Also referred to as “Tay Do”, meaning “Western capital”
* Famous for its verdant orchards, a form of ecotourism
Located in Mekong River Delta, Can Tho is endowed with favorable conditions: fertile soil, tropical climate, and an interlaced system of rivers and channels. With total area of nearly 1,400 square km2 and the population of more than 1.2 millions, Can Tho is the fifth biggest city of Vietnam. If Halong Bay lures tourists by its majestic landscape, Phong Nha seduces travelers with its mysterious charm, Can Tho definitely will make tourists unforgettable by its idyllic beauty with floating markets, Buddhist pagodas, delicious food, tropical fresh fruit and Mekong charming girls.
Tourists will be fascinated by the endless green of rivers, channels and paddy fields in Can Tho. Coming there, tourists will experience floating markets as what is seen in a Vietnamese movie “The Floating Lives”. Can Tho is most well - known for Ninh Kieu floating market where local people bargain tropical agricultural products like fruits, rice, vegetables. Guests will surely be impressed by the lively but idyllic of people’s lives here.
In addition, tourists will have chance to visit many spectacular Buddhist pagodas in Can Tho such as Quang Duc pagoda on Mau Than Street or the Khmer Pagoda of Munirangsyaram on Hoa Binh street. With unique architecture and its peaceful and sacred atmosphere, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Buddhism space and let the soul in peace for a while in a turbulent life.
Moreover, Can Tho is an ideal place for visitors who love Vietnamese cuisine culture. It can be said that food in Can Tho is an excellent representative of Mekong food culture because of its variety and speciality. Visitors will have chance to taste from variety of hot pots such as Duck Hot Pot, Seafood Hot Pot, Sweet Sour Hot Pot with river fish to variety of super-fresh fruits such as: coconuts, mangoes, oranges, grapes, etc. Tourist may feel like a main character in the novel “Movable Feast” when coming to Can Tho.
Last but not least, Mekong charming girls with the voice as sweet as honey, shining smile will surely captivate any visitors arriving here. Not only Can Tho’s girls but also all the people here are sincere, warm and friendly who will leave memorable impression in tourists.
Overall, Can Tho is definitely an attractive place that tourists should stay for a while when coming to Vietnam.