Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong Delta. It is located on the south bank of Hau River, the largest tributary of the Mekong, and at 169km from Ho Chi Minh City. Can Tho is renowned for its floating markets, rice paper mills and picturesque canals. The local climat is tropical with monsoons and marked by two distinct seasons: the rainy season from May to November, and the dry season, which runs from December to April.

Cai Rang & Phong Dien floating markets
The floating markets are the theater of very lively scenes and where much of the local trade takes place. In addition, the canal system around Can Tho is fascinating to discover by small bamboo boats and is much more relaxing than the bustling roads. Cai Rang floating market is the main wholesale market of the city. Phong Dien market, further upstream, is also charming and worth seeing. These two floating markets are bubbling and lively at dawn.  

Ninh Kieu Wharf
Ninh Kieu Wharf, formerly known as Quai de Commerce during the French colonial era, sits over the peaceful Hau Giang River near the city center. Today, it is surrounded by a large park. There are food stalls along the docks. From the wharf, you can see Xom Chai fishing village, Au Islet and the Can Tho Bridge.

Ong Chinese Temple
This monument faces the Can Tho River and is certainly the most interesting religious site in the city. The temple was established by the Chinese Cantonese Congregation and is decorated with huge incense coils. It was built in the late 19th century and is dedicated to Kuang Kung, a deity symbolizing loyalty, justice, reason, intelligence, honor and courage, among other virtues.

Pitu Khosa Rangsay Pagoda
The Pitu Khosa Rangsay Pagoda is the religious and cultural center of the Khmer community. It is also one of the most beautiful temples in the Mekong Delta due to its sophisticated architecture and the spiritual value that it brings. Its overall architecture has retained the uniqueness of the Khmer culture by creating a harmonious blend of modern and stylized elements from Angkor and from the Khmer people of the Delta. The pagoda houses poor Khmer students and pupils for free and also organizes free courses of Khmer language and music for local children.

Can Tho is widely known for being the departure point for multi-day cruises on the Mekong River and heading to Cai Be. You can board a traditional sampan that will take you through the picturesque landscapes of the Delta while also discovering the local daily life.

  • Visiting the floating markets
  • Explore by sampan