Can Tho is the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta . It is also the largest city in the region which is connected to most other population centres in the Mekong Delta by a system of rivers and canals. These waterways and the colorful Cai Rang Floating Market draw interest of tourists coming to Vietnam.
What to expect
Can Tho is the biggest city of the Mekong Delta, in Vietnam with an estimated population of 1,5 million as of 2012. It is also referred to as "Tay Do" meaning "Western capital". The city is famous for its floating markets, Buddhist pagodas, delicious food and fresh fruits and the beauty of the Mekong girls.
Can Tho is located on the south bank of the Hau River, the bigger branch of the Mekong River. It is in vicinity to Soc Trang, 1.5 hours from Long Xuyen, 3 hours from Chau Doc and Rach Gia, about 6 hours from Ca Mau, and 169 km (3 hours) from Ho Chi Minh City.
The most interesting thing to do in Can Tho is take a boat ride through canals and visit Cai Rang Floating Market. Outside of the town is the stork garden at Thot Not where hundreds of egrets, herons and cormorants gather in the treetops to roost late in the afternoon. Can Tho is usually combined with the trip to Chau Doc , a little town near Cambodian border.
The climate is tropical and monsoonal with two seasons: rainy, from May to November; and dry, from December to April. Average annual humidity is 83%, rainfall 1,635 mm and temperature 27 °C.
As a regional hub, it is easy to get to Can Tho from cities in the Mekong Delta. There are bus operators from all big cities and minibuses from smaller ones. If you arrive from Cambodia, you will probably stop in Chau Doc and catch a bus to Can Tho here. There is also one bus line directly from Phnom Penh once a day. It is difficult, not to say impossible, to get in by car from Cambodia as a tourist. You should also check, if you want to enter Vietnam by bicycle or motorbike. A new airport services Can Tho. Currently flight destinations are limited to Phu Quoc Island, Con Dao Island and Hanoi, but as the city grows more destinations are planned.