The epicentre of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho
is the largest city in the region and feels like a metropolis after a few days exploring the backwaters. As the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta, it's a buzzing town with a lively waterfront lined with sculpted gardens and an appealing blend of narrow backstreets and wide boulevards. It is also the perfect base for nearby floating markets, the major draw for tourists who come here to boat along the many canals and rivers leading out of town.
Cai Rang Floating Market
It is said that “not being in Cai Rang floating market means not knowing the land of Tay Do – an old name of Can Tho”. Cai Rang floating market, one of the famous floating markets of the Southwest, specializes in selling fruits and agricultural products of the whole region.
Every early morning, hundred boats gather together where their owners start to sell agri - products. To be recognized easily, they hang out product samples on a long bamboo (called Cay Beo) in front of the boats, so that they do not need to cry their wares as in mainland market.
: on Can Tho river, 5km from city center and 5.9 km from Mekong Rustic Can Tho
, near Cai Rang bridge, Le Binh ward, Cai Rang district.
: ideally 07 – 09 am everyday (except January 1st, 2 nd & May 5th on Lunar Calendar)
Phong Dien Floating market
The Mekong Delta's most intimate and best floating market, Phong Dien has fewer motorised craft and more stand-up rowing boats, with local vendors shopping and exchanging gossip. Less crowded than Cai Rang, there are also far fewer tourists. It's at its bustling best between 5am and 7am with little to see later. The market is 20km southwest of Can Tho; you can get there by road but many operators offer a six-hour combined Cai Rang–Phong Dien tour, returning to Can Tho through quieter backwaters.
: on Can Tho river, 13km from city center, near Mekong Rustic Can Tho
about 3km, Phong Dien district.
: ideally 05.30 – 06.30 am everyday (except January 1st, 2 nd & May 5th on Lunar Calendar)
Mekong Rustic Can Tho
Situated along the coastline of Mekong River within the Can Tho province, just about 3 km from Phong Dien floating market and 9km from Cai Rang floating market, Mekong Rustic Cần Thơ is surrounded by Vam Xang lush orchards. The place is accessible by car, big coach and boat cruising along the Can Tho river.
The idea of Mekong Rustic Cần Thơ, as its name may appeal, was initiated as an authentic rustic accommodation for visitors who wish to completely leave behind the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
All the materials (such as brick, recycled wood and wooden products) used for each and every 12 private bungalows are well-combined to create a rural yet relaxing atmosphere towards the idea of an eco property surrounding with tropical fruit gardens.
Living with the locals, visitors may join in with the host family and local tour guide to immerse in the local lifestyle with such activities: gardening, cooking, rowing in a sampan along the canals under the green canopy of water coconuts trees or retreat themselves by lying on a hammock with the favorite book in a privately peaceful quietness.
Can Tho is a great stopover for a Mekong Delta trip and Mekong Rustic Cần Thơ is a highlight piece in that beautiful picture which get a real sense of Southern Vietnam daily life. More information at Mekong Rustic Can Tho