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Travel Guide Asia Vietnam Can Tho

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Introduction

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Can Tho Market 3

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Can Tho is a city in the south of Vietnam and with around 1.2 million inhabitants it is the biggest city in the Mekong Delta. Cần Thơ is the fifth largest city in Vietnam.

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Sights and Activities

  • Floating Market - There is a floating market called Cai Rang Floating market where many small boats gather in the early morning. Each boat carries different goods and foods that they want to sell such as fruits, flowers, vegetables, noodles, coffee and drinks, etc. Address: start from Ninh Kieu Harbor, Hau river, Hours: 2, Price: VND 350, 000/private boat, VND 95, 000/pax (shared boat)
  • Binh Thuy ancient house - had been chosen to be a recording site of the famous film"The Lover" by J.Annaud
  • Quang Duc Pagoda - one of the biggest and most active Buddhist Temples with monks living in the premises.
  • Khmer Pagoda of Munirangsyaram

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Weather

Can Tho’s 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 averages 1,635 mm a year and temperatures average 27 °C.

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Getting There

By Plane

Can Tho International Airport (VCA) offers flights to/from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc with Vietnam Airlines (Lunar New Year charters to/from Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung) and to/from Con Dao and Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam Air Service Company.

By Car

By car, allow about 1.5 hours from Sóc Trăng, about 3 hours from Châu Đốc, about 3.5 hours from Rạch Giá, less than 4 hours from Ho Chi Minh City.

By Bus

Take a direct bus from Phuong Trang Express at De Tham Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. The trip will take around 3 hours. Several other companies offer similar services. The price is usually around 100,000VMD or a little more.

By Boat

Apart from overnight boat cruises for tourists, there are not anymore regular boat transportation services to Can Tho. This is due to the fact that the time for driving to Can Tho has been reduced to less than 4 hours with the opening of the Can Tho bridge in 2011 and the finalization of the motorway around Ho Chi Minh City.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

It is easy to get around in Can Tho by motorbike or bicycle. Mailinh and Happy Taxi are the two main taxi operators of the city.

By Boat

If you want to travel on the river, you can easily rent a boat service at Ninh Kieu pier. There are also ferries to surrounding areas here.

By Foot

Can Tho is a big city, but the center can be easily explored on foot.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hien Guesthouse118/10 Phan Dinh PhungGUESTHOUSE-
Kim Lan Hotel138A Nguyen An Ninh St, Ninh Kieu Dist.HOTEL93
Hotel Xoai93 Mau Than Xuan Khanh, Ninh KieuHOTEL89
Xuan Mai17 Dien Bien Phu Street Anlac Ward Ninh Kieu DistrictHostel-
Nam Mon The Boutique HotelC233/4 Nguyen Van Linh St Hung Loi Ward Ninh Kieu DistrictHotel-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Vietnam's international dialing code is +84. To call to other countries from Vietnam, start with 00, followed by the international number, usually without the first 0. International and domestic phone calls are available in almost every hotel or internet café. International phone charges are high in Vietnam and hotels often add a mark up fee so it is smart to always check the rates before dialling. Public phones require phone cards, which are available at post offices.

Some common and useful phone codes are:

  • 00 - International call prefix
  • 110 - Operator
  • 113 - Police
  • 114 - Fire Department
  • 115 - Medical Aid/Ambulance
  • 116 - Directory Assistance
  • 1080 - Information

Post

Vietnam Post is the government owned national postal service of Vietnam. Services are generally fairly reliable, cheap but not overly fast, except express services. Express Mail Service (EMS) ensures that letters and small parcels are delivered within 24-48 hours domestically. International EMS is associated with over 50 countries worldwide, with a delivery time ranging from 2 to 10 days. Regular services are cheaper but much slower. Most post offices keep much longer hours than most other official businesses, usually starting from 6:30am until 9:30pm and also open on Saturday and even Sunday. You can buy stamps here and they also offer other services like money transfers. You can also try other companies to send parcels, for example with DHL, TNT and UPS.

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