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Situated on the banks of the Hau River, Can Tho is the capital of the Mekong Delta, a region known as the "rice basket of Vietnam", where over 50 percent of the country's rice is produced. Home to over a million people, Can Tho boasts excellent cuisine, fresh fruits, Buddhist pagodas, and floating markets.
Can Tho is also historically significant, as it was the last city to succumb to the North Vietnamese Army, a day after the fall of Saigon, on May 1, 1975 - the date that has come to represent the absolute reunification of the country.
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Dine at the riverside food market, a hot spot for Can Tho residents, and a wonderful place to sample some of the region’s authentic local cuisine. Test your taste buds with exotic specialties like minced snake and roasted sparrow.
Shop for souvenirs in Can Tho’s many markets. Along the river lies the Ninh Kieu Tourist Market, located in a lovely old market hall and encapsulated by a garden. Xuan Khanh Market, formerly known as Tam Thuong Market, features vegetables, fruits, and fresh food. Cai Khe Market features a variety of foodstuffs and other wholesale products, from textiles to home appliances.
Floating markets include Cai Rang, Phong Dien, Phung Hiep and Tra On. Cai Rang is the main floating market and opens at 5:30 a.m, and we advise an early start to make the most of one of Vietnam's most spectacular sights.
Quang Duc Pagoda
The Quang Duc Pagoda is one of the busiest in the area, and its premises are home to monks. Mornings are the best time to visit, before the heat of the midday sun sets in.
Built in the architectural style of the Khmer empires of Cambodia, Munirangsyaram Pagoda possesses ornate, tiered roofs, elaborate carvings finished in gold, and a 5 foot (1.5 meter) tall statue of Siddhartha Gautam, the founder of Buddhism.
Xuan Khanh Quarter
At the center of the city lies Xuan Khanh, an enclave of markets and restaurants originally named for an 18th century general who fought invading armies from Siam. Within Xuan Khanh is the student quarter, frequented by students from nearby Can Tho University; “Hot Pot Alley,” which features a dozen-odd hot pot restaurants, wherein groups of diners cook raw ingredients in a giant, bubbling pot of boiling soup; and Mau Than Street, a long, 18 mile (30 kilometer) street that is home to markets, churches, and pagodas.
Lunch with a Local Family
Sit down to lunch with a local family, and learn about the customs and practices - including the unique tradition of mouse hunting. Once used by inhabitants of the area to supplement their diets, the process involves climbing coconut trees to find mice, and using dogs below to catch any that fall.
Make your way from Vietnam’s Saigon to Cambodia’s Phnom Penh on this fascinating 5-day luxury voyage that takes you to historical sites, bustling markets, on languid cruises, and to your final destination by speedboat, while you bed down in some of the area’s most luxurious hotels by night.
Watch as two very different lifestyles are juxtaposed before your eyes, from the bustling city life of Saigon to the relaxed, serene lifestyle of the Mekong Delta on this 6-day luxury trip. You’ll check out Saigon’s must-see spots, then it’s onto a river cruise into the heart of the Delta, with a trip to Can Tho.
Take an exhilarating 15-day luxury bike journey through Vietnam’s beautiful countryside and along its stunning coastline. You’ll travel up the coast from Saigon, stopping along the way for private boat trips, sightseeing, shopping at local markets, and to rest your head in some of the country’s most luxury hotels.
Not many are aware of Vietnam’s beautiful beaches and countryside. Come in on the secret as you make your way from Phu Quoc island, to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta, taking a scenic boat ride in Ben Tre, and making your way on a scenic bicycle ride back to Saigon, while staying at some of Vietnam’s best hotels.
Explore Vietnam’s South and Central region on this thrilling 12-day luxury journey. You’ll sample fresh and delicious Vietnamese cuisine, visit ancient, UNESCO-listed sites, take a cruise on the mighty Mekong Delta, and you’ll even get some time to relax beachside at the luxurious Six Senses Con Dao.
A float on the mighty Mekong River is the best way to take in the scenery of beautiful and historic Cambodia and Vietnam. With seven-night, four-night and three-night cruises to choose from, there’s something for everyone on the Aqua Mekong. Guests will enjoy sumptuous luxury in the spacious but cosy suites and gaze out of the enormous river-facing windows at the passing panoramas. Likewise, the dining room affords unparalleled views of the forests, temples, floating villages and pagodas as guests indulge in international cuisine and local delicacies by Michelin-starred chef David Thompson, surrounded by historic Asian artifacts.The top deck is where all the action is: guests can recline with a drink in the indoor and outdoor lounges, take a dip in the pool or enjoy a private screening of a classic film from the area. On lazy days, those in search of relaxation can peruse the library, browse handcrafted souvenirs in the on-board shop or unwind in the spa with a range of traditional treatments.
Victoria Can Tho Resort
Surrounded by gardens full of vivid flowers, including many indigenous species, the Victoria Can Tho sits right on the banks of the Hau river and is the only luxury resort in the lush heart of Vietnam's Mekong Delta. The colonial-style building has a breezy, open-air lobby and is arranged around a central courtyard with a lovely pool. There are 92 rooms and eight suites, each featuring authentic Vietnamese decor and equipped with a balcony. The hotel's Spices restaurant is helmed by a French chef and overlooks the river; there is also an open-air bar, and a floating restaurant aboard a converted antique rice barge, the Lady Hau, which is open for special occasions. The Victoria has excellent amenities, with wi-fi in all rooms and public places, a fitness center, and an elegant spa with seven treatment rooms.