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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Riverside Food Market
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.
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.
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Can Tho Itineraries
- 6 days / 5 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $4,900
Situated in Can Tho along the southern bank of the lush Hau River, Azerai Can Tho is a pillar of luxury amid the stimulating cultural center of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Water pervades all aspects of life here, as the hotel’s unique setting means it is only accessible by boat, with easy transfers from the private pier to the city. Azerai guests may choose from two restaurants and a lounge and bar – offering a choice of cuisines, including Vietnamese, Mediterranean, and Japanese – and have an array of facilities at their disposal, such as an infinity pool, hair salon, yoga and meditation studio, tennis court, and a gymnasium, among others. King rooms are laid out in pairs of airy, open-plan bedrooms, each with a sizeable wooden terrace complete with loungers; while multi-bedroom villas come replete with private pools. Azerai is an ideal setting for adventuresome travelers seeking to experience the colorful city of Can Tho, while also catering to the needs of guests ranging from business professionals to vacationing families.
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.
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