|Can Tho Travel Guide|
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 Marke draw interest of tourists coming to Vietnam.
Can Tho is located about 170 km from Ho Chi Minh City in the heart of Mekong River Delta, amidst an intricate network of rivers, brooks, canals and ditches, which provide the main source of transportation for many areas in the province. These waterways also feature banks shaded by coconut and palm trees, delicate "monkey bridges" and numerous intriguing floating villages and markets.
In the past, Can Tho was given the title Tay Do (Capital of the Western Provinces), and it remains the "rice basket" of southwestern Vietnam today. In addition to being a major rice producer, the province is also known for its abundant fruit orchards, freshwater aquaculture, and lush, quintessentially Vietnamese rural scenery.
|What to do?|
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.
|When to go?|
Trips to Mekong Delta are suitable all year round but the best time is the monsoon from June to September.
Bring along camera, hat, sunscreen and insect repellant. Should keep your camera in a plastic bag when it is not in use as it is easy to get splashed by the wake of motorized boats.
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