Tops places to go in Can Tho | Cruise Mekong River

Tops places to go in Can Tho

Buu Tri Pagoda houses an orphanage

No matter how many times you have travelled to Can Tho, this charming city always make you feel excited whenever you return. Below are the answers for those who are wondering why and how Can Tho can attract a large number of travel addicts. Indochina tours Vietnam

Can Tho Bridge

Can Tho Bridge

Can Tho Bridge- source: internet

Being the only gateway to access Can Tho City from the Northern provinces, Can Tho Bridge is currently the longest main span cable-stayed bridge in Southeast Asia area and is ranked the 24th in the world. As soon as your car approaches this bridge, you will easily recognize its special red color. At night, Can Tho Bridge is impressively lit up with hundreds of lamplights making it a must-see site from Ninh Kieu wharf. le cochinchine

Local insight: Ask your driver to pull over at the first crossroads after reaching the end on the Can Tho side if you would like to take picture of Can Tho Bridge.

Ninh Kieu wharf

Ninh Kieu wharf

Ninh Kieu wharf- source: internet

Ninh Kieu wharf, where most visitors go, is what makes Can Tho City really famous. Once being extremely busy during the war period, the old Ninh Kieu port is now a poetic and peaceful part of this region. Ninh Kieu wharf is always ready to service any travelers who desire to pay a visit to these floating markets, enjoy river specialties or just witness the routine of Can Tho locals on the Mekong Delta. To transfer from Ninh Kieu wharf to Cai Rang floating market, it takes around 30 minutes with the cost varying from VND 50,000-100,000 ($2-4) per traveler.

Local insight: If you are late for the early boat, it is possible to take a bus for VND 5,000, a Xe ôm for VND 20,000 (around $1) or a taxi for VND 70,000 ($3) to reach Cai Rang Bridge. From there, you will turn onto Vo Tanh street to rent a small boat for VND 50,000 – 70,000 depending on motorboat or junk.

Cai Rang floating market

Cai Rang floating market

Cai Rang floating market- source: internet

In the early morning, this market is crowded. Leaving for Cai Rang floating market at 5.00 AM should be a mistake as you cannot see the lively market that you have imagined and able to take a picture of the incredible sunrise at Cai Rang floating market.

If you want to see large boats packed with fellow sleepy-eyed tourists, wooden fishing boats, single long boats overflowing with fresh products and barges heaped with different soils, let’s set off at 6:00a.m! All this traffic devoted to commerce. A tourist boat will often take visitors to a big floating house close to the river bank, however, don’t buy anything here! Ask your tour guide to take you to the middle of the crowds where most of the locals and other fellows gather to sell and buy goods.

Local insight: Don’t miss a chance to sample some chitterling gruel from vendors on small boats for really low prices and better quality.

Phat Hoc Pagoda

Phat Hoc Pagoda

Phat Hoc Pagoda- source: internet

Dominating the corner of Nguyen Thai Hoc and Hoa Binh, the immense building of Phat Hoc Pagoda is one of the busiest intersections in Can Tho. This pagoda is set on five floors with ornate stone staircases crisscrossing at the brown and tan building.  At the ground floor courtyard is situated a tree festooned with red paper pieces that well-wishers can get at the gift shop next door and hang on the tree for good luck. Each floor has a different Buddha statue as a centerpiece and smiling monks congregate throughout the complex. At the top floor, you can have commanding views of the city but none of which overlook the river.

Buu Tri Pagoda

Buu Tri Pagoda houses an orphanage

Buu Tri Pagoda houses an orphanage- source: internet

Located about five kilometers from the city center, Buu Tri Pagoda whose entrance is dominated by ornate tiling and a wooden sitting Buddha is housed in a square four-storey structure. The rather gaudy chandelier hanging just before the Buddha throws off the ambiance a bit while this part emanates spirituality. If you have an entourage of children following you, don’t be surprised as this pagoda also houses an orphanage. Each level has a different Buddha while each floor has an almost identical floor plan.

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