Despite being a large provincial city, and the hub of action in the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is quite relaxed. As the old saying about Can Tho City goes: white rice, clear waters, all who come wish never to leave. Locals are laid back and straightforward, with the fervor of life mainly revolving around the Ninh Kieu pier, a great place to stroll around at night. Can Tho has a sizable Khmer community, because of its location in the delta, and thus many Khmer temples are an integrated part of Can Tho’s best attractions.

The city recently began adopting a modern facelift with large investments from companies like Vincom and other high-profile investors, who have put down money for up-to-date facilities and entertainment facilities - one can expect few hiccups in terms of practicalities. The city is also well situated in the Delta, so travellers may easily radiate throughout Vietnam’s deep South.

Early risers will enjoy Can Tho - the best time to get out is 5 a.m., head down to the pier, watch the sunset, try one of the local dishes and head down to one of the many cafes or markets. The floating markets are a large attraction, but due to modernization and dwindling business, they may cease to exist in the near future - it’s a good time now than ever to see the authentic Can Tho floating markets, Cai Rang, Phong Dien and Phung Hiep.

At around 1.3 million residents, and growing numbers of tourists, Can Tho surprisingly avoids the packed feeling of larger cities, leaving visitors and locals with a feeling of space and ease.

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Bassac Cruises

Bassac Cruises

Welcome on-board the Bassac, three authentic wooden cabin cruisers that will take you to discover life on the river in the heart of the Mekong Delta.   You will spend the night on the river in a caring and relaxed atmosphere. Built according to local tradition without compromising on safety or comfort, the Bassac are just the right size to navigate remote areas and their wide living spaces open to surrounding scenery. Taste freshly cooked Mekong delta specialities served by the crew, whose attention translates into simple and personalised care.

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Victoria Can Tho Resort

Victoria Can Tho Resort

Stop at Victoria Can Tho Resort to discover the wonders of Can Tho. The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed to provide comfort and convenience. All the necessary facilities, including safety deposit boxes, business center, poolside bar, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities, are at hand. Designed for comfort, guestrooms offer internet access – wireless, air conditioning, shower, fan, desk to ensure a restful night. Recuperate from a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of your room or take advantage of the hotel's recreational facilities, including pool (kids), tennis courts, fitness center, massage, kids club. For ...

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Nam Bo

Nam Bo

The nicest restaurant in town and one of the only institutions catering to upscale travellers, this four-storey, French styled cafe and restaurant is the most consistent source of a good meal around. Serving all kinds of cuisine with equal skill, take in a beautiful view of the Bassac River as you enjoy, completing dinner with a show.

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Sao Hom

Sao Hom

Operated by the owner of Nam Bo and Bassac Cruises, Sao Hom is a cosy and convenient restaurant situated right in the Central Market near Ninh Kieu pier. Offering a wide variety of Vietnamese dishes, coffees and a few Western specialities, the reasonable prices and friendly service complete a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere.

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Cafe Bar Eden

Cafe Bar Eden

While it may not look like it, Cafe Bar Eden’s past is ironically incongruous with its present. The owner received the initial property as a result of heroic war service in combat against American invaders, but now it’s the foreign hordes that keep the place busy through the night. All of the expatriates, backpackers and general travellers now seem to end up at Eden.

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