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.