Jean-Francois Perigois continues on his escapade and travels from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho, the biggest city of the Mekong Delta.
If you’re fascinated with floating markets and boat trips along extensive canal networks, then Can Tho in Vietnam could be a fantastic place for a holiday. Can Tho’s name comes from “cam thi giang” or the River of Poems.
About 170 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho is where the Mekong River empties into the South China Sea. The three to four hour bus ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho city costs around $4 to $7 for a single journey. According to travel agents, there is also one bus line directly from Phnom Penh once a day.
Once you reach Can Tho city, you’ll see the numerous floating restaurants, bars and hotels at the waterfront.
A room in a hotel right at the Can Tho waterfront costs around $40 to $50 a night and that’s where most of the tourist activities are centered. Boats plying the canals leave from here and you can take one to the Cai Rang floating market on the Mekong River.
The best time to see the market is in the early morning where you will meet the fruit and vegetable wholesalers selling their products to vendors in small boats who would then resell them to communities along the canals.
Ninh Kieu Park is a city park situated along the Can Tho River, stretching from the ferry terminal at Nguyen An Ninh Rd to the Ninh Kieu Hotel at the end of Hai Ba Trung Rd. Also check out Ninh Kieu Tourist Market, which houses souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants.