Can Tho is considered the “capital” of the Mekong Delta region. The Mekong is a very long river (4,350 km) that runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The river flows into the sea in southern Vietnam and the region is called the Mekong Delta. Before entering the sea, the river divides into several branches and water channels. The Delta is an important agricultural region for Vietnam with rice, soybean and sugarcane fields. For tourists, the interesting thing is the floating markets.

Can Tho is the most important city in the Delta and the fourth largest city in Vietnam (after Saigon, Hanoi and Hai-Phong), has a population of about 1,600,000.

The city itself is pleasant. The most attractive part is the walk along the river:

and the most interesting activity is a boat trip to the floating market of Cai Rang.

Is Can Tho worth visiting?

The first thing to note is that Can Tho is located underneath Saigon. This means that it is not on the Saigon-Hanoi route and means that you should have more free time to visit it. It may make sense to visit Can Tho if you intend to continue to the island of Phu Quoc (by bus+fast boat). If you don’t have enough time and still want to visit a floating market, maybe you should limit yourself to a day trip to the town of “My Tho”, which is closer to Saigon.
But if you have extra time, visit Can Tho, because it is a real Vietnamese city and not just a tourist attraction.

How to get to Can Tho?

Can Tho is located 130 km from Saigon (line distance). See the location in the Maps above.

By Flight

Yes, there is an airport in Can Tho, but the city is located quite close to Saigon, so there are no direct flights from Saigon (you have to take a bus). There are flights to Can Tho from the island of Phu Quoc and other Vietnamese cities.

See the location of Can Tho airport on the Interactive Map above.

You can book a Flight, Train and Bus ticket within Vietnam, with the site Baolau or 12Go Asia. Choose the city of origin and the city of destination and you will see all available transportation to the destination.
By Bus

The normal way to get to Can Tho from Saigon.

The trip takes about 3 hours. Some of the buses have beds instead of seats, also during the day.

Note that most buses from Saigon leave from the central station Mien Tay, and your bus ticket will probably include transportation in a minibus from your hotel in Saigon to the station and also from the Can Tho station to your new hotel.

See the location of the Can Tho central bus station on the Interactive Map above.

You can book a Flight, Train and Bus ticket within Vietnam, with the site Baolau or 12Go Asia. Choose the city of origin and the city of destination and you will see all available transportation to the destination.
By train

No trains to Can Tho

From Can Tho to Phu Quoc Island

If you want to go from Can Tho to the island of Phu Quoc, you can take a bus to Rach Gia and then a boat. Another option is to take a flight.

Where to stay at Can Tho ? – Hotels

Option 1 : Near the river walk (marked 1 on the map)

In the afternoon, the promenade is the most lively and interesting place in Can Tho. There is a night market, restaurants and a good atmosphere. There is also another good reason to live near the river: the boats for the famous floating market “Cai Rang” are leaving from here, and as it is popular to visit the floating market very early in the morning (5:00), living near the pier is a great advantage.

See Hotels in Can Tho. After clicking the link and filling in the dates, you will see a map icon. Clicking on the Map icon is a good way to search for the hotel because you immediately see the price and the score received by visitors for each hotel.

Option 2 : Near the lake (marked 2 on the map)

The lake is one of the best places in Can Tho. Around the lake, there are cafes that are very popular, especially in the afternoon. Among them “cafĂ© 1985”.
It is also not far from the river walk, about 20 minutes walk.

See Hotels in Can Tho. After clicking the link and filling in the dates, you will see a map icon. Clicking on the Map icon is a good way to search for the hotel because you immediately see the price and the score received by visitors for each hotel.

Option 3 : Above the river (marked 3 on the map)

Nothing special here, except that there are many hotels and therefore they can be cheaper and available compared to the hotels in zone 1. You may have to use a taxi to get to the promenade or walk about 30 minutes.

See Hotels in Can Tho. After clicking the link and filling in the dates, you will see a map icon. Clicking on the Map icon is a good way to search for the hotel because you immediately see the price and the score received by visitors for each hotel.