Can Tho, Vietnam
The epicentre of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is the largest city in the region and feels like a metropolis after a few days exploring the backwaters. As the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta, it’s a buzzing town with a lively waterfront lined with sculpted gardens, an appealing blend of narrow backstreets and wide boulevards, and perhaps the greatest concentration of foreigners in the Delta. It is also the perfect base for nearby floating markets, the major draw for tourists who come here to boat along the many canals and rivers leading out of town.
Can Tho culture not only maintains features of Mekong Delta region but also displays unique cultural beauty of ancient Tay Do. Tay Do cultural characteristics are reflected in many aspects of culinary, lifestyle, religion, and traditional arts...
Can Tho city still hides great potential for tourism development, such as Uncle Ho Monument, City Museum, Military Zone 9 Museum, Binh Thuy Temple, Khanh Quang Pagoda, Nam Nha Duong Pagoda, Munir Ansay Temple, Can Tho University, Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute, Hau River Farm...They all have capacity for developing cultural tourism in Can Tho.
The system of interlaced rivers, the great number of traditional villages, and ecological landscape potential as Cai Khe Islet, Khuong Islet, Au Islet, Tan Loc Islet, Thoi Nhat flower village, Ninh Kieu wharf, Cai Rang floating market, and Phong Dien floating market... connected to the city center by road traffic systems and waterways. In addition, Can Tho has invested some other types of tourism services such as amusement parks, or workshop tourism...The city is always available to welcome and and serve tourists with a system of restaurants, hotels, motels mostly classified from the 4-star standard. The system of accommodation services in Can Tho has been gradually standardized.
Thanks to the coexistence of three ethnic Vietnamese - Khmer - Chinese people, there are many unique festivals in Can Tho. These festivals were created from traditional practices or folk beliefs of each ethnic group.