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CAN THO

Can Tho, over its 200 years as the main town, once known as Western Capital, is now one of the 5 municipalities, the 5th largest city in Vietnam, stretching 55km along the western bank of Hau River, in the central-lower basin of the Mekong delta. It is 169km southwest of HCMC, 178km from Ca Mau, 128km from Rach Gia, and about 100km from the East sea. It is contiguous to 5 provinces: An Giang on the north, Dong Thap and Vinh Long on the east, Kien Giang on the west, Hau Giang on the south.
 
Area: 1,401.60 km2
 
Population: 1,200,300 inhabitants with a majority of Viet people and a minority of Kmer and Chinese ethnic people.
 
Topography: Can Tho city is relatively flat, and rising from the north to the south. The north region included the districts of Thot Not, O Mon, and Chau Thanh is sunken. Therefore, it is often flooded in rainy season in September. The city has a complex of rivers and canals such as Hau, and Can Tho rivers, Thot Not, O Mon canals. Among them, the Hau River is considered a benefactor of this region, since yearly floods deposit large quantities of silts to the rice fields.
 
Climate: Can Tho’s climate is tropical and monsoonal with two seasons: rainy, from May to November; and dry, from December to April. Average annual temperature is 270C.
 
Administrative units: Can Tho is divided into 9 units: 5 urban districts and 4 rural districts.
 
Sights of interest
 
Can Tho is noted for its floating market, rice-paper-making village, orchards and picturesque rural canals. It is the best place to experience the daily life of inhabitants in the Mekong delta. All of economic, culture activities are closely related to river and canals, equivalent  to the 'street'. Can Tho has simple, poetic beauty with well-off villages under shade of coconut trees. It is wonderful to take a boat trip along the riverbanks on fine weather days.
 
Ninh Kieu wharf, on the east bank of Hau River, is well known for its beautiful location and special architecture. It is located close to the centre of the city on the bank of Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong River. It’s the city main trading center.
 
  
 
Binh Thuy communal House, at No 26/1A Bui Huu Nghia street, Binh Thuy ward, Can Tho city. The house belongs to Duong Family, built since 1870 and now lives Mr Dung Minh Hien, a  Duong’s descendant.  The house is also known as Binh Thuy orchid house as there is an orchid garden. This is the most ancient house in the Mekong delta, having a western architecture with big pillars outside but still keeps many traditional characteristics with carved and engraved wooden boards inside the house.
Binh Thuy Communal House is also the place where is held the festival dedicated to the spirit of the land and Dinh Cong Trang. The main purpose of this festival is to pray for a peaceful existence.
 
 
 
Bang Lang Stork Garden, a 1.3 hectare stork sanctuary, is a popular stop for international and domestic tourists coming to view thousands of storks. More than ten species of storks are residing here.
Visitors can see these birds returning home in late afternoon after the whole day seeking food from other places. There is a tall wooden viewing platform to view the birds. The scenery of thousands of storks flying around and gathering in the Garden is really amazing to visitors.
 
  
 
Ecotourist gardens: nowadays many inhabitants in the Mekong delta have transformed their  gardens into ecotourist  centers for tourists: My Khanh tourist garden, Tan Binh, Phu Sa...Most of these gardens have orchards with many typical kinds of fruits of the Mekong Delta. Visitors can stroll in the garden just to breathe the fresh cool air, to taste ripe fruits and special food prepared by the gardens’host.
 
  
 
Floating markets came into being since the past when there was no road system. Farmers organize themselves markets at the meeting point of several waterways to sell agricultural products from one boat to another. Each boat has a bamboo pole, on which products are displayed. Nowadays, even road system is established, Mekong delta farmers still keep the habit to sell their products at floating markets.
Visiting Can Tho, tourists will be impressed by floating markets. Visiting floating markets is one of the most attractive tours in Can Tho. Floating markets are situated on the banks of wide stretches of river. Cai Rang and Phong Dien Floating Markets are two of the major markets in Can Tho as well as in the Mekong Delta.
 
Cai Rang floating market, the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 5am and runs until around midday. The market is about 6 km from Can Tho, or about a 40-minute boat ride. While floating down the river, you will glimpse life along its shores. You’ll pass vibrantly painted boats anchored along the shore, merchant vessels carrying loads down the river and houses built on stilts over the water. Once you finally reach the market, it’s an impressive site. A stretch of boats selling all variety of agricultural products. Boats identify what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole.
 
  
 
Phong Dien Floating market, located 20 km South-west of Can Tho. The floating market at Phong Dien district is considered the best seen market in the Mekong Delta. The retail market is at it burstling early in the morning before sunrise. Local people living around this area are seen to buy in this market. Commodities such as fruits, vegetables, and sometimes fishes are sold here. The market is also a good place to have breakfast. With its peaceful environment, all you could hear are the local people chattering.
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