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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Can Tho

Can Tho
Area : 1.389,59 km2
Population: 1.187.089 people

Can Tho City constitute an independent municipality at the same level as provinces of Vietnam. Can Tho is on the Hau River bank, 169 km from Ho Chi Minh city on the southwest. Cần Thơ City is divided into nine districts: Ninh Kieu, Binh Thuy, Cai Rang, O Mon, Thot Not, Phong Dien, Co Do, Thoi Lai, Vinh Thanh.

Can Tho has been considered the western metropolitan city. Can Tho city is an important trade hub between the provinces in theMekong Delta. Can Tho city is compared as “a city of the watery region”. Tourism in Can Tho is mainly tours of the water region and orchard. The wide range of restaurants and hotels in Can Tho city is considered to be the best accommodation for tourists in Mekong delta.

Monuments-Landscape
  • Ninh Kieu Quay: stretching from the rivulet mouth of Cai Khe channel to the ancient market house just restored. Ninh Kieu quay is an interferential place between Hau River and Can Tho River. Ships with full Mekong Delta’s yields are busy at the quay and in the river. Yachts are anchored to pick visitors in Ninh Kieu quay.This place becomes the landscape for local and foreign tourists to visit.
  • Cai Rang Floating Market: 5 km from Can Tho city center. The market is in river, a typical cultural feature of the southern people. From very early in the morning, hundreds of boats are gathering together into a market in a section of the river. Samples of hick products are displayed on the top of the rod called “scarecrow” at the bow of the boat. Just looking at the scarecrow, the buyers know what are sold in that boat. Besides visiting and buying fresh products, tourists have a chance to confide in the ones who are called “water merchants” – all year round, they consider rivers their friends.
  • Phu Sa Tourist Site: with the area of 30 ha, Phu Sa is surrounded by cypress forest, very charming and romantic… From Ninh Kieu quay, tourists are taken by motor boat in a wavy large river section to Au islet where Phu Sa tourist site locates. There are ancient houses, tourist sites of the Mekong Delta features, seasonal fruits and river hick special foods. Tourists can enjoy special foods of the countryside of the south or entertaining by fishing, swim in the river…
  • Bang Lang Stork Garden: From Can Tho city center, along the national highway 91 toward Long Xuyen city, it’s 45 km to this garden. There are about tens of thousands of more than 10 species of storks and more than 20 species of stork’s friends living in the area of 2 hectares in Thoi Thuan commune, Thot Not district. Visiting this garden, visitors can be witness to the life of these storks.
  • Binh Thuy Communal House is located in Binh Thuy Ward and is 5km from the center of Can Tho City. Built in 1844, the Communal House was named "Bon Canh Thanh Hoang" on November 9th, 1893 by King Tu Duc. In 1909, people have rebuilt it once and finish in 1910. Binh Thuy Communal House is a valuable monument of art and architectural style in the newly-expanded South Western area.
  • Binh Thuy Ancient House is along Highway 91 towardLong Xuyen, cross Binh Thuy Bridge and turn left you will see this 135 years old house. Binh Thuy ancient house is 7km from Can Tho city center. Architecture of this house is a combination of French exterior and Vietnamese interior. This house had captured in film “Nguoi dep Tay Do”
  • My Khanh Tourist Village is along highway 1 toward Soc Trang, turn right at Cai Rang Bridge to My Khanh Commune. Address: 335 My Nhan Village, My Khanh Commune, Phong Dien District – Phone: 0710.3 864 260. This village is 10km from Can Tho city center. This tourist garden has many kinds of fruits. Visitors can tour the garden, go fishing and enjoy the specialties of the garden. There are restaurant and guest house for visitors.
Festivals
  • Binh Thuy Communal House Festival takes place at Binh Thuy communal house. It falls into two parts: descending from the rice field, on the 14th and 15th of the 12th lunar month, and ascending to the rice field on the 12th and 14th of the 4th lunar month.
  • Ong Pagoda is located on Hai Ba Trung Road, Ninh Kieu district. Ong pagoda was in institution by efforts of a segment of Hoa people in two chief towns Quang Chau and Trieu Khanh of Quang Dong, China for worshipping Quan Cong. Quan Cong, a General of the three-kingdom period in ancient China and an example of loyalty to his King, Nam Hai Bodhisattva Kwan Yin, Thai Bach Tinh Quan, the Genie of the earth, and Dong Vinh are all worshipped here. Every year there are 4 festivals: Birthday of main deity Phuc Duc (sir Bon) occurring on 2nd of the second month every lunar year, Birthday of Thien Hau Thanh Mau on 23rd of the third month every lunar year, Birthday of Quan Cong on 24th of the sixth every lunar year, Birthday of Tai Bach Tinh Quan (Deity Tai) on 22nd of the seventh month every lunar year.
Specialties
Can Tho City has many specialties, delicacies such as Cai Rang fermented pork roll, fermented fish hot pot, Rice pancake folded in half (and filled with a shrimp, meat and soy bean sprouts)…