Can Tho by Motorbike
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Can Tho is the central area of the Mekong Delta region, with the typical cultural lifestyle of the western river. Famous for its famous Cai Rang Floating Market, lush orchards and traditional villages, this is a destination not to be missed to explore the water region. Can Tho has 3 ethnic groups living together: Viet, Chinese, Khmer, so there are separate festivals or craft villages of each ethnic group contributing to the richness and diversity of this land.
Best time to travel to Can Tho
Can Tho is less affected by storms, so you can visit it at any time of the year. Best time is in the summer from May to August when the full bloom orchards are suitable for you to visit and take photos. Note that this is also the time of the rainy season in Can Tho (May - November), but the highest rainfall is around August - November so you should take care to bring rain gear if you ride in this period.
Where to visit in Can Tho
Can Tho is famous for Cai Rang Floating Market, so start your visit early in the morning to come to the floating market, the market is about 7km from the center, operating time around 6-7 am. Back to the center of Can Tho city, do not forget to visit the cluster of attractions in My Khanh Tourist Area with attractive games, visit Vam Sang tourist garden to enjoy strawberry, bon bon, orange, grapefruit and visit Zen Monastery Phuong Nam - The largest pagoda in the Southwest region.
The next day, starting the journey by motorbike to visit the Bang Lang Stork Garden, about 40km from the center towards Long Xuyen. Back to the city, you continue to visit the Binh Thuy Old House of the Duong family built in 1870. If you like to visit the Pagoda, there are many pagodas to choose from such as Ong Pagoda - a place of religious and cultural activities of Chinese people, Nam Nha Pagoda and Phuoc Hau Pagoda. And do not forget to visit Can Tho Market, Ninh Kieu Wharf in the city center area.
Special Festivals in Can Tho
Can Tho is a convergence of 3 ethnic groups: Viet, Khmer, Chinese, so the festivals here originate from traditional customs or folk beliefs of the nations. If you are luckly to visit Can Tho on the full moon days every month, there are many holy offerings to watch, but the big holiday of the year is the 7th of the 7th lunar month with "Vu Lan" lasting from 2-3 days. In addition, at Dinh Binh Thuy, there is a Ceremony to worship the land to start a new crop (full moon in the fourth lunar month) and another ceremony to give thanksgiving and to worship the fields to rest (the full moon of the lunar December). If you like the culture of the Khmer, you should come here at Cholchonam Thomay Ceremony - Welcoming the New Year in three days 13,14,15 lunar calendar, if it is a leap year, back one day, giving Okombok - Ceremony (October lunar calendar) and ancestor worship ceremony - Dolta (August lunar month).
What to Buy as Gifts in Can Tho
Can Tho has many specialties for you to buy as gifts for relatives such as banh tet from Huynh's house in Binh Thuy, nem chua Cai Rang. Especially fruit is always available year round. Coming to Can Tho, tourists can buy some special fruits of the region such as Phong Dien oranges, Ha Chau strawberries, red jackfruit, durian, Phong Dien cocoa of Mr. Muoi Cuong, dried fish, canned fish sauce...
Things to Note
When visiting floating markets or river tours, you need to pay attention to the selection of certain vehicles, fully equipped with life jackets. In the evening, you should take a boat trip on the Hau River to listen to the folk music, a cultural form imbued with national identity and enjoy some specialties or enjoy the evening on Can Tho Cruise.