WHAT TO DO IN 48 HOURS IN CAN THO CITY :
On the 1st day in Cantho City:
After check-in at the hotel , you should have a walk around Ninh Kieu Park & Riverfront
(Downtown, on Hai Ba Trung STREET). Ninh Kieu Park
is a city park situated along the Can Tho River, stretching from the ferry terminal at Nguyen An Ninh Road
to the Ninh Kieu Hotel
at the end of Hai Ba Trung
street. Although the park sports some greenery, one of its most noticeable features is a public square surrounding a large statue of Ho Chi Minh
The other big attraction is Ninh Kieu Tourist Market
, which houses souvenir vendors, cafes and restaurants. Just outside the market, you'll also find a ticket booth, selling boat trips up the river to places like Cai Rang Floating Market
. The park is a busy place in the evenings, when locals gather to hang out, play badminton, breakdance, or sit and eat sweet bean chè. The Night Market
on Nguyen An Ninh
and Chau Van Liem
streets is a good place to look for bargains, trà sữa milk tea, and a variety of street food. Plenty of restaurants at Hai Ba Trung Street
near the park, too, so you'll invariably find what you need if you look around.
You also should try some local street-food to experienced Mekong taste.
On the 2nd day in Can Tho City :
In the morning , you should do the floating market trips in the morning and have a boat trip inside small canals to see the real Mekong life. Back to the trip, we recommend you walk around the busy , colorful local markets : Fish Markets , Vegetable Markets….(p/s : We also have a small tip for the local markets like fish markets or vegetable markets : this is their livelihood and they may not appreciate you standing face-to-face with them to take the photos, just keep on side and try quickly in 5-10 seconds for each photo. Overall they are friendly but we hope you understand this their life).
In the afternoon , there are two options :Religious Buildings
- For Chinese style : Chùa Ông (Ong Pagoda), 32 Hai Ba Trung street (Across from Ninh Kieu Park). Just across from Ho Chi Minh's statue in Ninh Kieu Park is a little pagoda, constructed in the 1890s.
- For Khmer style : Munirensay Temple (Khmer Pagoda; Munirangsyaram), 36 Hoà Bình St (Near corner of Hoa Binh & De Tham street)
- For christian : Tham Tướng Church (On Mau Than St). Sunday service 18:30. Nice little church built by the French.
- For Catholics : Tin Lanh Baptist Church (Near Can Tho University in Mau Than). Sunday service 18:30. Around 30% of Vietnamese are Catholics, but as this church demonstrates, Protestant denominations are also present.
- For Vietnamse style ( like Monastery) : Quang Duc Pagoda (Mau Than St). One of the biggest and most active Buddhist temples with monks living in the premises. Visitors are welcome at any time of the day. There are fewer people during the afternoon, when it is rather hot, but it gets very lively often in the evenings.
- If you are bird lovers : One of the famous stork sanctuaries in Mekong Delta, Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary, has attracted thousands of stork and other kinds of birds to make nests and live there. In the afternoon is best time to watch them as they fly back the sanctuary after all day in the fields, rivers for food.