Can Tho

22

Nov
2021

Can Tho

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The largest city on the delta, Can Tho is one of the most delightful destinations in the south. Bordering six provinces, it serves as a transportation hub for the region, as well as a major agricultural center, with rice milling as its main industry. The city is also an ideal base for day trips, especially to the floating markets – the highlight of a visit here. Within Can Tho, the Central Market, known for its fresh produce and river fish; the Can Tho Museum; and the Khmer Munirangsyaram Temple are all worth seeing.

Can Tho

Central Market
Ho Chi Minh Statue
Ong Pagoda
Can Tho Museum
Munirangsyaram Temple

Ong Pagoda

Devotees come to this small pagoda to pray before Than Tai, God of Fortune, and Quan Am, Goddess of Mercy. To ensure their prayers are heard, they  often pay the temple cal- ligrapher to pen their prayers  onto scrolls and hang them on  the wall. Several richly deco- rated urns burn constantly.

Can Tho Museum

This excellent museum illustrates life in Vietnam and the history of the city and province. Exhibits include a traditional teahouse, a life­like tableau of a herbalist tending to a patient, and many artifacts. There are also some harrowing war photographs.

Munirangsyaram Temple

An Angkor­like tower rises over this Khmer Theravada Buddhist temple. Inside, Doric columns blend beautifully with Asian features, such as seated Buddhas and ceramic lotuses.

Floating Markets

Can Tho is central to at least two floating markets, all providing a glimpse into a unique commercial culture. Traders paddle from boat to boat, selling a variety of goods amid a traffic jam of sampans. The morning market of Cai Rang is the closest and largest, located just 4 miles (7 km) southwest of the city. A bridge nearby offers great views, but nothing compares to exploring the market by boat. A farther 9 miles (14 km) west, Phong Dien market possesses an endearing simplicity. Sampans can be rented for both these markets from the riverfront off Hai Ba Trung Street or from local tour operators. About 32 miles (52 km) north of Can Tho is located the Bang Lang Stork Garden, a sanctuary for storks. The trees here attract thousands of storks each evening; a wonderful sight as they settle down to roost.

 

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