Don’t Miss These Five Cuisines When Visit Can Tho

Can Tho is one of the most popular destinations in Mekong Delta for any visitor. Roughly 03 hours from Ho Chi Minh City, you will find yourself arrived in a charming peaceful place. These top five must-visit destinations in Can Tho should be on your list. And the top five special food listed below should not be ignored, either.

1/ Bánh xèo (lit. Sizzling Cake)

Bánh xèo is a Vietnamese-style savory crepe named for the sizzling sound made when rice batter is poured into a frying pan. Its batter has the yellow color of turmeric as well as green color of spring onions. A typical Bánh xèo is stuffed with pork, prawns, bean sprouts and garnished fresh herbs. In South-western Vietnam as Cần Thơ, you may find minced duck meat or minced pork with cassava or apical buds of adult coconut plants inside its yellow crispy batter.

Bánh xèo definitely loses its flavor in the absence of fresh herbs and dipping sauce. The herbs served with Banh xeo include lettuce leaves, coriander, mint, Thai basil leaves, piper lolot, etc. As for dipping sauce, it fundamentally contains fish sauce, water, fresh lime juice, garlic clove, long fresh red chilli and sugar. The best dipping sauce is a perfect combination of salty, sweet, and sour.

Photo: Youtube

Recommended addresses:

1/Bánh xèo Mười Xiềm: 13/3 đường 917, P. Trà Nóc, Q. Bình Thủy, TP Cần Thơ.

(13/3 No. 917 Street, Trà Nóc Ward, Bình Thủy District, Cần Thơ City)

2/Bánh xèo 7 Tới: Đường Cái Sơn Hàng Bàng, Q.Cái Răng, TP Cần Thơ.

(Cái Sơn Hàng Bàng Street, Cái Răng District, Cần Thơ City)

3/Bánh xèo Ngọc Ngân: 74  Đại Lộ Lê Lợi, Quận Ninh Kiều, Cần Thơ. (Đối diện Sân Vận Động Cần Thơ)

(74  Lê Lợi Avenue, Ninh Kiều District, Cần Thơ) (Opposite to Cần Thơ Stadium)

2/ Cá lóc nướng trui (Grilled Snakehead fish)

Grilled snakehead fish is processed by Southern farmers after work ends. When the men go fishing, the women go back to the fields to pick vegetables and then go home to make the sauces. The fresh fish will be washed and cooked in the middle of the windy field, then everyone will enjoy the delicious meal together. The grilled snakehead fish undergo preliminary treatment, which means no scaling, no scraping viscous, no eviscerate, not marinating. Snakehead fishes are caught from the rivers, washed, grilled using a long stick, and afterwards be buried in a dry haystack on fire. Then, the farmers plug the stick into the ground or cover it up with burning straws until there are only ashes.

Photo: nhahang2v.com

Recommended addresses:

  • 2/11 Lê Lai , Ninh Kiều District.
  • 78 Võ Văn Kiệt, Ninh Kiều District.
3/ Lẩu mắm (Mắm Hotpot)

One of the most famous dishes is lẩu mắm. Its ingredients include mắm cá linh (a kind of dried and salted fish), side pork, shrimps, squids, and cá hú (a kind of fish). The dish is served with two trays of various fresh herbs and vegetables like luffa, cucurbit, bitter melon, and so on. The combined taste of the hotpot soup, fresh seafood and vegetables, along with fish source makes customers truly feel the simplicity and diversity of Southwestern soul.

Photo: dulichtho.com

Recommended addresses:

1/ Quán Dạ Lý: 89 đường 3/2, Quận Ninh Kiều, Cần Thơ.

(89 Street 3/2, Ninh Kiều District, Cần Thơ)

2/ Lẩu mắm 5 nương: Ngã 3 Lộ Tẻ, Phường Thới Thuận, Quận Thốt Nốt, Cần Thơ.

(Lộ Tẻ Crossroads, Thới Thuận Ward, Thốt Nốt District, Cần Thơ)

3/ Lẩu mắm Cát Tiên 2: số 264 Võ Văn Kiệt, Phường An Thới, Quận Bình Thủy, Cần Thơ.
(264 Võ Văn Kiệt Street, An Thới Ward, Bình Thủy District, Cần Thơ.)

4/ Pizza Hủ tiếu (Vietnamese Rice Noodles Pizza)

Pizza Hủ tiếu is a very special dish of Cần Thơ. It is fried Hủ tiếu (rice noodles) in the shape of a pizza, with different kinds of toppings for the customers to choose. This is a very interesting combination of Western and Eastern cuisines, a definite must-try when you come to Cần Thơ.

Photo: foodyvn.blogspot.com

Address: Quán Sáu Hoài near Rau Răm Bridge, Cái Răng District.

5/ Bánh tét lá cẩm (Sticky rice cake wrapped in magenta plant leaves)

Instead of the green coat as other normal Bánh tét (cylindric sticky rice cake, a Southern vision of Bánh chưng in square,) Bánh tét lá cẩm has a magenta color, which makes it become more attractive to foodaholics. It was created and has been made by the Huỳnh in Bình Thủy District (Cần Thơ.) The cake has an unforgettably special taste of the combination of magenta plant leaves, green beans, pork fat and coconut milk. It is often seen on many special occasions, especially on New Year’s Day, when it is brought to the altar for ancestral offerings, a tradition of Vietnamese culture.

Photo: Wiki Travel

Top Five Must-visit Destinations in Can Tho, Mekong Delta

Sailing down the Cuu Long River, a beautiful and peaceful landscape will appear before the eyes of tourists. 170 kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh city, Cần Thơ is the fifth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong Delta.
It is beautifully carved with floating market, rice paper-making village, and picturesque rural canals.

And when you already set foot in this land, these top five destinations should not be missed out:

1/ Ninh Kiều Pier (Bến Ninh Kiều)

Ninh Kiều Pier is located on the bank of Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong River, and close to the centre of the city. The pier is the city’s main trading centre where hundreds of boats plying the river, bringing products from the rest of the Delta region. In the nearby area and along the river are there Ninh Kiều Pier Park and more excitingly, Ninh Kiều Night Market to fill the hungry bellies of visitors.

Photo: tinnhanh.us
2/ Cái Răng Floating Market (Chợ nổi Cái Răng)

When it comes to Can Tho, people tend to think of cruising on a boat and enjoying many countryside sceneries passing by. Embarking at Ninh Kieu pier, tourists will indulge themselves in the coolness of river breeze in the early morning, and the fullness of fruit-laden trees along both sides of the river. At the end of the cruise, the boat will stop at a very special destination which is unique to the region criss-crossed by channels as Can Tho – Cái Răng Floating Market.

The special point of the market lies on trading activities taking place on narrow boats. A buyer just needs to look at the bamboo poles in front of each boat which hang samples of what it is selling, and then calls the seller if they want to buy it. The boat of the seller will approach the boat of the buyer for trade. Tourists can even enjoy such delicious dishes as bun rieu, hu tieu (a kind of noodles), and che (a kind of sweet dessert).

Photo: saigontourist
3/ Bình Thủy Ancient House (Nhà cổ Bình Thuỷ)

Located about five kilometres from downtown Cần Thơ, Bình Thuỷ Ancient House is designed as a combination of the architecture of Vietnam and France. Besides, outside of the house is there a garden with various flowers and fruits, including a wide range of orchids and a record cactus. The French-style house was built in 1870 by the Dương family on an area of nearly 6,000 square meters.

Address: 26/1A Bùi Hữu Nghĩa Street, Bình Thuỷ Ward, Cần Thơ.

Photo: tintucmientay.com.vn
4/ Munir Ansay Pagoda (Chùa Munir Ansay)

Built in 1948, Munir Ansay Pagoda is the oldest and biggest Khmer pagoda in Can Tho. Its architecture is imbued with Khmer national identity with colorful pyramidal domes. The spacious yard creates a peaceful feeling for a visitor in spite of being in the center of the city. Annually, Munir Ansay pagoda organizes several big festivals such as Chol Chnam Thmay – New Year Holiday (March 13-15th in lunar calendar), Ok-Om-Bok – Bringing water festival (October in lunar calendar), Donta – Ancestor worship (August in lunar calendar), etc.

Address: 36 Hòa Bình Avenue, Cần Thơ City.

Photo: didaudo.vn
5/ Giàn Gừa relic site (Khu di tích Giàn Gừa)

Giàn Gừa is a big trellis of 150-year-old Gừa heritage tree. Now, the tree has trellis over 2.700m² of wide and 12m of height. Rooted from local belief, villagers used to construct a small temple to worship a Goddess called Thượng Động Cố Hỉ to express their respect and gratefulness to her as a protector of the village. Besides, it was the place to hide weapons, documents, to train, gather and transfer liberation army in the past. Many important meetings of The Southwest Area of Can Tho Committee Province were also held there.

Photo: muctim.com.vn

[Event] – Can Tho Weekend Trip : Feel The Local

Hi guys, how was your holiday? After a long holiday, your batteries may have been fully recharged. Are you ready for another exploration?

Welcome you to our 6th travel – Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta and a must-visit destination for any visitor. This tour was particularly designed by a Can Tho local for the aim of offering the most local experiences for participants.

  • Time: 26-27th May 2018
  • Schedule:

Fee: 1,800,000 VND ($79)

Early birds (First 05 persons): 1,500,000 VND ($66) (-16%)

Including:

  • Two-way bus tickets
  • Entrance tickets
  • Rental car in 2 days
  • Rental boat to visit floating market
  • Hostel
  • Food
  • Water
  • Tour guide fee

Registration Process:

Step 1. Register by filling in the form below.

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Step 2. Complete your payment via:

***Bank Transfer: Information of bank account will be sent via your email.

***Direct Payment:

Contact Minh Nguyen

  • Phone: 01666725720
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Registration deadline: 16/05/2018

Payment deadline:  18/05/2018

*Your registration will only be counted after completing your payment.

Before registration, please read the following terms carefully.

1/ In each trip, there is a main guide who is in charge of planning, arranging everything, contacting people, and guiding during the trip. The guide cooperates with us via the Local Supporters Program. All of the expenses of the guide will be shared among other participants in the trip. That’s why in your fee including the fee for the guide. The guide of this trip is Le Thi Yen Oanh.

If you agree with the above-mentioned term and feel interested in the trip, register ASAP! First come first served. Please fill in the the form below.

>>>Let’s take a look at our previous trips:

Thanh An Island (Can Gio) | Giang Dien Waterfall (Dong Nai) | Tay Ninh

 

Can Tho – A Modern Southern Girl of Vietnam

Sailing down the Cuu Long River, a beautiful and peaceful landscape will appear before the eyes of tourists. 170 kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh city, Can Tho attracts tourists by the modern of the fourth largest city in Vietnam and also the gentleness of the people there. Can Tho appears like a charming modern Southern Vietnamese girl that steals the hearts of many tourists.

A western Vietnamese girl (Photo: Viet Fun Travel)

The Name ‘Cần Thơ’

The name Can Tho itself is mystyrious to many tourists. It can be explained by two different legends.

1/The first one originated from the time when Nguyen Anh Lord was traveling by boat on Hau River to escape from the chase of Quang Trung king, he heard a recital from somewhere at a branch of the river. Therefore, he named the branch as Cam Thi giang or Cam Thi River. People later called the land along the river as Cam Thi, which was changed into Can Tho through time.

2/The second one is that in the past, the land of Can Tho was home to parsley and rau thom (a kind of herbs, the word ‘thơm’ means having pleasant fragrance.) That’s why local people called it as ‘Cần Thơm, which was also changed into ‘Cần Thơ eventually.

Enriched with 300 years of history, Can Tho has another name as ‘Tây Đô’ which means the capital of Southwestern region. It is the central point which connects Saigon with other Southern provinces in terms of economy, transportation, and cultural exchange. Fertile alluvium and interlaced network of channels has turned Can Tho into a land full of liveliness, diverse fruits, and convenient waterway system.

Photo: Hồng Hải Nam

Can Tho Must – Visit Destination:

When it comes to Can Tho, people tend to think of cruising on a boat and enjoying many countryside sceneries passing by. Embarking at Ninh Kieu pier, tourists will indulge themselves in the coolness of river breeze in the early morning, and the fullness of fruit-laden trees along both sides of the river. At the end of the cruise, the boat will stop at a very special destination which is unique to the region criss-crossed by channels as Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market

The special point of the market lies on trading activities taking place on narrow boats. A buyer just needs to look at the stick in front of each boat which hangs samples of what it is selling, and then calls the seller. The boat of the seller will approach the boat of the buyer for trade. Tourists can even enjoy such delicious dishes as bun rieuhu tieu (a kind of noodles), and che (a kind of sweet dessert). Besides Cai Rang, there are some other floating markets like Phung Hiep and Phong Dien where Southern countryside specialities like snakes and eels are sold.

Cai Rang Floating Market (Photo: Vietravel)

Moreover, Can Tho attracts tourists by its various fruit orchards. It is also said that Can Tho is a hot spot of tropical fruits like mango, mangosteen, longan, and guava. Coming to the orchards, tourists can pick and enjoy fresh fruits right at the spot. They are also invited to take a sip of wine by friendly orchard owners. These kinds of fruits are sold with low price.

A fruit orchard in Can Tho (Photo: chonoicairang.com.vn)

Other destinations worth a visit:

150-year-old Binh Thuy Ancient House with architecture in French style and interior in traditional Vietnamese style.

Binh Thuy Ancient House (Photo: kientrucvietas.com)

Bang Lang stork sanctuary to watch astonishing views of thousands of storks and snowy egrets filling the branches with white color.

Bang Lang stork sanctuary (Photo: Du lịch hành trình Việt)

Nam Nha pagoda builted in 1890 has elegant architecture and historical values.

Nam Nha Pagoda (Photo: Vinacel)

Can Tho Must – Tried Food:

Food in Can Tho is also worth a try. One of the most famous dishes is lẩu mắm Dạ Lý. Its ingredients include mắm cá linh (a kind of dried and salted fish), side pork, shrimps, squids, and cá hú (a kind of fish). The dish is served with two trays of various fresh herbs and vegetables like luffa, cucurbit, bitter melon, and so on. The combined taste of the hotpot soup, fresh seafood and vegetables, along with fish source makes customers truly feel the simplicity and diversity of Southwestern soul.      

Lau mam da ly (Photo: foody)

Another recommended dish is banh xeo (Vietnamese-style savory crepe) with minced duck meat and apical buds of adult coconut plants. Besides, tourists can visit restaurants along the river and enjoy river breeze and some food such as deep-fried Anabas with sliced green mango, and grilled medium- sized edible snail with black pepper. 

Banh xeo (Photo: Linkedin)

Only three hours on long-route bus, you will find yourself lost in a city where the elements of countryside and modern city are mixed together. With many peaceful sceneries and delicious food, Can Tho will bring you a relaxing and enjoyable time, much different from the hustle and bustle of life, for sure! ?

How To Get There 

Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho:

It takes 3 hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho. The buses to Can Tho depart at Ben xe Mien Tay (Western Bus Station, 395 Kinh Duong Vuong, Binh Tan, HCMC). Tourists can buy tickets there or contact directly the following bus companies:

*Phuong Trang bus:

Address: 272 De Tham, District 1

Tel: (08) 38375570

Saigon: Departs at Ben xe Mien Tay (Western Bus Station) from 7 a.m till 10p.m

Can Tho: Departs every 30 minutes at Ben xe Nguyen Trai (Nguyen Trai Bus Station).

*Hoang Long bus:

Address: 47 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1

Tel: (08) 39151818  

Can Tho: Ben xe lo 91B

*Mai Linh bus:

Tel: (08) 39292929. Hotline: 0985 29 29 29.

15-seat and 45-seat buses run every 15 minutes, 24/24.

Ticket price: VND130,000 – 200,000

Boat to Cai Rang floating market:

From Ninh Kieu pier (at the center of Can Tho city), it takes around 30 to 45 minutes to Cai Rang floating market by boat.

Visiting time: 6a.m – 8a.m.

It is advisable to get on boat around 5a.m so that you can reach there at its busiest time.

Where to buy tickets:

*Mekong Delta Explorer:

+Contact: 0961 73 68 68 – 07103 819 219

+Price: about VND50,000 to Cai Rang and VND80,000 if you want to visit a fruit orchard. Paid right at the boat.

*Can Tho tourist:

Address: 50 Hai Ba Trung, Tan An, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.

Contact: 07103. 811 605 – 3821 852

Price: VND50,000

Addresses of some fruit orchards:

Mỹ Khánh: 335, Lộ Vòng Cung, Xã Mỹ Khánh, Huyện Phong Điền, TP Cần Thơ.

Vàm Xáng – Phong Điền: số 002 Ấp Nhơn Lộc 1, TT Phong Điền, TP Cần Thơ.

Ba Cống: khu vực Bình Phó B thuộc phường Bình Thủy, quận Long Tuyền, TP Cần Thơ

Khu du lịch sinh thái Nhà vườn Thảo Nguyên: khu vực Bình Phó B thuộc phường Bình Thủy, quận Long Tuyền, TP Cần Thơ.

(The names and addresses are remained in Vietnamese so that it is easier for you to receive guidelines or help from locals

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Writer: Khanh Khanh