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As the sixth largest city of Vietnam, Can Tho is siutated along the famous Mekong Delta, which the latter has a very different importance to the locals than foreigners: it is named as the "rice basket of Vietnam", where more than half of the nation's rice production flows from this strip of provinces alone. It is fitting, for anyone visiting this city, to see what Can Tho is famous for and look upon the essence of its surrounding delta. Can Tho is especially famous for its floating markets: doubtless a staple attraction of many other countries and cities near it. Can Tho also does its tropical climate justice; where visitors can find a wide range of fruits such as pomelo, jackfruit, durian, mango and dragonfruit, in every corner of this city. Can Tho is also a city of both modern and historical sights. Beginning with the former, one of the iconic structures is the Can Tho Bridge: a cable-stayed bridge spanning over the Hau River, it was opened in April 2010 after a collapse delayed its initial completion date by three years. Now, it is thew largest bridge in the region and serves the residents and visitors of Can Tho as part of its integral road network. As for the historical side of Can Tho, countless temples, pagodas, cathedrals and even a stork sanctuary adorn the skyline and nooks and crannies of this beautiful city. A must-visit location is the Can Tho Musuem built in 1976, which showcases more than 5000 objects and artifacts in the largest museum the city has to offer. One of the musuem's most alluring artifacts displayed is a life-sized pagoda that has been around almost as long as Can Tho itself: a powerful and appropriate representation of everything the city is.
How much (is this?): Bao nhieu? (baow nyew)
Could you reduce the price?: Giam gia duoc khong? (zam za duoc khom)
Is this for sale?: Co ban khong? (cor ban kohm?)
It's too expensive: Mac qua (mac wa)
You are very beautiful: Em dep qua (Em dep wah)
You are very handsome: Anh dep trai qua (Anh dep wah)
a cheeky but effective tip is to ask the price from a Vietnamese seller then compliment them. The Vietnamese love it when visitors do this, and you would almost every time score much more affordable prices after pulling this tactic.
Can Tho's climate can be classified as tropical wet and dry, with both a wet and dry season all year round, with a relatively high humidity of 83%.
The dry season of Can Tho occurs between December to April, with temperatures ranging from 22.1°C to 33.4°C.
The wet season of Can Tho occurs between May to November, with temperatures ranging from 24.1°C to 32.9°C.
As Can Tho's main attractions would be pagodas, cathedrals and the city's resident floating market; the ideal time to visit would be around a drier season, as although this period ushers in drizzles and light rainfall, it would be still be possible to travel around the city on foot visiting its many historical attractions.
Just like many other Vietnamese cities, it is relatively easy to find a shop offering motorcycle rentals in Can Tho. Take note to bring your valid driver's license before renting this vehichle, as well as not being covered for accident insurance unless you're holding a valid Vietnamese license.
Rentals for motorcycle rentals begin from 220,000 VND. In addition, you might be required to take an impromptu driving test before allowing you to rent.
While the option of bicycles are the much cheapr one compared to motorcycles, most of the bicycles offered here by the locals are smaller and lighter-made for the size of local cyclists-compared to European tourists who are taller and bigger in size. If you happened to be the latter, do check the bicycle you rented beforehand, as there has been many cases where the bicycle fell apart while on rent: not from production quality, but simply from the weight.
Much cheaper but riskier than renting a motorcycle, prices vary according to small shops to proper companies: bicycle rental in Can Tho can start from 130,000 VND.
Compared to Saigon and many other parts of Vietnam, there is no significant difference in the qualities of taxi companies' in Can Tho. Do take note that compared to other Vietnamese cities, it is harder to hail down a taxi in Can Tho, and it is recommended to keep the name of a taxi company on hand or in your head so you can make a direct call. As the call will be made in Vietnamese, the written instructions come in handy as you could simply ask for help in a nearby hotel to call for your cab.
As the city of Cần Thơ is split up into districts, fares are usually calculated according to them. Rates to travel between one district can start from 347,000 VND.
Another one of Can Tho's highlights is its two resident floating markets; Cái Răng and Hong Điền Floating Markets. While getting to the location of the markets itself can be done in a myriad of ways, there are "boat ladies" at each market that offer a special mode of transport to get around the market. Due to the size of density of boats in each floating market, it is impossible for larger tour cruises to enter the markets' waters, thus there is much smaller rowboats which function as both tour transport for willing foreigners. While the "boat ladies" can be persuasive in convincing you to take up these boat tours, it is much safer for you and your wallet to rent it directly from a boat owner instead.
There are different tour packages offered at different prices, but the flat rate is usually 70,000 VND per hour. These tours will take you either through the canals or the market itself. While starting prices can vary from 230,000 VNd to 460,000 VND for a 3-hour or 7-hour tour, brush up on your negotiation skills and you can get the prices bargained down to 160,000 VND to 340,000 VND with no change to the tour durations.