CAN THO - Basics


There’s an ATM next to the Golf Hotel and at 29 Chau Van Liem St.


The state-run CAN THO TOURIST (tel 071-821-852; [email protected]; 20 Hai Ba Trung; open 7am-11am, 1-5pm daily) isn’t the most adept at catering to independent travelers’ requests, but can set you up with boat trips to the floating markets or send you to Cambodia. They have information on boat, plane and bus trips out of Can Tho, which can be useful.

Can Tho Tourist can arrange the following:

• Three-hour boat trips to Cai Rang floating market, going at 7am; one/two/four people with guide costs 368,000/443,000/593,000D, or without the guide it’s 190,000D for up to seven people.

• Day trips to Phung Hiep floating market, with guide and including three-hour boat ride past eucalyptus-lined canals, are 1,100,000D (by car) or 900,000D (by motorcycle).

• Day bike trips to traditional villages (including van drop-offs); prices (including van drop-offs) 1,090,000D for one person, 1,325,000D for two, and 1,800,000D for four – more expensive than Vinh Long’s rates.

Homestays near Cai Rang (about 9km from Can Tho); unlike from Vinh Long, homestays here must be accompanied by a guide; the cost for one/two/four people (including boat and meals) is 723,000/882,000/1,276,000D.

• Two-day trips to far-flung Ca Mau, at Highway One’s southern terminus. The cost is about 3,000,000D (including car, guide, meals, hotel), but not the 2,500,000D boat ride if you’re wanting to reach Mui Ca Mau (a scary two-hour ride through marshy mangrove to Vietnam’s southernmost tip). Rides into the U-Minh mangrove forest were restricted by the government following a fire that damaged much of the area.


QUEEN (tel 071-821-531; 9 Chau Van Liem; open 6am to 11.30pm), a block from the river, has Internet and AC. Walk south on Hai Ba Trung past the market, then right on Chau Van Liem St.


Lit by neon at night, the post office (2 Hoa Binh) is a couple blocks west of the river.