English
*Indicates required field Please add me to your mailing list
>

Can Tho

Azerai in Can Tho is an ideal base for exploring Vietnam's fascinating Mekong Delta.

Can Tho is the leading city in Vietnam's flourishing and fertile Mekong Delta. Unlike most cities, Can Tho retains a rural charm, spreading out along the southern bank of the Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong. The area is noted for its floating markets, rice farming, fish and vegetable produce, and delicious cuisine. The lively, colourful and picturesque existence offers travellers a striking contrast after exploring the less populated and remote backwaters of the region. 

For travellers, these rivers and tributaries can be the most favourable way to explore the Mekong Delta at a leisurely pace and offer the opportunity to experience the truly unique Mekong River lifestyle.

history

Can Tho is the principle city in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and the fourth largest city in Vietnam: an area, known as the ‘nine dragon river delta’, where the Mekong River flows into the East Sea through a network of nine tributaries.

culture

A visit in this region will leave an impression of diversity in colours, images, scents and sounds.

history

In August 1708, Lord Nguyen Phuoc Chu, appointed Mac Cuu to the position of Governor of Ha Tien Province, with the intention of establishing settlements to attract increased population and to improve the economy of the area. To further increase the land base of these areas, Mac Thien Tich (son of the previous governor), commenced an additional reclamation project on the right bank of the Hau River.

With the establishment of the Tran Giang Province in the southern areas of the Mekong Delta, history states Tran Giang (Can Tho) was registered within the map of Vietnam during 1739, along with three other provinces, Long Xuyen (Ca Mau) in the south, Kien Giang (Rach Gia) in the west, and Tran Di (North Bac Lieu) in the south east. From the mid-18th century, Can Tho continued to develop and even today is known as the epicentre of the Mekong Delta.

Can Tho City, is home to the Can Tho Bridge, the longest cable-stayed bridge in South East Asia. The bridge spans the Hau River, is 2.75 kilometers long and has a six-lane carriageway and a clearance height of 39 metres to allow large vessels to pass underneath.

culture

Vietnam's Mekong Delta is also known as 'the rice bowl' because of it's scenic rice-clad landscape carpeted in intense shades of green alongside the waterways. Each day farmers in canoes donning conical hats (Non La) paddle along the river to sell their fruit and vegetable crops at the Cai Rang floating markets.

The city's vivid culture is best unravelled along its thriving waterways. The abundance of produce, such as fruit from its many orchards and farms, along with fish and rice, piles up daily on the floating markets that are dotted around the capital's criss-cross of waterways. The array of tributaries and canals that feed all the vibrantly attired water-borne traffic into the Hau River never ceases to fascinate visitors. 

There are also interesting attractions on land, such as Ninh Kieu Park, the intricately decorated late 19th century Ong Temple, housing a roof decorated with tiny sculptures. Inside the scented temple is some exquisite artwork and religious deities.

Quang Duc Pagoda, in the main downtown area, is a beautiful example of a Buddhist Pagoda, which houses a statue of Buddha sitting atop a lotus flower.

Can Tho has also been the inspiration for several film locations, including Jean Jacques Annaud's "The Lover". The house used in the film is located in Nguyen Hue Road with a beautiful French exterior and Vietnamese interior. Dating back to the 18th Century it is a treasure trove of ancient relics, furniture and Duong family memorabilia.

activities

Can Tho's main attraction is its vibrantly coloured floating markets. Day trips along the canals can be organised by the concierge. There are also many places of interest to visit on land.

activities

Azerai's concierge team provides suggestions for excursions within and beyond the hotel's property. These include shopping suggestions, a variety of scenic tours, city dining, entertainment, and transportation options. A highlight is venturing out on an early morning boat down the Hau River to witness the local plantation farmers and fisherman trade their bountiful crops and catch upon the Cai Rang Floating Markets.

Other excursions include morning and afternoon biking tours leaving Can Tho City and heading out into the rural riverside, with visits to plantations and traditional rice noodle factories along the way.

Town tours offer visitors an opportunity to see Quang Duc Pagoda, Can Tho Museum and Ong Temple. In the evening you can stroll through the street markets which offer various home-made food delicacies.

Half and full-day river cruises are also available. The half day sampan cruise offers a traditional Vietnamese luncheon as the boat meanders through the small canals to the countryside revealing a hidden Khmer sanctuary.

Azerai-arranged sunrise and sunset sampan tours weave through the sweeping palm fronds overhanging the small canals. In the morning they provide freshly baked croissants with hot Vietnamese coffee and at sunset they offer canapés and champagne.

travel tips

Tips for travellers to Can Tho.

getting there

The Azerai Arrival Pavilion in the city is a 30-minute drive from Can Tho Airport. The boat transfer to the hotel pier along the islet's canal takes approximately 10 minutes.

MAP

getting there

Flights direct to Can Tho, are accessible via Hanoi (2hrs 10min), Danang (1hrs 30 min),  Phu Quoc (45 min) and Con Dao (45 min).

Convenient international flight connections via Hanoi and Danang to Can Tho Airport are available from Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Taipei, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing, Busan, Osaka and Tokyo.

Non-stop international flights are available on a daily basis to Ho Chi Minh City, from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Busan, Osaka and Tokyo.

Travel by road to Can Tho from Ho Chi Minh City or Chau Doc is a journey of approximately three and a half hours in comfortable fully air-conditioned, well-equipped SUVs or Executive Class vans. 

Azerai, Can Tho
Land Parcel No. 4,
Map No. 44,
Au Islet Eco-Tourism Urban Area,
Hung Phu Ward,
Cai Rang District,
Can Tho City,
Vietnam. 

Postal Address
PO Box 555,
Can Tho Post Office,
No. 2 Hoa Binh Avenue,
An Hoi Ward,
Ninh Kieu District,
Can Tho City,
Vietnam.

travel tips

Immigration

Citizens of most countries require Visas to enter, exit or transit through Vietnam. One month and three - month tourist visas, for single or multiple entries, are available at any Vietnamese embassy/consulate before departure from your country of origin. For the latest updates on Visa information rules and regulations, please visit the official Vietnam Government Visa website in your country of origin.

Climate

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has a year-round hot climate, with average temperatures ranging from 22ºC to 35ºC.  Throughout the summer months short tropical downpours may occur.

Dress

Given the warm climate, light cotton and linen fabrics are most comfortable year-round.

Language

Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam, although English and French are widely spoken.

Currency

Vietnamese currency is the dong. ATMs and banks are available in all major areas of Can Tho City. Azerai in Can Tho accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and JCB.

Health

A doctor is available 24-hours a day. For current information regarding medical requirements, please consult the Safe Travel page on the department of Foreign Affairs website in your home, prior to arranging your travel. 

Electricity

The standard electrical voltage in Can Tho is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. 

Time Zone

Can Tho is located at GMT +07.00.