Can Tho, this Vietnamese city located in the Mekong Delta where the famous Mekong River merges with the South China Sea. The city has an extensive network of canals that made the place well known for its boating activities. Boat rides are one of the main tourist activities in Can Tho. The city is also known for its several religious shrines and landmarks. It is also well known for its floating markets and busy shopping streets. Our stay in the city was an immensely relaxing experience. Here is a list of top places to visit in Can Tho:
Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang Floating Market is a unique marketplace that sells goods at wholesale rates. The highlight of the place is that all the vendors offer their merchandise on boats that are anchored to the shoreline. The market primarily sells foodstuffs like fruits and vegetables. Each vendor hangs a sample of their product on a long pole so that people can find easily what they are looking for. There are small ferries that carry people down the river across the market. This busy marketplace beautifully illustrates the local life of the city.
Can Tho Museum
Can Tho Museum, located near the Tran Quoc Toan Street is a major attraction that offers a glimpse of traditional life and culture of the city. The place houses over 5000 relics and artifacts. Further, it exhibits a life-size replica of a pagoda. You can also find several cultural and historic exhibits including realistic watercraft depictions that reflect the social life in Mekong Delta.
Near the port of floating markets lies the golden temple of Munirangsyaram. The shrine has a striking appearance owing to its golden gate and shining roof. The carvings and statues that adorn the pagoda is a tribute to the ancient art of temple architecture. Inside the pagoda, you will find beautiful statues of Buddha and monks. You can also find several objects carved out of wood. I had a peaceful time with my family at this Buddhist shrine.