Perhaps, you have ever heard of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam and the great things to experience and enjoy here before, but what is related to Can Tho City of this region has been something out of your mind. Then, do you know that Can Tho is full of stimulating things you can be amazed, ranging from its cuisine, scenery, culture to people?
Referred to as the largest city in the Delta region, Can Tho is pulsating but still idyllic enough to give you the most awesome and unforgettable experiences during your Vietnam journey. Something you can get from the journey are coming to a hustling floating market, seeing fruit orchards, tasting fresh fruit, visiting an ancient house, enjoying delicacies, experiencing homestay, and cycling in the village paths. Don’t hesitate anymore! Dive in and know about each of the absorbing activities step by step!
Exploring Cai Rang floating markets
When it comes to Can Tho City, the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, the locals will recommend you to Cai Rang floating market since it epitomizes the typical characteristic of the Mekong Delta’s culture – the culture of utilizing boats to trade their farming products. The market is where the locals exchange a diversity of fruits and vegetables from the Mekong Delta. There is no doubt that a visit to this special trading place will give you from surprise to surprise regarding the quintessence and value inside the locals’ lifestyle. Even a small detail implies a unique element of the market culture here, e.g. a small bamboo stick erected up to help people recognize which boat is selling some product they need. Nowadays, the more modern our society is, the more difficult traditional features in culture are to keep, but the Cai Rang floating market still opens and is more and more bustling. Surely, any supermarket can’t replace this kind of market since it is taken into account as an indispensable part of the locals’ life.
Experiencing a sightseeing trip of orchards and enjoying fresh fruit
The Mekong Delta is home to lush orchards and plantations, so perhaps walking through the country lanes to gaze into eye-catching fruits and perceiving the calm ambience there is an outstanding point of the journey to discover this river region. More than that, you can savor the slightly sweet flavor and wonderful smell of fresh fruits while submersing in the tranquility of the pastoral garden. While the striking orchards are not only the best places to seek relaxing and peaceful moments, but also ideal backgrounds for taking photos, trying the fresh fruits from these cultivated lands are enough to please you, absolutely!
Visiting Binh Thuy Ancient House
Situated at Bui Huu Nghia Street, Binh Thuy ward, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City, the Binh Thuy ancient house was erected in 1807 and has belonged to the Duong family. The house is famed for its exquisite ancient charm and allure formed from magnetic architecture, priceless antiques, and traditional cultural features kept by the founder’s descendants. Under the sunlight, the structure is more and more outstanding with elegant colors and patterns. There are four bow-shaped sidesteps with ceilings embellished with harmonious motifs outside the house; plus, multi-sized doors sophistically designed will enhance the grace of the structure. Visitors are surely impressed by embossed details outside the facade. It is easy to realize the house is a great combination of East and West architectural styles, making up a deserving spot for anyone wishing to explore the Can Tho’s ancient beauty.
Enjoying Rice Noodle Pizza (pizza hu tieu)
Being a kind of new cuisine of Can Tho City, the Mekong Delta, Rice Noodle Pizza is actually attractive and fragrant to try. A good recommendation when you are looking for where to enjoy the rice noodle pizza is Sau Hoai Food Stall, just 4km away from the Can Tho city centre. The food stall is 5,000 square meters and includes the zone of rice noodle production and the restaurant zone. When arriving, you will be taken to explore the production zone first, then visit fruit orchards, and scrumptious dishes from rice noodle. Surely, rice noodle pizza is indispensable to the list of culinary delights you must try here. The restaurant’s host told that it is not too hard to make the pizza; just dip flat rounded rice noodle into the pan of cooking oil, and after taking it out, add some necessary spices. However, to create the perfect balance between the flavor of rice noodle and the spices requires the brilliance of an experienced chef. Thus, it deserves to give it try!
Having a homestay experience
If you wonder what the best way to experience in the Mekong Delta is, the answer from experienced travelers is certainly in homestay, which enables you to explore habits, cultural features, and lifestyle of the river people. Not only is experience homestay very cheap, but it also puts you in harmony with the most idyllic things of the life here. The hosts will take you to relish the serene atmosphere at two sides of the river, go with you to penetrate deep into the tranquility and explore the rustic but charming landscapes. Especially, while it is interesting to self-cook your dinner under the hosts’ help, talking to them brings you dozens of surprises concerning their thoughts, concept, hospitality, and culture.
Cycling around the country lanes
While leisurely cycling through the villages as well as the country lanes is the best way to witness fruit orchards, plantations, and pastoral scenes, it is always an easy way to gain access to narrow and small areas of the Mekong Delta. That is the reason why this activity is always chosen to put in the top things to experience in this water area. During the cycling trip, you can stop at the locals’ gardens to chat with them whereby you can understand more their life and what they are doing for their daily bread. One interesting thing is that they are always willing to take you to peer down at their lush farms and try to make you feel as good as possible when traveling around their hometown.