Ninh Kieu is more than a just a wharf since it has long been developed into a park on an area of 7000sqm, featuring a flower garden and floating restaurants. From 2016, Ninh Kieu's attracted even more visitors with the walking street, food area and night market. Also in this year, a 200m long pedestrian bridge was inaugurated to connect Ninh Kieu and Cai Khe Islet.
Stand on the ground of Ninh Kieu Wharf, not only you can see the flow of Hau River, but you can also see Can Tho harbor and Can Tho bridge - the longest cable-stayed bridge in Southeast Asia.
3. Shopping at Ninh Kieu Night Market
Located within Ninh Kieu Wharf’s area, Ninh Kieu night market is the best spot to hang out in Can Tho after nightfall. The night market attracts locals and tourists alike with its nice souvenirs, delicious street food and walking street. From the market, you can enjoy Hau River lit up with the sparkling lights. The food in Can Tho is generally cheap, and at Ninh Kieu Market, you can enjoy the local delicacies to your hear content.
4. Stocks watching at Bang Lang Stock Sanctuary
Bang Lang Stock Sanctuary is one of the few spots in Can Tho to see the biodiversity of the Mekong Delta wetlands. Located in Thot Not District, on way from Can Tho City to Long Xuyen city, Bang Lang Stock Sanctuary covers an area of 19,400sqm and is home to tens of thousands of stocks.
To see the stocks, visit Bang Lang Sanctuary from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM when they fly off to search for food and from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM when they return. The visitors will see the stocks flying and standing in clusters on the trees' branches here. It's just a peaceful scene to see in the rural area of Can Tho.
5. Admire traditional Vietnamese architecture at Binh Thuy Ancient House
Located at No.26/1A Bui Huu Nghia Street, Binh Thuy District, about 10 kilometers from Can Tho City, Binh Thuy Ancient House shines with a classic French architecture style. Built in 1870 by Mr. Duong Chan Ky, Binh Thuy ancient house is among few ancient houses left in Mekong Delta that has been kept intact.
Covering a total area of 8000sqm with a lush garden and fresh air, Binh Thuy House can be a great place to rest on your trip. Inside the house, you can encounter many combinations of Eastern and Western styles - oriental style shows more on the furniture and interior while the western style seen in the outside decorations.
There're also rare antiques in the house such as two sets of marble tables and chairs from Yunnan, set of mosaic tables and loungers with French furniture style from the Louis XV period, a chandelier made in 18th century and more.
6. Visit Ong Pagoda for some eye-popping photos
Located right in the city's center, on Hai Ba Trung Street, near Ninh Kieu Wharf, Ong Pagoda is an outstanding religious construction to visit in Can Tho. Built from 1894 to 1896 on an area of 532sqm in the shape of Han character (Quoc), Ong Pagoda is an excellent example of Chinese temple architecture in South Vietnam.
The roof of the pagoda is made in double tiles, edged by dark green glazed tiles on the top, adorn by many many porcelain figures related to ancient legends, such as two dragons flaking the moon, carp changing into dragon, and phoenix. At the roof's each end stand the statues of people holding the sun and moon.
Ong Pagoda is the worshiping place of Quan Cong - a general from Chinese's three-kingdom period, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, Tai Bach Tinh Quan (God of Wealth), Holy Mother Thien Hau, and Dong Vinh.
7. Admire the Khmer architecture at Pitu Khosa Rangsay Pagoda
Pitu Khosa Rangsay Pagoda in Can Tho is among the best Khmer pagodas in Mekong Delta. Located at 27/18 Mac Dinh Chi Street, Ninh Kieu district, Pitu Khosa Rangsay boasts a splendid architecture that captures your eyes with its glimmering golden roof.
The sanctum of the pagoda has three floors while the pagoda's stupa above is adorned with delicate Khmer patterns and images such as dragons, Fairy Kayno, sacred bird Krud, Goddess Teppanom, etc. At the sanctum, statues of Shakyamuni made of stone or copper are finely carved.
Annual Khmer festivals such as Ok Om Bok, Chol Chnam Thmay and Dolta are often held in the pagoda.
8. A taste of rural life in My Khanh Tourist Garden
My Khanh Tourist Garden boasts bountifulness of the nature and a peaceful atmosphere of a garden lying on the bank of Can Tho River. Tourists can easily go to My Khanh Tourist Village by road or waterway through Cai Rang floating market.
Covering a total area of 40,000sqm, the whole garden is an orchard with more than 20 species of plants. Not only plants to see here, My Khanh garden has many things to see such as monkey circus, dog and pig races, boating, fishing, watching Don Ca Tai Tu performance, tasting southern delicacies like sizzling cake, khot cake, grilled corn, grilled chicken and fish... Another special thing to try in My Khanh is 'fishing crocodiles'. On harvest season, you can taste the fresh fruits here right off the branch.