Can Tho City General Information

Can Tho City, Southern Vietnam
Region: Mekong Delta
Founded: 1789
Area: 1,438.96 km²
Population: 1,235,171 (2019 Census)
Density: 858/km²
Phone code: 292

Can Tho is the fifth largest city in Vietnam and the largest city in the Mekong Delta. It is famous for its floating market, rice paper-making village, and picturesque rural canals. It had a population of 1.2 million as of 2011 and is located on the south bank of the Hau River, a branch of the Mekong. In 2007, about 50 people died when Can Tho Bridge collapsed, causing Vietnam’s worst engineering disaster. In 2011, Can Tho International Airport opened. The name Can Tho is a shortened form of cam thi giang, meaning “river of poems”. The city is nicknamed the “western capital” (Tây Dô) and is located 169 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Can Tho’s climate is tropical and monsoonal with two seasons: rainy, from May to November; and dry, from December to April. Average annual humidity is 83%, rainfall 1,635 mm, and temperature 27 °C.

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Administrative System

The city is an independent municipality at the same level as the other provinces of Vietnam. It was created at the beginning of 2004 by a split of the former Can Tho Province into two new administrative units: Can Tho City and Hau Giang Province.

Can Tho is subdivided into nine district-level sub-divisions:

5 urban districts

Binh Thuy
Cai Rang
Ninh Kieu
O Mon
Thot Not

4 rural districts

Co Do
Phong Dien
Thoi Lai
Vinh Thanh

They are further subdivided into five commune-level towns (or townlets), 36 communes, and 44 wards.

Ninh Kieu, which has the well-known Ninh Kieu port, is the central district and also the most populated and wealthiest of these districts.

The city borders the provinces of An Giang, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Vinh Long, and Dong Thap.

Can Tho City Tourist Attraction

– Can Tho Bridge
– Nam Nhã Pagoda
– Bình Thuy Temple
– Ninh Kieu Quay
– Cái Rang Floating Market, Phong Đien Floating Market
– Bang Lăng Stork Sanctuary (Thot Not district)
– Con Khuong Ecotourism (Ninh Kieu district)
– My Khánh Eco-tourism
– Canal Tour, Floating market
– Cantho Cathedral
– Ông Chinese Pagoda
– Pitu Khôsa Răngsey Khmer Pagoda

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