General Information

Can Tho City, Southern Vietnam
Region: Mekong Delta
Founded: 1789
Area: 1,389.6 km² (536.5 sq mi)
Population: About 1.2 million
Density: 855/km² (2,210/sq mi)
Phone code: 710

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 Đô), 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.

Administrative System

The city is an independent municipality at the same level as provinces of Vietnam. It was created in 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.

The city of Can Tho has nine districts: Ninh Kieu, Binh Thuy, Cai Rang, O Mon, Thot Not, Phong Dien, Co Do, Vinh Thanh, Thoi Lai. Ninh Kieu, that has the well-known port – 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, Kiên Giang, Vinh Long and Đong Tháp.

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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