Can Tho is at the centre of Mekong Delta, amongst a network of rivers, brooks, canals and ditches. The province is about 170 km from Ho Chi Minh City.
In the past, Can Tho was bestowed the title Tay Do (Capital of the Western Provinces), and remains the rice centre of the south-west. As well as substantial rice and fruit tree resources, Can Tho is a production centre for fresh-water seafood. Can Tho's urban picture is distinct, with a network of canals, trenches and channels, which act as streets rather than inconveniences.
From Ninh Kieu River port in the centre of Can Tho, 160 km from Ho Chi Minh City, boats bring visitors to Cai Khe Island, Con Au, Phu An Park, and Con Son.
Beneath the trees bearing sau rieng, areca, and oranges, one can enjoy delicious meals or lie in a hammock while listening to birds singing.
Tourist guides bring all visitors to Phung Hiep Floating Market. The immense surface of the river is devided into seven branches.
Phung Hiep Snake Market, located close to the floating market, is known worldwide. Visitors from all over the world go there to taste the snake liquor and see the dangerous snake dance.
Ninh Kieu Wharf is located on the bank of Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong River, close to the centre of the city. The wharf is the city's main trading centre where hundreds of boats plying the river, bringing products from the rest of the Delta region.
Close to Ninh Kieu Wharf is Can Tho Harbour, which was built according to a modern design and can accommodate ships of up to 5,000 tons. Can Tho Market, which is near Ninh Kieu Wharf, is one of the major markets in the western region of South Vietnam.
It deals with an ancient house in Binh Thuy. The owner is respected Mr. Duong Minh Hien, an old sentimental man, by chance, remaining in the XX century. It is just thanks to its maintained ancientness that this house was chosen as one of recording sites for the romantic film "Lover" of producer J. Annaud.
The construction was started in 1870 on an area of approximately eight thousand square meters. According to the respected Mr. Duong's stories, his grandfather was named Duong Chan Ky, whose souvenir is a portrayed picture, now solemnly hanging just in the middle room. An originality of the picture is that it was made in enameled terra-cotta with details as veritable as that of present photographs. It is said that such a technique of making pictures was known only in France and China since the end of the 18th century.