THE BEST TIME FOR YOUR JOURNEY TO CAN THO
As located in Mekong River Delta, thus, Can Tho weather belongs to weather in Mekong River Delta. Temperature in Can Tho changes seasonally. There are two distinct seasons: dry season and rainy season, but the temperature gap between months is not large (about 2.5 degrees Celsius). The average annual temperature is 26.6 degrees Celsius; the lowest temperature is 19.7 degrees Celsius, while the highest one is 34.4 degrees Celsius.
Can Tho has a humid climate throughout the year. From June to October, weather in Can Tho undergoes a high humidity period, while February and March are driest months in a year (about 2mm). Overall, rainy season in Can Tho lasts from May to November (92-97% of the annual rainfall); dry season from December to April with the total rainfall of about 100 mm (3-8% of the annual rainfall). It rains mostly in September, October (about 270 mm).
Early rainy season is considered the best time to visit Can Tho (mostly in April, May and June). This period is typified by a comfortable climate with light rain and warm weather. Thus, you will have an ideal time to explore river areas and fruit gardens in Can Tho. In addition, during this time, there are many interesting festivals in Can Tho such as Cholchonam Thomay Festival and Opening Crop Festival. Visiting Can Tho in this season, you will be lured into the exciting and bustling atmosphere in famous floating markets in Can Tho. Another best time to travel Can Tho is from January to March. During this time, the weather in Can Tho is portrayed by hot humid days, and cool nights. For those who adore the tropical climate, Can Tho in this season can satisfies you with different beautiful and famous places and local delicious food.
Cai Rang Floating Market
It is said that “not being in Cai Rang floating market means not knowing the land of Tay Do – an old name of Can Tho”. Cai Rang floating market, one of the famous floating markets of the Southwest, specializes in selling fruits and agricultural products of the whole region.
Every early morning, hundred boats gather together where their owners start to sell agri - products. To be recognized easily, they hang out product samples on a long bamboo (called Cay Beo) in front of the boats, so that they do not need to cry their wares as in mainland market.
Place: on Can Tho river, 5km from city center and 5.9 km from Mekong Rustic Can Tho, near Cai Rang bridge, Le Binh ward, Cai Rang district.
Visit time: ideally 07 – 09 am everyday (except January 1st, 2 nd & May 5th on Lunar Calendar)
Phong Dien Floating market
The Mekong Delta's most intimate and best floating market, Phong Dien has fewer motorised craft and more stand-up rowing boats, with local vendors shopping and exchanging gossip. Less crowded than Cai Rang, there are also far fewer tourists. It's at its bustling best between 5am and 7am with little to see later. The market is 20km southwest of Can Tho; you can get there by road but many operators offer a six-hour combined Cai Rang–Phong Dien tour, returning to Can Tho through quieter backwaters.
Place: on Can Tho river, 13km from city center, near Mekong Rustic Can Tho about 3km, Phong Dien district.
Visit time: ideally 05.30 – 06.30 am everyday (except January 1st, 2 nd & May 5th on Lunar Calendar)
Mekong Rustic Can Tho
Situated along the coastline of Mekong River within the Can Tho province, just about 3 km from Phong Dien floating market and 9km from Cai Rang floating market, Mekong Rustic Cần Thơ is surrounded by Vam Xang lush orchards. The place is accessible by car, big coach and boat cruising along the Can Tho river.
The idea of Mekong Rustic Cần Thơ, as its name may appeal, was initiated as an authentic rustic accommodation for visitors who wish to completely leave behind the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
All the materials (such as brick, recycled wood and wooden products) used for each and every 12 private bungalows are well-combined to create a rural yet relaxing atmosphere towards the idea of an eco property surrounding with tropical fruit gardens.
Living with the locals, visitors may join in with the host family and local tour guide to immerse in the local lifestyle with such activities: gardening, cooking, rowing in a sampan along the canals under the green canopy of water coconuts trees or retreat themselves by lying on a hammock with the favorite book in a privately peaceful quietness.
Can Tho is a great stopover for a Mekong Delta trip and Mekong Rustic Cần Thơ is a highlight piece in that beautiful picture which get a real sense of Southern Vietnam daily life. More information at Mekong Rustic Can Tho
Bang Lang stork garden
On the road between Can Tho and Long Xuyen, this is a magnificent 1.3-hectare bird sanctuary with astonishing views of thousands of resident storks and snowy egrets. There is a tall viewing platform to see the birds filling the branches; the best times to view this incredible sight are around dawn and dusk. Bang Lang stork garden is 46km northwest of Can Tho; join a tour, or take a xe om or a bus to Thoi An hamlet and then a xe om.
The best time to visit the garden is around 6-7am, when the storks leave to find food, and 5-6pm when they fly back to the nests. You can get there by boat or motorbike.
Nem nướng Cái Răng
Considered the best dish in Can Tho, Cai Rang’s Grilled Pork Roll (Nem nướng Cái Răng) is made from fresh minced pork, which is swept then kneaded into round meat balls, next it’s grilled on a hot coal stove.
Like many other dishes, the Southern people like to use herbs and rice paper to make meat-vegetable delicious rolls. The Cai Rang grilled rolls is the perfect meat. In order to make a mixing roll, you will need: cucumber, pineapple, star fruit, bitter banana, thin rice paper. The herbs will be put onto the rice paper first, and the final part, the meat roll will be put into the middle of the rice paper. All are rolled in, and the combination is dipped into a special sauce that is equally amazing. The sauce is an inseparable part of the dish. Without the sauce, the rolls are nothing. To make the sauce, you will need: the “black sauce” (made from soybean), a little bit of peanut, a bit of chili. One other type of sauce is the fish-lemon-garlic-chili sauce.
The main ingredient of this dish is salted fish made of ca linh (a species of small fish). When boiling the dish, it creates a distinct and mouth-watering smell of salted fished. The dishes other ingredients include mixed lean and fat meat, eel, snail, soya curd. However, the most attractive and healthy ingredients are the dozens of fresh vegetables namely lotus rootstock, water-lily, colza, coriander, banana flower, water hyacinth, etc. This dish is a kind of hot pot and is served as a soup. The vegetables are added after the soup is heated up and together make for a healthy and delicious eating experience.
Bánh tằm bì
This recipe is very famous in Southern Vietnam and definitely well deserved to be on the list of Best Vietnamese Food. Its taste is special: the Vietnamese spaghetti, a kind of thick noodle made from rice, is steamed and served with clear fish sauce, fried pork, coconut milk, vegetables, bean sprouts & pickled vegetable. And if you like, a little bit of Stir fried spring onions with fat (Mỡ hành). Together they make a unique mix of sweet and salty. There’s the sweet of the coconut mixed with the saltiness of the pork. This is dish is popular as a breakfast dish and is a favourite of many Vietnamese in Saigon.
Bánh tét lá cẩm
“Banh tet la cam” has a very distinct taste. It is made from fragrant sticky rice soaked with la cam to get a purple colour. When the sticky rice is well done, it has a velvety purple, covering stuffed with meat, egg, grease, green bean, etc… It looks attractive when it is made with many different colours such as green, red, purple, yellow, and brown. The egg or meat is stuffed inside of the sticky rice and then wrapped like a spring roll, and usually wrapped in banana leaf. It has a kind of gelatinous texture and tastes strongly of the meat or egg mixture inside. It’s makes for a very colorful looking snack.
Chuối nếp nướng
This is the most popular dish in the Mekong delta region of Vietnam. A Banana is wrapped in sticky rice, then the two are grilled together and eaten with coconut milk. This is a delicious treat and is often eaten as a dessert, it’s also popular as a street food and can be found all over Saigon.