12 hours to explore Tay Do

Visiting Cai Rang floating market and fish raising village in Con Son are the highlights of a day trip in Can Tho.

The land of Tay Do has long been the center of the Mekong Delta, where the network of rivers and canals is intertwined. The bustling atmosphere at the floating market in the early morning, the unique architecture of old houses or fruit orchards in the summer sun make Can Tho get a lot of tourists to choose from. Here is a suggested schedule to explore this place.

5h - Cai Rang floating market

The floating market is a specialty of the West. In Can Tho, the market usually operates from dawn, so you have to get up early if you want to fully enjoy the bustling atmosphere. The ideal time to go to the floating market is 5am - 7pm.
Cai Rang floating market
Cai Rang Floating Market is about 6 km from the city center. From Ninh Kieu wharf, it takes about 20 - 30 minutes to reach the market, depending on boat or canoe. Tourists often go to the pier, buy tickets, board a boat to stroll the most famous river market in Can Tho. If traveling in large groups, you should rent a whole boat, the price is about 350,000 - 400,000 VND. If traveling individually, you can buy odd tickets, costing about VND 30,000 per person. Guests can also travel by road and hire boats at the nearby dock.

8am - Breakfast

After returning to Ninh Kieu wharf, you can have breakfast at the nearby market. Salad noodle is one of the Western specialties you should not miss. The dish tastes quite like fish sauce noodle. The sauce is tamarind tasted sour and has a characteristic smell of seed soybean jam. This is the highlight that makes the dish easier to identify. In addition to white noodles, a bowl also has red peeled shrimp. Many places add some cleaned coconut or unhatched baby duck eggs to make them tastier. The price for a bowl is 30,000.
Breakfast in Can Tho tour.

9h30 - Con Son rafting village

Raising fish is one of the attractions at the gateway to Con Son (Binh Thuy district, Can Tho city). The first rafts here were made nearly 20 years ago. To reach the raft house, visitors must travel by boat or ferry. Departures at the Co Bac Wharf (alley 13, Le Hong Phong street), from 6 am to 10 pm, cost 5,000 VND each way.
Con Son rafting village
Con Son rafting village
Some houses are currently raising freshwater fish such as snapper, grouper, barb, mallet, striped mackerel ... Many other strange fishes that visitors can visit here include the duck beaked snapper, tiger fish, iridescent Koi, catfish, fire loach. Here, visitors are guided to feed the fish, learn how to raise fish on rafts. Villages in Con Son charge a sightseeing fee of VND 10,000 per guest.

12h - Hick garden in Con Son

After visiting the village, you continue the journey to Con Son. The village currently has nearly a dozen households doing business in tourism. There is no charge for guests coming here.


Most dune-based restaurants cater to groups of customers. You can order a tray with full soup, braised, fried, deep-fried dishes ... depending on preferences. Crab hotpot, snakehead fish hotpot with cork bloom or pancakes are some typical dishes of the waterway area you should try.
Lunch in Can Tho tour.

Experience picking fruits

Summer is also suitable to visit the orchard. Guests can take photos, pick their own fruits and buy them right in the garden to take back as gifts.
Experience picking fruits in Can Tho tour.
The price to visit the orchard commonly is at 60,000 VND per person. Most of the gardens renovated the brick and stone walkway so that visitors can get in deep. The gardener will explain to the guests about fruit trees. Visitors can spend the whole day playing here. This destination not only attracts domestic and but foreign visitors.

See snakehead jumping

This is one of the new experiences attracting visitors to Can Tho. In order for the fish to jump on the water surface at the sign of the owner, even when the fish are young, the people here have to practice and start with their appetite.

A jumping snakehead trainer on the dune said he lured them with a few pellets of industrial food, to stimulate the fry to regroup. "Only the ones that jump can eat the food. The others will gradually jump and become a habit," the owner said.

Baking experience

Another favorite activity on Con Son is practicing baking. With the help of the people, you will make your own bread from wheat flour, rice flour and enjoy right after completion.
Baking experience in Can Tho tour

17h - Dinner

The restaurant is located in a small alley on Tran Binh Trong Street, Ninh Kieu District scoring points with diners thanks to the space of an old house. Stepping inside, you seem to be lost in the past.
Dinner in Can Tho tour.
Dinner in Can Tho tour.
The restaurant welcomes guests with wooden tables or chairs. The old atmosphere is further enhanced by the smell of pungent smoke from the woodstove or tile floor. You will have the opportunity to sit "upper tray" - the dining table is located in the main hall, in front of the altar - the place usually for the elderly in southern families.

The menu serves more than 30 Western dishes, in the style of family tray. The average price of each dish is about 30,000 - 40,000 VND. Depending on the number of people, which restaurant would process consistently, so prices will vary. On average, each person costs about 70,000 - 100,000 VND for a full meal.

Additional note

From Ho Chi Minh City, tourists come to Can Tho by bus from the Western bus station or the bus agencies on Le Hong Phong street. The price is about 130,000 VND one way ticket. You can also run a motorbike along the National Highway 1A to come to the point.

Some famous specialties in Can Tho: baked rolls, cylindric glutinous rice cake, Phong Dien pudding, drain cake, and hotpot.

The weather from now until the end of August is not very hot. Guests can bring a thin jacket or umbrella to go out during the day.

12 hours to explore Tay Do 12 hours to explore Tay Do Reviewed by Duy Khiêm on September 01, 2019 Rating: 5

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