Luxury holidays in Can Tho

The largest city – and heart of the action – in the Mekong Delta, Can Tho feels frenetic after a few days floating down the waterways (leisurely cruises are one of the top draws in this part of the world). A long-favoured stopping-off point for visitors from afar, Can Tho has wide central boulevards, pointed pagodas and a waterfront lined with manicured gardens; it’s also your best base for exploring the floating markets – seeking out fresh mangosteen, dragon fruit and durian – and devouring platefuls of authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

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When to go

The start of the rainy season – April, May and June – has a comfortable climate punctuated by light showers and is mild enough to meander through Can Tho’s fruit gardens. Visit in the beginning of April to take part in the tasty traditional cake festival; in late August, lanterns flicker down the waterways during the Ninh Kieu Flower Lantern Festival. Avoid sodden October and November, when storms and floods put a damper on holiday festivities.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Direct flights from Hanoi land at Can Tho, a 30-minute drive away. International travellers can book direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City Airport, a four-hour drive from Can Tho, from London, Paris and other European hubs.
  • Automobiles

    Hail tuk-tuks and taxis (or walk) to get around Can Tho – there's no need to hire a car here.