Photo: Banh mi on a boat.

Two days in Can Tho

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Can Tho’s main draw is the famous floating market but if visitors linger a little, they may be charmed by the city itself. A pedestrian-friendly riverfront and cheap, delicious local eats are reason enough to pause. Here’s how to spend two day in Can Tho: where to stay, what to eat, what to do.

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Can Tho is a four-hour bus ride from Ho Chi Minh City with departures from mid morning to arrive mid afternoon. If taking the Phuong Trang bus, upon arrival at the bus station, ask for the free shuttle which can drop you off at any hotel in the city centre.

A solid backpacker option. Photo taken in or around Two days in Can Tho, Can Tho, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

A solid backpacker option. Photo: Cindy Fan

There’s plenty of accommodation but the good ones do sell out, especially on weekends, so we recommend booking in advance. Backpackers will appreciate the clinical, no nonsense rooms at Thanh Ha Guesthouse, which is just a few blocks from the river. Even closer to the river, boat pier and the Hai Ba Trung night market is Ruby CT Hotel. Budget travellers who want to splurge for a river view, snag a front of house room at Thanh Thuy directly on the river road. Minh Vuong Hotel is unbeatable in terms of value for money—it’s our top pick so long as you don’t mind the location a kilometre away from the pier. Finally, for upscale travellers it’s an easy choice: Victoria Can Tho Resort is the city’s most luxurious—that is, until the Azerai opens in 2018. Looking for something more rustic and out in the countryside? Consider Nguyen ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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A selection of some of our favourite places to stay in Can Tho.

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