For your time in Can Tho, before your onward travel, Can Tho Ecolodge (link to homepage) provides comfortable, eco-friendly accommodation in Vietnam’s southern heart. The Mekong Delta sprawls out from the gates of our reclusive eco-resort, which is hidden in a corner of greenery but still offers easy access to central Can Tho and its transportation options. Where to go from Can Tho? Find out below!
How to get from Can Tho?
As the capital of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is remarkably well connected to the rest of Vietnam and beyond. There are three main methods of transportation in Can Tho – flying, cruising and catching a boat.
Can Tho International Airport – Expanded in 2011 from domestic to international capacity, Can Tho airport offers access to a wealth of great places to go after Can Tho. Flights from here are still usually domestic, but a few choice destinations such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and cities around Taiwan are also available for flying to. Many people use Can Tho’s airport to fly to Vietnam’s stunning southern islands – Phu Quoc and Con Dao.
Can Tho Harbours – Boat transport in Can Tho used to be the main way to travel long-distance up until relatively recently. In 2010 the Can Tho Bridge was built, meaning that travelling northwards to Ho Chi Minh City became much quicker and considerably less effort by car. Nevertheless, Can Tho’s ports and harbours are still the starting points for tours that cruise around the city and occasionally to other provinces. Cai Rang floating market, Phong Dien floating market and Con Son Island are all accessible via boat, as is Chau Doc, the attractive border town on the way to Phnom Penh.
Can Tho Bus Station – The central bus station is, confusingly, rather far from the centre. Like Can Tho Ecolodge, it is located to the south of the Can Tho River, meaning that our luxurious eco-accommodation in Can Tho’s outskirts is just a 10-minute drive away. Buses from here are directly connected to the Mekong Delta’s other bus stations along with Saigon’s, but those going to slightly smaller destinations might have to change at another bus station.
For those looking for where to go after Can Tho, check out our list of desirable destinations directly connected to the city.
1. Phu Quoc Island
How to get from Can Tho to Phu Quoc
Take a taxi from your hotel to Can Tho International Airport, where flights from Can Tho to Phu Quoc leave once per day. All flights are direct and take less than an hour.
Phu Quoc is what everyone imagines in their minds if they were to picture the perfect Southeast Asian island escape. It graces the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand and actually stands closer to the idyllic southern coastline of Cambodia than it does to the mainland of Vietnam. Despite this, Vietnamese culture is very much established on the island, which is actually an archipelago of 13 islands speckling the azure blue of the sea.
Though Phu Quoc is getting more and more popular by the day, there are still many chances to enjoy a reclusive holiday here. The majority of the people treating Phu Quoc as a place to visit after Can Tho do so as a resort break, where sun, pool and the hotel’s private stretch of beach are all that matters. If you’re a more active visitor, you can try trekking in the northern greenery of Phu Quoc National Park or snorkelling in the southern turquoise around its off-lying islets.
2. Con Dao Islands
How to get from Can Tho to Con Dao
Head in a taxi to Can Tho International Airport and take one of the daily flights to Con Dao. All flights are direct and usually take under an hour.
On the opposite side of Vietnam’s bulbous tail to Phu Quoc, the Con Dao islands sit in equally clear water atop mountainous green land. These islands are the quieter alternative to the resort-style beach holidays advertised on Phu Quoc: accommodation is more authentic, there is more of a local scene and lower prices for pretty much everything reflects this.
Serene beaches with overarching palm trees border much of the islands, lying next to crystal clear water blooming with coral. Popular things to do on Con Dao include trekking in Con Dao National Park, touring the hidden beaches and watching endangered green and hawksbill turtles come to the islands to lay eggs. The Con Dao Islands are true island paradise and the perfect places to go to after Can Tho!
3. Chau Doc
How to get from Can Tho to Chau Doc
You will have to contact a bus service that offers shuttle bus transportation between Can Tho and Chau Doc beforehand. These services usually collect from Can Tho bus station and drop off in Chau Doc bus station, taking about 3.5 hours en route.
You might be underwhelmed at Chau Doc upon first sight, but don’t fret. There is much more to the town that what can be seen at face value on arrival. This is the last town before the Cambodian border, meaning buses and boats pass through here on their way to Vietnam’s neighbour. Chau Doc is where you want to be for a speedboat from Vietnam to Cambodia, which takes about 5 hours.
If you’re staying in Chau Doc for 1 or 2 nights, there is much gorgeous Mekong Delta nature to be found just outside the city. The glorious Sam Mountain stands just to the west in a grand mixture of nature and ancient Chinese architecture. Tra Su cajuput forest is a wonderful place for enchanting boat tours and Tram Chim National Park is a refuge for the critically endangered saurus crane.
4. Rach Gia
How to get from Can Tho to Rach Gia
Phuong Trang and Quan Buu are two bus companies that run multiple daily services between Can Tho and Rach Gia. You can request your accommodation to book you onto one of these shuttle buses.
If you haven’t heard of Rach Gia, it’s mostly likely because it is rarely the answer to anyone’s ‘where to go from Can Tho’ question. Aside from a smattering of temples in the town, Rach Gia isn’t up to much, but the people who come here do so for two reasons: to catch the speedboat to Phu Quoc or the one to the Nam Du Islands.
The second of these is really one for explorers. Nam Du very recently opened its island borders to foreign tourists for the first time and the archipelago is gearing up for a big boost in tourism. At present, very few foreigners make it here as not many have heard about it. Those making the effort to will be blessed with some of the most pristine beaches completely untouched by development. Relaxing and snorkelling are obviously two of the big draws, as is riding a motorbike around the almost silent coastal roads.
5. Where else to go from Can Tho?
- Sa Dec city – For Huynh Thuy Le ancient house and the Lotus Pagoda
- Vinh Long city – For Vinh Long pottery village and An Binh Island
- Ho Chi Minh City – For a modern metropolis full of opportunities for food, nightlife, river cruises and much, much more
- Bangkok – For the bustling capital of Thailand and all of the food, drink and partying it delivers
- Taipei – For a well-structured city with tons of things to do and a wealth of night markets to explore
We hope you enjoy your time in Can Tho before your onward travel - at Can Tho Ecolodge, we guarantee that you will. Our responsible accommodation in the Mekong Delta’s capital is a meld of rustic architecture, glorious nature and spectacular amenities. If chilling by the pool, at the spa or in a traditional thatched roof cottage sounds like your idea of a holiday, check us out here
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