Guidebook Down by the river front


Down by the river front

Can Tho is the “economic, cultural, and political centre of the delta,” writes Man vs Globe. “Sprawling for miles from its waterfront promenade out to the surrounding rice paddies and jungle,” it’s the “perfect starting point for anyone hoping to see what South Vietnam has to offer.” Tourists love to spend the evening “chilling on the nice river front and enjoying the happy holiday atmosphere,” says Shoes Your Path, “unless they choose to jump on one of those crazy restaurant-karaoke-boats and party all night long!”  

Despite its 1.2 million population, Can Tho “feels like a small country town,” observes Time Travel Turtle. It has two main parts -- the riverfront (“the focus of the tourist activity … most of the hotels are here, markets fill the streets at night, and the boats for tours of the area leave from here”) and the suburbs (that have “developed around the small fingers of water that come off the main maritime thoroughfare”).

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