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A fruitful visit to Can Tho City in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

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Can Tho, in the heart of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, is known for its wealth of both culture and nature.

Just 170km from Ho Chi Minh City, it takes just four hours by sleeper bus to reach Can Tho. 

Once in the city, visitors have their pick of hotels, from cheap motels to resorts on the banks of the Hau (Back) River, where rooms cost several million Vietnamese dong per night. (VND1 million = US$43)

The best way to navigate the city is by motorbike, which guests can usually rent from their hotels for about VND120,000 ($5) a day.

The best time to visit Can Tho is in the summer, when tourists can take advantage of the dozens of fresh tropical fruits typically sold throughout the city, the most popular of which are mangosteens, water apples, and mangoes.

Dau Da (burmese grape) garden on Son Islet in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Dau Da (burmese grape) garden on Son Islet in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Con Son (Son Islet) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Mekong Delta city for visitors who want to pick their own fruits straight off the trees.

To get to the islet, travelers can take a five-minute boat ride from Co Bac Wharf, about 15 minutes by motorbike from the center of Can Tho. Tickets cost approximately VND20,000 (less than $1) each way.

Once on the small island, visitors can choose a garden, pay a VND40,000 ($1.72) entrance fee, and pick as many fruits as they want off the trees. 

Eating the fruits at the garden is free, but it costs more to bring some home.

In addition to its fruit gardens, Con Son charms visitors with its rows of areca trees that line the roads near local fish farms.

Big areca trees line a road on Son Islet in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Big areca trees line a road on Son Islet in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

These farms are filled with a variety of freshwater fish, including snakeheads trained to jump out of the water during feeding time.

A fish farmer feeds catfish on Son Islet in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

A fish farmer feeds catfish on Son Islet in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

The ancient house of Binh Thuy is another popular tourist attraction in Can Tho.

The ancient house of Binh Thuy in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

The ancient house of Binh Thuy in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

This century-old house is known for its unique architecture that harmoniously blends Eastern and Western architecture.

The family that owns the house still lives on the estate, but in a newly built area in the back. The old section of the house is open to visitors for a small fee.

A family member is always on hand to answer questions from visitors.

Inside the ancient house of Binh Thuy in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Inside the ancient house of Binh Thuy in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

The Purple House is another tourist hotspot in Can Tho, famed for its purple interior, including furniture, flowers, and decorations.

Tickets to visit The Purple House cost about VND60,000 ($2.6) and include a drink.

A corner of The Purple House in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

A corner of The Purple House in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Other destinations to visit in Can Tho are Cai Rang Floating Market, Bang Lang Stork Garden, Ninh Kieu Wharf, and Can Tho Night Market.

Can Tho is full of places to see and feel, but visiting the city in different seasons can bring different experiences.

The rainy season in Can Tho lasts from June to August. The flood season begins in September and ends in November, while flower seasons run from December to February.

Can Tho also hosts several festivals each year, so tourists should be sure to check if there are any upcoming events before visiting the city. 

Desserts on display at a traditional snack festival in Can Tho City, Vietnam in April 2022. Photo: Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Desserts on display at a traditional snack festival in Can Tho City, Vietnam in April 2022. Photo: Photo: Tran Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

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Ho Chi Minh City unveils design for Tet flower street

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The Ho Chi Minh City administration has introduced a design for the annual Nguyen Hue Flower Street to celebrate the coming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which will begin around the latter half of January.

Happy and prosperous spring will be the theme for this year, the Year of the Cat, according to eastern zodiac.

Every year, Nguyen Hue Street in District 1, which has a pedestrian-only zone down its heart, transforms into a ‘flower street’ during Lunar New Year.

An architect’s impression of a corner along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
An architect’s impression of a corner along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

This year, it will be open from 7:00 pm January 19 to 9:00 pm January 26, one day longer than previous editions, with the decorations starting on January 3, according to the organizers.

Like in previous years, environment-friendly materials will be used for the decorations.

To usher in the Year of the Cat, most of the event’s concepts and decorations will pay homage to the animal, with 70 mascots being set up along the street.

An architect’s impression of a glass bridge along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
An architect’s impression of a glass bridge along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

The entrance will also feature a clowder of cat displays.

The highlight of the design will be a 40-meter-long glass bridge.

The annual flower show, which accentuates the festive culture of Tet, has become hugely popular and attracts more than a million visitors a year.

An architect’s impression of a section along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
An architect’s impression of a section along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

There are also other annual flower festivals and markets in Ho Chi Minh City during the Lunar New Year, such as those in Gia Dinh Park, which borders the three districts of Phu Nhuan, Go Vap, and Tan Binh, and Le Van Tam Park in District 1, as well as one along Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7.

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The Ho Chi Minh City administration has introduced a design for the annual Nguyen Hue Flower Street to celebrate the coming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which will begin around the latter half of January.

Happy and prosperous spring will be the theme for this year, the Year of the Cat, according to eastern zodiac.

Every year, Nguyen Hue Street in District 1, which has a pedestrian-only zone down its heart, transforms into a ‘flower street’ during Lunar New Year.

An architect’s impression of a corner along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
An architect’s impression of a corner along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

This year, it will be open from 7:00 pm January 19 to 9:00 pm January 26, one day longer than previous editions, with the decorations starting on January 3, according to the organizers.

Like in previous years, environment-friendly materials will be used for the decorations.

To usher in the Year of the Cat, most of the event’s concepts and decorations will pay homage to the animal, with 70 mascots being set up along the street.

An architect’s impression of a glass bridge along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
An architect’s impression of a glass bridge along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

The entrance will also feature a clowder of cat displays.

The highlight of the design will be a 40-meter-long glass bridge.

The annual flower show, which accentuates the festive culture of Tet, has become hugely popular and attracts more than a million visitors a year.

An architect’s impression of a section along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
An architect’s impression of a section along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

There are also other annual flower festivals and markets in Ho Chi Minh City during the Lunar New Year, such as those in Gia Dinh Park, which borders the three districts of Phu Nhuan, Go Vap, and Tan Binh, and Le Van Tam Park in District 1, as well as one along Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7.

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People enjoy music, cultural festival in Ho Chi Minh City pedestrian zone

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The ‘Ho Chi Minh City – Our Common Home’ festival opened to the joy of local people and visitors in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Friday night.

The music and cultural event is taking place in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, on Le Loi Boulevard and at Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1 through Sunday.

This fest is expected to attract performers from 23 cities around the world that have established relationships with Ho Chi Minh City, including Luna Negra – a music band from Cuba, Outrange Band from the Philippines, and a Malaysian dance group, and a Japanese kendo group.

It also features the first trumpet music festival in the city.

People enjoy music performances in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
People enjoy music performances in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

On its opening night on Friday, the festival did not only attracted local people, but also caught the attention of many international visitors and left them with nice impressions.

One of those visitors is Daniel Dixon, a Canadian who is enjoying a trip in Vietnam with his wife and just arrived in Ho Chi Minh City earlier the same day.

Although Dixon and his wife did not know much about the ongoing event, they spent time through the artistic space on the pedestrian street and experience the vibrant atmosphere.

A Malaysian troupe performs a folk dance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
A Malaysian troupe performs a folk dance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

“Vietnamese food was one of the reasons why we come here,” Dixon said.

“Now I live in San Francisco, and also very close to San Francisco is San Jose, which is one of the biggest Vietnamese populations outside Vietnam, so we had lots of Vietnamese food from there.

“I ate lots of food from Vietnam, and some are my favorite.

“We’re excited to come here and try it where it is.”

Visitors join the Xoe dance with a dance troupe from northern Lai Chau Province on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
Visitors join the Xoe dance with a dance troupe from northern Lai Chau Province on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

Spending half of his Vietnam trip in Hanoi, after arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, Dixon noted some differences. 

“One of my first impressions was that Ho Chi Minh City is very well-developed,” he said.

“Extremely wide boulevards, and I noticed that a metro is opening pretty soon.

“I see a lot of growth and development and I am really enjoying my time here, even though I’ve just been here for eight hours.”

A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

Like Dixon, Andrew, a British, only arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday and will have to leave the next day, but his short two-day business trip in the southern metropolis has really surprised him. 

“Exciting,” “vibrant,” and “wonderful” are among the many adjectives he used to describe his first thoughts about the city. 

Although he was in a hurry, he managed to try some Vietnamese dishes and commented that they were very delicious.

A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

Chiara and Aude, two friends from France, were also among the people who excitedly watched the performances of Vietnamese and foreign art troupes through big screens in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone on Friday night. 

Chiara shared that she noted down a few places she definitely wants to visit again when she returns to Ho Chi Minh City next time.

She did not hide her smiles as she was giving positive comments about her experience in the city.

“This city is so lovely and interesting. This is a completely new experience for me,” Chiara said.

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The ‘Ho Chi Minh City – Our Common Home’ festival opened to the joy of local people and visitors in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Friday night.

The music and cultural event is taking place in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, on Le Loi Boulevard and at Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1 through Sunday.

This fest is expected to attract performers from 23 cities around the world that have established relationships with Ho Chi Minh City, including Luna Negra – a music band from Cuba, Outrange Band from the Philippines, and a Malaysian dance group, and a Japanese kendo group.

It also features the first trumpet music festival in the city.

People enjoy music performances in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
People enjoy music performances in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

On its opening night on Friday, the festival did not only attracted local people, but also caught the attention of many international visitors and left them with nice impressions.

One of those visitors is Daniel Dixon, a Canadian who is enjoying a trip in Vietnam with his wife and just arrived in Ho Chi Minh City earlier the same day.

Although Dixon and his wife did not know much about the ongoing event, they spent time through the artistic space on the pedestrian street and experience the vibrant atmosphere.

A Malaysian troupe performs a folk dance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
A Malaysian troupe performs a folk dance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

“Vietnamese food was one of the reasons why we come here,” Dixon said.

“Now I live in San Francisco, and also very close to San Francisco is San Jose, which is one of the biggest Vietnamese populations outside Vietnam, so we had lots of Vietnamese food from there.

“I ate lots of food from Vietnam, and some are my favorite.

“We’re excited to come here and try it where it is.”

Visitors join the Xoe dance with a dance troupe from northern Lai Chau Province on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
Visitors join the Xoe dance with a dance troupe from northern Lai Chau Province on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

Spending half of his Vietnam trip in Hanoi, after arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, Dixon noted some differences. 

“One of my first impressions was that Ho Chi Minh City is very well-developed,” he said.

“Extremely wide boulevards, and I noticed that a metro is opening pretty soon.

“I see a lot of growth and development and I am really enjoying my time here, even though I’ve just been here for eight hours.”

A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

Like Dixon, Andrew, a British, only arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday and will have to leave the next day, but his short two-day business trip in the southern metropolis has really surprised him. 

“Exciting,” “vibrant,” and “wonderful” are among the many adjectives he used to describe his first thoughts about the city. 

Although he was in a hurry, he managed to try some Vietnamese dishes and commented that they were very delicious.

A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

Chiara and Aude, two friends from France, were also among the people who excitedly watched the performances of Vietnamese and foreign art troupes through big screens in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone on Friday night. 

Chiara shared that she noted down a few places she definitely wants to visit again when she returns to Ho Chi Minh City next time.

She did not hide her smiles as she was giving positive comments about her experience in the city.

“This city is so lovely and interesting. This is a completely new experience for me,” Chiara said.

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Vietnamese families spend big on Christmas decorations

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Vietnamese families are spending hundreds of millions of dong to decorate their houses for Christmas.

Nguyen Thu Hang, the owner of a company on Tran Binh Trong Street in District 5 which specializes in designing and decorating high-end events, shared that customers have already began placing orders to have their houses decorated for Christmas, which is still several weeks away.

“Families typically begin decorating for Christmas shortly after Halloween ends,” Hang said.

“We get many orders this time of year, but we can only work on two or three houses a day.”

Hang’s team offers a wide range of Christmas packages for its customers, with each costing anywhere from VND40-100 million.

Premium packages, fetching from VND70-100 million, include decorating the garden, main door, living room, banquet table, and Christmas tree.

Less expensive options, fetching VND40-50 million, only include the Christmas tree, staircase, and main door.

It takes two to three days to decorate each house.

For big contracts, pine trees are often imported from Denmark and are decorated with unique handcrafted items.

“Customers want a warm and joyful Christmas atmosphere to spend with their family, children, and friends,” Hang said.

“Christmas is a common time for students who are studying abroad to return home for winter vacation, so many families want to decorate their house to welcome them.”

One such company on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street in Thu Duc City offers Christmas decoration packages for VND8-45 million.  

All customers need to do is send a picture of the space they want to be decorated and the company sends back decoration suggestions.

“It takes us only one day to decorate because we have a professional and experienced team,” said P., an employee of the decoration company.

“We can do several projects a day, so customers don’t have to wait long.”

(US$1 = VND24,390)

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