WELCOME TO THE LOWER MEKONG RIVER - CAN THO CITY
Area: 1,389.60 sq. km
Population: 1,112,000 habitants (2003)
Regional code: 071
Districts: Ninh Kieu, Binh Thuy, Cai Rang, O Mon
Rural districts: Phong Dien, Co Do, Thot Not, Vinh Thanh.
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Khmer, Hoa, Cham...
Cantho is located in the center of the 11 provinces of the Mekong Delta, 170 km from Ho Chi Minh City, South of the Hau River. The Hau River is considered a benefactor of this region, since yearly floods deposit large quantities of alluvia to the rice fields. The climate condition in Hau Giang is harmonized with a few of storms. Rain season lasts from May to Nov, and dry season from Dec to Apr. It is wonderful to take a boat trip along the riverbanks on fine weather days. On the east bank of Hau River is Ninh Kieu Wharf, which is well known for its beautiful location. Not too far from the wharf is a floating restaurant connected to the bank by a bridge. Visitors travel along the waterway to the floating restaurant to taste eel dishes, a speciality of the region. Can Tho University accommodates approximately 2,000 students in the fields of agriculture, medicine, and teaching.