Cần Thơ (Standard Vietnamese: Vietnamese: [kə̂n tʰəː], Southern accent: Vietnamese: [kʌŋ˨˩ tʰəː] ) is the fourth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong Delta.
It is noted for its floating market, rice paper-making village, and picturesque rural canals. It had a population of 1.2 million as of 2011, it has population of 1,520,000 until June 2018 and is located on the south bank of the Hau River, a distributary of the Mekong River. In 2011, Can Tho International Airport opened.
The city is nicknamed the "western capital" (Tây Đô), and is located 169 kilometres (105 miles) from Ho Chi Minh City.Administrative system
The city is an independent municipality at the same level as provinces of Vietnam. It was created in the beginning of 2004 by a split of the former Cần Thơ Province into two new administrative units: Cần Thơ City and Hậu Giang Province.
Can Tho International Airport (VCA) is about eight kilometres from the city centre. There are domestic flights to Hanoi, Phu Quoc, Da Nang and Con Son Island (Con Dao) serviced by Vietnam Airlines and VietJet Air.
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Can Tho bus station (ben xe Can Tho) is around four kilometres southwest of the city centre, across the Can Tho river. Several bus companies operate frequent departures (every 30-60 minutes) around the clock to Ho Chi Minh City, the journey taking four hours depending on traffic.
Bus service is dominated by Phuong Trang (Futa) bus company, the bus ticket includes a free shuttle bus to/from the station. Arrive on a Phuong Trang bus at Can Tho bus station, head inside to the desk and ask for the free shuttle—it will drop you off at any hotel in the city centre. Likewise, your hotel can call Phuong Trang to arrange for pick up and free shuttle to Can Tho bus station.
Phuong Trang sleeper bus to Ho Chi Minh City departs every hour round the clock, every 30 minutes during daylight hours. Often there’s more than one bus, adding buses to meet demand. The trip costs 110,000 dong, takes 4 hours including a 15 minute toilet break. Once you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City’s Mien Tay station, there’s also a free shuttle that will take passengers as far as their depot at the western edge of District 1. If you want to take it, once you disembark from the bus, ignore the taxi drivers and follow other passengers to the Phuong Trang minivans.
Other Phuong Trang routes from Can Tho:
Ca Mau: sitting bus departs regularly from 03:00-19:00. Costs 120,000 dong.
Chau Doc: sitting bus departs from 04:00-19:00. Costs 100,000 dong.
Da Lat: sleeper bus departs at 07:00, 20:30. Costs 325,000 dong.
Rach Gia: sleeper bus departs up to ten times a day from 03:30-19:00. Costs 110,000 dong.
Other bus companies sample destinations and fares from Can Tho bus station:
Thanh Buoi bus company
HCMC: every 30-60 minutes. Costs 110,000 dong and takes 4 hours.
Da Lat: bus departs at 06:00, 20:00. Costs 320,000 dong and takes 11 hours.
Vu Linh bus company
Ca Mau: departs every hour from 04:00-20:00. Costs 110,000-160,000 dong.