For a plan to explore Can Tho City, My Khanh Tourist Village must be in the list of top spots to visit. Why? My Khanh is portrayed as a miniature picture of the lifestyle in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. In other words, you can find everything associated with the locals’ life, culture, and history in the village. What to explore in short are an ancient house, traditional games, the life of a landowner in the past, farming activities, and so forth.
Where is My Khanh Tourist Village?
Lying at 335 Lo Vong Cung Street, Phong Dien District, My Khanh Tourist Village is just approximately five kilometers from the heart of downtown Can Tho. The village is also in proximity to other fascinating destinations, such as Cai Rang Floating Market and Phuong Nam Monastery. Hence, it’s clear that the village should be a must-have part of your bucket list in the trip to Can Tho City.
My Khanh Tourist Village was established in 1996 and since then it has been developed as an ecosystem site, appealing to more and more visitors. With cool fresh air and typical charming scenes of the countryside, the spot is seemingly an ideal escape from high-octane cities. More fascinatingly, some activities set up there bring visitors unforgettable experiences.
How to Get to My Khanh Tourist Village
Before you can get to My Khanh Tourist Village, what you need to do first is to arrive in Can Tho City. From Ho Chi Minh City – the largest metropolis of Vietnam, travel through Trung Luong Expressway by bus or car. The bus ticket can be bought at Mien Tay Bus Station – 395 Kinh Duong Vuong Street, An Lac Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City. Another way is to go by motorbike through National Route 1A from Phu Lam Roundabout in Ho Chi Minh City.
From Can Tho City, you can use google map or ask the locals to Phong Dien District and then My Khanh Village. It’s quite convenient since there is more than one means of transport from the city center to the village, comprising taxi, motorbike taxi, and bus.
Entrance Fee to My Khanh Tourist Village
- Free of charge for children under 1.2 meters
Keep in mind that here is the entrance fee, so it may cost you more when you experience some activities and games inside the village. However, it’s not too expensive. Normally, if visitors have bought the ticket and entered inside, it’s too hard for them to resist those experiences.
What to do in My Khanh Tourist Village
Experiencing the life of a landowner of Cochinchina
Perhaps, ever wonder how happy the life of a rich landowner is? A visit to My Khanh Tourist Village is a chance to try such a life and know about exciting things most landowners of Cochinchina would have. Just with 2 days 1 night, it’s enough to convince every single visitor even they require high standards in services.
Being a landowner of Cochinchina in 2 days 1 night, you will live in an ancient house, wear traditional costumes, enjoy fresh fruits, sip tea, listen to music by an old record player, go around the village by carriage, and be escorted by sharecroppers. More stimulatingly, you take a chance to have dinner on boat and unwind in the evening. If you’re a guy who love historical stories and traditional cultures, it’s surely here will be a deserving experience.
Picking fresh fruits from trees
As you have probably known, the Mekong Delta is the land of lush orchards where you can find various kinds of fruits. Coming to My Khanh Tourist Village, you don’t lose out on an interesting activity of picking fresh fruits from trees. Imagine how awesome it is to see sweet and fresh oranges, pomelons, rambutants, mangos, mangosteens, and others right in front of your eyes and grab these juicy things by your hand. Fruit gardens with different colors make up a vibrant picture in the village.
Savoring mouth-watering specialties
Mouth-watering specialties are found abundant in the Mekong Delta. At My Khanh Tourist Village, you will be overwhelmed by many must-try eats, some of which are snake-head smoked in straw, fermented fish hotpot, grilled paddy rats, chicken hotpot, paddy crab hotpot, and roasted pigeon. Some restaurants in the village are Thuy Ta, My Khanh Floating Restaurant, Luc Giac, and Ancient Restaurant.
Draining ditches for fish
Maybe, the network of ditches is not familiar to you, yet it’s one of the typical images of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. In the dry season, the local farmers often drain the ditches by traditional tools to catch fish. This farming activity is one of the jobs they have done for a long time. Nowadays, as a way to develop the indigenous tourism, it has become an experience any visitor must have for a journey to explore Can Tho, the Mekong Delta. It’s also a chance to play a role as the local farmer and learn how to use the traditional tools to catch fish from the ditches.
Many people who ever tried this activity said that the best moment was when they looked at the “loot” they had got from the dishes. They felt relaxed and actually realized that their effort paid off, even they were just amateurs in farming.
Playing traditional games
About 20-30 years ago, traditional games were very common through regions of Vietnam, even in cities. By that time, most Vietnamese children were familiar with those games. They often spent time after classes or weekends gathering and playing together. It’s possible to say that the traditional games are a part of their childhood, and also having friends to play together was unforgettable experiences in their life. Nowadays, the life is more and more modern, and technology is more and more advanced. The follow-up is the existence of online games and video games, which is trying to keep children from outdoor activities. Then, many of them don’t have any idea about traditional games which could be entwined with the life of their parents.
My Khanh Tourist Village is where those traditional games are preserved and popularized to more and more children. If you want to try one of the things making up the Vietnamese’s wonderful childhood, don’t skip them when you have landed in My Khanh. Let’s try climbing trees, sack race, hit the pot, hide and seek, etc.
Visiting the ancient house of Cochinchina (Nam Bo Ancient House)
Besides traditional games which illustrate a part of the lifestyle in the Mekong Delta, My Khanh Tourist Village is also famous for the ancient house of Cochinchina – Nam Bo Ancient House, over 100 years old. Not only is the house remarkable in architecture, but it is also considered as a miniature of the daily life and family cultures of the upper class in days of yore in the water area. Surrounding the house is a verdant garden, reclaimed and taken care by the local authority. From the roof to doors of the house, you can recognize the lavish lifestyle of the hosts in the past. More than that, exquisite carvings on furniture also represent their prosperity. The spacious compartments and tranquility inside get any visitor comfortable.