Conquering Con Son – The Famous Tourist Destination in Can Tho

July 17, 2020 7 mins to read

Con Son (Son Islet) is a destination you must visit this summer when traveling to Can Tho. Not only is it an islet nestled in the poetic Hau River, but Con Son also offers many other exciting activities that are worth experiencing. Let’s explore right away with!

When the intense heat of summer arrives, there’s nothing better than a trip to explore the river region to relieve that sweltering heat. And Con Son is sure to be your top choice, where you can forget about the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in the incredible nature – why hesitate to go?

1. Where is Con Son?

Con Son is located in Binh Thuy district, Can Tho city. It’s a tiny islet situated along the banks of the Hau River. There are many stories about the name Con Son, with many believing that it got its name because this area used to have many sơn trees planted, hence the name Con Son. Thanks to the abundant alluvium deposited by the Hau River, Con Son has become an ideal eco-tourism area in the Western region, a precious gem of Can Tho tourism.

2. Best Time to Visit Con Son

You can visit Con Son throughout the year due to the mild climate characteristic of the Western region here. However, checking the weather forecast before arriving is advisable to avoid any loss of enthusiasm. Based on experience, the best time to visit Con Son is from March to June in the lunar calendar. During this period, the fruits on the islet begin to ripen, and it’s harvest season, allowing you to comfortably indulge in the beauty of the surroundings.

3. How to Get There

Firstly, you need to get to Can Tho by plane, bus, or other means of transportation. You can hire a taxi from the city center in Can Tho or a motorbike and then head towards National Highway 91 to reach Co Bac Ferry Terminal (Binh Thuy Ward). You can take a ferry to Con Son, which takes about 5-10 minutes. The ticket price per trip will range from 10,000 to 15,000 VND, depending on the number of people per trip. You can also rent a boat at Ninh Kieu Ferry Terminal to cross to Con Son. While the cost may be higher, it offers convenience and saves travel time.

4. Explore Everything About the Precious Gem of the Western Land – Con Son

A notable point when traveling to Con Son is that the entrance fees to each location may vary. Therefore, if you want to experience all the activities on the island, you may need to spend more time researching or opt for a guided tour.

4.1 Visit the Fish Farms

Located at the entrance of Con Son, the fish farming village is the first place you should experience. Here, various types of fish are bred, such as catfish, snakehead fish, and wildly colorful Koi fish gracefully swimming underwater. You can try the unique experience of Koi fish massage or feed the fish. If arranged in advance, a delicious and fresh seafood meal awaits you. The entrance fee to the fish farms in Con Son is around 10,000 VND per person.

4.2 Witness the Unique “Flying” Fish at Con Son

Specially trained and fed at specific times, the flying fish at Con Son will give you a spectacular show. At feeding time, the fish farm owner will signal the trained fish by tapping the net, prompting them to jump into the air to catch their food. It’s a truly extraordinary experience at Con Son.

4.3 Feed Fish with Rice

This activity is exclusive to the Song Khanh garden on Con Son. Using familiar sounds, you won’t witness the usual scene of fish catching prey. Instead, you’ll personally feed the fish rice, much like feeding a child. Not everyone gets this opportunity, so arranging with the Song Khanh garden host in advance is advisable.

4.4 Enjoy Fruits in the Garden

The abundant alluvium and mild climate create a diverse fruit orchard in Con Son. Here, you can immerse yourself in a sea of fruits like jackfruit, mango, guava, and milk fruit, with each family having a fruit garden. Harvesting and tasting the fruits firsthand will be a memorable experience in your travel diary. The entrance fee to the Garden depends on the type of fruit you want to try and the season, ranging from 15,000 to 25,000 VND per person.

4.5 Check-in at the Lotus Field and Iconic Monkey Bridge

It would be a missed opportunity if you don’t capture a photo on the monkey bridge amidst a vast lotus field. The pink lotus blossoms mixed with lush green leaves will undoubtedly create a sparkling image, not to mention the heart-pounding experience of crossing the monkey bridge, leaving a unique mark on Con Son.

4.6 Mud Sluice Fishing at Con Son

At Con Son, you can become an authentic Western farmer using a mud sluice to catch you. You’ll feel like a Westerress dressed in traditional attire with a simple conical hat equipped with tools like a scoop and Berner. The cost varies depending on the size of the sluice, ranging from 700,000 to 1,200,000 VND per sluice. Additionally, if you want to prepare the catch, there’s an additional fee of 50 to 150 branches.

4.7 Indulge in a variety of Southern Folk Cakes

Speaking of traditional cakes, you can’t ignore the Mekong Delta region. When visiting Con Son, you’ll taste a wide array of cakes, from simple leaf cakes to intricate ones like Can Tho’s colorful sticky rice cake. Besides enjoying, you can also try to make these cakes, showcasing your culinary skills through your creations. Cake prices range from 30,000 to 100,000 VND per portion, offering both deliciousness and a chance to test your baking skills – why not try it?

4.8 Immerse Yourself in the Melodies of Đờn Ca Tài Tử (Southern Vietnamese folk music)

in Con Son

Đờn Ca Tài Tử, a UNESCO-recognized intangible cultural heritage, is undoubtedly an experience you cannot miss when visiting Con Son. The rustic and uniquely charming folk melodies will leave your soul lingering with a sense of nostalgia long after you depart from this land. Price reference: 900,000 VND per session.

5. What to Eat in Con Son?

In Con Son, indulge in the authentic flavors of the Mekong Delta’s water-centric cuisine, featuring dishes like grilled snakehead fish, braised fish hotpot with blooming sesbania flowers, savory pancake (bánh xèo), and more. Despite their simple preparation, these dishes stand out with their irresistibly delicious and unforgettable taste. Captivating and memorable are the words often used by diners when describing the rich culinary heritage of the Mekong Delta in general and Con Son in particular.

After an exciting journey of exploration, laying on hammocks in the Garden and admiring the untouched beauty of Con Son, as recommended by, is the perfect way to unwind. There’s no joy like it. So why hesitate? Pack your bags and go!

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Traveling to Con Son Can Tho (Photo: Collection)

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Transportation to Con Son (Image: Collection)

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Con Son stork garden (Photo: Collection)

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Peaceful life in Con Son (Image: Collection)

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Fruit orchards of all kinds of fruits (Photo: Collection)

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Con Son specialty cakes of all kinds (Image: Collection)

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Unique gifts of Con Son Can Tho (Photo: Collection)

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Experience making cakes with people (Image: Collection)

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