The bus ride from HCM to Can Tho was approximately 4 hours from Mien Tay bus station. Ideally the plan was to wake up at 5.30am to see the floating markets but due to jet lag and fatigue we ended up waking up at 11am. We managed to hire a private boat at a higher cost compared to the shared boats that set off in the morning. The river is not so much about its beauty (as it is mud-coloured) but about its activity and how it brings people together. What was left of the floating markets was still enjoyable and I had the best bowl of glass noodles in beef broth while floating down the Mekong river. The guide took us through some small tributaries to some villages where we had lunch.
Can Tho is a small village, however there is a mountain at Chau Doc called “Sam” which is possible to hike up. It is nice and easy way to see the Mekong River from HCM.