Ninh Kiêu wharf, a place steeped in history
admin 11-10-2020, 08:02
Ninh Kiêu wharf, a place steeped in history
Ninh Kieu wharf in Can Tho (South). Photo: THMK /CVN

Ninh Kieu Wharf is located near downtown Can Tho, in the Mekong Delta, on the banks of the Hau River, one of the Mekong's outlets. It runs along Hai Ba Trung Street, Tan An district, Ninh Kieu district.
Ninh Kieu Wharf is a river port located at the entrance to Can Tho market. In 1876 French troops settled there. They equip the banks with brick and stone quays to block the waves and be used for mercantile activities. The quay is thus baptized "Quai de commerce" by the French but the inhabitants call it Ben Hang Duong, the quay of the poplars, because it has always been bordered by these tall, slender trees.
Today, this wharf is the pride of the inhabitants of the town of Can Tho. It attracts national and international tourists who come to admire the hundreds of boats going up or down the river to deliver their goods to all corners of the Mekong Delta.
Ninh Kieu is also the joy of investors who have created a tourist park of 7000 m² in which sits a huge bronze statue of President Ho Chi Minh 7.2 m high and weighing 12 tons. Embellished with many bonsai trees, it is very pleasant to walk there. From the quay, you can admire the Can Tho Bridge, the longest cable-stayed bridge in Southeast Asia when it was completed in 2010. It measures 1585 km long by 23.1 m wide and comprises four lanes for vehicles and two pedestrian lanes.
Visiting Ninh Kieu is a memorable experience anytime of the day. In the morning, it is a haven of calm and freshness in the bustle of the city. At night, it is animated by visitors and passengers, and is dressed in the bright colors of fairy lights.
Getting to Ninh Kieu wharf is also having the chance to enjoy a cruise on the river. Daily, the onboard restaurant, open from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., allows guests to sample southern specialties while they soak up the riverine atmosphere and watch traditional art shows like cai luong (renovated theater) or don’t you (song of amateurs).
Cruise ship at Ninh Kieu wharf . Photo: THMK /CVN

Around the quay, the excitement is also in full swing with the night market and the surrounding pedestrian streets where there are many restaurants and hotels. The Can Tho market, which offers souvenirs and items associated with the southern river region, is also a must-see destination.
Here, visitors discover the pedestrian bridge, nicknamed the "Love Bridge", which connects the Ninh Kieu wharf to the Cai Khe dune. 200 m long and 7 m wide, in the shape of an "S", it was inaugurated in 2016. It is adorned with two lotuses and offers a veritable spectacle of sparkles at night which attracts many strollers.
The Ninh Kieu quay remains a haven of calm on the banks of the flowing Hau river, soft and poetic, like the passage of time. Here, historical landmarks are integrated into the development of the city.
Mai Huong /CVN