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Phat Hoc pagoda in Can Tho: Mekong Tours & Buddhism

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Phat Hoc Pagoda is located at 11 Hoa Binh Boulevard, Ninh Kieu District, right in the center of Can Tho city. Although located in the center, it is always noisy and bustling, but when entering the temple, it is a quiet and peaceful space different from the outside. The pagoda has a long history, formerly the headquarters of the South Vietnamese Buddhist Association of Can Tho province, built by the Buddhist Association in 1951. In the past, the pagoda had only 3 floors, relatively simple architecture. In 2012-2014, the pagoda was overhauled into a 5-storey building, located majestically in the heart of the city, opposite the Khmer Munirensay pagoda. The temple has undergone many generations of abbots. Most Venerable Thich Thien Phuoc has been the abbot of the temple since 1965. The Venerable Master passed away in 1993. Venerable Thich Minh Thong succeeded the abbot and continued to make many contributions and promote the role of the temple in local Buddhist activities. The architecture of the pagoda is similar to many typical pagodas in the South, with a large main hall, many doors, surrounded by a spacious and airy corridor. From the outside looking in, the temple gate is built high, a small courtyard with shady old trees and decorated with many Buddha statues. The pagoda consists of a spacious main hall for worshiping Buddha, a pavilion for worshiping the ancestors, an auditorium (Chinh Tri) in which there is a statue of Thien Thu Thien Nhan and a room for the remains of past Buddhists. With each floor, the pagoda is decorated dignified and worships different Buddhas: Amitabha Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha and Medicine Buddha. Coming here, people will let go of worries and sorrows in life, sincerely turn to Buddha to pray for family and relatives.


  • Address: No. 11, Hoa Binh Boulevard, Tan An Ward, Ninh Kieu District, City. Can Tho
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 22:00 daily
  • Can Tho Buddhist Temple is located in the heart of Tay Do city, 500m from Ninh Kieu Wharf and opposite Khmer Munirensay Pagoda. Visitors can easily and conveniently walk to the pagoda in their Can Tho travel itinerary to enjoy the scenery and feel the rhythm of life here.


The reason why the pagoda is called Phat Hoc is because it was formerly the headquarters of the Nam Viet Buddhist Association in Can Tho. The temple was built with the purpose of being a place to practice for Buddhists, having gone through many abbots and many historical periods:

  • 1951: The pagoda was built by the South Vietnamese Buddhist Association with 3 floors and has a fairly simple architecture.
  • 1965: Most Venerable Thich Thien Phuoc held the position of abbot and administrator of Can Tho Buddhist Temple. He made many contributions to the temple and was the longest-serving abbot.
  • 1993: Venerable Thich Minh Thong took up the position of abbot of the pagoda after the death of Venerable Thich Thien Phuoc.
  • Period 2012-2014: Phat Hoc Pagoda was restored and upgraded to 5 floors as it is today with majestic and unique architecture.


Can Tho Buddhist Temple possesses a superficial and dignified architecture in the style of Northern Buddhism with a 5-storey tower and a green campus covered with many green trees. Although located in the middle of a crowded street, the temple still retains a peaceful and quiet space.

The 5-storey tower of Can Tho Buddhist Temple possesses unique architecture and space is arranged according to separate functions:

  • Floor 1: The first floor is a place to welcome Buddhists to pray and worship. Inside, there is a kitchen, an area selling Buddhist scriptures to serve the needs of Buddhists to eat and learn.
  • 2nd floor: The space on the 2nd floor is quite dignified, a place to worship the Medicine Master of the Upper Buddha Association.
  • 3rd floor: 3rd floor worships Bodhisattva statue and is the main hall of Can Tho Buddhist Temple. This place is decorated with many majestic dragon motifs with spacious space, accommodating up to 100 people and only open on special occasions.
  • 4th floor: The 4th floor space is the place to worship Bodhidharma.
  • 5th floor: The highest floor of the pagoda is the place to worship Amitabha Buddha, on both sides are statues of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Bodhisattva Dai The Chi and surrounded by Arhats.


  • In terms of festivals, the pagoda annually organizes the Buddha's Party, Vu Lan festival… on New Year's holidays, on these days the pagoda is decorated beautifully and splendidly, the full moon day attracts a large number of tourists to Can. Poetry and Buddhists from many places flock to the pilgrimage to worship Buddha
  • The original aspirational temple was a Buddhist temple. For good men and women from all over the world to return to practice Buddhism. This place often holds many conferences on Buddhism. In particular, the Buddhist temple regularly organizes various charity programs. The temple often cooks vegetarian rice for free for the poor, or gives gifts to students in remote areas. On university exam days, the temple often makes free vegetarian rice for the candidates.
  • Can Tho Buddhist Temple is the leading place in many activities and the organization of annual Buddhist festivals. The temple regularly organizes the recitation of prayers and prayers, lectures and many agendas on Buddhism for Buddhists to practice.
  • On the full moon days, major festivals such as Buddha's birthday, Vu Lan festival, … the temple is decorated splendidly and beautifully and holds solemn ceremonies to attract a large number of Buddhists to pilgrimage and worship Buddha. In addition, the pagoda regularly launches many charity programs, organizes vegetarian parties, distributes free vegetarian rice, gives gifts to disadvantaged students, remote areas, etc.

Mekong Travel, Tours, Cruises:

  • Mekong River cruises
  • Mekong tours
  • Mekong tour full day from Ho Chi Minh
  • Mekong 2 days & stay in Can Tho
  • Mekong 3 days and Chau Doc
  • Mekong 3 days and speed boat to Cambodia.

Where is Phat Hoc Pagoda?

Phan Hoc Pagoda & Mekong Tours

Day 01


  • Impress Travel's Mekong Tours Team will pick you up at the hotel, then leaving Ho Chi Minh City at 8.00 AM
  • We need 2 hour driving to Cai Be, We emerge the beautiful scenery of the countryside in the Mekong river delta of Vietnam.
    Visit Cai Be floating market by Sampan that is the well-known floating market in Mekong delta ( Note: the market today is not as busy as in past times)
  • To enjoy the traditional music & performance show – Dai Ca Tai Tu that was recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of the world, we enjoy the Mekong’s fresh fruits while watching the show.
  • Ride a rowing boat via the water coconut canals.
  • Do a biking tour through the rural villages to Mr. Sau Ca Family’s orchard
  • Enjoy local lunch with Mr. Sau Ca family
    Relax before getting on a Sampan to Vinh Long the car/ van will pick you up to drive to Can Tho city ( One hour driving to Can Tho)
  • Arrival in Can Tho then checks in the hotel, free time to explore Can Tho city at night.
  • The tour guide will recommend you the best place for dinner in Can Tho city.

What is included: Transfer, tour guide, hotel in Can Tho, lunch, entrance fee(s), boat trip in Cai Be

Day 02

Cai Rang floating market – Khmer Pagoda – Lunch – Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)

  • Good morning Mekong Delta with quiet and fresh air,
  • Enjoy buffet breakfast at hotel and morning tea break before leaving by Sampan to visit Cai Rang Floating market.
  • Ride a bicycle through the countryside to Khmer Pagoda & local farms.
  • Have a lunch and tea break
  • Mekong Tours – Impress Travel Team will bring you back to Ho Chi Minh City (3.5-hour driving)

What is included: Transfer, tour guide, hotel breakfast, lunch, entrance fee(s), boat trip in Can Tho

What's included in this trip:

  • Accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room, ( notice: a single room is surcharged following single supplement policy/ all room night including daily hotel breakfast.
  • All the meals as mentioned in the detailed itinerary
  • Entrance Fee to visit attractive places are mentioned as itinerary
  • Private Car/Van/Bus with air-conditioned and good experienced driver.
  • Boat trip in My Tho, Cai Be
  • Experienced English speaking tour guides as specified ( French-speaking guide/ Chinese speaking guide are available on request )
  • Complimentary drink water and Tissue on Van/Bus/Van as mentioned on itinerary

  • What's excluded in this trip:

  • International Ticket Fare with insurance surcharge and Fuel surcharge
  • Arport tax.
  • Visa Fees & Travels insurance
  • Porter Charges & Camera Fees.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) do not mentioned as in this itinerary
  • Tipping for Tour guides, Bus driver, Crew
  • Other personal expenses such as beverages, telephone calls, laundry services, Minibar, etc….
  • Other services are not specifically mentioned in the tour Itinerary and the above Inclusion

Hotels in Can Tho
Star Hotel Room Type
3-Star hotel in Can Tho Hau Giang Hotel Superior
4-Star hotel in Can Tho Muong Thanh Hotel Superior
5-Star hotel in Can Tho Victoria Hotel Superior

December 2019

Sapa tour Package

Great value for money with 4 stars hotel accommodation for 4 couples. The tour guide has been very helpful and brought us to amazing places in Sapa. We want to thanks Thuy the tour guide and especially Mark from Impress Travel for his great service and assurance throughout our trip. We’ll definitely use his service for other tour packages in other parts of Vietnam.

December 2019


I booked with Impress Travel in July. My contact person was Tommy Thang. He is an amazing person. He was very helpful. He changed my program twice for me. Very accommodating!
We started our holiday in the north (Sapa)of Vietnam and travelled down to HCMC.
The tour was fantastic, Tommy's arrangements were to the"T".
I will always use them if I have to visit the area again and recommend them to one and all.
Thank you once again Mr.Tommy and the Impress Team.
Sulaiman Pochee
South Africa

ebrahim S
January 2020

Tour of Vietnam

Impress travel were amazing. Did my bookings with Daniel for our tour of Vietnam and I must say Daniel was very professional and prompt with his services. All the arrangement, plans, pick-up & drop-off services, hotels, vehicles, sightseeing tours and guides were spot on and excellent. Did 4 nights Hanoi, 1 night Hà Long Bay cruise, 3 nights Hoian, 4 nights Saigon and 1 night in Can Tho. It was totally awesome. Every part of the journey was superbly arranged and planned. I will highly recommend Impress Travel for anyone interested in visiting Vietnam. Very organized and reliable!

January 2020

So glad I found Impress Travel

At first, I was just planning a trip to Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Ninh Binh for my small family.
Some close friends heard about our plans and wanted to join the trip. Eventually the group grew to be 7 families, with 25 adults and children of varying interests and expectations.
 While I was excited at the prospect of touring Vietnam with good friends, I felt anxiously responsible to ascertain that everything must be well organized and everyone satisfied. This is why I am so very, very glad to have found Impress Travel. Mr. Mark responded quickly to all my inquiries, customized a wonderful trip according to the group's preferences, tirelessly worked out every detail for our 7-day trip, all at a reasonable price. Our guide, Trung, is knowledgeable, helpful, quick to respond to any need, and well-loved by everyone in the group. All my friends found this a marvelous trip, filled with beautiful memories, very much to my delight and relief!

October 2019

North Vietnam - Sapa, Halong Bay, Hanoi+ Bai Dinh

Mr Tommy, on behalf of our group, we thank you for your efforts in putting together such a memorable vacation and experience of Sapa, overnight train, Halong Bay, Hanoi + Bai Dinh, your tour guides are so knowledgeable, passionate + helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we will certainly recommend your tour agency to our friends and share our experiences in social media.
Thumbs up, best regards, 

Dave Chia Hong
November 2019

Vietnam Travel with Mr. Mark

It was amazing place to visit in the north of vietnam , we really enjoy all the trip especially their foods , culture, beautiful view and so on.

November 2019

Hanoi,Sapa,Hanoi,Danang,Hanoi 8D7N Online searching for a reliable travel agent n come across Impress Travel. Contacted

Accommodations were good especially Thang Long Espana Hotel (the Hotel Management automated upgraded us to VIP rooms.Is really unexpected). Overalled tours n places visited very well but only local guides r not good organizing the itineraries. Especially at Sapa Lao Cai and Cat Cat Villages walking tours push to the same day about 8hours for 7km (which is on 1st&2nd days arrival) so tiring. Lunch not good enough 4 so many hours of walking. In Danang Bana Hill the local guide shd arrange 2 visit Bana Hill 1st n not last coz' spend a short time n not nice photos taken due to rain (went in morning time no rain).
Overall tours, hotels, transportation, prices are strongly recommended. Especially Daniel Dang Impress Travel for welcoming and bye-bye wishes.
Daniel Dang tks from 8 of us having a wonderful time n memorable trip for 8D7N Sapa, Hanoi, Danang with Impress Travel. Meet u all again.

November 2019

5days Hanoi-Tam Coc-Ninh Binh-Halong Bay

We are family of 6 from Singapore and Malaysia joining Hanoi Impress Travel on 30 October-04 November 2019. We are really impressed with the company and tour guides with their professionalism and well organised arrangement. Lily is our guide for Hanoi, Tam Coc and Ninh Binh. She is excellent and very informative. She even taking care of us until late night. We walk us from Old Quarters to the hotel and brought us to try the famous road side foods. She even helped us to pay for our order to avoid overcharge by the stall. Another guide, David BK (Swan Cruise) brought us to Halong Bay cruise. He is excellent and humorous. He handles everything throughout the trip. He served meals for guests on the cruise, organised happy hour, guiding us for Kayaking, teaching Taiji and cooking class on cruise. The cruise ship is ok and the hotel in Hanoi-Adamas Hotel is small but new and clean with reasonable ok breakfast. Anyway thank you for the wonderful arrangement.

November 2019

Professional and well organized

We booked a 8 day private tour package for 9 persons for Northern and Central Vietnam . We experienced great and very professional service from the Impress travel team. Tommy was very easy to contact and accommodated our requests.
All the tour guides were very good, spoke good English, friendly and patient. All the vehicles were very clean , spacious enough for our group of 6 adults and 3 children. The drivers were extremely safe and ontime.
Meals were served in clean restaurants.
Overall we had a good holiday .Thank you Tommy and Impress travel for a great experience.

November 2019

Great service from Impress travel during in Hanoi

We booked package for 9 persons in Hanoi and i was experienced great service during my stay! the PIC (Mr. Mark) was very pleasant and so easily to contact, i was communicated so easily for trip preparation..the tour guide for Trang An was good, Mr Hiep was helped us very well, and he was so patient on witing us shopping! Thank you Hiep!!
during in Hanoi we were stayed in great hotel with nice service also, and during in Halong Bay, they also choosen the best cruise for us! Swan cruise and also the Mr Cong was great!! thank you!!
for transporation, the car was good and driver are pleasant, but only a little bit communication since the driver less good in english. but overall great!!
all the choosen food for lunch and dinner was delicious
Thank you so much Impress travel

November 2019

Excellent, Polite and Helpful Team

Impress Travels has been very helpful in making our vietnam travel amazing. We were a bunch of 7 friends wanting to go on a budget trip covering most locations. Hence, this subjected to a lot of changes during our discussion with the tour guide Daniel.
However, he has been patient enough in hearing out our needs - be it itienary , hotel bookings or even the mode of payment.

They really understand your needs. And needless to say our experience was amazing. All of this support and help has really made our vietnam trip the most memorable as far ❤️

November 2019

5D/4N Hanoi-Ninh Binh- Halong Bay

I was searching for a reliable travel agent and come across Impress Travel and the many reviews of them. I booked 5D/4N, Hanoi-Trang An-Halong Bay private trip for a party of 6. I communicated with Mr Daniel Dang throughout the time until the day we arrived. Mr Daniel is very patient, helpful, and accommodating to our requirements despite many changes made to the itinerary. The price is very reasonable unlike other travel agents.
Our tour guide, Lily was very friendly and efficientknowledgeable and speak good English.
Highly recommend “Trang An Boat Tour”. The caves was spectacular and beautifully.
2D/1N Halong Bay – Swan Cruise was awesome with amazing view of the cave. Our guide Mr David was hilarious, helpful, accommodating, and everything was well organized. Beside the normal
activities of kayaking, swimming, Tai Chi, culinary lesson, we are indeed very very fortunate to have
the chance to celebrate the “Mooncake Festival” while cruising and admiring the full moon.
Spread of mooncake, dessert, sweet snack, fruits, cocktail, beer and mini dragon dance complete the celebration. Tourists from all over the world party all night long.

Although we paid for a 3-star package, the hotel (Thang Long Espana Hotel), meals and transport provided were also above average. Our gang have a very enjoyable and memorable trip in Hanoi.
Impress Travel really impressed us with their service and will engage their service in future.
P/S:- Don’t worry, Impress Travel CAN be trusted.

November 2019

16 days Private Tour

Hanoi – Duong Lam - Halong Bay – Hue – Danang – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong Delta – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho – Phu Quoc Island - Ho Chi Minh city.
It is worth talking about details, say what you want to see, watch the hotels, indicate which rooms you want, the office will organize everything for you. I highly recommend!
The whole trip was arranged with the active help of Mr. Daniel Dang.

November 2019

Our 3 week tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos was excellent

Thanks to Mr Tommy and staff for putting together an active and interesting tour in all 3 countries. In every city or town we had we met by very nice, friendly and knowledgeable guides. We went in June which was HOT HOT HOT and were always so happy to have an air conditioned vehicle with cold water waiting for us. We traveled by planes, trains, automobiles and boats and all were fabulously coordinated by Mr Tommy without fail. The selection of sites helped us enjoy so many aspects of all 3 countries!



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