Travelers making the 681-mile (1,097 km) journey from Hoi An to the city of Can Tho, famous for its floating markets and canals, will likely wish to fly between the two cities with a short transfer at Danang.
Driving the entire journey would take twenty-two hours, and there are no trains between Hoi An and Can Tho. However, those who might like to split the journey into multiple days to experience other parts of the country along the way may wish to consider private transfer for the entire journey.
By Plane and Private Transfer
Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes
The fastest way to get from Hoi An to Can Tho is through a combination of plane and private transfer. As there is no airport in Hoi An, travelers will first take a private transfer from Hoi An to Danang, an approximately 45-minute drive. From the Danang airport, an approximately 1.5-hour flight will take travelers to Can Tho.
By Private Transfer
Duration: 22 hours
Although the long journey by private transfer would take almost an entire day, splitting the journey across multiple days allows travelers the option to experience a significant number of interesting sites along the way that they might not otherwise have the option to see.
Leaving Hoi An, one of the first such sites is the Dong Amphan Natural Bio-Diversity Conservation Area. This protected area includes some of the last intact areas of lowland and tropical rainforests in mainland southeast Asia, rivers that are home to Siamese crocodiles, and wild elephants and large cats.
Further along the road to Can Tho, the city of Buon Ma Thuot is a particularly good place for coffee lovers to stop. The provincial capital is one of the most famous coffee producers in the region, and a particular style of coffee - Buon Ma Thuot Coffee - originates in the city, which is the largest in Vietnam's Central Highland Region. Travelers making the journey in the spring may wish to check their dates to see if they overlap with the city's famous coffee festival.
Finally, closer to Can Tho is Ho Chi Minh City. The city is worth a visit in its own right, but highlights for travelers who will not be spending multiple days include the 19th-century French cathedral, Notre Dame - a holdover from the former colonial French administration - and the famous Bến Thành Market.