Mekong Delta floating markets
With a crisscrossed watercourse system and the local lives in close association with water, floating market is a very unique living style of people in the West.
Cai Rang floating market
It takes about 30 minutes to move to Cai Rang floating market from Ninh Kieu port. Travelling through Hau River on a small boat in the early morning is really a special thing which all the visitors want to try at least 1 time. The market works from 5 am to 9 am, trading mainly agricultural products, fruits, groceries and daily necessities. This is really a special thing in the West’s culture which attracts a large number of international tourists.
It is known as the most bustling floating market of Cuu Long Delta,
Cai Rang is a cultural destinations in Vietnam Package Tour
Cai Be floating market in Cai Be town, Tien Giang province is located on Tien River which is the junction point between Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre provinces. This is one of the biggest wholesale markets in the Southwest area. A variety of products are traded here including clothes, housewares, poultry, seafood or foods and drinks. The market seems to be most famost for serving as the largest fruit market in Tien Giang with some renowed names like Lo Ren star apple, green grapefruit, Tan Lap pineapple, orange, grapefruit, Cai Be tangerine and so on. (Vietnam Classic Tour visiting Cai Be market),
Cai Be floating market is one of best interesting thing in Mekong Tour
Long Xuyen floating market
Long Xuyen floating market is on Hau River, My Phuoc ward, Long Xuyen city, An Giang province. This is the gathering place of hndreds of boats and ships trading and making a living all year round. The main products traded here include agricultural products like vegetables, cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbages, pumpkins, potatoes and some famous street foods of Tien Giang like fish noodle, Banh Tam or pig skin cakes.
Long Xuyen floating marketing in the Mekong River
Travel Conversation Questions :
It is very interesting ideas how to run the market on the river .with a lot of different varieties of vegetables , meats , seafod from different shops . the market run so well . nice to se vietnamese cullture in different ways But note the market close very early , you must arrive it early morning 5 -6 am to see nice crowded after 8am .
We experienced this as part of an overnight Mekong cruise and found it quite fascinating to see the vendors selling their produce in very large quantities to buyers rafted along side the floating market boats. Each boat has their "wares" hoisted on their masts as "advertising". A unique experience if one has never seen a floating market especially as this deals exclusively in large wholesale produce of pretty much every sort.
We booked a tour to visit Mekong delta. It includes a friendly English speaking tour guide, transport from HCMC to Cai Be pier, boat tour around the delta, lunch, a bike ride, bamboo boat ride, and traditional singing performance, etc. My favorite parts were the boat ride around Mekong delta and the bamboo boat ride. Thought we arrived late and could not see much of the floating market, the floating village itself is interesting enough. Photos taken are spectacular!
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