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Cai Rang Floating Market | Mekong Boat Cruises

Cai Rang Floating Market

Boat full of fruits

Touring a floating market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers to Saigon wish to check, and none are bigger, or more popular than Can Tho’s Cai Rang Floating Market.

Boat full of fruits

Boat full of fruits

Cai Rang floating market usually starts at 4 or 5 in the morning before dawn and ends more or less at 10 a.m. It is open all day but is busiest from sunrise to about 9am. Mekong river travel Vietnam

Just outside the village of Can Tho farmers afloat their low narrow boats carrying bags of rice and fruit jostle with one another, paddling up and down the silty, muddy tidal waters. It is a very lively scene with people selling mostly fruit and vegetables from their boats.

A variety of fruits

A variety of fruits

It is literally floating in the middle of a fairly large river, far from the riverbanks, which are lined with private houses and shops. Therefore, you will absolutely have to get on a boat in order to appreciate this floating market.

The main items sold are farm products and it depends on the season which kind of fruit and vegetables, some of which you might have never seen before. Here they buy and sell, some taking their purchased produce further upstream to trade again and again. Along the flooded plains of the river crops grow in abundance and so there are sacks of rice freshly harvested, piles of juicy pineapple and the delicious jack fruit, its large pockets of orange flesh tasting like not quite dried mango, a satisfying chew offsetting the powerful sweetness. Vietnam travel packages

Fresh fruit

Fresh fruit

Every boat has a long pole, cay beo in Vietnamese, at its bow standing upright with samples of the goods for sale attached to it with a rope. Sellers do not have to cry out about their goods because they can be seen in a distance and their cries would not be heard in the vastness of the river and the noise of boat engines. Bars buzz along, coming up to the side of the boat to sell their sweet coffee. Big boats are the wholesalers, selling fruit to dealers from neighboring provinces.  You can also find boats that sell Vietnamese breakfast like Bun or Hu Tieu. They can not hang a bowl of noodle on a pillar, if you want to eat, look for smoke and follow the smell. Activities at the market are also an occasion for tourists to study the cultural aspects of southerners.

Once you finally reach the market, it is an impressive site. A stretch of boats selling all variety of goods lines the river. Not really a place for souvenirs, people come here instead to buy large quantities of goods, mostly foodstuffs, and you will get an idea of what water commerce in the Delta looks like.

Cai Rang is a must-visit destination in Can Tho, take a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market and climb to the boat selling seasonal fruits.

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