5 Unique Floating Markets in the Southwest of Vietnam
Floating market is a type of market appearing in river areas that is considered the main transport route. Both the sellers and buyers used boats or sampans as a mean of transportation. In Vietnam, floating market is famous in Southwest and is a unique culture of this region. Market is held on the rivers, among the vast of water are hundreds of boats, sampans of residents there. The boats are laden with goods, fruits are more popular. Specific feature on each boat is a perch, on this perch, sellers hang the products that they sell. Therefore, customers just look at the perch to know what products on the boats.
Hanging products on a perch
Nga Bay Floating Market - Hau Giang
Nga Bay floating market, also known as Phung Hiep floating market, located in Nga Bay town formed in 1915. It is a famous market in Hau Giang province, this is the place for trading activities, exchange goods of residents Mekong Delta. Moreover, it also attracts so many tourists.
Visitors will see many types of fruits, vegetables, domestic appliances in river region. Especially the bright red of rambutan, mangosteen, flavor of durian. Each boat only sells one type of fruit or item, it is hang on a perch considered as a way of advertising. Arrive there, visitors have the opportunity to experience the feeling of floating on the water or enjoy coffee on the boat.
Nga Bay floating market
Nga Nam Floating Market - Soc Trang
It is a famous market in Nga Nam Town, Soc Trang Province, located at the junction of five rivers: Ca Mau, Vinh Quoi, Long My, Thanh Tri and Phung Hiep. This market has been existed for very long time and become one of the busiest in Mekong Delta. Unlike other markets, Nga Nam starts meeting at 3 AM and finish at 8 AM. The famous agricultural products are cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, chili, ect...
Cai Rang Floating Market - Can Tho
This market always attracts a large numbers of tourists when they travel to Can Tho. It is about 4 km from Ninh Kieu wharf, it takes about 30 minutes for a journey from Ninh Kieu wharf to Cai Rang market. It starts meeting from 5 AM to 6 AM. The special things about this market is sell famous fruits of the South such as Vinh Long pomelos, Lai Vung pink mandarin, Cai Mon durian, etc...
Cai Rang floating market
Cai Be Floating Market - Tien Giang
Located in Cai Be District, Tien Giang Province. The market is the trading and exchange the goods, also the transition zone where provide products throughout all regions and also is the fascinating sights of Tien Giang Province. Unlike the normal floating markets that only meet in the morning, Cai Be floating market opens from early morning until midnight. When the sun rises, it is also the time that the market is noisy, crowded as a small city on river.
Long Xuyen Floating Market - An Giang
Long Xuyen floating market is not as large as other markets but travelers should get over in the journey of visiting the Southwest. Tourists can feel the peace as well as the ease of people and scenes there. This market is about about 2 km from Long Xuyen City, located along one side of Hau River.
The main goods such as vegetables, melons, beans, cabbages, pumpkins, potatoes and other famous food of An Giang like Bun Ca, Banh Tam (the main ingredients are flour, coconut) , Banh Da Lon (a kind of cake). The specialty is tourists do not need to bargain because everything is sold with the true price. This place has not been affected by commercialization. As a result, this is the ideal place for people who want to explore the pristine, original features of the floating markets in the Southwest.
Further reading: Vietnam Travel Guide