Floating markets in Mekong Delta

The Delta is also famous for its floating markets which are typical of the Phung Hiep and the Cai Be. On arriving in the Delta, you can start the motorized boat to visit the Cai Be floating market, experience how people exchanging goods, fruit and many other commodities on their vessels.

Floating markets are central markets in the delta, where people can buy fruit and vegetables from local production. The goods are sold directly from the boats - the owners hang the available products on long poles so that people can see what’s on offer from far away. Here is some famous floating market lists: 

Cai Rang Floating Market

Cai Rang Floating Market is far just 6km from Can Tho in the direction of Soc Trang is Cai Rang, the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta. It opens all day, but it is busiest from sunrise to about 9 am. The main items sold, there are farm products and specialties of Cai Rang Town, Chau Thanh District, and neighboring areas. Every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale are hung

The best point to begin the visit by the Cai Rang floating market is the Bridge Cai Rang .

Phung Hiep Floating Market

Phung Hiep floating market called Nga Bay market is the biggest floating market in Mekong Delta. This section is a linking point of big seven river branches: Cai Con, Bun Tau, Mang Ca, Soc Trang, Lai Hieu, Xeo Mon, Xeo Dong

It's a floating market' but services are available, foods and drinks on small boats twist and turn to serve hungry sellers and buyers. Signal to buy is only a whistling or waving band. Apart from fruits, local products: snakes, birds, turtles... are easy to find near Phung Hiep bridge. These specialties are almost bought and brought to restaurants in Can Tho or Ho Chi Minh City.

Phong Dien Floating Market

Boats loaded with produce from nearby orchards of the Mekong Delta converge to the floating market. They carry mostly fruits but also coconuts, vegetables, and fishes.

Perhaps the best floating market in the Mekong Delta, Phong Dien has fewer motorized craft and more stand-up rowing boats. It's less crowded than Cai Rang and there are far fewer tourists. The market is at its bustling best between 6 am and 8 am.

Cho Gao Floating Market

The market is a melting pot of colors, shapes, sounds and smells. Rice, fresh fruit, fish, handicrafts, bonsais, almost everything is for sale, a great opportunity to find some nice souvenirs for the loved ones at home!

Cai Be Floating Market

Cai Be is one of the biggest wholesale markets in the region and opens from 5 am to 5 pm. On each boat, goods are hung on poles that are called dialectically “cay beo”. Hundreds of such poles point the skywards. Boats also operate like “taxis,” very convenient for tourists around the region.

Take a tour and visit floating market at morning in Mekong Delta Region is one of the most remarkable experience in this destination.

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