When discussing what makes the name of Mekong Delta, it is a big mistake if skipping the role of the floating markets in terms of boosting the economy as well as the echo in the tourism industry of the region.
Below are the five biggest floating markets recorded by far.
Sunrise on the top of a boat
Nga Bay Floating Market – Hau Giang Province
Nga Bay Floating Market is sometimes referred to as Phung Hiep Floating Market. The market was formed back to the year of 1915. This is a famous market area of Hau Giang Province where the trading activities and business take place in bustle amongst the local citizens in the area of Mekong Delta. Beyond, nowadays, Nga Bay Floating Market has been a famed tourist attraction thanks to its uniqueness and interesting features.
When visiting this floating market in Southern Vietnam, visitors will be able to witness the incredibly limitless expanses of fruits, fresh veggies and specific utensils of the delta, especially the reddish layer of rambutans, mangosteens and the holy smell of durians. What makes the market so special is because each boat would be selling one type of fruit only, and their creative marketing strategy is to use a long stick planted right at the front of their own boat, atop with one single fruit representing for their product.
Colorful Nga bay Floating Market
If you ever have a chance to come to this site, wallow yourselves in the folk chantey, taste a glass of strong coffee and admire the beauty of the Mekong traditional lady costume.
Nga Nam Floating Market – Soc Trang Province
Just like Nga Bay Market, Nga Nam is the market situated at the junction of five separate rivers: Ca Mau, Vinh Quoi, Long My, Thanh Tri and Phung Hiep. Nga Nam Market has formed pretty long ago and also known as one of the most bustling markets in Mekong Delta.
Unlike any other floating markets in the region, Nga Nam Floating Market starts its job extremely early in the morning at 3 am. The place gets even a little crowded at around 5 am. However, until 8 am, the market begins to disintegrate. Right from afar, people are still able to see the bamboo sticks planted at the front of each boat with a wide range of products for sale such as cabbages, tomatoes, potatoes, green onions, garlic, and way many more.
A special marketing strategy
It is not too much to admit Nga Nam Floating Market gathers most of the specialties in the area of Mekong Delta altogether, from rice of all kinds, tropical fruits to seafood such as crabs, shrimps and fish. The market is just like any other regular market if there is not the twitter all over a part of the river from the local ladies, or even the unique floating eateries packed with the tastiest mom’s cooks such as soup, rice noodles, fish noodles or coffee.
Nga Nam Floating Market has still maintained the exclusive characteristic and the special vibe of an unaffected countryside in the Southern region of an Asian country like Vietnam.
Cai Rang Floating Market – Can Tho City
Travel to Vietnam, you can take it hard to simply skip this place. Known as the most famous floating market in Mekong Delta attracting a huge number of visitors every year, Cai Rang Floating Market lies about 4 kilometers away from Ninh Kieu Wharf and it takes only 30 minutes for a trip by boat to reach the place.
Fruits of all types can be easily found here
The market starts at 5 am, and probably until 6 am, a huge block of boats begins to gather. The iconic difference of Cai Rang Floating Market from the others is you can find many types of brandy fruits of the region such as Vinh Long grapefruits, Lai Vung mandarin, and Cai Mon durians. And as being said, the boat-keepers inform buyers with a long bamboo stick atop with their products for sale.
Visiting Cai Rang Floating Market is one of the top things to do in Southern Vietnam. If you are looking for a good way to taste the smell of Mekong Delta or simply want to watch the sunrise on the surface of a river, just give it a go to come over this site and keep for yourselves the best experience in the Southern end of the country.
Cai Be Floating Market – Tien Giang Province
Cai Be Floating Market belongs to Cai Be District in Tien Giang Province, located in the area of Tan Phong Islet in the middle of the massive Tien River and right at the border of three cities, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, and Ben Tre. Cai Be Floating Market is the point where all the yield coming from all over the city is distributed to other areas and also an interesting tourist site of Tien Giang Province in particular and Mekong Delta in general.
A smiley offer from a local lady
The difference between Cai Be and other floating markets is based on the fact that the other ones are only open within morning time, while you can totally come over Cai Be from the earliest hours in the morning till late at night. The moment when the Sun wakes up is also the time when the market starts its bustle. The little food boats for breakfast begin to arrive.
Long Xuyen Floating Market – An Giang Province
Though not as big as other markets mentioned above, Long Xuyen Floating Market is still a good point for travelers searching for a true sense of a rural countryside. The site is about 2 kilometers away from Long Xuyen downtown, lying along a branch of the Hau River enriched with alluvium. The main types of products here are probably vegetables, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuces, cabbages, potatoes and famous specialties of An Giang land.
A quick breakfast on the surface of a river
Going with the flow of history, those floating markets have by far played a big part in shaping the features and label of Vietnam Southerners. Paying a visit to one of these sites will reward you will a deeper knowledge of the local citizens.