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Top floating markets in Vietnam you should take a visit

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In the Mekong River Delta, there are a lot of famous floating markets like Cai Rang, Cai Be, Phung Hiep, Tra On, etc. Here are top famous floating markets that you should not miss during your Vietnam tour.

Floating market is a unique cultural feature of the water area in Mekong River Delta, where various local tropical products are sold directly on the boats. For centuries, floating market has become a part of the flesh and blood of the locals in this region. It has always existed so far though there are many supermarkets, big markets, commercial centers appearing on the terrestrial. Nowadays, it is not only the place for purchasing products but also an attractive site alluring many tourists. So why don’t you take a floating market tour and enjoy this special culture of the Mekong River Delta? There are a lot of interesting things to do in Vietnam, especially in these floating markets!

1. Cai Rang Floating Market

Being known as the largest floating market in the region, Cai Rang usually starts at 5:00 am and lasts until midday. However, it is better to visit it before 9:00 am. The main goods sold here include fruits, agricultural products, and specialties from Chau Thanh District. In the early morning, numerous boats packed with bananas, papaya, mango, pineapple, and even cigarettes will gather in the waterway. Each boat has an upright pole where the samples of the products are hung on to attract buyers. Therefore, if you want to buy papaya, for example, just find which boat has papaya on the pole.

In addition, different kinds of services are available on the floating market. Tourists can also enjoy Vietnamese breakfast dishes such as Pho, Hu Tieu or coffee on the boat. It’s absolutely an unforgettable memory when tasting a delicious Vietnamese dishes while paddling along the river. 

Lively atmosphere in Cai Rang floating market

Lively atmosphere in Cai Rang floating market

2. Cai Be Floating Market

Another famous floating market in Western Vietnam is Cai Be. It is located at Tien River in the convergence of Tien Giang, Vinh Long, and Ben Tre Provinces. This market is busy from the early morning (about 3:00 am) to late afternoon. The goods sold here are plentiful and multiform, ranging from fruits, animals, seafood, commodities to sweet mandarin, candy and coconut soap. About 400 rafts and boats packed with fruits, vegetables, and other regional products will be berthed along the two sides of the river. 

A boat in Cai Be floating market

A boat in Cai Be floating market

Especially, the magnetic sights along the river like the lines of coconut trees and stilt houses on two banks of the river are also special things that attract tourists to come there. Visiting Cai Be floating market, you will not only have wonderful memories with stunning scenery, friendly locals but also ease your mind from troubles in your busy life!

3. Tra On Floating Market

Tra On Floating Market will definitely give you the true rhythm of how the daily life happens. Located at the intersection of the Mang Thit River and Hau River, it is known as the final floating market on the Hau River. The market usually starts from 2:00 am to 3:00 am. The busiest period of this market is from 5:00 am to 6:00 am when many boats full of goods will gather here. Similar to other floating markets in Mekong Delta, the main products in here are seasonal agricultural products, fruits, flowers, and special bonsai at the cheap prices. The whole scenery is more exciting with small boats serving coffee and tasty food. So let’s take a floating market tour and enjoy it!

Tra On floating market in Vinh Long

Tra On floating market in Vinh Long

4. Phung Hiep Floating Market

Phung Hiep floating market is about 30km from the south of the center of Can Tho City. It gathers hundreds of boats that carry goods supplied for the local area as well as for the north of the country. The market offers a huge quantity of goods, especially agricultural products, fruits, handicrafts, poultry, household goods, food, and drink as well. Apart from tasting local specialties, travelers can buy typical handicrafts of Hau Giang for souvenirs. The highlight of Phung Hiep market is the snake market where visitors can buy high-class snake wine. If you want to discover the western area of Vietnam, Phung Hiep floating market will surely satisfy you thanks to its beautiful scenery and exotic culture of the Mekong Delta.

Phung Hiep floating market

Phung Hiep floating market

 

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