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Vietnam floating market travel guide


The floating market is the main attraction of Mekong Delta. There is no lie in saying that your trip here will be not completed without visiting this special commercial area. On the Vietnam floating market travel, tourists can have a great opportunity to not only enjoy unique local food but also experience how people exchange goods, fruit and many other commodities in a special way.

Cai Be floating market (Tien Giang)

Cai Be is one of the most impressive floating markets. It is in the Tien River area – the border of three provinces which are Tien Giang, Vinh Long, and Ben Tre. It is not only where to trade goods but also an interesting tourist destination in Tien Giang Province.

Cai Be floating market

Cai Be floating market (Source: Internet)

Most tourists visiting here are attracted by the scene of many boats busily traveling on the river and the beautiful landscape around this long-standing market. There are green gardens, and streets shadowed by coconut-palms along the riverside. It is possible for you to rent a sampan to travel around Cai Be floating market.

Unlike other floating markets in Mekong Delta, fruits can be found everywhere and mainly come from Tien Giang, such as Lo Ren star-apples, Long Co Co green grapefruits, Tan Lap pineapples, oranges, and tangerines. It also has poultry, seafood, household appliances, and textiles. If you want to buy something for gifts, you can choose sweet tangerine, coconut candy or soap made from coconut – this is a famous product of Cai Be.

Cai Rang floating market (Can Tho)

Cai Rang floating market, one of the largest and the most famous floating markets of Vietnam, is always crowded with sellers and buyers, small and big boats from the early morning. The unique features of Cai Rang floating market are fruits, vegetables, and specialties of Mekong Delta. Goods here are sold in large numbers and each item is classified into different types based on quality and size.

Cai Rang floating market

Cai Rang floating market (Source: Internet)

Apart from fresh fruits, you can also buy garden tools, crafis or enjoy a Vietnamese breakfast such as Pho, Hu Tieu, and coffee. Moreover, tourists can not only enjoy the lively atmosphere of Cai Rang market but also watch and learn more about the daily life of the local people living on the boats.

Phong Dien floating market (Can Tho)

Phong Dien floating market is considered as one of the must-visit ones if you want to get the real experience of locals' life. All agricultural products, goods, and services like fresh fruits, daily life‘s tools, fisheries instruments or foods are mainly found here. Additionally, there are petrol stations, sewing shops and machine repair shops on boats which makes here be the most unique among other floating markets in Mekong Delta.

Phong Dien floating market

Phong Dien floating market (Source: Internet)

Phong Dien is less crowded than Cai Rang floating market. It usually opens at 4:00 AM and most crowded at 6:30 AM. After the rush hour, there are still people in the market until afternoon. Phong Dien floating market is really an ideal place to visit if you wish to enjoy the atmosphere of local commercial in the floating market.

Phung Hiep floating market (Hau Giang)

Phung Hiep floating market is the remarkable market in the Mekong Delta. It is situated on the Phung Hiep seven corners, where 7 river routes meet; that is why it can be called Nga Bay. This floating market gathers many boats carrying goods and products. They supply goods for the local area as well as for the north of Vietnam and overseas market as well.

Phung Hiep floating market

Phung Hiep floating market (Source: Internet)

The main items of Phung Hiep are farm products and specialties of Chau Thanh District, and neighboring areas such as vegetables, seafood, poultry, handicraft goods, and household appliances. Goods come in various and abundant categories. Along with these goods, the most amazing point of Phung Hiep floating market is the supply of snakes, birds, tortoises, iguanas, and gecko all year around. Also, there are several tiny junks sell Pho. Banh Xeo, Banh Cuon and many kinds of drinks, which bring the distinguishing cuisine of the Mekong Delta.

Hectic and vibrant floating market is one of the noticeable highlights of the Mekong Delta. It has become the gathering places where the locals can buy goods while tourists can spread their eyes over the lively panorama around. Overal, this is the top destinations that you shouldn't miss when traveling to Vietnam.


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