Floating Markets: Typical Culture on the Mekong

Floating Markets: Typical Culture on the Mekong

Floating markets in Vietnam, impress tourists not only due to the unique cultural experience but also due to the abundance of farm products that are sold on boats, by the local people throughout the Mekong River Delta.

 

Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho

Located on the Cai Rang river, 6km far from Can Tho city, Cai Rang floating market is one of the most popular sites in Can Tho. It will take you only 30 minutes to move from Ninh Kieu port to Cai Rang by boat.

As one of the three most popular floating markets in the Mekong Delta, Cai Rang is always crowded with buyers and sellers together with hundreds of boats and junks parked close together from early in the morning. Normally, markets open from 3a.m to 9p.m but before the Tet holiday, markets run through the whole day.

At the Cai Rang market, tourists are not only excited about boats full of fruits and agricultural produce but also enjoy a variety of food and services of unique characteristics of the Southwest region such as rice noodles, coffee, floating pubs, etc.

One more feature that certainly makes a great impression on tourists is the unique marketing. Here, local people hang their products up on a pole so that custumers can see them from a distance. Laughter and voices of people, the sound of oars moving along the river accompanied with the marvelous feeling of being on the river will surely be engraved on your mind.

 

Cai Be Floating Market, Tien Giang

Established since the 18th century, the Cai Be floating market forms the border between three provinces including Vinh Long, Ben Tre and Tien Giang. As the oldest floating market in Tien Giang, Cai Be attracts tourists via a criss-cross of boats.

Additionally, it look likes something out of a watercolor painting created by  gardens and streets along the two banks of the river, lines of coconut and Bần trees – a typical tree in the Mekong Delta. Besides, there are plenty of kinds of commodities ranging from fruit to poultry, seafood; and even household commodities and textiles are also sold here.

If you would like to buy a gift here for your family or friends, you can choose sweet mandarin, coconut candy or coconut soap, a specialty in Cai Be. The market only runs between 2 a.m and 8 a.m; therefore, you should come here on time to attend the market.

 

Long Xuyen Floating Market

2 kilometers from the city center, although not as famous as the previous two markets, Long Xuyen floating market draws the attention of tourists due to the generosity of the local people.

In Long Xuyen floating market, tourists will see many types of farm produce such as vegetables, cabbage, pumpkin, potatoes, etc and numerous kinds of fruit including bananas, grapefruit, oranges, mandarin, etc. In addition, you will have access to the market anytime during the day.

Besides the local people doing business on boats provides tourists an opportunity to discover the daily life of the people in the Mekong Delta who have to deal with quite a few difficulties in the process of earning a living.