MeKong Delta tour

Wake up early and explore Cai Rang floating market on a boat – a memorable experience you must try when joining Mekong Delta tours.

Fruit boat in Cai Rang Floating Market
Fruit boat in Cai Rang Floating Market

 

Cai Rang Floating Market is one of three largest floating markets in Can Tho. It is featured by business of Mekong Delta fruits. Cai Rang floating market is located on Cai Rang river, near Cai Rang bridge, far from the center of Can Tho city about 6 km of road and 30 minutes if you go by boat from Ninh Kieu pier (Can Tho city – the capital of old Tay Do).

Cai Rang market becomes crowded from early morning to 8 am - 9 am
Cai Rang market becomes crowded from early morning to 8 am – 9 am

Like other floating markets in Mekong Delta, the market was formed to meet the needs of sale, goods barter when road traffic has been not developed yet. People gathered on the river by means such as canoes, boats,…Today, though road traffic network has developed widely but the floating market has existed and grew increasingly with economic and tourism  potential for Mekong Delta.

Cai Rang market usually begins pretty early, from the early morning until about 8 am or 9 am. Goods are sold on the boats, each boat will usually specialize in one type of goods. In front of each boat, there is a pole on which hangs types of goods that the boat sell. For example, if the boat sells sweet potatoes, the pole will be hang some sweet potatoes; if the boat sells mangoes, the pole will have some mangoes, which means that “selling potatoes here”or” here selling mangoes “. These boats are called “ghe bẹo”.

Soup boat in Cai Rang floating market
Soup boat in Cai Rang floating market

In addition to boats of fruits and agricultural products, there are also many other types of services: pho, noodles, coffee, floating pubs, tourism boats (usually small boat) for shopping and visiting the market.

Enjoy pineapple at Cai Rang Market
Enjoy pineapple at Cai Rang Market

Not only preserving cultural beauty of water region, the floating market;today becomes an attractive tourist destination; especially foreign tourists who like to explore and experience. Foreign tourists feel very excited and interested in the river scenery; even sweet songs as “mía lùi” of Tay Do girls. Price of visiting the market by motorboat is VND 20.000 / person; if travelers want to watch Can Tho bridge on sunrise, price will be surcharged VND 10.000/ person.

Floating Market

Location: Cai Rang District, Can Tho City, about 30 minutes by boat from Ninh Kieu Wharf.
Characteristics: Cai Rang Floating Market specializes in agricultural products of Mekong River Delta.

Cai Rang Floating Market
Sellers hang out product samples on a long bamboo (called cay beo) in front of the boats, therefore they don’t need to advertise their wares as in mainland markets. It is considered as a unique advertisement tool of floating markets in Mekong River Delta.

(TITC) – The market stretches half kilometre from Cai Rang Bridge downstream Can Tho River. From early morning to 8-9am everyday, hundreds boats gather here to sell agricultural products.

Most of the boats are loaded with a lot of agricultural products and specialties of Mekong River Delta such as vegetables, coconut, banana, watermelon, grapefruit, dragon fruit and so on. Small boats which sell drinks and food for breakfast go among the others to serve market-goers and visitors. Other products such as clothes, candy, medicine… are available here, not different from what are sold in mainland markets.

To Cai Rang Floating Market, visitors will be excited with the scenery of crowded trade. Sometimes, buyers catch some products thrown by sellers from other boats. Visitors can also observe floating houses of the locals along the riverside.

Cai Rang Floating Market is an attractive destination for visitors, especially international visitors to explore river life of Southern people.

Thu Giang – vietnamtourism.