It is said that “not being in Cai Rang floating market means not knowing the land of Tay Do – an old name of Can Tho”. Cai Rang floating market, one of the famous floating markets of Mekong delta, specializes in selling fruits and agricultural products of the whole region.
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The Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 05:00 and runs until around midday, meaning that you’ll have to get an early start to the day if you want to visit. Most tour boats along the riverfront leave between 05:00 and 07:00, so if don’t make it to the water by then you’ll have a hard time finding a tour.
Every early morning, hundred boats gather together where their owners start to sell agri – products. To be recognized easily, they hang out product samples on a long bamboo (called Cay Beo) in front of the boats, so that they do not need to cry their wares as in mainland market.
Besides of agri – products, this market has most services of a normal market such as food, grocery sales, repairing service, fuel station…
Place: on Can Tho river, 5km from city center, near Cai Rang bridge, Le Binh ward, Cai Rang district. Visit time: ideally 6 – 8 am everyday (except January 1st, 2 nd & May 5th on Lunar Calendar).
Direction: there are 2 ways to go there from city centre: Take a taxi or drive motorbike to the Cai Rang pier (about 15 minutes), then hire a boat to visit the floating market.
Take a boat for whole trip from Ninh Kieu Quay to the floating market (about 30 minutes).
From Cai Rang Bridge, the market stretches half kilometre downstream Can Tho River. Hundreds of boats gathering here from the dawn till before noon makes the area extraordinary animated and the water surface colorful with numerous tropical fruits. The large sized anchored boats create meandering lanes for smaller ones to weave through. All create a bustling and joyful atmosphere that can attract any tourist.
Most of the boats here are packed with a lot of farm products and specialties of Cai Rang Town, Chau Thanh district and the nearby areas like vegetables, coconut, banana, watermelon, grapefruit, dragon fruit and so on. Small boats that sell soft drinks, wine and food for breakfast go among the others to serve market-goers and visitors. Other services and products like mending machine, selling gasoline, mobile card, clothes, cosmetic, spicy, etc all are available here, not different from what are sold in common markets on land.
To visit Cai Rang Floating Market, visitors can join a tour of the Mekong Delta tours. On the way to Can Tho, visitors can stop to visit My Tho and take a boat trip to visit orchards, bee farms and coconut candy establishments in Ben Tre.
Many have agreed that visiting floating markets is among the can-not-miss experience in Southern Vietnam. There are a lot of travel agencies that offer a wide range of tours to Mekong delta, Mekong delta day tour with various tour duration and floating markets are included in most of them. Those without lots of time in their schedules are recommended to chose one Mekong delta day tour with floating market in its itinerary that best fit their time-frame.