A day on Cai Rang floating market | Cruise Mekong River

A day on Cai Rang floating market

A local is preparing Pho for customers in the morning at the market

Cai Rang market is known to be the biggest market in the Mekong Delta cruise. The market serves tourists as a great vantage point for relaxing and learning about the South’s rich culture and lifestyle.

Bustling and hustling sight of Cai Rang floating market, Can Tho

Bustling and hustling sight of Cai Rang floating market, Can Tho

Mekong River is endowed with a dense network of the waterway which encourages the development of water transport system and the special customs of the locals settling down around this area. Purchasing and trading goods in the floating market become the signature and represent the area’s tourism. While there is a massive system of floating market available, Cai Rang market of Can Tho seems to be the most renowned of all. Read on and find out how breath-taking this floating market is.

Situated only 6 km away from the center of Can Tho, Cai Rang floating market has been existed for over 100 years. Even though the surroundings have been non-stop developing and the traffic system has been upgraded significantly, Cai Rang floating market still retains its value as it used to be. The market is best around 6 to 7 in the morning that is loaded with boats and local people selling their products.

Boats fully loaded with fresh fruits and agricultural products on Cai Rang floating market

Boats fully loaded with fresh fruits and agricultural products on Cai Rang floating market

Bustling trading science can be the first impression of any visitor when he comes here. In fact Cai Rang floating market can be noticed on the road; however, getting on a small boat to emerge yourselves into the crowd and experience things directly can be much more amazing. People are busy to trade fresh local products and sometimes, you can catch sight of traders juggling grapefruits or other fruits boat to boat smoothly. However, it’s not just crowded and noisy but you will still find some comfortable, relaxing moments while contemplating the beauty of the rural scenery and the cool breeze of rivers.

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Cai Rang market plays a significant role in supporting the residents’ life in Can Tho. It is the place where locals sell and buy an excessive type of products catering their daily life. Generally, the offered goods include fresh fruits such as durian, coconut, milk fruit, rambutan, etc, veggies, candies, dried stuff, household utensils and even cooked food. Tourists can easily figure it out by have a look at the things that the sellers hang on the long pole in front of the boat.

A local is preparing Pho for customers in the morning at the market

A local is preparing Pho for customers in the morning at the market

When it comes to floating markets in Can Tho, you are strongly suggested to experience local food on a boat here. Due to the fact that the market opens really early in the morning, many floating “restaurants” will serve breakfast which might be pho, hu tieu, banh canh, com tam, etc. Only with about 1 dollar, you can get a chance to taste a delicious warm bowl of pho right on the boat. The seller will cook on her boat with a small gas stove and handle it to you on your boat. Once you finish, just give her the empty bowl back then you are good.

If you are a big fan of Master Chef US then you must be kept updated with Gordan Ramsay, among the best chef in the world. The interesting thing is that he did visit Cai Rang floating market, tried one of the best broths he has ever tasted and also showed off his talent to cook there too.

Drifting along Cai Rang floating market is fabulous but before you plan the trip, don’t forget to check the best time. Basically, two major seasons (raining and dry seasons) are available in the South of Vietnam but fortunately, Mekong Delta’s weather is often moderate and mild that you can choose an appropriate time to experience something different during each time of the year. However, it will be much more relaxing when you reach Cai Rang floating market in the rainy season while in the dry season, there will be a lot of fruits and agricultural products available.

Here are more tips for you:

  • Cai Rang floating market opens very earlier in the morning when the weather is moderate and cool so try to make it before 7 am because you don’t want to expose yourself to the harsh sunshine. Bring along a hat or scarf since it will get hot really quick.
  • If you desire for having the best memorable trip, go for a fishing boat of local people there who will definitely show you around the area and know many cool places that touristy agencies have no clue.
  • Now if you are the one into taking pictures, then opt for a pineapple boat whose roof is designed for you to get on and catch sight of the best sceneries of all.
  • In order to know what the locals are selling in their boat, have a quick look at the poles hanged on the boat. The sellers always hang some sample of their offering products for buyers to notice.

Read more:

Weather- the most important factor in developing tourism in Vietnam

7 days in Vietnam tour, what to eat

How to happily enjoy Mekong Delta durian


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