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MEKONG DELTA, THE DESTINATION OF VIETNAMESE RIVER CULTURE WITH FLOATING MARKETS

Cai Be market: busy floating market in Mekong Delta

People said that “If one has not visited floating market, he has not visited the south-west of Vietnam”. Beside the characterized culture of orchards, Mekong Delta became famous worldwide for its floating markets. Exchanging many kinds of typical fruit, such as mangoes, avocado, durians, oranges and many other commodities on the motorized boat, not only brings economic value but also spiritual value, contribute to enrich the cultural identity of Mekong Delta in particular and Vietnam in general. The image of floating markets become the symbol of the prosperous life of Mekong Delta. Let’s visit some special floating markets of Mekong river tours.

Cai Be Market

 

Cai Be market: busy floating market in Mekong Delta

Cai Be market: busy floating market in Mekong Delta

Cai Be, one of the famous floating markets in the western region of Southern Vietnam tours was formed in Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century.

Although the market opens all the day, the liveliest time is at sunrise. From 3:00 am in the early morning, rafts and boats are crowded with the goods and fruits. On each boat, goods are hung on poles that are called “cay beo”. This makes Cai Be floating market, one of the biggest wholesale markets in Mekong Delta, become unique.

Cai Be floating market is always busy, bearing all the characteristics of the western region. Boats are full of various kinds of vegetables, fruits and other agricultural goods from other provinces. The tourists can see traders use boat as their mobile houses, eat and sleep there. Sometimes you can catch the images of kids studying or playing with dogs. All these things create a colorful atmosphere of Cai Be floating market.

Tra On Market

Located in Vinh Long province, Tra On is the smallest floating market in the western region, but it has a long-standing history and associated with many cultural activities of people in the area, in memories of many Vietnamese. There is a Southern folk song of Vietnamese from Mekong Delta which mentions Tra On floating market.

Water is the soul of the southern city of Vinh Long. Streams and canals are the means of feeding the sweetest rice and the most varied fruit crops in Viet Nam. That’s why Tra On plays an important part in economic trade, all the products are sold by wholesale. Agriculture products include sweet potatoes, cucumbers, melon …the fruits are also abundant with king oranges, mangoes, durians… Another distinguished sight of Tra On market is beautiful canoes selling colorful flowers. And don’t forget to enjoy “ ca chay”, a specialty cannot find anywhere else.

Cai Rang Market

 

Cai Rang floating market: long pole for advertisement

Cai Rang floating market: long pole for advertisement

Despite not being the largest floating market of Mekong Delta, but Cai Rang keeps and brings big value to the community of locals in terms of economy, culture, and tourism. It is the center of commerce in Can Tho city and its neighboring provinces, such as Kien Giang, Dong Thap, Ca Mau, Hau Giang. The UK’s Rough Guide has just elected the Cai Rang Floating Market as one of ten most impressive markets in the world.

The traders start early at sunrise, from 5 am or 6 am, and up to about 8 or 9 pm, with about 350 to 400 boats and rafts. For many years previously they have sold many kinds of fruits and vegetables, but recently added coffee, breakfast dishes, and even lottery tickets, due to the needs of local people and tourists.

There are boats carrying other items to serve the other need of local inhabitants, such as gas, salted fish, medicines, salt, sugar… The boats are also the primary means of transportation of many families, instead of bicycles or motorbikes in cities. These boats are operated with the formatting engine in shape of ‘shrimp tail’, rowed by hand or even by foot in a professional manner.

Additionally, for advertisement of goods, the traders hang the sample of what they sell on the long upright pole in the boats so that visitors and buyers can easily notice their goods from the distance. Because in a very busy floating market, their cries will be lost in the big noise or swallowed in the largeness of the river.

Certainly, the uniquenesses of the floating market leaves good impressions to travelers, especially foreigners.

Nam Can market

In Nam Can Town of Ca Mua Cape, the ending point of the S-shaped Vietnam lies a really special floating market. The local people call it “cho-troi”. Its name comes from a distinguished characteristic that local people only stay at home and order the goods, then boats will bring the commodity to their home.

The most active and busiest seasons are 1 or 2 weeks before Tet holiday. At this time, lives of people on this floating market nearby the river are so interesting and active like the sun never sets. Besides common goods, they also sell flowers, ornamental trees, pictures, desks, chairs, soon. They also provide services such as nails, perfumes, haircut… on boats and rafts.

 

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