Can Tho province is the most popular of the Mekong Delta destinations, which is the rice basket of Vietnam. Can Tho City is in the heart of the Mekong as it is a main sources country’s sustenance and is a potential landscape service for tourists. The visitors who come to Can Tho city from Ho Chi Minh usually spend two hours by bus from the Western Bus Station (Bến Xe Miền Tây).
What is the main reason why tourists tend to enjoy the floating markets atmosphere?
The main reason visitors come to Can Tho is to tour the nearby floating markets. Floating markets have existed for a long time in the region. With these are highly recommended, the markets on the water are well-known to make the most of experience in the countryside. The article mentions to what insiders say about Can Tho floating markets.
Almost of tourist is beginning to have doubts about what floating markets are. It basically is a market where people sell and buy things above water. Since rivers are the main way of transportation, ferries and boats are very popular for traveling and transporting. Gradually, people gather together at one or some certain places on the river to sell fruits mostly picked from their own gardens. Then they make business by selling foods, goods which are brought from other places. Actually, there are two landscapes for you choose such as Cai Rang Market and Phong Dien Market. However, you can spend full day to visiting both of them because of its difference. For example, The first was a half-day tour of Cai Rang, a large wholesale floating market on the Hau River. We also heard great things about the Phong Dien retail market, a much more intimate market on the smaller Can Tho River.
Cai Rang floating market
It is one of the famous floating markets of the Southwest, specializes in selling fruits and agricultural products of the whole region. Cai Rang Market is 6km far away from the Can Tho City center or if you start from Ninh Kieu wharf, it’s only 4km away. It is opened all day but it is busiest from sunrise to about 9am and at this time, 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. The main sold items are farm products and specialties of Cai Rang Town, Chau Thanh District and neighboring areas. Every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale are hung.
The most interesting sights in the Delta are the floating markets and associated river life.
During the early morning market hours, larger sized boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of. The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even smuggled goods like cigarettes. Sellers do not have to cry out about their goods because their goods can be seen in a distance and their cries would not be heard in the vastness of the river and the noise of boat engines. Travelers should rent a private boat floating market also cheap around 300k/boat to experience the operating in this area. Actually, the tourists can approach the market, it’s an impressive site. Not really a place for souvenirs, people come here instead to buy large quantities of goods, mostly foodstuffs, and you will get an idea of what water commerce in the Delta looks like. Your guide on the boat will usually give you tidbits of information about Cai Rang as you weave through the hordes. You complete buy something if you want, which include traditional foods and drinks. Therefore, activities at the market are also an occasion for tourists to study the cultural aspects of southerners. You can see the market in the distance, it does not look like much, just a mass of boats.
To visit Cai Rang Floating Market, visitors can join a tour of the Mekong Delta. 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. Have you been to the Cai Rang Floating Market? If not yet, let’s take a 30 – minute boat ride to the market. You will be actually awake and enjoy it! You wind find it very peaceful floating down the river in the early morning. Then, tell us why you think this market is a great place!
Phong Dien Floating Market
The second market remains trading activities until the afternoon so leaving Cai Rang behind, foreigners can spend some hours visiting Phong Dien market which is further than Cai Rang Market. It is located roughly 15km away from the Can Tho City center. While Cai Rang is a wholesale market, Phong Dien abounds in huge heaps of diverse commodities. Additionally, there are oil-charging stations surfacing the river, for ships and boats having convenient travel.
Unlike Cai Rang Floating Market, Phong Dien Floating Market does not just sell agricultural products, but also other various ones. In the market, there are boats selling household and working tools such as canoes, boats, roofing sheets, knives, hoes, machete, and fishing tools like fishing nets, or weaving products as baskets, and all kinds of general domestic and foreign cargoes. In addition, the market also sells many types of food: noodle soup, noodle with toasted meat, rice soup, Hu Tieu, and coffee, etc. One of the unique features of boats in floating markets in Mekong Delta in general and in Phong Dien Floating Market, in particular, is the pillar with products hung on. This pillar is often a part of bamboo tree plugged in front of the boat. The form of promoting and selling products is a unique culture feature only at floating market without noisy and gushy “ad language”, but exotic and appealing buyers. They just need to look the pillar to find what to buy.
When visiting Phong Dien Floating Market, you will have not only the most typical experiences of floating markets, but also have the opportunity to feel the real life of local people in Mekong Delta River. Whether markets are located on land or on vast rivers, Phong Dien retains its own characteristics, no matter how time-lapse changes. Phong Dien Floating Market is so special and always bring a lot of amazing sense for tourists at any time of the day.
One of the difficulties for travelling is what you never know the accurate of landscapes as it is hyped by advertising. We can say without hesitation that Can Tho’s floating markets will not only deliver awesome views, but also will provide sensation-filled memories that will last long after you leave this magical country.
If the tourists have discovered Can Tho floating Markets, we believe that you can’t forget some real experience in there, which brings a unique culture of Mekong River Delta. Cai Rang Floating Market is one of the most fascinating attractions in Can Tho. This is a very special cultural feature in Mekong Delta, attracting tourists, especially foreign ones.