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Cai Rang Floating Market

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Address: Cai Rang River | Near Cai Rang Bridge, Can Tho 920000, Vietnam
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Touring a floating market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers...

Touring a floating market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers to Saigon wish to check, and none are bigger, or more popular than the Can Tho’s Cai Rang Floating Market.The Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 04:00 and runs until 10:00, meaning that you’ll have to get an early start of the day if you want to visit.The market is about six kilometres from Can Tho, or about a 40-minute boat ride. While floating down the river, you get a glimpse of life along its shores. You’ll pass vibrantly painted boats anchored along the shore, merchant vessels carrying loads down the river and houses built on stilts over the water.Once you finally reach the market, it’s an impressive site. A stretch of boats selling all variety of goods lines the river. 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 information about Cai Rang as you weave through the hordes. You’ll learn that boats identify what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole; if you want pineapple, simply scan the horizon for a hanging pineapple. You’ll also get the opportunity to interact with some of these floating merchants; most commonly this happens when a small boat selling drinks latches onto the tour boat’s side.After the market you’ll be ferried off to your breakfast break at a local orchard. You’ll be led around a fairly large garden growing a big variety of local fruits, which you’ll get to sample after your walk. Once your breakfast or fruits is eaten, you’ll go back to the boat and it’s time to explore some of the Mekong’s canals. Your tour boat will slowly coast down a few of these quiet canals, choked on both sides by greenery. As the sun starts to heat things up, your tour will draw to a close, returning you to downtown Can Tho.Since the market starts early in the morning, and because Can Tho is a healthy bus ride from Saigon — about four hours — you won’t have the option of seeing this floating market as a day tour from HCMC. Instead, you’ll have to spend the night in Can Tho.

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Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Floating Market Half-Day Tour
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Small Group 2-day Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City
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Day Trip to Can Tho and Cai Rang Floating Market from Ho Chi Minh City

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an interesting way to spend one morning in Can Tho. We saw the sunrise, the busy people on the river, the atmosphere. On land we sae how the noodles are made from the very start... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

an interesting way to spend one morning in Can Tho. We saw the sunrise, the busy people on the river, the atmosphere. On land we sae how the noodles are made from the very start. We walked for af bit and then returned to the friendly boat man, who gave us pineapple, banan chips and mango.

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I went on a two day tour from hcmc arranged by "peace and happiness". The bus will stop every 1.5hour to fill gas/bathroom break etc. they will take you to a river where you float thru some trees, have you taste coconut candy and some sort of honey. You will visit the market the day after. The market is the... More 

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This was a 5.45 start to the day as it closes by noon ..a different market as its for locals to buy their produce and what ever they sell is on a pole at the front of the boat...we did a few laps of it ..maybe a bit overdone..a lot of people on our boat..rushing around to take photos not... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As expected a very touristy activity. While the market has quite a number of boats selling either bulk quantities or smaller amount dependant on the produce to locals, the number of tourist boats far outnumber market buyers and most of the trade seemed to be tourists buying portions of fruit and coke etc. With tourist boats from 4 to 40+... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This wasn't my first floating market and I think I was expecting too much. There wasn't a lot happening and the boat we were on kept having to stop to untangle plastic bags from the propeller. It's disgraceful how they just throw full bags of garbage straight into the water. Clean your acts up as no one wants to visit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We checked around the pier for different options, but we noticed some sort of network where there is a man that manages the women that approach you offering tours, they will follow you (even to your hotel) and push you to buy a tour from them. We did not like this and felt unsafe, but when looked on tripadvisor and... More 

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I have seen floating markets in Thailand and Myanmar so this was basically same same for me. But if you have not seen before then the experience is worthwhile. But you have to get up early for this one.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a boat trip to the floating markets. The boat had to keep stopping as plastic rubbish would get caught and cause the propellor to stop working. However instead of disposing of the rubbish properly, the man simply put the rubbish back into the river which seemed a bit counterproductive to me. The markets were nice to see as it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a 1 1/2 tour with Susan Bui in the mekong delta. We where with a small group total of 4 and enjoyed how she explained everything and showed us of course the floating market to. We stayed at her parents home. Don't expect a lot of luxury but it's a great experience. There was a beautiful garden where... More 

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There were about 20 boats with tourists and only 7 with local traders I think. Probably because of Tet. Anyways our guide told us not to buy anything because they wash the fruits in the dirty Mekong. Was not worth getting up so early. Boat ride was nice.

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