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Cai Rang Floating Market

Cai Rang River | Near Cai Rang Bridge, Can Tho 900000, Vietnam
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Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Floating Market Half-Day Tour
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US$ 112.00*
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Day Trip to Can Tho and Cai Rang Floating Market from Ho Chi Minh City
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US$ 145.00*
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Small Group 2-day Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City
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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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Cai Rang River | Near Cai Rang Bridge, Can Tho 900000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Mekong Delta with the floating market is one of the "must see" if you're in Vietnam. We saw different floating markets, we learned how to make ricenoodels, we saw living pythons and the almost untouched nature in the small canals. We booked the trip...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a tour with Susan in February, and it was absolutely fantastic! She is very knowledgeable and nice gave us a one of a kind experience. Would definitely recommend

Thank Patrick W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A must see when you visit the mekong delta. A lot of boats selling all kind of fruits and vegetables.

Thank erikdejonge_1979
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just finished a fantastic 2 day 1 night tour with Susan Bui. Susan arrange for us to be picked up from HCMC by private car, we were taken to the bus station in Susan's home town where we were greeted by Herself and a wonderful...More

Thank Neil F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this tour of 24 hours with Susan, especially the first day we went to al kind of places we would have never been to on our own. Susan met us at the hotel, informed us very well. She also advised us with our...More

Thank Loet S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a thing you must do in Vietnam. A private boat, good food and the noodle factory was amazing.

Thank Shadde P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It takes 2 days 1 night from HCMC, spend night at Can Tho, then next morning we go to Ninh Kieu Port to take a small boat to visit Floating market. With a group tour, to get Floating market around 8 - 8.30am, however, it...More

Thank IndochinaTodayTravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stay with Susan Bui! Great price, great tour and schedule. Great way to see the local life. You won't regret your trip to the Mekong delta!!!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This market is much bigger than Phong Dien. The boats are huge compared to the retail market at Phong Dien and cater for the wholesale market. Each boat displays what it is selling on a post at the front of the boat and are laden...More

Thank James R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was on our must do list and we weren't disappointed. We went down to the wharf the evening before and found a boat to take us to the market and to explore the canals, 4 hours in total. We hired a small, private boat...More

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Mara J
10 June 2017|
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Response from Thang369 | Reviewed this property |
You should try Cai Rang since the venue is more convenient and I believe there are activities for you to enjoy over there. Cheers.
14 May 2017|
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Response from Diana K | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you should look for Can Tho Touring in FB
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Hi! I'm Bob from NJ and will be visiting Vietnam for my first time in Feb. I want to visit Can Tho and Cai Rang, and I am traveling SOLO from HCMC, so don't want a private tour as they are too expensive. I am so confused with all the tours - not because I haven't done research, I have done plenty - but the 2 day, 1 night tours range from $24 w/transport from HCMC, hotel and more - very cheap - and a group tour that seems similar can be $120 or more - there are either no reviews or the ones I read don't say if they were private or group - so I really don't know if I get anything better by paying 5 times the price. And what time do you need to be at the floating market to see lots of activity and avoid the crowds of tourist boats? If possible, I want to avoid any shopping or at least minimal shopping and most include factory stops like coconut candy factory, noodle factory, etc. And to see less touristy sites if possible. Thanks for your help. Bob
9 November 2016|
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Response from Denise C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Bob, the cheapest way is to get the bus from HCM a taxi to the station aprox 100,000 dong and you want to get on the NA TRANG bus line to Can tho, it takes 3 1/2 hours and is very comfy and cheap. On arrival go down to... More