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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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The market is about an hours boat trip from can tho so you need a 04:30 start or else you will miss the market as it winds up about 09:00. It is not as large as it used to be but... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The market is about an hours boat trip from can tho so you need a 04:30 start or else you will miss the market as it winds up about 09:00. It is not as large as it used to be but is still worth a visit before it goes altogether. There are numerous small boats selling fruit and veg to... More 

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Get you personal guide and camera ready. It is a interesting trip. Do not hesitate to ask to jump on other ships. Afterwards you should go to the fishmarket.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful trip with Susan to the floating markets Cai Rang and Phong Dien. We stumbled upon Susan by the reviews on TripAdvisor. The communication about the offered packages and the price was incredible fast and easy (you can also reach her on Facebook "Can Tho Touring with Susan"). It is a little adventure when you are picked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Based on recommendations we read at tripadvisor we booked a floating market tour with Susan. We really enjoyed a trip organized by Susan. Her friend Hai waited us at our hotel at 5:30 a.m. and accompanied us for the whole trip lasting about 4 hours. He was really helpful, kind and answered all of our questions. We cannot imagine how... More 

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If you chose to visit the Cai Rang Floating Market, then do the tour with Susan (aka Thao). The floating market was much smaller than I expected and is not interesting enough in itself. But our days with Susan gave us incredible insights to the local way of living, which was much more interesting. Susan made this a very successful... More 

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We met our guide at 5am in our hotel lobby and drove for 20 minutes to the edge of Can Tho to start our boat trip - which took us to a smaller local floating market (interesting but unexceptional) before we cruised along the lovely canals and river to Cai Rang market. We had high hopes of seeing a bustling... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came there around 09:00 AM, not much to see. Everyone said that we should come in early morning, at that time market is crowed. So we Missed this market. If you plan to visit market, you should get up early.

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You have to be early. Best time is when you leave about 5:30 with the boat as you have almost 30 minutes (7km) to get there. You have then the sunrise and perfect light for the fotos. As Cai Rang is the market with the big boats where the stuff from the farms is sold, you should go another about... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had to get up early to visit this market. there were probably 30 or so boats that sell wholesale. Each boat has a little flagpole set up showing what they sell. We had some noodle soup that was cooked on a little boat which was interesting. I have read reviews that have said this market is declining in size... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is really great place to get to know about Vietnamese culture. Try to get there on your own! It is much more fun. Tourist agencies go there too late. The best time is from 6:00 AM. You can catch local boat by the river to get there. Lovely place!

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