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Cai Rang Floating Market

Cai Rang River | Near Cai Rang Bridge, Can Tho 920000, Vietnam
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2-day Mekong Delta Small-Group 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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Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Floating Market Half-Day Tour
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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 920000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Good to do but not the energy in this wholesale market you see in Thailand. Buying a drink from a "bar" boat and tying up alongside a pineapple seller to get a quarter are all part of the experience. Note your boatman get passed his...More

Thank E8887TZmartinp
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went first thing in he morning as part of our Mekong Delta tour from Can Tho - was so amazing. To see how people trade, live and survive on the river was so interesting and unique.

Thank Matthew G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Glad I did it but a little disappointed as the market was much smaller than I expected apparently over the years it has reduced in size Still it was an experience ticked off my list of things I must do in Vietnam We booked the...More

Thank paula h
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 4 (2 11-year old kids) did a fantastic homestay tour with Susan Bui (Tour Can Tho with Susan). I cannot say enough how fantastic it was. She is so warm and friendly, professional and we all had such a good time. Her...More

Thank samantha l
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small market. Just a few of boats. Not colourful at all. Not vibrant. Lots of trash in the river. Smog smell everywhere and engine rumor. Very disappointing. :(

Thank ibusquiza
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the market as part of a tour organised by our hotel. Started out in darkness at 5.30 in the morning with a really good English-speaking tour guide and a private boat. I have to say, I found the whole thing absolutely fascinating. Everything,...More

Thank Applefee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Compared to other floating markets in this part of the world it's poor. Not many boats, all sell the same thing, more tourists than traders, ugly backdrop

Thank GayleUK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came here on a tour expecting this place to be bustling with boats, people and food but it was empty. There were boats doing wholesale fruits and some veg and a couple of boats selling food and drink but that was it. Had breakfast...More

Thank jayydawgz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Early morning floating market tour on boat that could take 30 people went alone as group of five for 700,000 for all of us. Had four market stops including Cai Rang. Smaller boats drove up beside offering coffee or market produce at cheap prices. Very...More

Thank NedK85
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice floatingmarket and the very best was that was not for tourists. We also really saw how people live among the Mekong.

Thank Urban K
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Sheri S
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Response from Thanhhip | Reviewed this property |
Our big group bought Saigon tourist service. Thanks
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Mara J
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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.
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Hi, you should look for Can Tho Touring in FB
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