Cai Be Floating Market
Cai Be Floating Market
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The potted flowers ranging from daisies to marigolds and to lien (Torenia fournieri) among others that you see in the photo are in the flower market section of the Cai Be Floating Market in Cai Be District in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. Cai Be holds the top position in orchard areas in Tien Giang Province. On ordinary days, a large section of the Tien River is vibrant with boats filled with fruits, vegetables, flowers and other products. It is even more colorful during special events like full moon days or Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year). During the days, there is only a small number of boats carrying flowers on the Tien River. However the number increases over the following days and the market bustles with various kinds of flowers. At this time, barges full of fruits and vegetables temporarily cede "territory" to boats carrying different kinds of flowers. Flowers are seen along the banks of the river, bobbing on the floating dock, covering the boat roof-tops and overflowing to the street markets. Going to the floating market on these days, you can see the busy rhythm of the life of people living on the river and the unique features of the Mekong Delta. This is also the most beautiful time at the Cai Be Floating Market, attracting many tourists. There is always a forest of flowers and people during market- days. The river becomes busy with boats carrying people, including buyers, sellers and visitors. The bright colors of the apricot flowers, daisies, roses and marigolds swinging on boats and junks bring a premature spring to the riverside hamlets and people.
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irina j
London, UK1,991 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
This is mainly wholesale market and key tourist attraction in Mekong Delta. There are lots of barges that bring their produce for sale. They normally have fruit or vegetable they are selling attached to the pole in front of the boat so everyone can see. There were barges full of pumpkins, watermelons, squashes etc.
I was hoping there will be more there for the tourists e.g.being able to buy from sellers. We saw only couple of floating cafes where you could climb on board and have pineapple.
The nearest village where we got off was very dirty to be honest. They throw everything into the water. The guide said that government now provides bins etc but it’s just easier to throw garbage out of your window. This made me sad as all this rubbish will end up in the river and then in the ocean!
Written 23 April 2023
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susanoliver75
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
Jan 2020
It was so interesting to visit Mekong delta and the floating market. The local lives are so fascinating to those who would like to explore the culture in Southern Vietnam
Written 4 December 2020
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omega132857
Chichester, UK1,921 contributions
Feb 2020
Had been looking forward to the floating market after seeing a few on tv. It just as you see it. Plenty of boats selling there products, mainly fresh vegetables, fish hot food coconuts, etc. It looks chaotic but everyone knows what to do. It's a great photo opportunity to see this wonderful river boat market.
Written 1 September 2020
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Gordon S
Guelph, Canada701 contributions
Mar 2020
Visited during one of tours and we tasted a variety of food. The coconut sweets was wonderful as was the popped rice ones..
Worth a visit
Written 4 April 2020
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TriciaBishop
Bradford, UK1,516 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
It was nice to see the market though iy was quiet when we were there. I think I was more fascinated by the stilt houses at the side if the river. The lovely thing is how friendly everyone is, waving as you pass by. It seems to be a hard way of life.
Written 10 March 2020
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Oldabb
191 contributions
Feb 2020
A private day cruising the Mekong delta souded really interesting. Howeever going in small boats from one tacky tourist venue to another -- with each just a glorified sales situation. It was definitely not worth the effort.
Written 4 March 2020
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Chris N
Benfleet, UK53 contributions
Feb 2020
When you look at the picture on the Viator website you expect to be visiting a floating market, also you expect to be getting in a small boat going down a canal being rowed by a local as part of mystique of the Mekong. As soon as we got on the bus at 6.45 am we were advised there was no floating market, no mention of a small boat, but advised we could do kayaking or ride a bike. All the guests took issue with the late change. We advised we would bring it up with the seller (albeit the website indicates we cancelled which we did not, but this prevents you completing feedback on line). On arrival at the boat station we boarded a boat and visited a fruit boat that provided sight and tasters of different fruits, then visited an ancient house, a cafe where locals sang some songs, visited a factory where they made rice paper, wine etc and then lunch which was good. After lunch the guide advised that instead of kayaks / bikes we would go on a small boat rowing boat down a tributary we all got excited about that. After rowing for about 50 metres the canal was blocked with loose floating vegetation and tons of discarded rubbish. Do not get me wrong what we saw was interesting and the guide did the best he could. But the tour was totally misrepresented in both description and photos shown. If i could contact anyone I would seek a refund, but as I advised they have marked that I cancelled the trip to avoid any adverse reviews.
Written 22 February 2020
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The Country Traveller
Cadnam, UK19 contributions
Nov 2019
Don't expect too much here. It is a market for traders not the public, so you won't see many small boats. You will pass this on the way to see something else.
Written 2 January 2020
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Chep
Hoi An, Vietnam48 contributions
Dec 2019
There is a lot of food and things sold here. My dad and I went here in the watermelon season so there were a lot of watermelon. It was also pineapple season so there were also a lot of pineapple. This market is floating on water so if you're seasick then I don't recommend this place for you!
Written 26 December 2019
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chris241174
London, UK48 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is literally five boats with nothing apart from a lady throwing her trash into the river....very disappointing.
Written 3 December 2019
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