Vietnam Group Tours review – Top
4 Floating Markets in Mekong Delta Tours
Characterizing the Mekong Delta river
culture, the floating market has become one of the most interesting things of Southern Vietnam Group Tours. Read on
the see how amazing they are!
If you have a chance to travel to Southern Vietnam, do not forget the floating market – the highlight
of the South Vietnam. Besides fruits orchards, yellow
rice paddies, Southern folk songs and special regional cuisine, vibrant
floating market is what comes on tourists’ mind when talking about Mekong Delta.
It attracts visitors by dense rivers, canals system, house stilts and lifestyle
of the locals. The floating market is gathering place where the locals can buy their
own products and fresh fruits or vegetables hanging on the poles while visitors
can travel around to enjoy their life and buy something. Even you can find some
floating bars, floating restaurants and the same kinds of shops as on the land.
Mekong Delta is covered with rivers and canals, so traveling
by boat is the easiest and fastest way of transportation. Now let’s have
a look at top must-visit floating markets in Mekong Delta among Vietnam tours.
1. Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho Province
is one of the most popular floating markets in Mekong Delta. Floating markets have
long been an integral part of the lives of the locals in the Southwest from generation
to generation. Spending their most lifetimes on rivers, people are used to living
on floating boats. For them, floating boats can be not only their houses and
but their place of trading fruits, food, agricultural products and many others
as well. Tourists can find it hard to forget to panorama of kids reading book
on the sampans while their parents trying to earn daily bread. Cai Rang starts at 5a.m and lasts until the afternoon. However,
visitors should arrive in it before 9a.m to admire its liveliest moments.
As the largest floating
market in Mekong Delta,
wholesale fruits, agricultural products and specialties from Chau Thanh
District and other neighboring provinces are available here. Sitting on a boat
and traveling around the market, tourists will be hundreds of different boats
packed with fresh and brilliantly-colored fruits and vegetables such as bananas,
pineapple, watermelon, grapefruit, papaya or mango. Therefore, it is always crowded
with many retailers from small markets in nearby cities, they come here to get
fresh goods at reasonable prices. Also to reach the visitors’
satisfaction at highest notch, other useful services and products are available
as well from mobile card, cosmetic, clothes to mending something. This helps tourists
feel like that they are now surrounded by the markets on land, not on a boat or
river any more.
Being deep into the vibrant atmosphere, you will
see the bustling vibe of the market and more importantly take a deeper
understanding of and get closer to a new land – a new culture – the lives of
residents on floating boats from generations to generations.
2. Cai Be Floating Market, Tien Giang Province
Another highlight to join the floating market is Cai Be
on Tien River in the intersection of Vinh Long, Tien Giang and Ben Tre
Provinces. Like other floating markets, when coming to Cai Be, visitors will be
surrounded by the hectic atmosphere of the market and the animated lives of the
locals on boats.
This market is busy from the early morning (at about
3a.m) to late afternoon. Hundreds of boats and sampans will be anchored along
the two sides of the river like groceries on land. The products are diversified
and abundant from fruits, vegetables, foods to commodities, drinks, clothes and
candies hung on a pole to attract customers.
Cai Be also impresses tourists by the magnetic sights
along the river with lines of coconut trees and stilt houses on two banks. You can
sit on the boat and sip at your coconut juice to relax and experience different
emotions from the peace of the locals’ life to the vibrant sound of the market
from the dawn.
Stunning scenery, hospitable locals, and hustling daily
life will definitely ease your mind from all everyday troubles and give you
memorable moments with the peace here.
3. Tra On Floating Market
If you wish to explore
Mekong Delta culture, you should not miss Tra On Floating Market, which will give
visitors a feeling for the rhythm of the locals’ life. Located in the
intersection of the Hau River and Mang Thit River, Tra On is the final floating
market on the Hau River. The market often starts at the very early morning,
about 2a.m to 3a.m, but tourists should visit the market around 5a.m and 6a.m
to join the busiest and most livable moment with various boats full of
Like other large
floating markets in Mekong Delta, boats in Tra On are packed with a wide range
of fresh fruits like mangoes, longan or rambutan and seasonal agricultural
products like okra, gourds, watermelon, potatoes, radishes and more others. Also
coffee shops and food stores with different noodles and soups are available.
4. Nga Bay Floating Market (Phung Hiep Floating Market)
The final spot that
you should pay a visit in Mekong Delta is Nga Bay Floating Market, one of top
must-see destinations to explore the cultural uniqueness and essence of the locals.
Like three floating markets above, Nga Bay is where people may purchase
wholesale and retail so many retailers from small markets reach here to get
fresh and cheap goods. Visitors will be
overwhelmed by vivid colors of abundant fruits, poultry products, vegetables,
seafood, handicraft goods, regional goods or aquatic products. Especially, tourists
will be amazed by the supply different animals such as snakes, birds, tortoises
or iguanas and all year around.
There are a wide range
of stores, sampans and restaurants selling Pho, Banh Xeo, Banh Cuon and drinks like
coffee or tea, which brings the distinguishing taste of the South’s cuisine.
I bet that the greenness, rural characteristics as well as the vibrant
moment of the floating market will satisfy all visitors and give memorable
moments as well.
These above are top four
floating markets that you should not ignore when you coming to Southern Vietnam.
Let’s backpack and enjoy the unique and diversity of Vietnam culture.