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Cai Rang Floating Market

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 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

Susan is knows everything about the Mekong delta and the life over there. She is a really nice person and allways helpfull:)

Thank pavolc2016
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You have to get up very early for this but it's worth it. You take a boat from Can Tho while it's still dark out and arrive at the floating market just as the sun is coming up. Vendors in all different types of boats...More

Thank Mara B
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Mekong Delta tour with Susan's friend was one of my favorite parts of my trip to Vietnam! It was amazing watching the sunrise and eating a hot breakfast at the floating market. I did the tour with my boyfriend, and there was only one...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Worth it to get a boat and guide, you learn far more that way than by simply showing up. It's worth the visit at dawn.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I highly recommend the Cai Ren / Me Kong Delta tour with Susan. One of the highlights of my trip from my 2 week stay in Vietnam. I researched extensively regarding this day tour as it is quite a hike from HCMC. As a solo...More

1  Thank cchn112
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went to both floating markets with "Can Tho touring with Susan" (find her on Facebook). Highly recommended! Had a great time and saw so much! We also got to try some of the delicious fresh fruit sold in the market and have a traditional Vietnamese...More

1  Thank melwillo
Reviewed 5 days ago

We drove 4 hours to see this in the rain and it was very disappointing. The market is small and people kept coming up to our boat asking us to buy stuff. I would pass on this.

Thank Jen A
Reviewed 6 days ago 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
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Response from Thanhhip | Reviewed this property |
Our big group bought Saigon tourist service. Thanks
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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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