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Cai Rang Floating Market

Cai Rang River | Near Cai Rang Bridge, Can Tho 900000, 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 900000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday

Many thanks Susan for the tour and the night homestay at your parents home on the river. I particularly enjoyed navigating the floating market and the experience of shopping for ingredients for our evening meal. The meal was good too! And Tai also, who the...More

Thank ScottMcK57
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Cai Rang floating market has to be visited if you stay in Can Tho. We ‘re there early, around 5-5.30, but apart from few boats selling fresh fruit and coffee, there’re not much more. The trip was safe and relaxing.

Thank luca c
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made the trip to Cai Rang floating market from Can Tho, which is not far away. Be aware the floating market is a wholesale market. It is colourful, but a lot of tourists are around. We combined it with a day trip by boat...More

Thank BernardvanDijk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an authentic market. You can actually see how business is conducted, and if you go with a good tour guide, you can understand a lot about the actual life here. Very different from other places in Vietnam. Don't miss.

Thank Doron S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed this visit to the floating market. Lots of colour and activity. Had some pineapple on one of the boats prepared by a local person. I would recommend doing this if you're in the area.

Thank Diane M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With better roads, more and more trading is done on land. We were told the market used to be much busier covering a much larger section. Since we do speak the language, we opted to rent a boat to take us around instead of going...More

1  Thank Tuan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide took us to Mekong delta and we witnessed the water trade. We also tried pineapples from one boat! Everything is worthy.

Thank Pinkylee0704
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an unbelievable experience. Don't miss it. it. Foods of all kinds are for sale. The decoratively cut pineapples on a stick (we saw them freshly prepared) were deliciously sweet.

Thank jobi1969
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Anne from English cafe suggested a great tour at local prices, we bought fruit, made noodles, ate pizza noodle, walked gardens ate fresh fruit and sipped tea. They were even places to taste unusual local foods for those keen. Our best day in Vietnam so...More

Thank geecee007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We got picked up from our hotel at 5am and I wouldn't want to leave much later. Really nice experience of a wholesale market.

Thank Bek J
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Mara J
10 June 2017|
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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.
14 May 2017|
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Response from Diana K | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you should look for Can Tho Touring in FB
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Hi! I'm Bob from NJ and will be visiting Vietnam for my first time in Feb. I want to visit Can Tho and Cai Rang, and I am traveling SOLO from HCMC, so don't want a private tour as they are too expensive. I am so confused with all the tours - not because I haven't done research, I have done plenty - but the 2 day, 1 night tours range from $24 w/transport from HCMC, hotel and more - very cheap - and a group tour that seems similar can be $120 or more - there are either no reviews or the ones I read don't say if they were private or group - so I really don't know if I get anything better by paying 5 times the price. And what time do you need to be at the floating market to see lots of activity and avoid the crowds of tourist boats? If possible, I want to avoid any shopping or at least minimal shopping and most include factory stops like coconut candy factory, noodle factory, etc. And to see less touristy sites if possible. Thanks for your help. Bob
9 November 2016|
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Response from Denise C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Bob, the cheapest way is to get the bus from HCM a taxi to the station aprox 100,000 dong and you want to get on the NA TRANG bus line to Can tho, it takes 3 1/2 hours and is very comfy and cheap. On arrival go down to... More