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Cai Rang Floating Market

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Address: 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...

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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A Can Tho Must See

If you're in Can Tho, make sure you visit what is the largest floating market in the Mekong Delta. Take a little ferry boat at the waterfront. It's a 30 minute trip to the market... read more

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The Cao Rang Floating Market tour was organized by Green Village. We had a wonderful tour guide who did a great job showing us the life of the Vietnamese. Had our breakfast on the boat, something we never tried before.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I can a great time travelling around with HAI NGUYEN HIEU as my guide. He was excellent and I could thoroughly recommend him as a fantastic guide. Awesome!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was obviously once a busy market but other methods of transport now exist and what remains is mainly for the tourists now

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're in Can Tho, make sure you visit what is the largest floating market in the Mekong Delta. Take a little ferry boat at the waterfront. It's a 30 minute trip to the market. Along the way you'll see some interesting sites, e.g., an old monastery, parking spots for boats indicated by directional signs indicating the number of meters... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We booked a home stay and tour with Susan bui after reading reviews on trip advisor. From the start, she was efficient answering every query and sending very detailed instructions on how to meet. We caught the bus from Saigon to binh Minh and I was a bit nervous but all went smoothly. Susan met us with her lovely dad... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After doing a lot of research before we visited Can Tho and staying at the Saigon Can Tho Hotel, we made our way down to the wharf and purchased tickets for the next day to join others who were arriving from HCMC. We were on the wharf to see the sun come up. Once the others arrived we boarded a... More 

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Had a visit by Toum Tiou cruise. It's very interesting seeing people purchasing their local products on small boat. Not crowded as expected but worth a visit!

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Worth a trip for all ages and interests. A really lovely ride up the Mekong to the market stalls where the traders in the city barter and buy produce for the city. We were lucky enough to have our own boat which took us around the market stalls and around the chaos which is pretty ubiquitous in Vietnam. Thoroughly recommend... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quite an interesting tour went with my Vietnamese wife so had 2 guides. Well worth the money. Can Tho gives you a great idea what Vietnam is really like , not just another big city full of tourists down to grass roots

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't book in advance and simply went down to the pier early in the morning, were accosted by an old lady and got on her (son's?) boat. He and his son didn't speak much English but were the best guides we could have had...pointing out unique things, serving us all sorts of fruit, making us souvenirs out of reeds,... More 

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