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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 2 days ago via mobile

It’s amazing to see so much business being done on the heart of Vietnam the delta. There are vendors everywhere selling all sorts of fruits, vegetables, flowers and of course coffee for those early risers visiting the markets. It always amazes me that how organised...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you go to the Mekong delta just to see the floating markets you might be disappointed just as we were. Very few boats trading here and mostly tourist boats. Wouldn’t do this tour again.

Thank Victoria B
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a great trip to the Floating market with Susan (Can Tho Touring with Susan) as part of a bigger day tour. She explained the different parts of the market, took us to get delicious breakfast of Banh Mi and a Vietnamese coffee and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Cai Rang floating market. As we approached the market small boats laden with fruit pulled up along side us and hooked onto our boat. They then sold to anyone on board who wanted their produce. There was also...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a coffee lover, you should go with Susan on her floating market tour! She knows the lady which brewed us the most delicious coffee in whole Vietnam - on a boat on the mekong river! Susan explained us everything regarding the floating...More

Thank ChristinaVanessa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On May 2018 I went with my girlfriend from Hoi An to Can Tho in order to order to visit the mekong delta the Cai rang market etc. We arrived at the day we checked-in our hotel and then while we start preparing for a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A buzy market compared to the market we have seen allready! We were early in the morning arround 5 o clock so we have seen some real trading. There were lots of tourist focused shops who offered us drinks, which was luckely included in our...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wake up early in the morning to take a boat to this market. Price for boat was not published, so you need to bargain. The floating market was not busy and varied as promoted. However, it was quite OK to explore the culture and the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we had a prebooked tour for our group.this market is operating each morning from 5am -noon.it has vendors selling tropical fruits only sold as wholesale/retail.we were told traders buy in market and export to other parts of vietnam.usually lots of boats with goods to sale...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's extremely difficult to decide how to do the Cai Rang market. One can either find an agency, do it on an organised trip from HCMC or just get a bus to Can Tho, go to the pier and try to find a boat hoping...More

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