Referring to the very unique culture of the Mekong Delta, it is impossible not to mention the floating market, a unique type of market that perhaps no other region in our country has. And Cai Rang floating market is the busiest, most typical and interesting market. On March 10, 2016, Cai Rang floating market was officially recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage.
How to get to Cai Rang Floating Market?
Cai Rang Floating Market is located on a branch of the Hau River that runs through Cai Rang district, Can Tho city, about 6 km from the city center. It takes around 15 minutes of driving or 30 minutes by boat from Ninh Kieu Pier. But most tourists choose traveling by boat as they will have the opportunity to admire the charming landscape on both sides of the river. The scene of people’s activities on both sides of the river taking place creates a very peaceful feeling.
The best time to explore Cai Rang floating market
Activities in Cai Rang Floating Market start very early, when it’s still misty, hundreds of boats from all sides of the river gather to the floating market. Therefore, the ideal time to travel to Cai Rang Floating Market, is from 5:00 am to 8:00 am, this is the busiest time.
The market is almost inactive on Lunar New Year (1st and 2nd of Tet holiday), and Mid-year Festival – May 5th (lunar calendar).
Interesting things at Cai Rang floating market
You will be overwhelmed by the scene of dozens of boats parked close to each other, along with the busy trading activities, extremely bustling, cheerful atmosphere in delta river style. Especially in the last days of the year, Cai Rang floating market is even more prominent with many boats loaded with full blossoming flowers.
In the market, each boat will sell a different item, from the fresh and delicious fruits to the household appliances needed for daily life. The owners of the boats will hang the items they sell on a pole so that the buyers can easily recognize them from far away. This form of “selling goods” is a unique trade culture that only floating markets have – a way of advertising products that are not noisy, hasty but bring interesting things to tourists as well as customers.
Coming to the market, you can enjoy the cool breeze while enjoying a variety of fruits, traditional Southern dishes such as Banh tet, banh canh (rice noodle soup), bun Rieu (Vietnamese soup of clear stock and rice vermicelli), bun mam (fermented thick Vietnamese vermicelli soup).
And although it is a river trade but the ingredients are still diverse same as on land. The menu of drinks is also very various such as: soymilk, black coffee, milk coffee, coconut water, teas … with very affordable prices. The dishes on Cai Rang floating market are simple and rustic retain the soul of delta river.
Eating here, you won’t be given for a chair or a table, just simply sit down a long wooden bar across the two sides of the boat. It’s the local way to enjoy the food – unforgettable experiences, is that right?
Sailing around the market, you will see many boats filled with attractive fruits such as mango, durian, watermelon, pineapple, mangosteen … up and down the river.
Cai Rang Floating Market is also a wholesale market especially for fruits and agricultural products of the region. The local people and the surrounding areas often use the medium or small boats to carry agricultural products from here for consumption. The large boats are from the fruit dealers who buy the fruits everywhere. Immersed in the bustling atmosphere of the market, you can observe and learn about the activities of many commercial families with many generations living on boats. There are boats like “mobile apartments” on the river with decorative flower pots, pets, full amenities such as color TV, disc player, sound system … even motorbikes parked on boats.
Forming more than 100 years, and facing the appearance of countless onland markets as well as commercial centers, Cai Rang floating market still retains its inherent features. Therefore, this place is definitely an interesting destination for those who love discovering, new and want to learn about the culture of the Southern region. Vietdreamtravel is running a daily tours and package tours to Cai Rang floating market. Don’t hesitage to contact with us at (+84) 028 3838 8322 for any booking or requirements.