Trà Ôn floating market is located on the Hậu River, a tributary of the Mekong River, about 40km from the center of Vĩnh Long city. The floating market is a long-standing traditional culture of the people of Trà Ôn district in particular and the Mekong Delta River in short. This market is the local point of trade and transactions in the districts and provinces throughout the western region. Today the market is known as a tourist attraction for domestic and foreign tourists. Not only that, but this place is also a beautiful photo-hunting spot in Trà Ôn district…
What is the best time to visit Trà Ôn floating market?
The most ideal time to explore Trà Ôn market is during the floating season from May to August. This is the time when tropical fruits such as oranges, tangerines, mangoes, pineapples… in harvest season. Also during floating season, the level of water raise up that make boats being use as the main transportation.
Every day, the local people wake up very early to start their daily jobs, from 3 – 4am. Therefore, according to the experience of many tourists, from 5 to 7 am is the best time to explore the market as its busiest time combine to admire the dawn.
How Trà Ôn the floating market unique is?
Trà Ôn floating market is the trading place of large merchants, only wholesale goods on a large scale. The main products in the floating market are fruits, including Siamese coconut, banana pepper, guava, pineapple, jackfruit, pomelo, toad, oranges, durian…and agricultural products such as: cucurbits, okra, potatoes, radishes, cabbage, bitter melon, melon … They are bought and sold in groups, distributed from garden to boats in the form of wholesale then transfered to other markerts in Cần Thơ, Trà Vinh, Mỹ Tho, Gò Công, Bến Tre, Sài Gòn, Long Xuyên, Châu Ðốc, Cà Mau, Rạch Giá… to retailer.
The local people also have their own way to marketing their business. They hang their goods on tall bamboo trees, called “cây bẹo”, so that help customers quickly detect the items from afar. Along with that, food services, haircuts, curling, tailoring… also take place right on the river.
Not only a place to exchange goods, this market is a home of many residents living on floating houses, re-enacts many customs and habits of Westerners.
- Best for: Family, couple, solo
- Entrance: Free
- Best time to visit: 5 – 7am
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