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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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That was nice experience for us to visit Cai Rang floating market. The people in small motor- boat will attach to your boat and sell very fresh fruits.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked a 7 hr floating markets tour with Mekong Tours run by the Hotel Xoai. We had an English speaking guide, Thoaa, who was outstanding, extremely knowlegable and well spoken, as well as a very friendly and professional boat operator. The boat was comfortable and safe. However the tour itself was poorly designed and I think overrated. We left... More 

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We were looking for an easy way to do a quick overnighter to see the Mekong and I found Susan Bui on a YouTube video. She helped us get the bus to Binh Minh where the tour started. Visited a market and bought fresh food for dinner. Stopped at Phu Ly Khmer Bhuddist temple. I'm not a big temple fan... More 

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That was nice experience for us to visit Cai Rang floating market. The people in small motor- boat will attach to your boat and sell very fresh fruits.

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It wasn't like a WOW scene. However worth to see for sure. Our tour guide bought a fresh pineapple and a watermelon from the market. Both were very delicious.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a pleasure and very individual to make this tour with Susan. Everything was organized and nice arranged. We did the homestay tour and the floating market. Just look on Facebook and contact her. She is very quick in answering your questions. But be aware that this is non touristy and you will experience everything from a local. So... More 

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Besides the great photos... boring boring boring. Glad the boat guide only stayed about 15 minutes that's all I can handle of boatloads of tourists and cabbage... 😁photo op is good if the day presents itself well.

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We went to the water walk in Can Tho at 5:30 a.m. and were greeted by many large boat operators. We chose a small boat for the two of us. Our driver was extremely accommodating and friendly. Cai Rang market was something so different and interesting.

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We did the two day one night homestay and market tour. The first day was all on her father's small boat cruising along the rivers and canals criss-crossing the region where Susan grew up and visiting the villages in the area plus a beautiful Khmer temple. The homestay was in her parents' house. It was a lovely afternoon and evening... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went floating market with my friends on the boat. They drove 30 minutes along Can Tho River about 7 km. It is really local and natural, not like floating markrt in Thailand. It works so earlly around 4 am in the morning untill 8 am. It is very busy due to so many activities as people use small boat... More 

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We visited the floating market at 6 o clock in the morning, because our tour guide advised that there were not that much tourists around this time. The market was interesting, although i expected it a little more chaotic with more small boats and not that big boats. Mostly they sold water melon and ananas. We enjoyed a really fresh... More 

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