Cai Rang Floating Market


Location: Cai Rang District, Can Tho City, about 30 minutes by boat from Ninh Kieu Wharf.
Characteristics: Cai Rang Floating Market specializes in agricultural products of Mekong River Delta.

They traditionally sell all kinds of fruits and vegetables, and recently added coffee, breakfast dishes and even lottery tickets.

On boats, products are hung on bamboo poles so tourists and locals can easily know which products each boat is selling.

At 5am to 6am, the market is filled with 350 to 400 boats carrying tourists, local people and vendors in a rush.
The Cái Răng Floating Market is on the 185-kilometre Hậu River which is a part of Mekong Delta river basin.

The market is a top tourism destination in Cần Thơ City, where local and foreign tourists go to learn about the colourful life on the river.

The UK’s Rough Guide has just elected the Cái Răng Floating Market as one of ten most impressive markets in the world.

The market, which has thrived for over a century, has been a centre for commerce in the city and its neighbouring provinces, such as An Giang, Vĩnh Long, Đồng Tháp, Trà Vinh and Sóc Trăng.

Most of the boats are loaded with a lot of agricultural products and specialties of Mekong River Delta such as vegetables, coconut, banana, watermelon, grapefruit, dragon fruit and so on. Small boats which sell drinks and food for breakfast go among the others to serve market-goers and visitors. Other products such as clothes, candy, medicine... are available here, not different from what are sold in mainland markets.

 

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