The Mekong Delta, Vietnam is rich in culture spiritual life, so it is never off the list of must-visit destinations any international travel draws up. Especially, the culture of floating markets is what they are always curious about since it will give them a new outlook on the water region’s people. Have a glance at each of them below!
Cai Be Floating Market – Tien Giang Province
When it comes to the Mekong Delta, perhaps what strongly impresses visitors is a list of distinctive floating markets, one of which is Cai Be, located in Tien Giang Province. The market opens in the early morning – around 3:00AM and closes quite late. Once you take a chance to visit the market, it is easy to catch the pulsating and interesting image in which the locals are exchanging their farm products on water, including fruits, vegetables, and other commodities. A backdrop during the trip is that you can enjoy charming landscapes at two banks of the river; stilt houses, lush green gardens, and small boats the locals are rowing are some of the easy-see characteristics in such a water region. Nevertheless, unlike Cai Rang Floating Market, the place is not busy all the time because it is originally a wholesale market. For this reason, a recommendation is getting up early and making the trip at about 4:00AM-5:00AM to feel satisfied the most with what is going on in the market.
Cai Rang Floating Market – Can Tho City
Another brilliant floating market you never want to ignore when going on a trip to the Mekong Delta is Cai Rang Market. Opening from 5:00AM to the midday, the market is seemingly irrepressible all the time. Here, what are sold include fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural products from Chau Thanh District and its surrounding regions. Interestingly, not only are the boats packed with colorful fruits, giving an extremely impressive painting on water, but there are also the others offering rustic breakfasts with Vietnamese traditional dishes. It is hard to miss out on a chance to taste those specialties in the water region. One exciting point about the culture of floating markets, pleasing you so much is that each of the boats will suspend their products from a pole as a nice way to catch the attention of customers from the far distance.
Nga Bay Floating Market – Hau Giang Province
Nga Bay Floating Market, aka Phung Hiep Floating Market is believed to be the most outstanding spot in Hau Giang Province. Just hearing about the market from media is not enough to see fascinating things revolving around it. How will you feel when seeing boats full of colorful fruits or vegetables moving on water for the trade purpose? Apart from those agricultural products, you can catch a glimpse of the others on boats, such as seafood, poultry, handicrafts, tortoises, snakes, birds, and iguanas. Additionally, what is supposed to be a new color added to the market’s prospect are a couple of sampans functioning as mini restaurants where you can find delicious delicacies, such as hu tiu, pho (noddle soup), banh xeo (Vietnamese pancakes), banh cuon, etc. The charming landscapes with the tranquility at two sides of the river probably enable you to immerse in the relaxing moments during the visit to the market.
Nga Nam Floating Market – Soc Trang Province
Positioned in Soc Trang – a province of the Mekong Delta, Nga Nam Floating Market is emerging as the meeting point of five tributaries running after directions: Vinh Quoi (Soc Trang), Phuoc Long (Bac Lieu), My Long (Hau Giang), Phu Loc (Soc Trang), and Phung Hiep (Hau Giang). Right after reaching the market, you will realize both life and business activities are on boats. Farm products and others are exchanged on water, so of course the main transport is by boat. It is highly recommended that you should visit the market at dawn because it is right time to get ready for trading, forming a hustling and distinctive image.
Tra On Floating Market – Vinh Long Province
The market brings you a taste of the rhythm of how the daily life in the water region is. Lying in the intersection of Mang Thit River and Hau River, next to Tra On Town, it is regarded as the last floating market around the area of Hau River. It opens from 2:00AM – 3:00AM. The products you can bump into are fruits like rambutan, mangoes, longan, pineapples, papayas, and dragon fruits – and food at shops and stores on boats. There is no doubt that you will be overwhelmed by many other interesting things closely associated with the life and culture of the locals while cruising along the river and exploring Tra On Floating Market. Pleasant conversations with them are surely what bring you rewarding experiences, not found anywhere else.