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Cai Rang Floating Market

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Address: Cai Rang River | Near Cai Rang Bridge, Can Tho 920000, 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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The market is about an hours boat trip from can tho so you need a 04:30 start or else you will miss the market as it winds up about 09:00. It is not as large as it used to be but... read more

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Susan Bui has her own Homestay and mtouring company. We actually toured the Floating Market with her Associate, Hai. We totally enjoyed our experience with Hai and the Floating Market plus leisurely walk along village canals to rice noodle factory and trip to local market where Hai purchased foods to cook for our lunch at another family homestay nearby. Hai... More 

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We did the 2 days 1 night homestay with Susan. We were not sure wether going to the region of the Mekon River was worth the time. After our time with Susan we are sure that it was the best decision!! The first day we were around Binh Minh on a boat, we visited a local rice factory and we... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The market is not to much of unique attraction not worth spending to much money You just see some boats with fruits but the real atrraction was the boat operaters who took us to Small alleys throught can tho and also to small family factory who does rice nodles

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our guide took us on a boat trip to see the floating markets. It is one of its kind and a traditional way of trading for generations and people come from miles around. It was worth getting up early for and the breeze was most welcome

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The market is about an hours boat trip from can tho so you need a 04:30 start or else you will miss the market as it winds up about 09:00. It is not as large as it used to be but is still worth a visit before it goes altogether. There are numerous small boats selling fruit and veg to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Get you personal guide and camera ready. It is a interesting trip. Do not hesitate to ask to jump on other ships. Afterwards you should go to the fishmarket.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful trip with Susan to the floating markets Cai Rang and Phong Dien. We stumbled upon Susan by the reviews on TripAdvisor. The communication about the offered packages and the price was incredible fast and easy (you can also reach her on Facebook "Can Tho Touring with Susan"). It is a little adventure when you are picked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Based on recommendations we read at tripadvisor we booked a floating market tour with Susan. We really enjoyed a trip organized by Susan. Her friend Hai waited us at our hotel at 5:30 a.m. and accompanied us for the whole trip lasting about 4 hours. He was really helpful, kind and answered all of our questions. We cannot imagine how... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you chose to visit the Cai Rang Floating Market, then do the tour with Susan (aka Thao). The floating market was much smaller than I expected and is not interesting enough in itself. But our days with Susan gave us incredible insights to the local way of living, which was much more interesting. Susan made this a very successful... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We met our guide at 5am in our hotel lobby and drove for 20 minutes to the edge of Can Tho to start our boat trip - which took us to a smaller local floating market (interesting but unexceptional) before we cruised along the lovely canals and river to Cai Rang market. We had high hopes of seeing a bustling... More 

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