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Cai Rang Floating Market

Cai Rang River | Near Cai Rang Bridge, Can Tho 920000, Vietnam
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Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Floating Market Half-Day Tour
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2-day Mekong Delta Small-Group Tour from Ho Chi Minh City
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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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Cai Rang River | Near Cai Rang Bridge, Can Tho 920000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As part of a tour: "Can Tho Touring with Susan" I visited the Cai Rang floating market! I would highly recommend getting hold of Susan for an amazing tour! I had an amazing time at the market and would highly recommend getting hold of Susan...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great experience. Hired a private guide for small boat...just me and my daughter. Would highly recommend

Thank Tracy l
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cai Rang Floating market is about 1h by boat from Can Tho. Maybe because it was quite early in the morning, there weren't many tourists boats and it looked very natural. People were buying and selling stuff from boat to boat. Of course, some...More

Thank Komator
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You just st have Togo and see the market if in the area but I somehow feel it must be a disappointment if you have travelled for to see it..... I found it interesting but not something I would rave about. Happy to have finally...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cai Rang floating market is really special market but we only can see the real purchasing operations at 3-5h am . After that only tourist ...

Thank Thanhhip
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was 30 minutes up the Mekong from our hotel, but well worth the early morning boat trip to have a look round at this fascinating place. It's a wholesale, not a retail, market so don't expect to do any shopping here. There are loads...More

Thank Andy F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A bit disappointed, I was expecting big floating market as is trade but there was maybe 20/30 boats. Remember to take boat with roof, as late is very strong sun and you don't want to be burn.

Thank DiveTrekker
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour with Susan is amazing. She explains everything in very good english! We went to the booth floating market,to the rice factory noodles and trough the smaller canals in order to visit the "real" mekong's life in the small villages. We also visited a...More

Thank Lorenzo C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

cai ran floating market After a recommendation of a colleague we booked a private Mekong Delta Tour with SUSAN BUI. All the conversations before the time we met were quick and more than helpful. She even explained how exactly to come to Can Tho. She...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a real people's wholesale fruit & veggie market not a tourist made floating market although with the amount of tourist boats around it must take them longer that it use to to do thier sales!! Really interesting to see the big boats full...More

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Mara J
10 June 2017|
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Response from Thang369 | Reviewed this property |
You should try Cai Rang since the venue is more convenient and I believe there are activities for you to enjoy over there. Cheers.
14 May 2017|
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Response from Diana K | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you should look for Can Tho Touring in FB
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Hi! I'm Bob from NJ and will be visiting Vietnam for my first time in Feb. I want to visit Can Tho and Cai Rang, and I am traveling SOLO from HCMC, so don't want a private tour as they are too expensive. I am so confused with all the tours - not because I haven't done research, I have done plenty - but the 2 day, 1 night tours range from $24 w/transport from HCMC, hotel and more - very cheap - and a group tour that seems similar can be $120 or more - there are either no reviews or the ones I read don't say if they were private or group - so I really don't know if I get anything better by paying 5 times the price. And what time do you need to be at the floating market to see lots of activity and avoid the crowds of tourist boats? If possible, I want to avoid any shopping or at least minimal shopping and most include factory stops like coconut candy factory, noodle factory, etc. And to see less touristy sites if possible. Thanks for your help. Bob
9 November 2016|
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Response from Denise C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Bob, the cheapest way is to get the bus from HCM a taxi to the station aprox 100,000 dong and you want to get on the NA TRANG bus line to Can tho, it takes 3 1/2 hours and is very comfy and cheap. On arrival go down to... More