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Cai Rang Floating Market

Cai Rang River | Near Cai Rang Bridge, Can Tho 900000, Vietnam
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Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Floating Market Half-Day Tour
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Day Trip to Can Tho and Cai Rang Floating Market from Ho Chi Minh City
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Small Group 2-day Mekong Delta 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 900000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday

That day, we had to get up earlier than usual to visit Cai Rang Floating Marketing because this special market often opens from 5 a.m to 9 a.m. The market was full of boats. We ourselves rent an small old wooden boat to go around....More

Thank Tom R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went with a private boat booked through Hieutour whom we found on the internet. We booked their special tour no 4 which included a visit to a chocolate farm and rice noodle factory. This market is still authentic, nothing is kept in place for...More

Thank Wiljo v
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I heard that the market was more like a tourist trap than a real market, but it turned out to be a very busy market full of boats of all sizes trading (primarily) fruits and vegetables. There are a lot of tourists indeed, but most...More

Thank Eelco B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went to Cai Rang Floating Market, we have to wake up early and early breakfast at the hotel because the market open 5am - 9am. We went there with a car, We found the driver is tricky to us, he drop us of quite far...More

Thank Cahyadi S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I grew up in Can Tho, yet this was the first time I went on the floating market tour.... It was fun and very interesting.... Check it out....I'm sure you'll like it...!!

Thank Uyen N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having arrived at the pier we were immediately spotted and accosted by an elderly lady quoting 2 markets (Cai Rang and Phong something) for 600,000VND fpr 2 peope. The official price listed by the Can Tho Touring agency on a big board is 550,000VND pp...More

Thank c_banh
Reviewed 1 week ago

Is there a good view of the Cái Răng Floating Market from the river bank? My three visits, without riding a boat, answers that question. 1. First visit (10 June 2017). I took a xe ôm (motorbike taxi) up to the middle of Cái Răng...More

Thank gat_lontok
Reviewed 1 week ago

We very much enjoyed our private boat tour. Our guide took us to Cai Rang first thing where we saw boats full of fruit and veg such as pineapples and sweet potatoes. Each boat had a flagpole with produce attached advertising what they were selling....More

Thank LauraEvans88
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the floating market with Susan Bui. She is an amazing Tour Guide with a lot of experience and she knows the People of the floating market very well. She organized breakfast and coffee from a small boat and pineapples from a local sellers...More

Thank Marina W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

had a great day at the floating market with susan. she picked us up at the bus station & even found a hotel for us to leave our luggage while on the tour. we got noodle soup in the boat, which was really cool &...More

Thank taylor k
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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