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“Great Market, great view”

Cai Rang Floating Market
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Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Floating Market...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We visit the market at 6:30AM and saw still a lot (started at 02:00AM).so much business on the water with small and big boots, with engine and without, with recognition of selling staff on a antenna :-).
I tried a noodle soup, and it was the best soup I had in Vietnam. Also the pineapple was very delicious.
This trip is a must, if you visit South Vietnam. We also have had the chance to visit a small "rice noodle factory", amazing.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Stefan H
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

There are not as many vendors as I would have expected. On our tour we did not have the opportunity to purchase fruit. We just cruised past. The vendors were not interested in us

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Janette G
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This was a subset of a longer 2 day / 1-night tour we did with Susan and I can assure you we had a much more personal experience than we saw some of the larger groups getting. And while we couldn’t completely avoid the large tourist groups Susan did a great job of keeping us out of sync with the larger operations. You’ll also do some things that, frankly, I don’t think would be possible with the larger outfits such as walking a tiny local village and getting hands-on with some local workers making roof panels out of local materials.

If you can spare 24 hours instead of a half day consider this trip with Susan:

This is what we did and can’t recommend it enough!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Larry G
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Cai Rang market is interesting because it’s a part of local culture, BUT, once you’re there for 5 minutes you’ve seen enough. The most interesting aspect of Cai Rang is the local culture and lives surrounding it. If you can manage, find a driver to take you to the market but then spend most of your time exploring the smaller canals nearby.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank rogerslola
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

We did a two day one night tour through the Mekong Delta with "Can Tho Touring with Susan" and we did not regret it one second. It is a very intimate tour with a maximum of six participants. It was such a great experience to be welcomed into the house of Susan's parents and her grandma is just the best. We didn't see a lot of other tourist along the way only when it was inevitable. Susan is a lovely person who made our Mekong experience very special.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Annika L
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