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Discover 5 typical floating markets in the Mekong Delta

Translated by Bing
The floating market is not only a market to buy, sell and exchange goods by boats on the river, but also contains the river culture of people in the West. Visiting the floating market is a unique travel experience when returning to the Mekong Delta.

Cai Rang Floating Market - Can Tho

Formed more than 100 years ago, Cai Rang floating market today expands a variety of items from agricultural products to cuisine. Especially, since being recognized as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016, Cai Rang floating market has attracted many domestic and foreign tourists. Going to the floating market allows visitors to experience river culture extremely authentic and close. Float on the busy water with boats to admire the typical trading activity. Don't forget to experience breakfast right on the canoe with rich Western flavors.

Market meeting time: Morning 4h to 10h

Address: An Binh, Ninh Kieu, Can Tho, Vietnam

Source: VOV, nati_prado, Asiatravelandleisure, linhd29img, VnExpress

Junction Bay Floating Market - Hau Giang

The name of the Junction Bay floating market comes from its natural geographical location; The market place is the intersection of 7 river routes that turn to many different provinces. Despite the test of time and the development of road traffic, the floating market still exists and brings its own beauty of boat life. The colors of agricultural produce piled up on the boats create a brilliant picture. In addition, along the side of the market, there are handicraft booths such as boat building, knitting so that visitors have the opportunity to chat and interact with people.

Market meeting time: Morning: 3 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Address: Dai Thanh Commune, Jun Bay City, Hau Giang Province

Source: VNtrip, VOV, Progress, Bazantravel, Nucuoimekong

Cai Be Floating Market - Tien Giang

Cai Be Floating Market was formerly a key wholesale market in the Mekong Delta and a rare floating market that operates all day. Early in the morning when the sun has not yet woken up, the market is crowded and crowded with large and small boats. The afternoon at sunset is a time to see another beauty of the floating market. Boats and rows of riverside houses reflect silhouettes on the sparkling water, creating a very peaceful scene. With a distance of 80km from Ho Chi Minh City, it is convenient to move, so this is a destination chosen by many international tourists when they want to experience Western culture.

Market meeting time: 4 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Address: Cai Be town, Cai Be district, Tien Giang

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Nam Soc Trang Floating Market

Similar to other floating markets in the West, the Ngu Nam Soc Trang floating market also operates in the form of unwritten buying and selling "hang what you sell" through candy trees erected in boats. The vegetables on the boat are displayed and arranged neatly by the seller, extremely eye-catching like the stalls of the terrestrial market. On Tet holiday, the market meets from morning to evening to serve the biggest shopping demand of the year. This is also the time when the colorful market with pots of confetti and marigold flowers is interspersed with boats such as grapefruit, rambutan, mango, longan. Visit the floating market in the early morning to immerse yourself in the daily rhythm of the warm, hospitable people and enjoy a bowl of hot noodles on a flavorful boat.

Market meeting time: Morning 4h to 9h

Address: 03 Huong Lo Vinh Quoi Street, Nga Nam Town, Nga Nam Town, Soc Trang

Source: thamhiemmekong,, VnExpress, Luat Luat Newspaper

Long Xuyen An Giang Floating Market

Long Xuyen floating market is not as busy as other floating markets, but people here still love buying and selling and stick with this Hau River for a long time. The floating market operates mainly in the form of wholesale markets, large boats filled with agricultural products and fruits from other regions to sell to small merchants. Each return boat will anchor for several days until the cargo is sold out. Therefore, visitors will have the opportunity to understand more about the living life on the "mobile houses" with three or four boats anchored close to each other, which many people like to call this "floating village" in An Giang.

Market meeting time: Morning 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Address: O Moi Lagoon, Phan Huy Uncle, My Long, Long Xuyen City, An Giang

Source: thamhiemmekong, mientaycogi

Writer: Tran Thao

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