Discover Mekong Delta Floating Markets

A vacation to the Mekong Delta would be incomplete without a stop at one of the colourful floating marketplaces. On the river, markets are held, and items are conveyed by sampans and motorized boats. Sellers hang product samples on the top of a bamboo pole called "cay beo" to attract clients and inform them about their items. This is a distinctive feature of the Mekong Delta that you won't find anyplace else.

 

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Nothing beats sitting on a narrow boat called a sampan and going inside the markets to discover more about the local people's way of life, daily activities, and culture. The floating markets open quite early in the morning, usually between 3 and 4 a.m. You may buy fresh fruits or delicacies like bun rieu, banh mi, and drinks like coffee, soy milk, and coconut water for breakfast at the market, which is best visited between 5 and 6 a.m. The costs are affordable. A bowl of noodles, for example, will set you back merely $1.10. As a result, there is no need to haggle.

Some bustling floating markets: Cai Rang (Can Tho City), Cai Be (Tien Giang Province), Phung Hiep (Hau Giang Province), Phong Dien (Can Tho City)...

 

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You can hire a boat in two ways to explore floating marketplaces. When you come alone or with 1 to 2 pals, you can share a large boat with others. The other option is to hire a private jet for you and your buddies (10 to 12 people). Furthermore, Mekong Floating Market Tours are accessible from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho City for one or two days with various activities, including accommodation and transportation.

 

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When visiting floating markets, there are a few things to keep in mind: Checking the weather on a regular basis. When renting a boat, haggling is a must, as is being explicit about the time and destination. Include the market in your itinerary of places to see.Before you consume anything, inquire about the pricing, as rip-offs still abound. For a better experience, learn about the pricing of fresh fruits and vegetables and/or participate in activities.

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