People said that “If one has not visited floating market, he has not visited the south-west of Vietnam”. Literally, floating markets which have been around for a long time make the liveliest part of life in the south-west, the land of rivers, canals, and ditches. For tourists who travel to Can Tho, the metropolis of the south-west, it would be regretful if they could not drop by and purchase something in Cai Rang (6km from Can Tho city), one of the most famous and biggest floating markets in the Mekong Delta. The Mekong River Delta is famous for its floating markets, in which Cai Rang floating market is a unique symbol. This is not only a form of market to trade goods, but also an attractive tourist destination of Can Tho.
About Cai Rang floating market
Cai Rang market is the floating market in Cai Rang district, Can Tho province. This is a unique market, mainly for the exchange and trading of agricultural products, fruits, goods, food and also a famous tourist destination of Can Tho. According to the history of Cai Rang floating market, in the past, the market was formed due to the necessity of residents. At that time, the infrastructure of transportation was rudimentary. Due to the demand for trade increased, people started to use other vehicles to transport goods such as boats, ships, etc. Although the road traffic system became much more modern and convenient than before, this kind of market has still been maintained and has begun to be popular. This is the unique feature of Cuu Long River culture.
Where is Cai Rang floating market?
The Cai Rang floating market is located on the Cai Rang River and is also very close to the famous Cai Rang Bridge. This is a convenient location because it is relatively close to the center of Can Tho city. This market is not only a retail outlet for all kinds of goods but also is a very large wholesaler. The goods mainly sold here are fruits, agricultural products, and handicraft produced by the locals. Coming to Cai Rang floating market, you will feel like you are lost in a kingdom of fruits, agricultural products which are carried on the boat with a lot of people from all over the places.
Cai Rang market starts quite early. If you want to visit this market you should departure before 6 p.m. The market usually starts from the morning and the time meeting is only about 4 -5 hours. For tourists who want to experience the floating market’s atmosphere, around 7 – 8 am would be the most appropriate time.
Because this is also the time when the market becomes so bustling, so busy, and so crowded. On Lunar New Year (the 1 st and 2 nd day of Tet festival) and Doan Ngo Tet (on 5th of the fifth lunar month), the market is usually inactive or very little active
Cai Rang floating market
Come to Cai Rang floating market, you will feel the atmosphere of bustling, hustling. In this market, vendors mainly offer fruits, agricultural products, and specialties of the Mekong Delta. It seems from the beginning of the meeting until the end of the market, it is always crowded and hustling and bustling.
How to exchange goods?
Commodities in Cai Rang floating market is usually gathered in large quantities and are classified depending on the item, size, and quality of products. Depending on the seller, the buyer will use different vehicles. The retail sellers usually use medium-sized boats for moving to the market, while wholesale traders use large boats to carry goods. This is also a feature of all floating market, not only in Cai Rang.
The atmosphere of a crowded, busy market
Come to Cai Rang floating market, whether you are an experienced traveler or a newbie you will feel the atmosphere of crowded, busy market. Besides, you can also experience the real life of local people here. There are many families living on boats with full facilities such as a floating house on the water. These homes are furnished as convenient as any ordinary house on land.
Products are sold on the boat in Cai Rang floating market are extremely rich and diverse. In addition to the main items such as fruits, agricultural products, vendors also sells essential items such as petroleum, salt, fish sauce, candy, … The promotion of goods is also fascinating unique. The sellers use cables to hang some models of wat they sell on the pole in the nose of the boat, then the buyer will automatically know and ask to buy if there is a need.
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