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The decline of the Cai Rang floating market

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/9/2017 at 00:20 admin

An interesting AFP piece on the decline of the Cai Rang floating market (one of the large floating markets which is easily visited from Can Tho in the Mekong Delta).

The villains are common—economic development, children moving to other more lucrative trades, supermarkets and so on. The story finishes with the concluding quote:

"For vendors like Ly Hung, who has lived on the water for 26 years, visitors have helped to maintain a traditional way of life.


"Without tourism this floating market would disappear," he said."

The tourists might be keeping it afloat (cough cough) but once there are more tourists than locals, the interest starts to wane big time. The story notes the number of vessels has dropped form 500 to 300 over the last deacde or so—that's quite a drop.

You can read the full story here.

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Posted by flijten on 10/9/2017 at 01:12

During our visit in 2013 this was already underway and feared by locals. The main reason we got was the simple fact that more and more roads were being built, obsoleting the river as an alternative and removing the necessity of the floating market.

Then too, tourism was already important and we were told guesses of 5 years before it would be a tourist only affair. I'm sad for them since it seems that was even optimistic but this really was inevitable.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 10/9/2017 at 16:57 admin

Yes, agree. Hopefully locals are working to set up alternatives to keep the punters coming. I remember the first time I went to a floating market from Can Tho, the morning was the market but we then did a half day paddle through back canals as a part of the trip.

While the floating market was excellent, the rest of the day spent slowly paddling around the joint was really beautiful and so relaxing (we both fell asleep at different parts of the trip!)

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