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Cai Rang floating market and boat tour

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Touring a floating market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers to Vietnam wish to check, and none are bigger or more popular than Can Tho’s Cai Rang Floating Market. Here’s what to expect and how to book a boat tour.





Cai Rang is the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta. It starts around 05:00 and runs until midday, meaning boat tours pick up around 05:00. It’s a six kilometre journey or around a 30-minute boat ride from Can Tho to arrive to the wondrous scene.

Start early. Photo taken in or around Cai Rang floating market and boat tour, Can Tho, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Start early. Photo: Cindy Fan

Packed into a section of river, large vessels sell all sorts of fruits and vegetables grown in the Delta. You’ll see one boat heaped with pineapples, another with carrots while sellers nimbly toss watermelons down to a smaller boat that has latched on. Vessels advertise what they sell by hanging their product from the top of a long bamboo pole at the bow. Need garlic? Scan the horizon and look for the bouquet of bulbs dangling off a boat. Get your radishes! Come here for gourds! they announce.

In between the large cargo vessels, smaller sampans weave in and out selling anything from banh mi to bun rieu, to coffee, coconut water and lottery tickets. The experience of flagging down a sampan loaded with boiling pots of stock and having a bowl of noodle soup on the river is a fun one. It gives new meaning to getting a coffee to go.

Forget Starbucks. Photo taken in or around Cai Rang floating market and boat tour, Can Tho, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Forget Starbucks. Photo: Cindy Fan

Travellers get to experience water commerce in the Delta and observe life on the boat, which is their business, method of transport and home. Steal a glimpse of the kitchen at the back, the clutter of everything they need on board, laundry ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Cai Rang floating market and boat tour
6km from Can Tho

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