Mekong Delta also known in Vietnam as Dong Bang Song Cu’u, its name means the 9 dragon’s delta. This place is really big which is about 39thousand km2 across 12 provinces at the south part of the country. This river is flowing towards the South China Sea.
Mekong river is about more than 4thousand km long, the rivers source of water is from the high areas of the Himalayas mountain, from Qinghai province of NW China, then it flows through Myanmar, the countries of Laos, Thailand and to Cambodia.
An Binh and Can Tho: The place to be
Floating market, this is one of the most popular attraction that can only be found at the Mekong Delta. Can Tho city has about more than a million settlers and is considered the largest city in this region and it also has 2 of the most recognized floating markets.
Cai Rang Floating Market
This is located at 4km from Can Tho city center which is considered as the most significant wholesale market in Mekong Delta. If you plan to go to this place, you need to wake up very early and take one of the first boats cause the market starts at around 4 am and finishes around 11 am. So if you are late, you might come here when it is almost finished or the trading already over. When you get here you will see many large boats that come alongside each other, and they have many poles where they hang their products to show off which you wants to sell.
Phong Dien Floating Market
This is a much smaller floating market located at Can Tho which is also about an hour distance away. Although it is a bit far, the travel is worth it. Here, you will notice that the sellers especially the women use conical hats and they sell items that includes clothes, food, vegetables, crops, fruits, eggs etc. You can also see some people selling bowl of steaming noodles.
Cai Be Floating Market
This floating market is located at near an Binh. This is like the other floating markets in the Melkong Delta but what makes it different among other floating markets is that it has its own church and some rows of houses . In this floating market, you will also see similar things and items being sold here like commodities and food.
Tips on how to visit these floating markets:
You can visit these floating markets by contacting local tour guides and travel agencies. They can book you a one day visit or even extended bookings. And the price range depends on your budget.
Among the Floating Markets in Mekong Delta What is worth visiting?
I will definitely recommend the Cai Rang Floating Market located in Can Tho if you only want to visit one floating market. This is because it is bigger and you will have more choices when you want to drive a hard bargain.
Here is my unsolicited advice to have a good trip in Mekong Delta
- You need to have the proper guide. If you are a local but is not familiar with these area, seek for a tour guide that you can trust. If you are a foreigner, better seek an English speaking guide.
- Advantage of having an English speaking guide will help you get more information or you will miss a lot.
- Not all boat drivers speak good English and you might get confused and will spend more than you need to.
- Be really early
- You need to be early like before the sun rises so that you will see more and enjoy the sceneries more.
- You will also have more choices when shopping
- If you are late, you might miss this market cause they close up around 11 am .
Some of the common things to find in a floating market
- Fruits of all sorts
- Meat and poultry
- Small tools
- Ready to eat packs of food
- Fast foods such as bowls of noodles, porridge, etc
Now that I have given you all the information about Mekong Delta, I truly hope that it will help you enjoy your trip more and appreciate the culture, tradition and beauty of my country.
About the Author
Hung Nguyen from Viet Fun Travel, a local of Mekong Delta. He is a travel blogger and tour guide in Vietnam.