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Cai Rang floating market - Can Tho

| 11 Apr 2012
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Cai Rang floating market - Can Tho
6kms along Can Tho River from Can Tho

Our rating
11 Apr 2012

The Mekong Delta's largest floating market is nearby Can Tho and shouldn't be missed.

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A visit to Cai Rang floating market on a small boat from Can Tho is a definite Mekong Delta highlight. It's one of the most photogenic spots you'll visit in Vietnam.

Floating markets have long thrived in the delta since they're the most convenient way for traders who transport everything on the river, to trade their wares. Big improvements during the past decade in road travel - especially the recent opening of the Can Tho bridge across the Mekong River are gradually eroding the function of the markets. It's a pity for travellers but the bridges bring tremendous benefits to local producers.

Cai Rang market is best visited very early. Leave Can Tho at around 5AM to hit the market at 6 when things will be in full swing with hundreds small boats converging to buy and sell. Things start to wind down from around 9AM but some sellers linger until late morning.

Stopping by Le Binh market on the way back to Can Tho is recommended. It's a superbly chaotic local market with plenty of of the delta's fish bounty on display alongside fruits and vegetables.

Travel tips
There are some definite benefits from having a guide here - but you can also easily organise a boat directly on the waterfront. Allow 3 - 4 hours - especially if stopping at Le Binh market.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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