Cai Rang floating market is a tourist destination located on a branch of Hau river. This place nurtures all the typicality of Mekong Delta, Vietnam relating to commercial activities on the water face. Some eve said that it will be a big mistake if you miss this place once travelling to Cantho since it is often regarded as a signature of this city – the capital of West region.
Once upon a time and until the time being, anyone who travel to Cantho is used to with some lullabies which are sung somewhere along the Hau river that:
“ Can Tho is famous for river and local specialties
Such will stick the mind of anyone forever once travels to’’.
Many other places to visit in Can Tho which can be named Ninh Kieu wharf, Bang Lang stork garden, Nam Nha pagoda, Binh Thuy ancient house and others. However, Cai Rang Floating Market is alway a must to go in visitor’s traveling list. Being there, visitors will emerge themself in the melodies of local lullaby and the vividness of the trading activities conducting by the hawkers on boats.
1. Cai Rang Floating Market – Brief Introduction
Located in Cai Rang District, Can Tho city, it may take you 30 minutes to travel to this market from Ninh Kieu wharf by boat. This market is one of the three grandest and oldest floating markets in Mekong delta. This is a local hub for trading local goods, fruits and products of this land. In the past, This market was formed due to the absence of route connection on land and small boats were the main means of transportation. Nowadays, when the transportation is significantly transformed, this market still remains due to its undeniable role in the local trading activities.
2. Location and suitable time to visit
Cai Rang Floating Market is located about 6km from the heart of Can Tho city and near Cai Rang bridge. From 1A national high way, this market is right on your right hand side when you travel from Can tho city.
2.2 Appropriate time to visit
Commercial activities of this market start from the dawn and become sparse at around 8-9 am. Thence, the most appropriate time for tourists to visit is about 5.30 am to 7.00 am since this is the peak time of trading in this market.
3. How to go?
Motorbikes or coaches could be the best.
3.1 Coaches/ Bus
You can travel from West coach Station, Saigon by coaches provided by well known operators such as Thanh Buoi or Phuong Trang. It may take you 3.30-4.00 hours of travelling depending on the traffic volume. The price may be various, but around 6 dollars per way.
Firstly, you can travel to 1A national highway across Can Tho bridge, then ask local people. Anyone is please to guide you the way to this market. And, it may take you 5 hours if you travel by motorbike from Hochiminh city.
4. Travelling by Boats to Cai Rang Floating Market
- From Ninh Kieu Wharf: you can rent a boat by the services offered by Mekong Smile Tour
- Departing from An Binh Market
- Noted: if you travel in a group, you can rent a big boat which may carry upto 10-12 people. The price list of boat rental is available at here.
5. Significant experiences
5.1 Floating on the river
It will be an excited experience when you are on the boat and traveling across the crowd of boat. Besides, you may cruise along the river to see small canals to see villages and houses along the river banks.
5.2 “Cây bẹo” – a mean of local advertisement
Every boat will sell or offer a certain or some products varying from fruits to handcrafts. Thus, The seller will use a long bamboo stick to hang such product with a purpose to attract the buyers what they are selling. This stick is call “cay beo” and it is often regarded as one of the oldest advertising method used.
5.3 Floating Market Cuisine
Cuisine in Cai Rang Floating Market is very various and attractive. And of course, they are sold right on the boats. You will never forget the sense of experiencing a meal on a floating boat. It can be a hot bowl of local noodle, fruits or cakes. It is all depends on your choices.
In addition, sellers are ready to process fruit to serve you right upon your request.
5.4 Lifestyle on Boats
You can see by your very real eyes the lifestyle of the local, which is unidentified about the final destination on rivers. However, they are always cheerful with their smiles as you will see.
In front of the amazing scenes, where rivers and sky seem merged, travellers will certainly have different feelings about the local and friendly lifestyle. They will understand and sympathize more about the difficult life of the local as well as their friendliness and sincereness. All will make visitors love this place more.
5.5 Snap photos on the rivers
If you are those who love photography, you must go to this place. You only need to rest on the boats which a nice angle, you can freely shoot nice photos about local lifestyle, trading activities, sunrise on the market as well as Can Tho river…
Cai Rang floating market is always an attractive tourism spot of local and international tourists. This is often regarded as a place where the mixture of local culture can be found: rustic but elegant, vivid but sincere. Please come, people here are always welcome you, from the bottom of their heart.
Find more about one day tour in Cai Rang Floating Market – Provided by Mekong Smile Tour.