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Floating markets, exceptional cultural features of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

11:15 | 12/08/2020

The floating markets in the Mekong Delta are not only the places of trade but they also represent the unique customs and habits of Western people.

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Floating markets, exceptional cultural features in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta Photo: VOV

The floating markets are considered as the typical symbols of Vietnam’s western region. They are held all day but most bustling in the early morning.

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Cai Rang floating market Photo: VOV

Like the markets on land, the floating markets also sell vegetables, fruits, home appliances, noodles, etc.

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Cai Rang floating market Photo: VOV

Cai Rang (Can Tho) is the most well-known floating market in Vietnam. It takes 30 minutes to reach the market by train from Ninh Kieu Wharf. As it is only held in the morning, tourists must come here very early.

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Photo: VOV

The waterway looks like a maze during the market hours when hundreds of boats anchor and are packed with local fruits such as pomelo, mango, durian, etc. To explore Cai Rang floating market, tourists can rent a motorboat for about 20,000 VND (US$0.86) a person.

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Cai Be floating market Photo: VOV

Cai Be is another not-to-be-missed floating market in the Mekong Delta. It is located at the border between the three provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long, and Ben Tre and regarded as the transit station for agricultural products throughout the West, according to VOV.

floating markets exceptional cultural features of vietnams mekong delta
Photo: VOV

The distinction of Cai Be floating market compared to other lies in the fact that it takes place from dawn to dusk. One of the special items sold here is soap made from coconut. If traveling in groups, travelers can rent a 10-seat-boat with a price of about 500,000 - 800,000 VND (US$22- US$34).

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Long Xuyen floating market Photo: VOV

Located on Hau River, Long Xuyen floating market has become one of the most tourist attractions in Mekong Delta. Although Long Xuyen floating market is quite small, it preserves idyllic and pristine cultural features.

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Long Xuyen floating market preserves idyllic and pristine cultural features. Photo: VOV

The main products here are agricultural products, fruits, and famous cakes of An Giang Province which are all at reasonably priced.

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Phung Hiep floating market Photo: VOV

Phung Hiep floating market, also known as Nga Bay, is the most famous floating market in Hau Giang. It sells a wide range of unique goods notably handicraft ones, added VOV.

floating markets exceptional cultural features of vietnams mekong delta
Photo: VOV

Particularly, market-goers in Phung Hiep floating market often do not bargain their products as the majority of goods here are incredibly affordable. Though it is not as crowded as the floating market of Cai Rang, it boasts the unique beauty. Tourists will be overwhelmed by numerous boats full of fruits, vegetables, fishes, along with other products from the Southern land.

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