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Cai Rang Floating Market

Cai Rang River | Near Cai Rang Bridge, Can Tho 920000, Vietnam
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Day Trip to Can Tho and Cai Rang Floating Market from Ho Chi Minh City
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Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Floating Market Half-Day Tour
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Small Group 2-day Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City
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Touring a floating market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers to Saigon wish to check, and none are bigger, or more popular than the Can Tho’s Cai Rang Floating Market.The Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 04:00 and runs until 10:00, meaning that you’ll have to get an early start of the day if you want to visit.The market is about six kilometres from Can Tho, or about a 40-minute boat ride. While floating down the river, you get a glimpse of life along its shores. You’ll pass vibrantly painted boats anchored along the shore, merchant vessels carrying loads down the river and houses built on stilts over the water.Once you finally reach the market, it’s an impressive site. A stretch of boats selling all variety of goods lines the river. Not really a place for souvenirs, people come here instead to buy large quantities of goods, mostly foodstuffs, and you will get an idea of what water commerce in the Delta looks like. Your guide on the boat will usually give you information about Cai Rang as you weave through the hordes. You’ll learn that boats identify what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole; if you want pineapple, simply scan the horizon for a hanging pineapple. You’ll also get the opportunity to interact with some of these floating merchants; most commonly this happens when a small boat selling drinks latches onto the tour boat’s side.After the market you’ll be ferried off to your breakfast break at a local orchard. You’ll be led around a fairly large garden growing a big variety of local fruits, which you’ll get to sample after your walk. Once your breakfast or fruits is eaten, you’ll go back to the boat and it’s time to explore some of the Mekong’s canals. Your tour boat will slowly coast down a few of these quiet canals, choked on both sides by greenery. As the sun starts to heat things up, your tour will draw to a close, returning you to downtown Can Tho.Since the market starts early in the morning, and because Can Tho is a healthy bus ride from Saigon — about four hours — you won’t have the option of seeing this floating market as a day tour from HCMC. Instead, you’ll have to spend the night in Can Tho.
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Cai Rang River | Near Cai Rang Bridge, Can Tho 920000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited the Cai Rang floating market with Susan Bui and had a wonderful time. We were picked up in a little boat (just my wife, myself, Susan and the driver) and drove around stopping at any of the other boats we wanted to buy...More

Thank cowabenji
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited the market early in the morning as part of an amazing 2-day tour with Can Tho Touring and after seeing the sun rise over the Mekong Delta. The market sells mostly fruit and veg but also street food (or rather river food?). Susan...More

Thank Katharina_Keusl
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a 3 day cruise and were lucky to visit the market in early morning when it's crowded. Great to see how people sell their local products as fruits and vegetables.

Thank kathrind69
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good tour for us. Highly recommend! Best place to come for new adventure especially floating market. This is not what we thought of ordinary market in US. They are selling goods while controlling boats!!

Thank Thy T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The market opens every day in the morning. It's good to be there early in the morning. There are a lot of fresh fruits and vegetabels, delicious coffee and food. Anything in small boats on the river! We have realy enjoyed it!

Thank C K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a great trip, sailing around the markets. Great way to see how the markets work and to even get involved. We even had breakfast on our boat. Definitely recommend it.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous time with Susan, she was excellent! Great to communicate via Facebook. On time. Promotes responsible tourism. Thank you!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great trip on the river, fascinating to see how they sell between the boats & to suppliers.... even floating coffee shops !

Thank AgerKJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my boyfriend booked a tour to the floating markets with Susan Bui after reading good reviews on Tripadvisor. Susan replied immediately on Facebook messenger and offered a tour for the next morning. Tai, the second guide, went with us instead of Susan. Tai...More

Thank NikolB500
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoy this place because of our guide who drive the boat she always and laugh. She will try her best to answer your questions as possible. The place is good beacuse of the boats.

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Mara J
June 10, 2017|
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Response from Thang369 | Reviewed this property |
You should try Cai Rang since the venue is more convenient and I believe there are activities for you to enjoy over there. Cheers.
May 13, 2017|
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Response from Diana K | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you should look for Can Tho Touring in FB
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Hi! I'm Bob from NJ and will be visiting Vietnam for my first time in Feb. I want to visit Can Tho and Cai Rang, and I am traveling SOLO from HCMC, so don't want a private tour as they are too expensive. I am so confused with all the tours - not because I haven't done research, I have done plenty - but the 2 day, 1 night tours range from $24 w/transport from HCMC, hotel and more - very cheap - and a group tour that seems similar can be $120 or more - there are either no reviews or the ones I read don't say if they were private or group - so I really don't know if I get anything better by paying 5 times the price. And what time do you need to be at the floating market to see lots of activity and avoid the crowds of tourist boats? If possible, I want to avoid any shopping or at least minimal shopping and most include factory stops like coconut candy factory, noodle factory, etc. And to see less touristy sites if possible. Thanks for your help. Bob
November 8, 2016|
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Response from Denise C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Bob, the cheapest way is to get the bus from HCM a taxi to the station aprox 100,000 dong and you want to get on the NA TRANG bus line to Can tho, it takes 3 1/2 hours and is very comfy and cheap. On arrival go down to... More