Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang Floating Market
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Points of Interest & LandmarksFlea & Street Markets
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Mekong River CruiseCai - Rang Floating Market Tours - 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.
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  • Yann Renaud
    Switzerland811 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great atmosphere early in the morning
    Cai Rang is one of the few remaining floating markets. It has become pretty small with the years, around 30 boats now. Wake up early (be at the market at 6 am at the latest) to enjoy the best atmosphere of the place. This is defi Italy a place to visit when in the meopng delta, we did it on a 2 days trip.from Ho Chi Minh City.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2023
  • Wayne B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kelvin is THE BEST guide on The Mekong Delta!!!
    Kelvin is THE BEST guide I've ever experienced!!! He is an absolute gem! Kelvin is extremely well suited to lead tours for families with children and grandparents. He is very sweet and thoughtful, lovely company and did everything possible to make our trip comfortable, Kelvin's language skills are brilliant and his local knowledge having lived in the area was priceless, We had an absolutely fantastic day and wouldn't hesitate recommending Kelvin to anyone!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2023
  • jennie
    Denmark21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So impressive.
    The floating market is located on Can Tho River (part of Hau River), Cai Rang District – about 6 km away from the center of Can Tho City in the direction of Soc Trang, or around 45 minutes away from Ninh Kieu Quay by boat. In 2016, Cai Rang Floating Market was recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage. The market was also elected as one of the most impressive markets in the world by UK’s Rough Guide. Once you visit Mekong, floating market is a kind of things should not miss in your travel plan. To experience Cai Rang at its best, get up early and take a boat trip, it is really worth for your day visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 21, 2023
  • Kevin McKay
    Boston, Massachusetts13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great morning trip
    I had a great with my partner visiting the Floating market our tour guide, Nia. We booked this trip with Joy Journeys and it has been an incredible time. We were there in the early morning to observe life on the boat. Luckily, our group was small so we could have a chance to interact with the locals.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Johan
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best trip ever
    Our family booked the trip to market via Then, he organised the fantastic trip for us with a lovely and knowledge tourguide. Firstly, Clare came to our hotel to pick up and bring us to a sampan boat, we spent only 2 minutes to get the market with many fruit boats. Our guide bought for us two pineapples, which are so delicious like someone put sugar inside. Then, we also got coffee and noodle souple for breakfast. This is the best breakfast I never have before. Afterthat, we cruised into small wild canals and villages. It is really beautiful with many water hyacinth and watee coconut surrounding. This is the best part of our trip as we met local people who picked up some delicous fruits from their garden for us. Highly recommended mangoateen and star apple for try. Finally, we stopped at cocoa factory and noodle factories. All are awesome. I highly recommened you take the trip with Then (her whatsapp is +83936427369, she is really lovely, knowledged and the trip is comepletely authentic.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Dorothoong Lis
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely trip
    We wake up so early to get the market by sampan boat. We cruised into floating market to see many vendor who sell vegetable and fruits like watermelon, pineapple. We do feel the market still really big with around 100 boats selling fruits but quite hard and boring for people staying and sleep on the boat. Our guide said they consider the boat like house so they always live on the boat. I sometimes saw some kids, chickens and televison on their boat, this is so impressing for us. Then, we also go to wild canal, rural villages and visit some factories. The trip is quite expensive but really worth each penny. We have a very small group only four of us, our guide was lovely and wide range of knowledge, he invited so much yummy fruits like jackfruits, mangosteen, pineapple. You can contact with him via Whatsaap +84939480468 to book the lovely trip
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • teo V
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome experiences
    We were interested for the trip to this market. Actually, it is a wholesale market with many local merchants from villages coming to buy and sell their fruits like pineapple, watermelon, mango and vegetable. The best part of the market is to see how people live and trade their fruits at middle of river. Additionally, my mom really like to enjoy pineapple, mangosteen and delicious noodle soup (must try all). Finally, our family also visited chocolate factory, noodle village and fruits garden. All were awesome. I highly recommend our lovely guide, he has a wide range of knowledge and so charming (his whatsapp +84936427369)
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Brett C
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely
    Amazing views - slightly more touristy than expected but still worth it. We didn’t opt for a cruise but instead asked an old lady if she would take us for a fraction of the price. I would recommend that visitors ask locals for a tour as opposed to the big tour boats.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • angieng
    Sydney, Australia286 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A most memorable family experience
    We joined a tour organised by our accommodation to the Cai Rang floating markets. It was perfect for us. We had breakfast on the boat, sampled some pineapple and visited a noodle making factory. It was fascinating to see the way of life for the people and their business. We had a 3 and 6 yo with us and they enjoyed it very much too despite having to sit in the boat for quite some time and waking up at 5.30! An experienced not to be missed if in southern Vietnam!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Bernadina E
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mekong river cruise!
    We joined 2 day cruise on a small classic Mekong Eyes cruise from caibe - Cantho. We visited the market before finishing our cruise trip. It's all good. It's not crowded as imagined but till very good to see people trading things on small boats
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
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Ilaria B
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Feb 2024 • Couples
wake up at 4.45am, half an hour by boat in the night to go down to a pier where there is a covered market clearly made for tourists. Then we go back as it begins to dawn and on the way back, among boats full of tourists, we perhaps glimpse a couple of boats loaded with fruit. Obviously whoever is driving our boat doesn't even slow down for a moment to let us see this famous floating market. perhaps if we had taken a smaller private boat it would have been better. in any case we found it very disappointing, two hours wasted.
Written February 17, 2024
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Getaway213698
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Feb 2024 • Couples
Nice place to see how trading is done in older days......we took a real small boat with an nice auntie. Boat has a small propeller. We feel so small in the water
Written February 6, 2024
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Charlee222
Santa Monica, CA12 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Solo
It’s not really a market sadly! I don’t like to gripe, but I feel like (I hope) the tourism board of Can Tho sees this post.
I just completed a five week trip through Southeast Asia, and the whole trip was based around two places… Angkor Wat Cambodia and the Mekong Can Tho (Cai Rang) floating market.
All the other stays were because I took that long 17 hour flight from USA.
I did a lot of work to get to that market, flying into Ho Chi Minh getting through immigration, staying a few nights in the city, hiring a driver for four days to take me through the Mekong. Maybe I was too excited to see what the Internet describes as a floating market. (I did the Bangkok floating market as well. It was more productive, albeit touristy.)

I got up at 4:45, my only night in Can Tho to get down to the boat dock by 5:15 am, because it’s a half hour to get to the “floating market.”
Here’s what I got. Old rundown, fishing boats, choppy water and a sunrise that came and went. There were about three boats that had some pineapples and watermelons. They were all wrapped up in nets and not really photo worthy. It seems like a local could make a lot of money, filling a boat with fresh fruit and flowers and selling it to the tourists. The majority seemed like just fishing boats. They should call this attraction, old fishing boats.
I lost count of how many taxi boats filled with tourists were surrounding these fishing boats, looking for some sort of trade, treat or just a great photo. Considering how many people come to see this attraction maybe they should consider painting their fishing boats to add some color. If I were a local business for Marketing sake, I would invest in a boat put my company name on it fill it with flowers and fruit, and it would go viral with the amount of tourism I experienced. I heard since they built the bridge the market has dwindled. I’m not sure, but I’m thinking the tourism board should invest in encouraging the locals to continue to trade on the boats, repair, paint the boats and add a little life to the scene.
I had to get to the airport by 10 am so I couldn’t do other things on the canal which may have contributed to my
experience, I’m not sure. I’ll never know because I definitely will not go back to that… all of it was a costly mistake. My favorite part of the Mekong was Chau Doc (Tra Su forest and Sam Mountain) and my Guide… it was a long car ride and he made it worthwhile. Thank goodness I had another destination in the Mekong!
I’ve read reviews about the other villages and visits, and I am a bit skeptical. We drove through Sa Dec along the way, and experienced beautiful flower nurseries roadside. I do live in California and have fresh flowers year-round, so maybe I am spoiled. I’m not really sure what everyone is seeing in this region. I did go to the War Rembrance Museum in Ho Chi Minh, and learned about how this area and it residents were all but destroyed during the war, which gave me some compassion and empathy and a little bit of culture. PS I oversaturated the color of my two fishing boat memory of Cai Rang. The naked eye only saw gray and brown.
Written January 29, 2024
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Imwata V
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We did a cruise trip for 2 days from Caibe. Tour finished in Cantho and we visited the market. I could not see many boats, but good enough to see. People move to live on land and the market is mostly for tourists.
Written January 22, 2024
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Maps41751970067
Lisbon, Portugal2 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Solo
Its a big wasting of time. You wake up at 4am to see 2 boats with 2 baskets of fruits around a boat of tourists with 20 people onboard taking pictures to the fruits!? Provably it was interesting in the past but now avoid it.
Written January 10, 2024
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James S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
My family and I went on this tour while staying with Susan Bui for one night during our trip around Vietnam and Cambodia and it was a highlight of our holiday. We would give Susan 6 stars if we could; we cannot recommend her enough. If you’re thinking of doing the Mekong Delta tour, Susan’s homestay would definitely be worth your while.

Even though Susan’s home is only a short drive (arranged by our host) from Can Tho, it feels entirely different. It’s a great break from the busyness of cities like Ho Chi Minh. Susan’s brother Nick brought us on a (very easy) bike tour of the area, including a stop at the market to buy ingredients for dinner, and it felt like we were seeing the real lives of the locals.

The accommodation itself is great - a very peaceful area, and the rooms were lovely (the mosquito nets were especially appreciated). Preparing and eating dinner together was absolutely enjoyed by all.

Susan’s boat tour down the Hau River in the morning involves an early start (5.30am) but it’s well worth it to see the floating markets at their busiest and to enjoy breakfast on the river. The other stops on the tour were just as interesting, and Susan is a fantastic guide - very informative and engaging.

Easily the best aspect of our experience, however, was Susan’s accommodation of my severe peanut allergy. Travelling in Vietnam can be difficult, because peanuts and peanut oil are so common, so there’s a cultural as well as a language barrier to overcome. The early leg of our trip involved a lot of McDonald’s. Not only did Susan take my allergy into account when providing us with lunch and when we got to make dinner with her, but she also ensured that the restaurant we visited for lunch after the boat trip cooked my meal in a substitute oil. We would recommend Susan’s homestay for everyone, but especially people with food allergies or intolerances. It was great to be able to try Vietnamese cooking without any stress or fear.

Last of all, after we had parted ways with Susan, our bus to HCMC broke down before leaving Can Tho. We got in touch with Susan and she arranged a replacement bus on short notice (on NYE) and had us on the road within 40 minutes of us calling her. She really went above and beyond, and we couldn’t thank her enough.

Tl;dr: if you are interested in doing the Mekong Delta Discovery Tour would highly recommend staying with Susan, especially for those with food allergies.
Written January 2, 2024
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Cathryn
Rapid City, SD9 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Family
Interesting if you happen to be in town, but not worth going to Can Tho just for this. Most the locals now go to the land market because bridges were built. These floating market now exist most for tourists. The early morning and to float past boats they couldn’t get in was very frustrating for our elementary aged kids. It was interesting once, but we wouldn’t go back.
Written December 29, 2023
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Kaye J
London, UK326 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
so disappointing, if you're coming to Can Tho just to see this I would not bother. Very few boats, obviously just there for tourists.
Written December 26, 2023
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Mapiri Q
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We joined the Mekong eyes cruise and visited the market on the 2nd day of the tour. I must say that we had unfogetable experience here. We tried local coffee, tasted fruit and see our merchants selling their local products.
Written December 24, 2023
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Nikki M
Australia3 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Family
Miss Loan is wonderful! Just message her on what’s app and she will get back to you ASAP! We considered doing this in our own but at the last minute decided we needed a guide. Miss Loan was fantastic! She and her team got us there and back and we had a wonderful time on the river. As a group of five, we had a private boat which was really nice and we started early. We had coffee, Pho, pineapple, coconut candy, pork bun and noodles. If you want a tour without the nonsense and at a very good price, then Mrs Loan is for you!
Written December 22, 2023
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