Cai Rang Floating Market

Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Cai Rang Floating Market Reviews: 4/5

Cai Rang Floating Market
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Flea & Street Markets
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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Very good

Shaun T
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam977 contributions
Real Floating Market at Work
Apr 2021 • Friends
This was such an incredible experience as this floating market is not real about tourism but focussed on real commerce. Very special to see how it all works and the produce available. It is an early start to the day but so very rewarding and great to get some real fresh food and fruit. Loved it.
Written April 11, 2021
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Hanoi, Vietnam248 contributions
Nice tour
Apr 2021 • Family
I did contact a local tour agent and it cost me and my family one daughter and wife 300 000vnd for the tour and also noodle factory shop.
Written April 7, 2021
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Toronto, Canada5 contributions
6 stars this experience
Nov 2020 • Friends
We had a perfect trip at the floating market on the early morning around 6.30 am. We saw so many local merchants sell so much fruits such as pineaplle, potato carrot, mango, jackfruit etc we also had chance to try some delicious fruits. Our guide invited us a cup of coffee at floating cafe and a bowl of noodle sup at local floating restaurant, all are so delicious. We ate together with local people not any travellers around us.
We also went to small village to see many local fruits gardens like star apple, rambutan, jactfruit gardens and also meet many local farmers who are so friendly and curious to see tourists. Especially, we visit a family making chocolate by traditional way. We ate so much chocolate but this is the first time I saw real cocoa trees and seeing of all processes of how to make chocolate. All of this experiences are really authentic and unforgetable.
You can book this trip with our guide's whatsaap +84949756045.
Written January 2, 2021
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3 contributions
Authentic experiences
Dec 2020 • Family
We had really wonderful experiences with our great guide (Tier, whatsapp +84949756045). We went to inside floating market to see of how local people trading fruits such as pineapple, mango water melon and so on. We also have a great experience as we have breakfast with noodle soup and milk coffee at the middle of river.
Then, we move to small peaceful and natureal canals and walking along with villages to see many fruit gardens and local farmers. The local people are so friendly and generous, they invited us a lot of fruits. This was so wonderful feeling.
Finally, we went to noodle fatory in which we tried to make noodle by traditional way, it is really authentic.
I highly recommend for anyone taking the trip with Tier, he is so nice, friendly and knowledges. Highly recommend.
Written January 1, 2021
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Andy K
United States46 contributions
Awesome recommend private tour over usual tourist one
Dec 2020 • Solo
The smaller the group the better the trip was in my view. My guides were dad and daughter from Green Village Mekong and they new smaller more authentic places. Strong recommendation as they took me to a small authentic less tourist style glass noodle factory near by and let you make one.

Great early morning trip with wildlife along the canals line beautiful kingfishers.
Written December 22, 2020
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Bremen, Germany10 contributions
Exceptional experience with Mr. Han, a private operating Guide
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were looking for a half day boat trip and walked to the harbour side to get an offer we felt good with.
Only a few tourist were there because it was the begin of the covid19 pandemic. So the potential captains, guides and tour agents offered their tours more or less aggressive to us.
As we reached the end of the harbour side a very friendly boat captain spoke to us. He showed us on a hand-drawn flyer what he offers. He also showed us his boat which was nearby leashed at the pier. We felt good and decided to book the trip with him.

In the early morning we arrived at the pier and entered the boat of Mr. Han. He took us down the river to the Cai Rang floating market and explained as many as he could with his English. It was very interesting to see how the goods changed the owner and how they negotiated. After this he took us to a rice noodle fabric. Surprisingly it was very interesting too. We produced some rice noodles by our own and left the place with a nice experience. Afterwards we had breakfast on the boat and a fantastic strong coffee while we looked at the scenery at the floating market.
The rest of the tour Mr. Han floated with us through small channels what was really good too. Other boats with tourists were floating only at the bigger channels.

All in all it was one of our best experiences during our stay in Vietnam at the beginning of the covid19 pandemic.
We can fully recommend Mr. Han and hope he will get here recognition of others which appreciate his service. You would support him and his whole family!
Written October 18, 2020
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Chichester, UK1,725 contributions
Great floating market
Mar 2020
We do like markets, especially food market that are floating. I have loved seeing them on tv as a kid thinking wow all that colour, all that different food. So this was a joy to behold. We were on a trip so did not buy to cook, but just to see it was a dream come true.
Written September 2, 2020
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Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
Boat Traders
Sep 2019
We met a pleasant boat lady at the Ninh Kiew wharf who took us to the floating market at Cai Rang.It was an interesting experience to see the trades taking place on the boats of all kind of fruits and vegetables. We also visited some water channels and the round trip took us 4 hours.
Written August 31, 2020
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Aaron E
25 contributions
Due to the pandemic, no tourists, few vendors.
Jul 2020
Kind of sad, b/c I had been here 15 years prior and it was so vibrant. Now all but empty of vendors (and tourists).
Written August 24, 2020
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Phong Laivan
Hanoi, Vietnam381 contributions
No more as traditional market as it was
Jul 2020 • Friends
I think you should get up early around 5 AM to visit this market. Get up as early as you can to market, buy fresh fruit, enjoy breakfast on market. Spending 2 hours here is fine.
Written July 14, 2020
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