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Address: Cai Be, Vietnam

The potted flowers ranging from daisies to marigolds and to lien (Torenia...

The potted flowers ranging from daisies to marigolds and to lien (Torenia fournieri) among others that you see in the photo are in the flower market section of the Cai Be Floating Market in Cai Be District in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. Cai Be holds the top position in orchard areas in Tien Giang Province. On ordinary days, a large section of the Tien River is vibrant with boats filled with fruits, vegetables, flowers and other products. It is even more colorful during special events like full moon days or Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year). During the days, there is only a small number of boats carrying flowers on the Tien River. However the number increases over the following days and the market bustles with various kinds of flowers. At this time, barges full of fruits and vegetables temporarily cede "territory" to boats carrying different kinds of flowers. Flowers are seen along the banks of the river, bobbing on the floating dock, covering the boat roof-tops and overflowing to the street markets. Going to the floating market on these days, you can see the busy rhythm of the life of people living on the river and the unique features of the Mekong Delta. This is also the most beautiful time at the Cai Be Floating Market, attracting many tourists. There is always a forest of flowers and people during market- days. The river becomes busy with boats carrying people, including buyers, sellers and visitors. The bright colors of the apricot flowers, daisies, roses and marigolds swinging on boats and junks bring a premature spring to the riverside hamlets and people.

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Cai Be

Travelled by long boat from our cruise ship. Most interesting to learn how the people live and survive on the river. For amateur photographers (like me)....be wary of charging... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelled by long boat from our cruise ship. Most interesting to learn how the people live and survive on the river. For amateur photographers (like me)....be wary of charging cameras beneath airconditioning. The humidity means you will have to wait for the camera to warm up.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit was part of the daily programme on a Mekong River Cruise. The associated visit to a local family business making rice paper and coconut products was interesting and worthwhile. The floating market, however, was little more than a small collection of boats selling (mainly) fruit and veg. We got nothing of the expected dynamic atmosphere. There must be... More 

Thank MIKE F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm sure many tourists take this trip everyday, but I'd like to think that my tour with Ho An Express was perfect. The floating market is phenomenal and our tour guide gave good explanations and there was a great opportunity to take many pictures. I highly recommend this tour.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the market as part of an day excursion on a Mekong River Cruise. Virtually non existent and in any case it is a fruit and veg wholesale market. We were told that the building of bridges over the river means that people can look elsewhere for what they want. Do your shopping in Saigon and cross this one... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you compare this one market with Thailand one, you may be disappointed. But even is shrinking our guide convinced us this market is much more busy in morning then later during day. Dispite not busy it is great to see it. We jumped on fruit boat where we have been welcomed with plate of fruit and fresh coconut. You... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

read a lot of reviews.. with mix opinion. Some said good some said bad.... but just find out now is pretty much empty out with very few boats out in the river in the morning.. On March 7th.. took 3hrs boat out ..... already back within 2hrs... Should have made decision to go down Can tho but the reason decided... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Saturday which is typically a good day for any market. We were boated in and we were all waiting to see some floating boats selling items. We were told it was a smaller one BUT it wasn't small it was NON-EXISTENT there were no markets. We saw floating garbage, a floating dead duck and a boat... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We saw the floating market at Cai Be and our guide explained the basic rules for its operation. Instead of visiting the floating market, we called on the local street market, where we saw local confectionery produced. Simple production processes and happy people.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Full of colour and an excellent trip if you want to get a real flavour of life on the Mekong. Best seen from the water.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did an over night river cruise on the Bassac from here..what an experience loved every minute the views are fantastic and I was very impressed with the food that was served. Staff are very attentive and nothing is too much trouble. You will see all kinds of industry around the waterways and we took a couple of stops to visit... More 

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