Cai Rang Floating Market is one of the most outstanding one in Mekong River Delta. The market is not just a crowsed trading area, but also a unique cultural space in Can Tho.
If the Northern Vietnam is characterized by colorful fairs of mountainous people, Southern Vietnam has fairs on rivers, known as floating markets. With its unique culture, floating markets are attracting domestic and international tourists in Mekong tours of shopping.
Cai Rang Floating Market is located on Cai Rang River, about 6 km from the city center by road, and about 30 minutes by boat from Ninh Kieu Pier. The market was formed when road and transportation had not been developed yet. The need of exchanging agricultural products, and basic things connected local people by boats on rivers. Since then, in spite of widely developed road transportation, the floating market remains and develops more bustling.
The floating market came into being by the habits and diverse and rich garden products of people living near rivers and canals. There are many ways to exchange goods, but in Mekong River Delta people often use boats as major transport and all trading activities take place on boats. Since then, Cai Rang Floating Market in particular and floating markets in Mekong River Delta in general is formed. Interestingly, these floating markets are often organized at the junction of rivers. There, the water level of rivers is not too deep, and river surface is not too wide, which is convenient for boats to moor.
It is said that “not being in Cai Rang floating market means not knowing the land of Tay Do – an old name of Can Tho”. Cai Rang floating market, one of the famous floating markets of the Southwest, specializes in selling fruits and agricultural products of the whole region.
To catch the liveliest scenery and enjoy the most animated atmosphere of Cai Rang floating market (often 6 am to 8 am), travelers should stay overnight in Can Tho and come here at the dawn, about 5 a.m.