CAN THO, CAPITAL OF THE MEKONG DELTA

Capital of the Mekong Delta and rice granary of South Vietnam, Can Tho is an excellent base to discover the fascinating Mekong Delta region, its hectic local life on the arms of the river, the surprising floating markets, its typical villages and its hypnotic countryside with huge rice fields as far as the eye can see.

Discover the floating markets of Can Tho

This is often the reason why travelers go to Can Tho: to discover its extraordinary floating markets, typical of the Mekong Delta region. The capital of the delta is home to no less than three floating markets, each of which will tickle your curiosity.

- The floating market of Cai Rang is the most famous, the largest in Can Tho and even in the whole Mekong Delta. It is located on the Cai Rang River, near the Cai Rang Bridge, about 6 kilometers from downtown Can Tho. The British tourist magazine Rough Guide made no mistake and recently selected it as one of the ten "most attractive floating markets in the world". Cai Rang floating market has also been recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage site in the year 2016. Every day, before dawn, hundreds of boats of different sizes gather to trade. Can Tho market is a wholesale market, specializing in the sale of fruits and vegetables. Many small producers come to sell their crops to wholesalers who will then go elsewhere in the Mekong Delta. Some small retailers also come with their small boats to stock up and then sell the goods in the surrounding villages. You can tell what the boats are selling by the merchandise hanging from the pole at the bow. You'll explore this incredible floating market in a motorized sampan as you'll sneak through the hustle and bustle.

- The Phong Dien floating market is located about 20 kilometers southwest of Can Tho. It is smaller but has the advantage of being less touristy than the one in Cai Rang and motor boats are rarer than elsewhere. On your way to the floating market of Phong Dien you will be surprised to see the daily hustle and bustle of the boats covered with fruits, vegetables and other food and handicrafts. A local commercial tradition that is still very much alive despite the new infrastructures.

- The floating market of Phung Hiep is located on the eponymous river 30 kilometers south of the city of Can Tho. It is a beautiful market, typical of the delta where one crosses boats loaded with watermelons, melons, carrots, sweet potatoes, fruits, or onions. But the market of Phung Hiep is above all famous for the sale of reptiles of all kinds and especially snakes which will be then resold for the majority to restaurateurs who have made it their speciality.

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