Nowadays, you just can see the floating market in few countries in East Asia including Vietnam. Travelling to floating market is also the way to get experience a few adventures from seeing how the hundred of floating lives on the Mekong River. Here are 5 amazing things you need to know about Vietnam’s floating markets.
1. Floating markets are unique
There are a total of 5 floating markets in the southern region of Vietnam which are under the mysterious Mekong Delta System. Secondly, there is clearly a large civilization consisted of Vietnam, China, Cambodia and Malay Penisula in pre-colonial times. Within many ethnically-diverse groups of people migrated to this wetland that shaped the idea of trading activities and interactions in the floating markets. Once you are discovering on floating market and observing people do shopping, living, selling and even eating on the boats, that is the chance you are more open-minded from local lives.
2. Make your own boat
Firstly, you have to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho, then book a ticket to visit the largest market by small boat.
In general, the floating market often starts at 5 am and lasts until 12 pm. Thus, the best time to set the boat on the market is the early morning that you can see an overwhelming atmosphere and activities of the market spreading in your eyes. You will be on the floating, see an outstanding natural beauty of sunrise on the river with a cup of coffee that you can buy from floating store and take time to get to know about locals lives. Also, don’t forget to have your own breakfast with a very special taste food of the Mekong river.
3. Tasting fresh tropical fruit on floating
The main goods of the floating market tour are the seasonal agricultural products and fresh tropical fruits. As you know as, Southeast region of Vietnam has a very big fruit garden on the Mekong river catering with flavoursome and colour tropical fruits like green mango, rambutan, “king-fruit” durian, outstanding type of Nam Roi Pomelo, pineapple and more. In addition, there are other agriculture product cabbage, potatoes, pumpkins, Mekong fish which are not only diverse but also rich in quality that you can find and try directly on a boat. You can have a fun journey with a very reasonable Can Tho floating market price.
4. It’s an experience
Seeing the part of the world in terms of history, geography and sociology are more educational than just reading in the textbook. With the unique of land and people, you may get and gather in your mind something specific such as a new taste of food, the aspects of different culture, understand deeply about people and places. That you can make a boat on the move and chat to the local people, ask the question if you are curious in mind when you see something for the first time. You will realize that how the interesting different ways of life, work, family, environment and even new language on the Mekong River.
5. It’s a cheap day trip
Can Tho city is the capital of the Mekong Delta and is famous for its is Cai Rang Floating market. And, you can budget your Can Tho floating market tour price from Saigon for 2 days 1 night with the very friendly tour price included the accommodation fee (around $10usd/night) and transportation fee ( around $25/ one trip). That is the trip combinations you can enjoy both the sightseeing of Can Tho city and the floating market tour as well as. Furthermore, all the agriculture products and fresh fruits directly come from the local farms, so that you can buy everything cheaper if compared with other City. Whether you’ve decided to organize or book a day trip, you will absolutely save much money and save time to discover both of these attractions.