Cai Be Floating Market

Attraction tt. Cái Bè Cái Bè Tiền Giang Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
04:00 AM - 11:00 AM
06:00 AM
07:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Market
Shopping
People watching (street)
Must see
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Cai Be Floating Market, where the daily activities of resident in the wetland takes place, is a lively picture of the local lifestyle: exchanging the ordinary goods.

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Why Cai Be Floating Market is special ?

Cai Be Floating Market, where the daily activities of resident in the wetland takes place, is a lively picture of the local lifestyle: exchanging the ordinary goods. Cai Be is a charming small town, which is not very far away from Saigon (approx. 2 hours by car). There are lots of colorful fruit and vegetable gardens, traditional crafts, a French church from 1935 and an impressive traditional house, which can be visited. Unfortunately the floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trade is shifting more and more into modern central markets. The Catholic cathedral in the background of the floating market is an awesome motive for photos.


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What to explore at Cai Be Floating Market?

This bustling river market is worth including on a boat tour from Vinh Long, but aim for an early morning visit. Wholesalers on big boats moor here, each specialising in just a few types of fruit or vegetable, hanging samples of their goods from tall wooden poles. A notable sight is the huge and photogenic Catholic cathedral on the riverside.

There are numerous small canals in the area of Cai Be, which invite to a discovery tour by sampan. You can explore the area very well by bicycle riding on narrow roads along small side canals. Many of the small shady canals, which branch off from the larger river arms, are hard to spot, because they are overgrown by lush greenery. On an exploration tour you will often think that you landed in a dead end, but after an overgrown bend it still goes on.

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How to get to Cai Be Floating Market?

It takes about an hour to reach the market from Vinh Long, but most people make detours on the way there or back to see the canals or visit orchards. For those travelling on an organised tour of the delta, it is customary to board a boat here, explore the islands and moor in Vinh Long before continuing to Can Tho.

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Selling points

  • The most dazzling in colour and variety of products
  • A View of the Vietnamese Local Life
  • The largest wholesale floating market
  • A real sense of the Southwest land
  • Trading right on the boats
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
130.72 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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  • There are apparently a couple vendors that sell to tourists but also apparently harder to find.
    Shopping
  • After seeing the floating market, don't forget to visit a land (tourist) market where they make coconut candy, pop rice, rice paper etc.
    Things nearby
  • Local people will be easy to use bike, motorbike instead of boats so travelers will not see more boats and more fruits in Cai Be floating market.
    What to know
  • Cai Be floating market is whole sales market so all fruits selling there will transfer to another destination. Don't worry about locals trying to hassle you buy anything.
    What to know
  • Get a boat, sail to the market, try some fruits, talk to the locals, nothing better than that to understand the life of Mekong.
    Things to do
  • In Cái Bè, you can visit a fruit farm and have a healthy farm lunch with delicious grilled fish, fresh vegetables, and luscious tropical fruits (durian, jackfruit, rambutan, mango, etc), while enjoying a cải lương show (typical music from southern Vietnam).
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I've never been to Vietnam before so I figured what better way to immerse myself in the Vietnamese culture than by going to the popular Cai Be Floating Market. This islet is one if many in the famous Mekong Delta.Here we witnessed local families make coconut candy, rise paper rolls, rice cakes and different variations of rice wine (e.g. Snake, banana, mixed fruits, etc.). We were also able to try each of these, which were mostly new to my palate.We even got to hold a huge python, and tipped the snake handler $1. Afterwards we took the boat to another part of Cai Be, where we visited French style homes, which were preserved. These homes had different mounts if worship - Buddhist and Christian. This was really interesting to see in such a remote place.We then had lunch in a home stay area where they served us fried elephant fish (wrapped with fresh greens in a rice paper roll, we also rolled them ourselves!); vegetable soup; a local beef dish; giants prawns and fresh mango to finish off the meal. It was such a satisfying meal too.We then visited the brick factory and the popular flea market. All sites were very interesting and eye-opening. Wish we could've stayed longer and done the 2-day cruise along the Mekong Delta, but we were pressed for time and did these all in a day.What a great first visit! Will definitely be back and spend more time here.

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Dear Viet,this market (Cai Be) is to forget and cancel from the excursions offered.A long140 km x 2 ways (3,5 hours by car each way), killing hot temperature no-breathing, "adventure" accomodation (which is good if the things to see have a sense), all this to see what? the smallest 50 sleeping boat market (10 minutes, 2 rounds to make it longer) no human ‎activity on the river, the only thing floating on the river were plants.Than, from Can Tho there is a flight to Phu Quoc at 15:50 and this would have us save a lot of time (now I'm writing, the tour is finished 45 minutes ago, and it is only 09:07) ‎.Yesterday there where hundred of homestays and tours available to Can Tho (on the web and the same confirmed by different guides).This excursion has to be cancelled as it is, no reason to go, too tiring and wasting time.This is what I have to inform you, your correspondant should have known it, so I think that he is not a good agency to work with.In general I think that south doesn't worth‎ (but if someone wants to go the only to see is Can Tho (it is also so much full of tourist but at least you see a real market).BestLeo

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We went to the Cai Be. There we move to the boat and went to the floating market. It is so diferent from floating market in Thailand. Thailiand's market is for turist. Interesting to see how these people live. Then we wisit lokal workshops. We saw how thay made rice paper and candys. Met with local students. I think it worth to see.I use for one tour private group for another big group. I can say i liked more tour with a group.

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I've never been to Vietnam before so I figured what better way to immerse myself in the Vietnamese culture than by going to the popular Cai Be Floating Market. This islet is one if many in the famous Mekong Delta. Here we witnessed local families make coconut candy, rise paper rolls, rice cakes and different variations of rice wine (e.g. Snake, banana, mixed fruits, etc.). We were also able to try each of these, which were mostly new to my palate. We even got to hold a huge python, and tipped the snake handler $1. Afterwards we took the boat to another part of Cai Be, where we visited French style homes, which were preserved. These homes had different mounts if worship - Buddhist and Christian. This was really interesting to see in such a remote place. We then had lunch in a home stay area where they served us fried elephant fish (wrapped with fresh greens in a rice paper roll, we also rolled them ourselves!); vegetable soup; a local beef dish; giants prawns and fresh mango to finish off the meal. It was such a satisfying meal too. We then visited the brick factory and the popular flea market. All sites were very interesting and eye-opening. Wish we could've stayed longer and done the 2-day cruise along the Mekong Delta, but we were pressed for time and did these all in a day. What a great first visit! Will definitely be back and spend more time here.

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