|2 hours 30 mins|
|05:00 AM - 09:00 PM|
People watching (street)
Phong Dien Floating Market is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Phong Dien Floating Market is special ?
Phong Dien Floating Market is one of the most outstanding markets in Mekong River Delta. This market is the only one in Mekong River open from dawn to dusk. Products in Phong Dien Floating Market are diverse and abundant.
Being one of 7 busiest floating markets in Mekong River Delta, Phong Dien Floating Market is famous as a place of selling and exchanging goods, a compelling attraction in Mekong Delta. The market is located at the intersection of three rivers, where Can Tho River separates from Hau River. The market is about 17 km from Can Tho City to the southeast.
What to explore at Phong Dien Floating Market?
Unlike Cai Rang Floating Market, Phong Dien Floating Market not just sells agricultural products, but also other various ones. In the market, there are boats selling household and working tools such as canoes, boats, roofing sheets, knives, hoes, machete, and fishing tools like fishing nets, or weaving products as baskets, and all kinds of general domestic and foreign cargoes. In addition, the market also sells many types of food: noodle soup, noodle with toasted meat, rice soup, Hu Tieu, and coffee, etc. In particular, there are dozens of ferry and vessels anchoring at the river's bank. They are ready to take tourists to visit the floating market. Shipowners are often the locals, thus they should be able to work as "concierge".
After sightseeing and shopping at the floating market, tourists can move down to Tra Nien Canal to visit the grave of Bachelor Phan Van Tri, or visit villages, orchards, and immerse in simple but warm life of farmers in Nhon Ai, Nhon Nghia, Tan Thoi, and Truong Lac communes which have been a famous horticultural economic area.
How to get to Phong Dien Floating Market?
The market is 20km southwest of Can Tho; most get here by road. For trips on smaller boats (US$4 per hour), operators can be found along Hai Ba Trung Street by the river, but inspect boats first; the faster alternative is to take a "xe om" - motorbike taxi or taxi and then hire a boat at the other end.
- Magnificent View of Daily Life
- Floating restaurants and floating gas stations
- A large variety of fruits
- Authentic floating market with real trading going on
- Boat trading atmosphere on the Mekong
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Tips for you
We opted for the 3-hour tour that took us to the floating market. Our hotel arranged it for us which included our pick up and for a private tour (just the 2 of us) and the best part was we got to watch the sun come up.We also opted for the English speaking tour guide (an extra $15USD which I would recommend) and got "Kent"- he was awesome. We could communicate with him almost perfectly. He gave us some history on the city, buildings and answered any questions we had. We taught him some new words and in return, he taught us some in Vietnamese.Our boat driver "Hi" was also pretty awesome. She prepared us snacks along the way.We also stopped at the noodle factory and saw how noodles are made. That was pretty cool.To be honest though, besides the river tour, I would avoid Can Tho. There's not much to do other than the river tours.
We've been in Vietnam a few weeks so this is nothing new but still interesting and worth an hour to mill about. I was on private boat so went at my own pace. Fun to see how they advertise their wares by putting it on a flagpole. A grocery store has several wares on the flagpole.
My opinion on this place is based in a comparison to all similar places we visited during our three week journey in Vietnam.It all depends on how valuable is your time for you to decide whether this market is worth it or not. Compared to other floating markets in many other countries (for instance, those you will find in Myanmar), Phong Dien is touristic, small, it is too far (we needed several hours to arrive) and by the time you get there, there's almost nothing to see, you basically take some few pictures because you don't want to accept you made a big mistake waking up that early and paying extra money just for that.My recommendation in Can Tho is that you enjoy its amazing gastronomy but avoid anything else. The rest is disappointing.
We opted for the 3-hour tour that took us to the floating market. Our hotel arranged it for us which included our pick up and for a private tour (just the 2 of us) and the best part was we got to watch the sun come up. We also opted for the English speaking tour guide (an extra $15USD which I would recommend) and got "Kent"- he was awesome. We could communicate with him almost perfectly. He gave us some history on the city, buildings and answered any questions we had. We taught him some new words and in return, he taught us some in Vietnamese. Our boat driver "Hi" was also pretty awesome. She prepared us snacks along the way. We also stopped at the noodle factory and saw how noodles are made. That was pretty cool. To be honest though, besides the river tour, I would avoid Can Tho. There's not much to do other than the river tours.