Visit the most famous floating market in Mekong Delta - Cai Be
Floating markets have become one of the most prominent features of the Mekong Delta Vietnam. These are the destinations that you should not miss when taking Vietnam travel tours. Let’s follow us to visit the most famous one there - Cai Be floating market to more know about life here.
Where is Cai Be Floating Market
Founded in the 18th century, the Cai Be floating market is located in Cai Be Town, Cai Be District, Tien Giang Province. It is situated in the Tien River precinct between Vinh Long, Ben Tre, and Tien Giang. The traffic here is entirely by the waterway with the busy activities of buying and selling goods exchange. Cai Be floating market is the most vivid evidence for a unique culture of the South; becoming one of the largest wholesale markets in the South West, and the fruit transfer station all over the country. Every day, there are about 200 boats from other provinces such as Can Tho, Ben Tre, Ho Chi Minh City, Long An, An Giang and Ca Mau.
Cai Be Floating Market has a bold beauty of the countryside. Besides the hustle and bustle of trade, Cai Be keeps its poetic beauty with its canals and greenery. At night, the lights from the boats and streets along the riverside to the bottom of the water creates a mysterious and charming beauty.
Best time to visit Cai Be Floating Market
Cat Be Floating Market opens very early. From 3 am, boat trips from many places are gathered. When the sun rises from 5 am, it's the busiest time of the market. This is also the appropriate time to visit and explore the market. You will have the opportunity to see and trading activities and learn about the life of people in the Southwest. Wandering around the river, you will have definitely wonderful relaxing moments. Cat Be floating market often finishes at 8 pm. At that time, activities in the market begin to sparse.
If you like quietness, you can visit the market in the afternoon, at about 4 pm to see the sunset. Sunset is also the time when the "floating street" lights up, bringing a bit of sadness. Somewhere you can hear the old songs.
What to explore in Cai Be Floating Market
Thanks to its convenient location, Cai Be Floating Market is always busy. The goods here are very abundant and various including textiles, seafood, home appliances, and beverages but the most popular one is the fruit because Cai Be has the largest fruit garden in Tien Giang.
Cai Be also provides the full essential supply of goods and services for floating market residents.
Cai Be market opens all day and night with hundreds of boats selling all kinds of good. The uniqueness of the market is the boat will sell the fruits that hung on the pole. Besides the ordinary items, visitors can find the specialty fruits of Tien Giang such as green grapefruits, Lo Ren star apple fruit or mandarin and other ones such as coconut candy, cashew nut, and honey at the reasonable price. The friendliness of the sellers brings tourists a comfortable feeling.
In particular, coming to Cai Be Floating Market, visitors can easily integrate with the bustling atmosphere and participate in shopping activities because the market is divided into separate areas.
The fruit and vegetable area stretches from the church to Vam Long Hai. This area usually has 5-10 ton boats from other provinces. The rice area is situated in a separate section of the river.
From the boat, you will see the whole market as a vividly colorful and vibrant picture with the colors of fruit, vegetables, clothes and the sound of boats.
Today, due to the needs of the people, the floating market not only sell fruit or agricultural products, but also the food. The small canoes between the fruit boats mainly sell drinks and breakfast such as wet cake, noodle soup, congee, cake soup, spring rolls, coffee, and tea. It's a fantastic experience when eating this food on the river.
On the Mid-year Festival (Doan Ngo Festival), Cai Be floating market become more crowded and busy. Alcoholic bath festival, also known as mud bath festival, has created the unique features of the floating market. Around 1 pm - 4 pm, when the water rises, people in neighboring regions come here to have the mud bath. Visitors can now enjoy the "rice brain" caught up in the river and this dish becomes one of the unique dishes in this region.
What an interesting place that reflects the culture and daily life of the people in Tien Giang in particular and the Mekong Delta in general. Come and explore this unique feature when visiting beautiful Vietnam. For more information about Asia tour packages, please visit our website. Have a nice trip!