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Can Tho fix up the floating market

Can Tho fix up the floating market

Can Tho City's People's Committee has approved a project to preserve the Cai Rang floating market in Cai Rang District.

Cai Rang floating market is a floating market in Mekong Delta specialized in exchanging, buying and selling agricultural products, fruits, goods, food, dining on the river. The floating market is also a special attraction of Cai Rang district, Can Tho city. Cai Rang floating market is located on Can Tho river, near Cai Rang bridge, about 6 km from Can Tho city center and 30 minutes by boat from Ninh Kieu Wharf.

Cai Rang floating market

Cai Rang floating market

Submitted by the district's People's Committee, the project aims to restore and upgrade the market to meet the requirements of the sellers and attract more visitors. According to Ngo Anh Tin, vice chairman of the district's People's Committee, the district will rearrange the mooring system for boats at the market. It will build a stop station, floating restaurant and public restrooms for tourists as well.

The city has also established a steering board to support preservation works. The board has 23 members led by Le Van Tam, vice chairman of the people's committee. It is in charge of working with the Cai Rang District's Culture and Information Office and its Tourism Centre to implement the project.

"The project is necessary for maintaining and developing the market as the city's most popular destination," Tam said, adding that for years local authorities have yet to issue official articles on managing and preserving the market.

He also said the project would contribute to raising awareness of boat traders and local residents for environmental protection, food hygiene and safety and social security at the market. The project is expected to begin in early 2016.

With this project, Cai Rang floating market will definitely be better and attract more tourists. Tourists will also have more fully interesting experiences to Cai Rang floating market in Mekong Delta tours.