Vietnam has a reputation for amazing floating markets, depicting Vietnamese people’s way of living from generation to generation. On your arrival at Mekong Delta, do not forget Cai Be – an elegant lovely town of the region to explore typical floating market, a representation of the locals’ everyday life.
Not very far from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Cai Be floating village is easy to reach with a two-hour car ride. Despite the fact that Cai Be floating market is getting smaller due to the astonishing pace of modern market’s development, it still preserves its own distinct features alluring a great number of both domestic and overseas visitors.
Cai Be floating market highlights
To have best panoramic view of Vietnamese people’s lives, a trip to Cai Be floating village would definitely satisfy your curiosity and meet your expectation of exploring a beautiful aspect of the locals.
You can sense the best taste of the market at around 6am. This is the most crowded and busiest time in which farmers and merchants get together to perform buying and selling activities. At that time, you may get a chance to immerse yourself in a lively atmosphere of the floating market where you can find a variety of different products from colorful tropical fruits, fresh vegetables and hand-made traditional crafted by talented local artisans. Come to explore the market, you will be overwhelmed by a brilliant patchwork of wholesalers on big boats selling different types of products. All creates a lively picture portraying distinct cultural life of Vietnamese people in general and those in the Mekong Delta in particular.
In addition to witnessing exchanging activities between buyers and sellers, you can also catch a glimpse of numerous interesting floating restaurants, bars, shops and even floating shops. It is such an awesome region with its own beauty that provokes visitor’s curiosity.
What’s more, one of the most wonderful things to do here is make a detour to get closer to stunning surrounding scenery as well as explore small canals and visit orchards. Also, you will have a chance to have a lunch at a tropical orchard garden and visit rural village with tranquil and peaceful ambience and thus have a deeper understanding of their distinct culture’s and tradition’s quintessence.