Mekong Delta, also known as the 9 dragon delta or Dong Bang Song Cu’u which is a very large long river that spans across Vietnam and empties in the South China Sea. Here you will see lots of floating market where locals trade their goods in sampans or boats. Going through floating market is one sure way of enjoying your travel in the prosperous and beautiful country of Vietnam.
Most of the floating market in Vietnam is found in this large river called Mekong Delta. It is popular worldwide even during the Vietnam war. You can find the 2 biggest floating market in Phung Hiep and in Cai Be. When you get to Mekong Delta, you will first must find a motorized boat to arrive in Cai Be floating market where locals and travelers or tourists trade goods, fruits, fishes, and commodities.
You will find lots of farmers from coming from many places that brought their grown fruits, vegetables and crops to sell on dealers. It is called a floating market since they trade while riding their boats and hang their products on the pole. The dealers will sell their commodities to small local shops in the nearby owns or to other dealers found in a much larger town. You can find buyer and sellers bargaining their items, you can also see floating bars, floating restaurants, floating gas stations as well.
Another floating market with is also the biggest is the Phung Hiep floating market found in Mekong Delta as well. This floating market is open from around 4 am until 11 am. If you decide to come here, you better wake up early and take the boat at around 1 am. You need to go there very early if you plan to do a one day tour or you will miss it when you gone there late. Daily, you will find lots of locals bargaining at the floating market and it includes vegetables, crops, fishes, fruits like mangoes, mandarin and many more as well as snakes, turteles and pigs. At 4 am the starts to become lively and trading starts and by sunrise you will notice that the waterway is already full of sellers and buyers. Sellers of small items just hang their samples on the bamboo pole. The customers comes from water and land then they transfer from one boat to another to purchae or trade. Other buyers can take a short break by enjoying hot bowls of noodles and other local food in some of the floating restaurants or in some sampans.
In Cai Be is another well known floating market which is found in the Western part of Southern Vietnam. This floating market is first founded during the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century. This floating market is buzzling with activities where lots of locals trade their products and are transported with rafts or boats. This floating market is along the Tien river which spreads in to the three provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre. In here you will find that the floating market is divided into buying and selling area and there are about five hundred boats usually selling products like fruits, vegetables, meats and crops. This floating market is already populated as early as three in the morning by buyers and sellers. The traders are usually living on their boat and they just link their electricity by using their motor generator. Each boats has a pole where they hang their products and which is why it is called Cay Beo. There are many boats which serves taxis of public transport for convenience of locals ad tourists.
Many tourists visits Mekong Delta just to get to witness and get bargains in the floating markets. For tourists or travellers who wants the authentic feel of Vietnam hospitality, visiting the floating market is a great place to include in your one day tour. There are many travel agencies that can arrange a one day tour that includes visit in Mekong Delta floating market. I strongly recommend visiting the floating market for authentic Vietnamese experience where you can enjoy genuine hospitality, great food and you can save a lot by driving a hard bargain. You can find almost just anything from food to local goods to products at a cheap price.
About the author: Airing Shin is a Chinese article writer, collaborators for Vietfun Travel. She loves to travel and write about her experiences among Asian nations and is fascinated about different cultures, food and traditions. She usually writes for magazines and travel sites.