According to the Vietnam Record Centre (Vietking), top 05 most attractive and vibrant floating markets in Vietnam are Phung Hiep, Cai Rang, Cai Be, Miet Thu and Long Xuyen floating markets.
Phung Hiep floating market (Hau Giang province)
Local people call it Nga Bay floating market, instead of Phung Hiep. It is the most unique floating market in Mekong Delta, where buyers and sellers bargain noisily on boats filled with seafood, agricultural products, housewares, and even snakes, turtles, squirrels, and lizards. In addition, there are foods and drinks on small boats twist and turn to serve hungry sellers and buyers.
Cai Rang floating market (Can Tho province)
Located about 6km from Can Tho City, the floating market of Cai Rang is the most famous and biggest ones of the Mekong Delta River. It is open from 05:00 until mid-day.
Visiting Cai Rang from the early morning, you can eye witness a maze of hundreds of boats packed with fruits, vegetables, plants, and foods. As sellers hang a sample of the goods on sale on top of a long pole, you can see its products from a distance.
Farm products and specialties of Cai Rang Town, ChauThanh District and the neighboring areas are the main products of Cai Rang floating market.
Cai Be Floating Market (TienGiang province)
Lying adjacent to three Mekong Delta provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre, Cai Be is the biggest wholesale market of the region. Since its establishment in 19th century under Nguyen Dynasty, the Cai Be floating market has been always busy and featured all the characteristics of the locals’ river life in the western region.
At Cai Be, locals always use boat to transport all the goods to the market. Joining a Mekong delta tour to Cai Be floating market from the early morning, you can see nearly 400 to 500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables, and other products anchoring along the river banks. Visitors are easy to discover Cai Be as boats there also operate like “taxis”.
Miet Thu floating market (Kien Giang province)
Top five most attractive floating markets in Vietnam cannot miss the name of Miet Thu floating market in Kien Giang Province. At Miet Thu, the main means of transportation for locals are canoes and wooden boats, which are also locals’ shelters.
A floating market meets on the river’s intersections where larger boats become houses to sell goods, mainly farm produce and food. Meanwhile, smaller boats drift along the canal to supply necessities to households living far from the market.
Long Xuyen floating market (An Giang province)
Seemed to be less famous as other floating market in the southern region, the Long Xuyen still attracts visitors thanks for the generosity of southerners.
Visiting Long Xuyen, you can see different landscapes along the river banks. Beautiful houses are situated on one side while paddy fields and houses on stilts are on the other. The river is getting more and more bustling, especially at the river mouth.
Boats selling the same agro-product items are tied together in groups. Some boats sell fuel and offer mechanical repair services.
A Mekong delta tour to explore floating market is the must-try experience when visitors travel to the southern region of Vietnam. More tours in Mekong Delta River can be found at: http://mekongdeltadiscovery.com.