Cairang floating market the local trade from boats

Floating market is a very special life style feature in Mekong river Vietnam. Most of people here transports by boat, making two third of goods carried by boat. So, why should they come to a market on land meanwhile they can gather in a river corner and to their merchandising. That’s why floating market is available in Vietnam, for many centuries, since people come here for living. The floating market then is true locally authentic, not for tourists like in other countries. At these floating market, vegetables and fruits from the plantations and gardens nearby are sold. Meat, breakfast, fast moving consumer goods or even lottery can be found here. Let’s have a look at Cai Rang floating market.

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Cai Rang floating market is one of the biggest one among the series, and most famous as it is easy to approach. It is about six kilometres from Can Tho city center, or about a 30-minute boat ride. The trip on boat from Cantho to the market also rewards with daily life along the river shores. You’ll pass vibrantly painted boats anchored along the shore, merchant vessels carrying loads down the river and houses built on stilts over the water, with people with their activities on those.

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The Cai Rang Floating Market, as well as other in the Mekong Delta, starts around 05:00 and gets less crowded when the sun comes, though it runs until around midday. This means going there early can see more local people on their boats.

Once you finally reach the market, you will see an impressive view. There are many small boats selling all variety of goods moving back and forth the river. There are also many big boats anchoring at one place to buy things from small boats (buy large quantities of goods) and sell it to other small boats (small amount for daily life need). You will easily recognize what that big boats focus on what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole; if you want pineapple, simply scan the horizon for a hanging pineapple.  The market is considered one of the best place in the world for capturing daily life into the great photos.

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After the market, normally the trip will continue with  going along more small canals for introducing more daily life and make a visit at a local orchard. Make a walking around a fairly large garden growing a big variety of local fruits, which you’ll get to sample after your walk, and see how life is easy here.

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