Cai Rang Floating Market is the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta of Can Tho. It runs from 4am to 10am, which means you’ll have to get an early start of the day if you don’t want to miss one of the most photogenic sights of you Vietnam tour.
The main items sold here is not souvenirs but the daily goods: farm products and specialties in the area, which are loaded on hundreds of either small boats or larger sized ones, waiting to be traded. Sellers do not cry out to hail potential business because the river is so vast and the sound of engines so loud that it would not be heard. Instead, they hang a sample off the top of a long pole - if you want anything, look round for a hanging one. Take a boat trip, along the waterway you can observe the local life by the bank and learn more about the cultural aspects of southerners - you’ll find that it’s truly peaceful floating down the river in the early morning.
By an easy ride you can go back to Ho Chi Minh City and have a tour of it: Notre Dame Cathedral, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Thien Hau Pagoda, History Museum, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Ben Thanh Market.
From Can Tho you can board a boat and easily get to Phnom Penh to extend your Asia Tour. Sample this 21-Day Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Highlights Tour.