Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang Floating Market
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Points of Interest & LandmarksFlea & Street Markets
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Mekong River CruiseCai - Rang Floating Market Tours - Touring a floating market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers to Saigon wish to check, and none are bigger, or more popular than the Can Tho’s Cai Rang Floating Market.The Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 04:00 and runs until 10:00, meaning that you’ll have to get an early start of the day if you want to visit.The market is about six kilometres from Can Tho, or about a 40-minute boat ride. While floating down the river, you get a glimpse of life along its 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.Once you finally reach the market, it’s an impressive site. A stretch of boats selling all variety of goods lines the river.
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  • Dorothoong Lis
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely trip
    We wake up so early to get the market by sampan boat. We cruised into floating market to see many vendor who sell vegetable and fruits like watermelon, pineapple. We do feel the market still really big with around 100 boats selling fruits but quite hard and boring for people staying and sleep on the boat. Our guide said they consider the boat like house so they always live on the boat. I sometimes saw some kids, chickens and televison on their boat, this is so impressing for us. Then, we also go to wild canal, rural villages and visit some factories. The trip is quite expensive but really worth each penny. We have a very small group only four of us, our guide was lovely and wide range of knowledge, he invited so much yummy fruits like jackfruits, mangosteen, pineapple. You can contact with him via Whatsaap +84939480468 to book the lovely trip
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • teo V
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome experiences
    We were interested for the trip to this market. Actually, it is a wholesale market with many local merchants from villages coming to buy and sell their fruits like pineapple, watermelon, mango and vegetable. The best part of the market is to see how people live and trade their fruits at middle of river. Additionally, my mom really like to enjoy pineapple, mangosteen and delicious noodle soup (must try all). Finally, our family also visited chocolate factory, noodle village and fruits garden. All were awesome. I highly recommend our lovely guide, he has a wide range of knowledge and so charming (his whatsapp +84936427369)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Brett C
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely
    Amazing views - slightly more touristy than expected but still worth it. We didn’t opt for a cruise but instead asked an old lady if she would take us for a fraction of the price. I would recommend that visitors ask locals for a tour as opposed to the big tour boats.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • angieng
    Sydney, Australia310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A most memorable family experience
    We joined a tour organised by our accommodation to the Cai Rang floating markets. It was perfect for us. We had breakfast on the boat, sampled some pineapple and visited a noodle making factory. It was fascinating to see the way of life for the people and their business. We had a 3 and 6 yo with us and they enjoyed it very much too despite having to sit in the boat for quite some time and waking up at 5.30! An experienced not to be missed if in southern Vietnam!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Bernadina E
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mekong river cruise!
    We joined 2 day cruise on a small classic Mekong Eyes cruise from caibe - Cantho. We visited the market before finishing our cruise trip. It's all good. It's not crowded as imagined but till very good to see people trading things on small boats
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 October 2023
  • wy
    Auckland, New Zealand31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best value private boat trip with a fabulous granny
    After comparing prices of private short boat trips (2 hours), ranging from 300k-400k, Miss Loan (WhatsApp ‪+84 90 845 57 18‬) provides boat trips for the best price at 250k. This price is the best because the boat woman is her aunt, so Miss Loan does not charge any commission from her. Miss Loan even picked me up on her scooter, from my hotel near the city centre at 6am, with no additional charge. She dropped me off at Cai Rang, where her aunt’s boat is, and I went on an unguided tour with her aunt, who is a very fabulous granny. The boat is a small boat, looks like it can seat 3 people max (including the boat woman), so I’m not sure if they can seat more passengers or if there will be an increase in price. The boat trip went on a Cai Rang floating market classic route, first stop eat noodle on a boat, second stop small canals, third stop noodle-making workshop, then back. While most tours will tell you this trip is 2-3 hours, if you don’t eat, it’s actually around 1 hour and 25 minutes, which was enough for me. Overall I had a peaceful boat ride with this cute grandma, without a tour guide yapping in the background. After the boat ride, the area where the boat was parked is a large (land) market, which I had a nice time exploring. It was easy to get a grab bike back to the city centre. I highly recommend this boat trip with Miss Loan’s aunt!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 November 2023
  • caterina g
    Prato, Italy8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Miss Loan boat trip floating market
    We mad a boat trip with Miss Loan and her friend(Loan too). They picked up us at the hotel in the very early morning and we went to Cai Rang floating market. It was an authentic experience, we ate noodles for breakfast, we tasted coffe and fruits and after the trip we met some Loan's friends. They were very sweet and funny and we spend two hours with them in their everyday routine. It was one of the most beautiful human experience we made in Vietnam.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 December 2023
  • Nikki M
    Australia7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Miss Loan Cai Rang Floating Market Tour
    Miss Loan is wonderful! Just message her on what’s app and she will get back to you ASAP! We considered doing this in our own but at the last minute decided we needed a guide. Miss Loan was fantastic! She and her team got us there and back and we had a wonderful time on the river. As a group of five, we had a private boat which was really nice and we started early. We had coffee, Pho, pineapple, coconut candy, pork bun and noodles. If you want a tour without the nonsense and at a very good price, then Mrs Loan is for you!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 December 2023
  • Mapiri Q
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Floating Market!
    We joined the Mekong eyes cruise and visited the market on the 2nd day of the tour. I must say that we had unfogetable experience here. We tried local coffee, tasted fruit and see our merchants selling their local products.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 December 2023
  • Cathryn
    Rapid City, South Dakota10 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mostly for tourists, boring for elementary aged kids.
    Interesting if you happen to be in town, but not worth going to Can Tho just for this. Most the locals now go to the land market because bridges were built. These floating market now exist most for tourists. The early morning and to float past boats they couldn’t get in was very frustrating for our elementary aged kids. It was interesting once, but we wouldn’t go back.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2023
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soobert
Oregon47 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We spent almost 2 weeks in this lovely country with its wonderful people and this floating market was without a doubt the low point. I can recall the thoughtful conversation we had with our guide - should we depart at 5:30am or 5:00am to 'catch all the action'? She had this discussion with a straight face, but now I wonder if this is all some sort of elaborate joke. Even the guidebooks perpetuate the myth that this is one of the top experiences in Vietnam. Little did we know it's not worth getting up early at all, much less a 3 hour drive. So here's what happens: it's dark when you board a boat and head for the market - nothing to see. Once you get there, it doesn't even look like a market. It's a few dozen boats floating in the river 20 to 100 meters apart. More than half of them are filled with tourists wearing orange life vests. I may have seen one actual transaction of goods between Vietnamese people, unlike the lively street market in Hoi An where the locals appear to be actually doing business. We were asked to board another boat where a woman conducted a staged demonstration cutting pineapple and put it in bags. On the way back, you stop at a farm to see more staged demonstrations. Now that it is daytime, on the way back to Can Tho you cannot help but notice that the trash problem in the Mekong is way worse than you previously thought. This garbage gets caught in the propeller of your boat. Our poor captain had to take off his clothes and go swimming to remove it. Exhausted and regretful, we had a meal and went back to sleep.
Written 15 February 2020
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Nicole A
Reykjavik, Iceland8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends

warning!! scam on tourist dock nr 2 from can tho to floating markets.

A middle aged vietnamese woman approached us on by the river yesterday (where alot of boat drivers are offering their services) and she pointed at a small boat with shelter saying she will take us for 200k, a little cheaper than the others.. at 5 am we are rushed into a boat with 5 other tourist, different boat... she promised stops on 2 markets and we would be back at 11AM.. everything turned out to be untrue. Her boat is the slowest one on the river (goes roughly on walking speed) and we ended up on in a noname place where her friends had 4 boats, this took 3. 5 hours and passing the 2 big markets on the way, the ones we were paying to see, while she totally refused to stop even to go to a bathroom after asking for it over 2 hours.

Everyone were super disappointed and hungry, it was the worse experience I ever got in all my life.

Check the name card and please avoid her as much as possible.
Written 5 March 2020
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Kasthrines
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The floating market is really colorful with many fruits and vegetable. We really like to see how people show what kinds of fruits they sell on the boat. Also, how people can live on very small boat with a lot of fruits. I really recommend you should travel with a tour guide and small boat to understand how floating market work. You can book the trip with our guide (Tan) on his whatsapp +84916041736
Written 8 March 2020
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Peekaboo
456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Picked up at 5am and done floating market with breakfast on the river to start then on to the organic noodle making business and finally a walk through the fruit farm. The guide was called Dai (21 year old Vietnamese student) and was an absolute pleasure to be around. He spoke with a lot of knowledge and passion for his country well beyond his years. The tour takes approximately 7 hours and is well worth the fee (20 dollars). Would highly recommend this tour with Winter Spring Homestay. The market was ok, not as busy and full as we expected but the tour guide we had made our day
Written 24 January 2020
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Bim
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Feb 2020
Unlike many reviews on the internet, we arrived at the market at 7am, the market was still very crowded and bustling. My wife was very impressed by the unique advertising of fruits on boats. The market sells a lot of fruits such as pineapple, jackfruit and durian. We have breakfast on the boat, coffee and eat a variety of fruits like mango, milk breast. In addition, we also went to the beautiful small canals, peaceful villages, visiting family to make noodles. In conclusion, this is a perfect trip. The guide was also very knowledgeable and friendly, he helped connect me with the locals to help me better understand the lives of the people here. You can text him on his whatsaap/phone number +84335699848
Written 24 February 2020
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Shahar
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Cai Rang floating market is so wonderful with many unforgettable experiences. we saw a few hundred of local merchant selling fruits like pineapple, jack fruits, jicama, etc. Then, our guide also invited us the best breakfast with noodle soup and a dessert with many local fruits like mango, milk apple and pineapple. then, we cruised to small villages with alot of fruits gardens, and beautiful small canals. finally, I am really impressed to visit noodle factory and cocoa farm in which we saw how local people make chocolate and noodle by traditional way. Overall, I highly recommend this trip for anyone want to discover real life of Mekong Delta area. You can book the trip with Ven, his whatsapp: +84335699848
Written 1 February 2020
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada2,067 contributions
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Dec 2019
Cai Rang Floating Market was pretty unique and I am glad that we made the effort to get here. We opted for the earlier time of 5AM, as it was far better as there were less tourists on the river. In our boat there was three couples, the tour guide and boat operator.

For breakfast we had chicken soup at 6AM at Ngoc Anh, it was an interesting experience. There was also a pineapple boat that comes along, where they carve a small pineapple for you to eat, with a side of chili pepper salt, it was an interesting taste. Also different boats docking against ours trying to sell us fruits and drinks.

We also took in the 8AM boat ride as well, as our morning time slot was supposed to be just my friend and I, so the tour operator allowed us to join the 8AM boat tour, however there were far more people on the boat.
Written 30 January 2020
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Katja W
Trosa, Sweden17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went to Can Tho only for the floating market. We were so disappointed. The river is full of rubbish, floating plastic and food booxes - horrible. We did a morning tour to the Cai Rang market, there were some boats selling fruit, pinapple etc. The other boats were tourist boats - this is not a market for locals anymore this is just a cirkus thing for tourists. We had breakfast at a place that felt like a chinease trap. The table broke and cut a deep wound in my daughters knee. Finally on land again we had to go to the hospital and put stiches in it. The guide did what he could so nothing bad about him but the hole things is just dirty and touristy. I do not recomend any visit to the Cai Rang market.
Written 8 January 2020
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Shazza
United Kingdom17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The trip we went on (organised by Midmost Boutique Hostel) was amazing! We set off early (5.15am), as the markets finish around 8am. We got to see the sun rise; then had a lovely breakfast sitting on our boat. Then had another two adventures! We visited a noodle factory and got to see how they make rice noodles; and went to a beautiful orchard/farm and got to see and sample lots of different fruits! Wonderful!
Written 11 February 2020
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Jennifer L
114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Enjoyed our trip to see this market (unless you really enjoy long boat rides, you can probably skip the smaller, more touristy market further up the river; ditto for fruit orchard; noodle factory was interesting if you've never seen it before but maybe not worth the extra time). Boats selling lots of different produce plus floating cafes and even karaoke boat. Typically you leave before sunrise to get there while the market is still bustling. We went with Winter-Spring and had a good boat with lovely driver and English speaking guide (it's hard to hear much over the noise of the engine anyway).
Written 6 January 2020
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