Foreign tourists sit on boats to explore Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho, 2019. Photo by VnExpress / Le Dang
British travel publication Rough Guides has ranked Cai Rang Floating Market in the town of Can Tho in the Mekong Delta as one of the 19 must-see food hubs in the world.
The market, the largest of its kind in the Mekong Delta, where trade on the waterways has been a way of life for generations, was the only Southeast Asian representative to make the list.
“Visiting the Cai Rang floating market is a must in the Mekong Delta. A huge range of products is for sale from a fleet of brightly colored boats. Most traders advertise their wares from the top of a long pole attached to their ship. ” Approximate Guides declared.
Cai Rang is about five kilometers from downtown Can Tho and a 30-minute boat ride from Ninh Kieu Pier. Early in the morning, traders gather to buy fresh vegetables and fruit to resell elsewhere. The busiest time is 5.30am to 6.30am when many boats obstruct the waterway.
The 40-minute boat ride is the best way to explore life along the waterways, passing houses built on stilts above the water and boats of a bewildering variety of sizes, shapes and sizes. of colors moored along the shore.
Can Tho, the largest economic center in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s most productive agricultural and aquaculture region, sits at the intersection of networks of canals and rivers that measure a total of 1,157 kilometers. The Hau River, one of the two tributaries of the Mekong in Vietnam, flows along the north of the city.
Other famous food markets in Asia included by the UK magazine were Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan, Kashgar Market in China, Kreta Ayer Wet Market in Singapore, and Kowloon City Wet Market in Hong Kong.