Things you should know about the floating markets on Mekong Delta
Floating market is a special type of natural market. It is often hold on the river area naturally by the traffic of local people. In the market, both of sellers and buyers use boats for transportation and transferring. The market holding on Mekong river is not too wide nor too narrow. The branches of Mekong must be relatively wide, not too dry nor too deep. If the river is too deep and too big, it cannot anchor the boat easily and very dangerous for merchandises.
In Vietnam, floating markets are usually held in the Southwest, you will visit the floating markets in Mekong Delta Tours with minimum 2 day trips. Floating Market is a unique culture of the Mekong Delta. Meeting on the river, in the middle of a vast water area, they are boats, motor-boats, rowing boats. Meetings all day, but it is usually busiest in the early morning from 5.a.m. to 9.a.m.
On the boats filled with goods, products for selling are the fruits, vegetables, meals, and other agricultural products. The particular feature of the boat is that on each boat there are a few pole, on which dangling the kind of products that they sell. So customers just need to look at the pole to guess what the boats are selling.
Vietnamese floating market in the South-west is characterized by:
The market is a true place for local people, where local people exchange products, food, etc.
Shops or boats usually do not have banners. They show the things they sell by hanging a represented goods on the poles of the boats. People call this tree: "Bẹo tree". It is placed in the nose of the boat, the boat and then hanging up on the farm that they want to sell. For example, selling orange, people hang up some oranges, sell mango, then hang some mango... With this unique marketing, buyers or tourists to the market can observe and visit the true boats.
To find out which boats are locals who living there or which boats are not locals, you only look at the boat, on the boatside with the province code abbreviation is the first two letters. For example, on the boat "TG", the boat from Tien Giang, floating market is a gathering of many residents from all over Vietnam.
You will meet the imagines of daily life in the floating market of Mekong Delta.
Although people in the floating markets "hang something they sells" on the “bẹo tree”, there are 3 exceptions:
"What hangs without selling?" It's clothes. Floating market people often live and work on the boat, so their clothes are often exposed on the boat, so this "items" they do not sell.
"What sells without hanging?" The boat is selling food and beverage. These things cannot be hung up.
"What hangs this one, but selling another?" It is hanging coconut leaves but selling boats. People want to sell their boats usually hang a pole on a boat, on which a piece of coconut leaves.
Cai Be Floating Market is located on Tien River, bordered by three provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Ben Tre.
Phung Hiep floating market (Hau Giang) - Phung Hiep is the name of the district, while the market is hold in the intersection of seven branches...
Long Xuyen Floating Market (An Giang) is 2km away from Long Xuyen City.
Cai Rang floating market: It is located about 5 km from the center of Can Tho city along the highway to Soc Trang province, Cai Rang floating market will become the largest self-goat market in the region. You often have a chance to explore Cai Rang market in the trip of Mekong River Cruises, especially with Bassac Cruise, Le Cochinchine Cruise (sharing cruise), Song Xanh Sampan (Private cruise)…
The boats with lively and colorful looking in Mekong Delta.
Phong Dien Floating Market: Located 17 km from downtown Can Tho, this is the place to buy product garden.