Mekong Delta has a unique culture called “floating market”. It is an indispensable destination in your Mekong Delta tours. There are a lot of famous floating markets in Mekong Delta. Now, let’s discover Cai Be Floating Market in Tien Giang province to see how local people here make ends meet on a boat.
Cai Be Floating Market is located in Cai Be Town, Cai Be District, Tien Giang Province. It is far from the center of My Tho City about 45 kilometers to the west. It is adjacent to three provinces in Mekong Delta including Tien Giang, Ben Tre and Vinh Long. If you want to visit Cai Be Floating Market in your Mekong Delta tours, you can choose to go by motorbike, car or passenger car.
Cai Be Floating Market – the peculiar tourist destination in Mekong Delta
The best time to visit
Dawn and sunset are the two most crowded and beautiful time in Cai Be Floating Market. At these time, you are able to see the whole rustic beauty of the floating market in Mekong Delta and learn how local people earn a living with their boats. If you like the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, you should visit Cai Be Floating Market in the afternoon. You will have a chance to join in some daily activities of Mekong Delta people on the boat such as preparing and arranging their products. Usually, at about 5 p.m., the sun is going to set in Mekong Delta. This is considered to be the most beautiful and sparkling time of this floating market and your Vietnam tours as well.
Cai Be Floating Market is very crowded in the early morning
The products here are very diverse and abundant, especially fruits. The reason is that Cai Be has the biggest production capacity of fruits in Tien Giang province so a large number of fruits from orchards near Tan Phong Islet are brought to Cai Be Floating Market to sell. Also, people from Saigon, Ca Mau, Vinh Long, An Giang, Can Tho and so on usually go to this market to do business.
A variety of products in Cai Be Floating Market
Today, due to the demand of most people, Cai Be Floating Market not only sells fruits or agricultural products but also serves foods with regional cuisine. Some small boats mainly serve drinks or breakfast for shoppers with a plenty of specialties such as steamed thin rice pancake, noodles, porridge, rice noodles, coffee, iced tea and so on. In your Mekong Delta tours, relaxing and enjoying a cup of coffee on the boat in Cai Be Floating Market will be a memorable experience.
The special feature
Cai Be Floating Market is a transfer station in Mekong Delta. It is one of the three largest wholesale markets to transport fruits and products to all regions of Vietnam, along with Cai Rang and Nga Bay floating markets. Therefore, every type of goods here are unexpectedly cheap. Unlike other markets in your , in Cai Be Floating Market, it does not have any announcement. Instead, traders hang their products on a pole on their boats for buyers to recognize and drop in if they need these products, which forms the unique feature of the floating markets in Mekong Delta.
The special feature of the floating markets in Mekong Delta
The interesting activities
Certainly, you have had the opportunity to enjoy the so-called “sea bath”, “hot spring bath”, “sauna” or “mud bath”. However, “islet bath” is a uniquely interesting kind of bathing in Cai Be Floating Market which you do not get used to. It takes place on Doan Ngo Festival every year and makes Cai Be Floating Market more crowded than usual. In addition, if you visit Cai Be Floating Market on this occasion, you can take part in catching snails in Tien Giang River and enjoy this special dish in Mekong Delta.
Grilled Sweet Snail with citronella is a special dish in Mekong Delta