Floating Market is one of typically cultural features in Mekong Delta. Similar to Cai Rang in Can Tho, Cai Be Floating Market in Tien Giang also has many characteristics of the Southwestern River.
Cai Be Floating Market belongs to Cai Be town, located in the section of 3 provinces: Tien Giang, Ben Tre, and Vinh Long. With the diversity and abundance of goods with sufficient necessities as well as services for residents living around the river, Cai Be Floating Market is considered as one of the biggest wholesale markets in Mekong Delta. Among the categories of goods here, the most outstanding are still the fruits harvested from the orchards at Cai Be.
While Cai Rang Floating Market is opened at the dawn, the activity of buying and selling at Cai Be Floating Market takes place all day and night, most bustling around the time from dusk to dawn because here is the hub transferring the variety of fruits and Southwestern products to all parts of Vietnam. Therefore, the operator of Cai Be Floating Market Tour mainly chooses the time of sunrise or sunset for the purpose of tourists’ seeing the bustle and vibrancy of this famous market. After 8 am, the activities on the market begin to sparse gradually, and it is right time for visitors to enjoy the tranquility and the ingenuously laborious locals’ daily pace of lives year-round living on their boats.
One of the attractions of Cai Be Floating Market is that the goods here are cheaply surprised. Fruits are typically rich and various because Cai Be is home to the largest fruit production in Tien Giang with many fruit specialties, for instance, orange, guava, tangerine, and rambutan, etc. In addition, other goods in the market can be incalculably mentioned as garments, home appliances, livestock, poultry, and fresh seafood, etc. In recent years, there have been many mobile stalls selling food and drinks to cater for the locals as well as tourists.
On Cai Be Floating Market Tour, renting dinghy and weaving around on the river with full of up-downstream boats, buying delicious fruits, specialties and enjoying them right on the boat is one of the most incredibly wonderful experiences for tourists when floating on Cai Be Market. After that, visitors can explore Tan Phong islet where is known as a green pearl land in the middle of Tien river for learning how locals make coconut candy, crispy rice popcorn, rice paper and visiting honey bee farms, and then walking through the orchards to the beautiful lotus tea house for listening Don Ca Tai Tu, a traditional genre of music in the Southern Vietnam officially recognized as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Finally, you will never forget the precious moment when biking through car-free village roads with tropical fruits and bonsai gardens on the both side, as well as visiting some traditional handicraft workshops on the biking road to feel more about the real Mekong Delta atmosphere.
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