Wherever you go in the world, you will always find markets to shop and trade different items or products. The usual markets that you know is always on the ground, where you are free to walk or roam around while looking for items to buy. It is even ordinary to go to shopping malls where you can find various shops selling particular products.
There are some Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, where you can find floating markets. Here, it will be more fun and exciting to buy if you are going to move along the floating market by boat. In the floating markets, you can see various products, handcrafts, fruits and vegetables on the boat. There are even food sellers, who are cooking foods on their boat. It could have been better if you can experience and witness how trading happens in the floating markets of the Mekong Delta. You can check floating market by book some tour on Mekong Delta tours!
Vietnam’s Floating Markets
You can see various products hanging on the poles and stored in the boats of the merchants. So, it would be best if you are going to get a boat while shopping. There are several floating markets in Vietnam that runs along the Mekong Delta area. These floating markets are the busiest and huge floating markets full of merchants, traders, buyers and visitors from local and foreign places.
Today, the floating markets are also one of the tourist spots that visitors would like to see because these markets are not usual. You will always need a boat to enjoy and feel how life is when you are one of the citizens living in the nearby villages. Going to a floating market is one of the highlights of booking a tour to Vietnam anyway. So, you will surely come and have the best shopping experience.
- Cai Rang Floating Market
The Cai Rang Floating Market is not just the largest floating markets, but also the busiest in the Mekong Delta markets. Sellers usually opens around 5 in the morning. They sell various fruits, crops and products from neighboring villages. Finding the product that you would like to buy is easy because you can find them on the poles. So, if you need something, then you simply need to look for that boat carrying the item that you want to have.
- Cai Be Floating Market
Another floating market that you can find along the intersection of some provinces, such as Vinh Long Province, Tien Giang Province and Ben Tre Province is the Cai Be Floating Market. You can find here various products, such as fruits, sweet foods, meat and seafood. You can find here about 500 boats carrying different products. Again, if you would like to buy something, just look at the pole and you will know what they have on the boat.
- Phung Hiep Floating Market
Another busy floating market in the Mekong Delta is the Nga Bay Floating Market or also known as the Phung Hiep Floating Market. You can buy here wholesale products and retail items of fruits, seafood, vegetables, meat, handcrafts and domestic products.
Coming to the floating market is a sacrifice because in the part of the sellers, they need to be there as early as 3am or 4am. But, in the case of the buyers and tourists, if possible, you need to come very early. If you can make it to the floating market by 6am, then it is good because the sun is not yet shining so hard. You can even enjoy foods served for breakfast in the Mekong Delta.
Early in the morning, the sellers are already busy because customers started coming to trade and bargain products. But, at this point you can witness how their lifestyle is. You can even enjoy taking photos because the boats are filled with various colors and products.
If you come late, then the sun is already high and you might feel uncomfortable sailing and shopping around because you are under the sun. So, to have the most convenient and comfortable floating market experience. You have to be very early. This is true in any floating market, you can find in the Mekong Delta. So, wake up early and do not come late. It will be an advantage for you, so that you can still have a chance to sail along the river banks of the Mekong Delta.
“Janice enjoys shopping. She goes to malls and markets to buy things that she needs for home use and for her collections. Whenever she travels, she would love to buy some souvenir items. So, when she came to Vietnam for a visit. She did not miss to come and visit the floating markets in the Mekong Delta to buy a few items to bring home.”