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Trip to Vietnam would not complete without spending a few days checking out the mighty Mekong Delta. Easily accessible by bus from Saigon, the towns and villages on the Mekong River and its ...

Trip to Vietnam would not complete without spending a few days checking out the mighty Mekong Delta. Easily accessible by bus from Saigon, the towns and villages on the Mekong River and its tributaries give you a glimpse of a way of life that has been largely unchanged for centuries

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  • 1. halongmekongcruises.com The floating markets of Can Tho Trip to Vietnam would not complete without spending a few days checking out the mighty Mekong Delta. Easily accessible by bus from Saigon, the towns and villages on the Mekong River and its tributaries give you a glimpse of a way of life that has been largely unchanged for centuries.To get a better picture, however, you need to leave the safety of the shore and spend some time on the river. One of the best places to do this is in Can Tho – the largest town in the delta – by checking out its well known floating markets. If you have found your way to Mekong Delta, you cannot afford to miss floating markets or “Cho Noi”. This type of market can be found in most provinces of Mekong and some big and famous floating markets are Cai Rang, Phong Dien ( CanTho City), Nga Nam (Soc Trang) , Nga Bay (Hau Giang). Floating markets in Can Tho have existed for a long time in the region. It basically is a market where people sell and buy things above water.
  • 2. There are a number of ways to see the markets, with vessels of varying sizes and degrees of comfort and trips ranging from four to eight hours. Gradually, people gathered together at one or some certain places on the river to sell fruits mostly picked from their own gardens. Then they made business by selling foods, goods which had been brought from other places.A floating market usually starts at 4 or 5 in the morning before dawn and ends when the sun rises high at 9 or 10am. Fruits and vegetables such as pineapple, dragon fruit, water melon, yam, and cabbage are the dominant goods at these floating market. Besides, you can also find garden tools, crafts and Vietnamese breakfast like rice noodle “Bun” or “Hu Tieu”. It is very interesting to try to manage the chopstick and soup bowl while paddling along the river. The second market is further down the river and is probably even larger than the first. Vendors advertise their wares by way of fruit and vegetables stuck on tall wooden poles, and potential buyers paddle from boat to boat to choose the best offerings. From sampans packed to the brim with mangoes to larger vessels selling up to half a dozen different options, this is a produce stand with a big difference.In between the two markets was a side trip down one of the small canals to take a look at a working rice noodle factory. Now typically I would have expected this to be about as exciting as a trip to the box factory, but I was pleasantly surprised. The „factory‟ was more of a large shed with the various stages of production taking place in different areas.
  • 3. Nowadays, in Can Tho City, you can visit floating market by a boat tour from Ninh Kieu dock. Usually it takes 5 hours to finish visiting 2 nearest floating markets and for most foreigners; these 5 hours are really worthwhile! View More: The floating markets of Can Tho