A 24-hour discovery of Cai Be floating market

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A 24-hour discovery of Cai Be floating market

Post: 30-09-2016 09:12:02 AM - Views: 524

Cai Be floating market is a biggest wholesale market in the Mekong delta region, which was formed in the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century.

We took a coach from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be at midnight after an exciting talk about floating markets where boats full of fruits, vegetables and other goods gather and sellers on board their boats noisily talking in the early morning.

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Cai Be floating market is a biggest wholesale market in the Mekong delta region, which was formed in the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century.

The Cai Be Floating Market is always busy, bearing all the characteristics of the locals’ life in the western region. All the goods are transported to the market by boats.

The floating market lies on the Tien River, adjacent to three provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre.

Approximately 400 to 500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables, and other products are anchored along the rive banks. Boats also operate like “taxis,” very convenient for tourists.

After an hour-long trip, we headed for Cai Be wharf. The whole street was quiet but there were some dogs barking in a distance. We took a motorbike taxi after a short walk to get to Cai Be wharf.

It was 2am but food, drink and fruit vendors could be seen along the river. We enjoyed a hot bowl of banh canh (rice noodle soup served with shrimp, pork and crab) and a glass of smoothies.

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Banh Canh

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Cai Be River looked beautiful even though it was raining then. While waiting for the rain to stop, we rented a small boat to tour the river. The boatman told us stories about the floating market and changes in the area over time. He stopped next to a huge row of water hyacinth to pick the plant to make a salad with fish sauce.

While my friends were busy talking to the boatman, I enjoyed watching boats with their prows painted in red and blue and eyes of noses of sea monsters. The floating market is not as crowded as it was in the past and there are more modern boats.

Our next destination was a fruit garden on an islet. The owner of this garden served what we thought were the best banh xeo (Vietnamese rice pancakes fried with shrimp, pork and sprouts).

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Banh Xeo

After the boat tour, we went to craft villages where coconut and green rice sweets are made.

After 24 hours in the area, we got back to the river bank’s market to have lunch under the rain and leisurely watched a boisterous scene of boats carrying coconut and fabric and gradually fell into sleep with a good memory of the Mekong Delta.

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Coffee with milk (Vietnamese: Cà phê sữa đá)

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And Cai Be floating market

From: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Online Newspaper

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