One of the most crowded floating markets in Mekong Delta is Cai Be. Taking a motorized boat to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Cai Be floating market with various fruits and good, you will have unforgettable experiences.
An unsleeping market
Cai Be was established in the Nguyen Dynasty in 19th century and lies in the Tien River. Many people consider Cai Be as an unsleeping market. Despite opening in the early morning at 4.00 am, most of rafts and boats are crowded actually from 3.00 am. The first activity in early morning always is transport goods or fruits and food from the land to Cai Be floating market and then arranging them carefully. The way traders arrange their products is also an “art”. For example, they usually arrange fruits into a pile, which looks like a small colorful mountain, to attract customers.
Approximately 400 to 500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables, and other products are anchored along the banks of river. For purchasing process, goods are shifted at inland markets or small boats take them for delivery along canals. The hustle and bustle atmosphere here is different from urban’s. Voices of people bargaining mixed rowers’ singing and sound of paddle boats, which make living of local people become lively. Furthermore, various colors of fruits, flowers and goods combine with bright blue and white color of sky adorn the picturesque floating market preciously.
Take a boat trip to Cai Be floating market, tourists will enjoy fully real life of people here. It is truly a market; hence do not forget to buy some special food for breakfast or fresh fruits. A common thing you should do or try in Vietnamese markets like Cai Be is bargaining. Remember to haggle for the best possible price and only haggle if you are keen on buying. However normally, the prices of fruits here are not too expensive. Besides, tourist can relax their mind by tasting some sweet coconut milk while boating on the river, and admire coconut trees along the river. It is a great chance to take some photos of simple life and friendly smile of traders.
It can be said that Cai Be seems is not only an inseparable part of their daily lives, but also represents unique cultural characteristics of local people.
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