Cai Be floating market – experiencing life on a river
Let us imagine that one early morning, you are on a wooden boat flowing along a sub-Mekong river. What appears in front of you is a colorful picture of thousand fruit types. Around you is mellow sound harmonized by various voices of a market at bright dawn. So here you are, Cai Be Floating Market in Southwestern Vietnam.
Cai Be Floating Market is the biggest daily wholesale market in southwest region. This river market is located in Cái Bè County, Tiền Giang province, along Tân Phong island where is an adjacence of three provinces: Tiền Giang, Bến Tre and Vĩnh Long. Though it is most famous for fruit which means you can taste many fruit of Vietnam here, the market offers a wide range of product including agricultural products, household goods, even foods and drinks, etc. Cái Bè is the county that has the most number of fruit gardens in Tiền Giang Province. Thus, Cai Be floating market is an important transhipment terminal of fruits and other agricultural goods to many places. Read more: Tours in Vietnam
The market has come into being since the end of 17th century and early 18th century, when the first Vietnamese came here and settled in the land. The most long-standing floating market in Tiền Giang attracts tourists both local and foreign with the lively sight of dense boat web and the busy atmosphere.
Wholesalers on big boats moor here, each especialising in just few types of fruit. Like any other markets, the market is where people exchange goods, but sellers here often stand quietly at their boat rather than cry out about their goods because every boat has a long pole to hang samples. Read more: Travel to Indochina
Tourists coming to Cái Bè floating market can also enjoy the tranquility of rural life here. The scenic natural picture will capture heart of any long-distanced guests with garden after garden, tree after tree and lush rows of tall upright coconut tree.
We will also explore amazing things about daily life of the local people in the vastness of the river. To many Cái Bè residents, boat is also served as home. Children leave boats to go to school in day time while their parents stay all day in it, flowing along the river to sell goods.
The Indochina Voyages team.
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