The dense network of the Mekong River and its tributaries has developed the waterway transport system and formed the special customs of the locals here. If you visit, you can watch the locals trading goods from their boats, which has created a vast floating market. Cai Rang Floating market of Can Tho is the most famous of these markets.
Known as the world’s 10th longest and the 7th longest river in Asia, Mekong River flows through several countries. When it comes to the southwestern Vietnam, it separated into 2 small parts, and the 2 parts continue divided into 9 branches as nine dragons so its surrounding area is also called Nine Dragon Delta or Mekong Delta. Mekong Delta is considered to be the second largest and richest area in Asia in Vietnam where people essentially live by farming. Also called as “Rice Basket” of Vietnam, the Delta provides about 60% of rice and a large of seasonal and fresh tropical fruits. Mekong delta region has been an exotic paradise for visitors throughout the word and a cannot-be-missed destination in Southern Vietnam tours. Coming there, visitors are fascinated when observing lots of the activities in the area taking place on the vast waterways as well as most houses accessing to the river, not all of them to roads.
Experience life in the Mekong Delta on a group tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Travel down the narrow canals by rowing boat and get the chance to sample fresh fruits and the local coconut candy. Cai Rang is the biggest floating market in Mekong Delta where people can buy fruit & vegetables from locals. A good time to visit is early in the morning when they are very lively and colorful.
You will also experience the daily life activities and rhythms in rural Vietnam: children cycle excitedly around, dogs laze in the heat, chickens scratch soil for food and people swing in hammocks while humming a folk song, all will capture your heart and remain in your memory for long. We have crafted some new tours with a homestay in Mekong Delta, please check it out below
Joining Private Mekong Delta 3 Days 2 Nights Tour, you will be amazed by lots of incredibly interesting activities including exploring the agricultural life and how the locals trade their goods on Cai Rang Floating Market and cycling through the narrow village streets where cars hardly get through. On the biking way, you are going to pass tropical fruit gardens, get across the bridge with vast mangrove palm scenery from both sides. On Private Mekong Delta 3 Days 2 Nights Tour, you will relax on a cruise on the Mekong River, admire its beauty in the early morning, and take a rowing boat through the maze of shady creeks. Then, a visit to the Unicorn islet to enjoy honey tea and tropical fruits visiting a honey bee farm, a coconut candy workshop, listen to the melody of a Vietnamese folk music, eventually have lunch with Mekong delicacies will fascinate you a lot. We will bring you tons of memorable moments in this authentic area with an impressive hospitality from Mekong Delta people.
Joining Private Mekong Delta 2 Days 1 Night Tour, you will be amazed by lots of incredibly interesting activities including exploring the agricultural life and how the locals trade their goods on Cai Rang Floating Market and cycling through the narrow village streets where cars hardly get through. On the biking way, you are going to pass tropical fruit gardens, get across the bridge with vast mangrove palm scenery from both sides. On Private Mekong Delta 2 Days 1 Night Tour, you will relax on a cruise on the Mekong River, admire its beauty in the early morning, and take a rowing boat through the maze of shady creeks. Then, a visit to the Unicorn islet to enjoy honey tea and tropical fruits visiting a honey bee farm, a coconut candy workshop, listen to the melody of a Vietnamese folk music, eventually have lunch with Mekong delicacies will fascinate you a lot. We will bring you tons of memorable moments in this authentic area with an impressive hospitality from Mekong Delta people.
It would be a miss if visiting Mekong Delta without a stop at Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho City, an originally spontaneous market, which is one of the most famous and biggest floating markets in the Mekong Delta and absolutely diﬀerent from other ﬂoating markets in Thailand. From the early morning, a countless number of boats and sampans will gather here, making the whole area more lively and stunning than ever. Cai Rang Floating Market is opened all day and night that you have a lot of time to explore the local’s agricultural life and how they trade their goods directly from boat to boat. The very first impression the tour makes on everyone is the extremely lively and crowded trading atmosphere of Cai Rang Floating Market. After that, we’ll head to Cai Be for joining a local cooking class, biking around peaceful village paths, enjoying the melody of South Vietnam folk music, and then relaxing on a rowing sampan through a mangrove palm canals to feel the real Mekong atmosphere.
Vietnamese cuisine is reflective of the Vietnamese lifestyle, from the preparation to how the food is served. Going through long phases of war and political conflict, as well as cultural shifts, the vast majority of the Vietnamese people have been living in poverty. Therefore, the ingredients for Vietnamese food are often very inexpensive but nonetheless, the way they are cooked together to create a yin-yang balance makes the food simple in appearance but rich in flavor. Due to economic conditions, maximizing the use of ingredients to save money has become a tradition in Vietnamese cooking. In earlier decades and even nowadays in rural areas, every part of a cow is used, from the muscle meat to the intestines; nothing is wasted. The higher quality cuts from farmed animals (cows, pigs) would be cooked in stirfry, soup or other dishes, while the secondary cuts would be used in blood sausages or soup. The same goes for vegetables like scallions: the leafy part is diced into small bits which are used to add flavor to the food while the crunchy stalk and roots are replanted.
The Mekong Delta really is ‘as flat as a pancake’, so cyclists of different levels can join any of our tours without worrying too much about not being in top shape. In fact, the Mekong Delta region would have to be one of the most user-friendly biking locations you could ever imagine! That makes it a fantastic location for a family or a group of friends to enjoy the time of their lives whilst touring in an ecologically sustainable way! By staying off main roads and travelling only on paths, dirt tracks and country backroads, we aim to give you a unique opportunity to smell, touch and taste the REAL Mekong Delta. You will have a chance to meet a lot of real locals who aren't trying to sell you something! Years of research and constant refinement of our product has led us to where we are today, where we can offer you well organized, top quality bike trips and the best service, at highly competitive prices. We are 100% confident that you will love our tours, because we at Vietnam Backroads are a local tour company, the cycle path finders and planners, and we take great pride in our product
Just 8km from Can Tho is Cai Rang, the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta. There is a bridge here that serves as a great vantage point for photography. The market is best before 9am, although some vendors hang out until noon. Cai Rang can be seen from the road, but getting here is far more interesting by boat. From the market area in Can Tho it takes about an hour by river. After that, you will be taken to see a traditional noodle factory. At there, you can explore how people make noodle in person with simple machines. Then, your boat will ahead to Phong Dien Floating market. Perhaps the best floating market in the Mekong Delta, Phong Dien has fewer motorised craft and more stand-up rowing boats. It’s less crowded than Cai Rang and there are far fewer tourists. The market is at its bustling best between 6am and 9am. It is 20km southwest of Can Tho. You can visit the small canals on the way and stopping a while for walking. Then, your trip will stop at a fruit garden where you can enjoy Vietnamese dishes and try monkey bridge. The trip will finish back at the Cai Rang floating market. This journey should take approximately seven hours return from Can Tho.