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Can Tho floating market

10 best pix of our favourite Vietnamese market

Plenty of great markets to wander around in Vietnam and indeed the wet market across the river from Can Tho is also a favourite but we do particularly like the Can Tho floating market (or Cai Rang to give it the correct name) because it is one of the increasingly rare, genuine ‘floating’ ones. The famous Damnoen Saduak market near Bangkok – featured on innumerable postcards and TAT ads, (Tourism Authority of Thailand), has owed its continued existence to tourists for a long time now and many of the newer touted Bangkok region floating markets don’t even float but are merely canal-side. The Mekong Delta is the place to go in this part of the world to find the real McCoy and we’re not sure how much longer some of those will last for.

Can Tho - mess of boats
Can Tho – a mess of boats

Up until fairly recently you had to get around the Delta by boat – had to go shopping or sell your products by boat – but now new bridges and roads are increasingly providing villages and inhabitants with vehicle access and Vietnam’s picturesque Mekong Delta is being thrust into the 21st century.

The new bridge at Can Tho
The spectacular new bridge at Can Tho

At present, we rate the Can Tho option as the best, and largest, we’ve visited in that area, compared to say Vinh Long or Cai Be markets, but would be interesting to check out what Soc Trang to the east has to offer. Can Tho is also the most visited market by Westerners, but as we mentioned earlier it’s a market that exists despite the tourists, not because of the tourists and numbers are still relatively low compared to the number of shoppers and vendors anyway.

More boats....
More boats…

Our advice, and our tour itinerary, is an early morning visit – when the market is at its busiest and other visitors few and far between – then head back to your hotel for a late breakfast. Also, fun to grab a coffee from one of the floating coffee boats in the meantime.


Getting your morning coffee from the locals is much better than your hotel coffee shop as well and the local style coffee/rocket fuel certainly wakes you up!

In Thailand dragon fruit is actually known as 'Vietnamese fruit'
In Thailand, dragon fruit is actually known as ‘Vietnamese fruit’
Can Tho floating market. Vietnamese dragon boat?
Vietnamese dragon boat?

Confess we’ve never actually been big fans of dragon fruit but it does look attractive in a fruit salad, (or photo), even if it doesn’t taste of much!

As you can see a very colourful market
As you can see a very colourful market

Very photogenic market and well worth getting up early to catch the morning light as well, so here’s a couple more to bring it up to 10 pix and that’s a wrap! Next up, Xe Quit Vietcong Jungle base.

Can Tho floating market. Can hardly see the water for the boats!
Can hardly see the water for the boats!
Can Tho floating market. Pineapple boat - each boat tends to specialize in 1 or 2 crops
Pineapple boat – each boat tends to specialize in 1 or 2 crops

Fruit and veg are attached to poles sticking out from the boats so customers can see what each boat is selling.

and last but not least - dog making sure pumpkins don't escape
and last but not least – dog making sure pumpkins don’t escape

Can Tho and the Mekong Delta feature in (of course) our Mekong Delta tour as well as Hanoi to Saigon and Vietnam and Cambodia Overland.