Floating market, a window into Rural Boat Life in Can Tho

One of the longest rivers in South East Asia is the Mekong River. Its delta lies just west of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). This area is known for its impressive landscapes, incredible biodiversity, and intersections of canals and river networks.

Boats are the main form of transportation in the Mekong Delta, contributing significantly to its culture. These boats are essential for agriculture, commerce, and local life.

Can Tho is a city famous for its boat culture. The Cai Rang floating market is a unique place to observe rural boat life.

Can Tho 

Can Tho is the Mekong Delta’s largest city, with an estimated population of 1.5 million. It is a crucial economic, agricultural, technological, and cultural hub with an expansive freshwater port.

Outside of its floating market, Can Tho has numerous fruit orchards, traditional cottage industries, and bird parks.

Cai Rang Floating Market

Cai Rang floating market in Can ThoOne of Can Tho’s crowning jewels is the Cai Rang Floating Market. Travel here, and you’ll be amazed by all of the sights, smells, and sounds you encounter.

This market has been around for over 100 years! Many of the boats floating around here have distinctive “Mekong eyes,” which you can read on our site.

Vendors wake up before dawn to sell countless different products. You’ll see boats of various sizes with mounds of produce and other tasty products goods floating down the river. They often have samples of what they are selling attached to long bamboo poles on their boat.

Popular local fruits sold seasonally include mango, pineapple, watermelon, rambutan, and mangosteen.

In between all the fresh produce, you’ll find vendors selling various food items. You can sample Vietnamese coffee, mouthwatering noodle soups, and tasty banh mi sold from these boats.

Mekong Cruise Tours

floating market on mekong riverThose interested in bringing home memories rather than souvenirs will love visiting the Cai Rang Floating market. It’s a fantastic place to immerse yourself into local Can Tho life.

The best way to visit the floating market for the first time is through a guided Mekong cruise tour. More Fun Travel offers private tours to guide first-time visitors through Cai Rang and its boats. 

While exploring the market, you can spend some time chit-chatting with locals and pick up a few phrases. Some simple words you should know include “xin chao” (hello), “cam on” (thank you), and “tam biet” (goodbye).

Touring the market is a unique cultural activity that not everyone has the privilege to experience. If you find yourself in Vietnam, this is a worthwhile place to visit.


The Mekong River, Can Tho, and Cai Rang floating market are cultural gems worth visiting. Travelers who want an unforgettable trip where they can experience things rather than checking off a list would love spending time here. With a tour, you’ll have no problem navigating this fascinating city and market.

If you’re interested in planning a trip to the Mekong River Delta with a tour, contact us for more information.