Cai Be, one of the many well-known floating markets in the western region of southern Vietnam was formed in the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century. The Cai Be Floating Market is always busy, bearing all the characteristics of the locals’ life in the western region. All the goods are transported to the market by rafts and boats.
Visiting floating markets in Mekong delta
At 5:30 you will be picked up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. You will depart for Cai Be by minibus via Trung Luong Express Highway, stopping to take photos in Tan An city overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields.
On arrival in Cai Be, you will set off by motorboat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. You will visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Then you will wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation, accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music.
You will keep cruising through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Arriving in Tan Phong island, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy your cooking experience and learn how to prepare special Vietnamese dishes. You will cook food yourself and be served fresh river food in the garden. Then, take the chance to relax on the hammocks to get back your energy. Cycle around the village path with fruit orchards and bonsai garden. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong delta.
You will take a boat ride back to Cai Be and meet your bus for the trip back to Ho Chi Minh City. Your trip will end at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City around 16:00.
Pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Private boat rides
Lunch with local dishes
Local English-speaking tour guide