Cai Be Floating Market is one of the well-known floating markets in the western region of South Vietnam. It was formed in the Nguyen Dynasty in 19th century. Cai Be Floating Market is located in Tien River, Cai Be District, Tien Giang Province. It is adjacent to three provinces: Tien Giang Province, Vinh Long Province and Ben Tre Province.
Cai Be Floating Market is the largest wholesale market in southwest. All goods are transported on the boats. The trade always take place on the river with a large-scale all day and night. This is a very special culture in the Mekong River Delta.
It has attracted a lot of people come to buy, sell, exchange goods and visit. Goods are diverse and abundant such as: fabrics, household goods, seafoods, poultries, flowers, foods and drinks….but the main goods of this market are fruits. Cai Be District has the largest area of orchards in Tien Giang Province with the most delicious fruits known as oranges, mangoes, guavas, tangerines, bananas, longans, water-melons, star-apples, etc.
According to local people, the floating market meets from 2 pm to 8 am. In the busiest time of the market, about 400 to 500 boats filled with fruits are anchored along the river to wait for trading. At that time, hundreds of people pour into the market to choose the best goods for their businesses. This creats a busy atmosphere in this market.
Many boats from Ho Chi Minh City, Long An Province, An Giang Province, Can Tho Province…also come there to purchase goods. These boats are usually the large tonnage boats, from 5-10 tons to transport goods from their province to the market, and buy other goods in the market to sale in their province. From here, goods are distributed to the land markets, the orther boats or to people who live along the rivers.
Most of the people live on their boats as the mobile houses. They eat in the boat, sleep in the boat, almost activities take place in the boat too….These are the specific characteristics of the traders and Cai Be Floating Market is an integral part of their life. Cai Be Floating Market also brings income for people who sell foods and drinks for the traders.
Take a trip to Cai Be Floating Market, tourists are attracted by the painting of real life of people here, the looming streets under the coconut trees and many luxuriant orchards along the river. All create the agreeable sceneries for travelers to enjoy. Linking gardens connected with rivers and canals – the pure beauty of the countryside has become an ideal destination for people who wish to escape from the busy cities.
Visit Cai Be Floating Market, tourists can also find for themselves many kinds of special food and drink on the boats, or even enjoy a cup of coffee for a relaxed morning. Cai Be Floating Market welcomes hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists every day.