Cai Be floating market - A famous destination

Cai Be floating market is located in Cai Be town, Cai Be district, Tien Giang province, on Tien river section adjacent to three provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre.

Location of Cai Be floating market:

Cai Be floating market is located in Cai Be town, Cai Be district, Tien Giang province, on Tien river section adjacent to three provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre.

Cai Be Market is the biggest wholesale market in Southwest region. It takes place right on the river, all day and night at a large scale. Goods here are varied and plentiful. Cai Be district is famous for many largest orchards in Tien Giang with delicious fruits such as king oranges (cam sành), honey orange (cam mật), mango, guava, tangerine…

Trading scenes at Cai Be floating market

Tourists coming to Cai Be are increasingly crowded by this town exists several street blocks located along the river bank, looming under nipa palm rows and cork tree groves that looking from afar like a ink and wash painting. Cai Be brings a pure beauty of a countryside area, gardens sequential gardens, rivers sequential rivers, overlapping canals. Means of transport in Cai Be completely by water way.

Cai Be floating market takes place on the river, boats move busily. It acts all day and night at a large scale. Many boats, wherries from distant gardens coming here to sell and purchase goods. Therefore, the goods in Cai Be market is various and plentiful, from fabric, appliances to poultry, seafood ... even foods & drinks are not lack. 

Fruit trading area located on floating market rivulet, along Tan Long Island with a kilometer long. Boats, wherries from Ho Chi Minh City, Long An, An Giang, Can Tho, Ca Mau also gather here to purchase. Every boats are full with fruits: red rambutan, yellow mango, fragrant durian, fresh watermelon ... and already be here from early morning.

When dawn just rises up, Cai Be floating market already is bustling as a floating city. The sampans hawking such as rice, noodles, noodle soup, groceries… run on a wriggle way following along boats and wherries side to sell. Sitting on a boat, visitors can enjoy immediately a hot bowl of noodles or a fragrant cup of coffee in the morning...

Things to do in Tien Giang

Cai Be floating market is known as fruits and specialties transit station, deal to everywhere in Vietnam, even China. Prices are surprisingly cheap. Area sell the tubers, fruits runs from the fork Church to the mouth Long Hai. This area is usually kind of large boats from 5 to 10 ton payload cargo from other provinces specialties from their province on sale here and then return here buying their province. Selling rice, rice bran area is situated separately on the river. The unique feature of floating market is every boats will hang up what they sell on a pole head on boat nose to let the buyer know, don’t waste time to offer.
Long Hai church in the area of Cai Be floating market.

As the sun sets behind the distant rows of trees, it's time "floating city" lights up. At night, floating market is sparkling with bright lights which looks like distant stars. There are boats hanging small lanterns in front very lively.
Note: This topic was written from 2013. Nowadays, Cai Be floating market is not boiling as it still be. All of travel excursions into Cai Be will take you to visit the tropical orchards, handicraft workshops, observe the daily life on the banks and the transferring barges crossing over Tien River.

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