Visiting floating markets in Mekong Delta is one of the most exciting and eye opening activities to do in Vietnam. Although there are a few to visit, Cai Rang floating market is the largest and most accessible from Saigon. I have lived in Vietnam for a while, yet this is the first time I have ventured down to the Mekong Delta to embrace the hustle and bustle of the floating markets.
Our boat puttered across the river, bouncing over the tidal waves of the Mekong Delta. The morning wind was warm, even at 6am. Towards the bridge, the sun was rising. The buildings and piers on both sides of the riverbank shone dimly with the kind of golden misty light that only happens just after sunrise. Our boat was heading in the other direction though, away from the bridge and towards the Cai Rang floating market — the biggest in the Mekong Delta.
Day 1: HCMC – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho (L)
Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city and start the trip to My Tho. Upon arrival, visit Vinh Trang pagoda which sated back to the late 19th century. Then boarding the sampan and cruising down the river around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.
Stop over at Unicorn Island, go walking in the village paths to contemplate orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, and Vietnamese folk music performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation.
Be rowed in a small sampan through the Thoi Son canal and treat yourself to the beauty of the countryside, visit the family business & bee-keeping farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop.
Have lunch at the local restaurant. Break time.
The afternoon is time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meeting the local people to experience their daily life in the Mekong delta. Relaxing on hammocks to enjoy the cool breeze is for those do not want to join the cycling trip. Proceed to Can Tho City and overnight in Can Tho
Day 2: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – HCMC (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Take a leisure boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River) then visit to Cai Rang floating market which is the liveliest one in the whole of region.
Walking trip to visit the fruit plantation and local noodle factory. Visit Binh Thuy communal house and Munir Ansay Pagoda - a Khmer pagoda, renowned for its unique structure.
Have lunch and return to Ho Chi Minh City.