Mekong Delta, Vietnam
With numerous shopping malls and markets, there is surely no shortage of sites to shop in Vietnam. And when it comes to shopping, no trip to the land of Mekong would be complete without a visit to the floating markets. There are six popular floating markets including Cho Gao, Phong Dien, Cai Be, Phung Hiep and Cai Rang floating markets, of which the Phung Hiep market is regarded as the biggest one because of its location at the intersection of 7 major canals. Cai Rang and Phong Dien are two other renowned floating markets in Mekong Delta. The very first activities of the day is to transport fruits and vegetables from the mainland, and to rearrange them in an appealing way. You will see well-placed piles of fruits and vegetables of all sorts and colors. Each boat will specialize in a few types, which they will hang on a tall wooden pole, the symbol of southern floating markets. Sellers tie their goods to a tall pole so that buyers can see from a distance what they are selling. Besides seeing how people sell and buy products on Cai Rang floating market, you will also have a chance to experience the rustic lifestyle of Vietnamese people by tasting countless street foods like pho, bun rieu, com tam and hu tieu. The price of them is very cheap, just around 1 USD, surely you can fill up your stomach with a hearty meal. Floating markets in Vietnam “wakes up” in the very early morning. Though the busiest time lasts from 4am to 6am, you can find boats gathering since 3am. At sunrise, the market will be at its best, boasting its vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables, and the clattering sound of water, chatter and engines. If you seek an authentic experience in the south of Vietnam, getting up early is the only choice. There will be absolutely nothing left after 9am. Seat on local trading boat, witness boasting activities in market, find out local life in stilt house along river will be a joyful memory in your Vietnam Holiday.
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