Markets and Can Tho go together. The world famous Cai Rang Floating market is here and is the biggest floating market in the country. Hundreds of wholesale and retail boats are joined by customers and tourist and the results melee is a sight to behold. It is a brightly coloured orgy of retail activity every morning on the River 15 minutes from Can Tho’s main quayside.

It is not however the only one. There is also Phong Dien. As always this starts extremely early and to get there on time it is often best to get there overland. You can return to Can Tho by small boat taking in the interesting small rivers and arroyos (season permitting) on the journey. The floating markets are among the country’s big tourist attractions, but due to modern life they may cease to exist in the near future, as businesses move to land based locations. Now is the best to see the authentic Can Tho floating markets.

Cai Khe Market on Tran Van Kheo in the city is a large market catering mainly to hotel and restaurant customers. Xuan Khanh Market is the place to buy fresh food, fish, vegetables and fruit. Whilst Ninh Kieu Pier Market is set up for tourists in search of clothing and souvenirs. Travellers who enjoy market shopping of all types should come and see these busy attractions in Can Tho.

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