Just 6km from Can Tho in the direction of Soc Trang is Cai Rang, the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta. There is a bridge here that serves as a great vantage point for photography. The market is best before 9am, although some vendors hang out until noon. It is quite an experience to see this in full swing, but it is well worth getting up extra early to beat the tour group crowds or you may end up seeing almost as many foreigners as market traders.
Cai Rang can be seen from the road, but getting here is far more interesting by boat. From the market area in Can Tho it takes about an hour by river, or you can drive to the Cau Dau Sau boat landing (by the Dau Sau Bridge), from where it takes only about 10 minutes to reach the market.
From Saigon, it takes 4 to 5 hours to reach Can Tho. Cai Rang Floating Market is situated about 6km from Can Tho by road or a 20 km loop by boat.
What to do ?
Visiting Cai Rang Market, you will have a great photographic opportunities as all manner of produce is traded from boats, communicate with the local, visit local houses and enjoy fresh fruits.
When to go ?
Trips to Mekong Delta are suitable all year round but the best time is the monsoon from June to September.
Almost floating markets start in the very early morning (from 5am) and finish before noon. Thus, to catch the liveliest and busiest scenery, you need to stay one night in Can Tho. Bring along camera, hat, sunscreen and insect repellant.