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Cai Be

One of the many well known floating markets in the western region of southern Vietnam was formed in the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century. The Cai Be Floating Market is always busy, bearing all the characteristics of the locals’ life in the western region.
All the goods are transported to the market by rafts and boats. The market is divided into two parts: buying and selling places. Rafts and boats are anchored along the two sides of the river for kilometers. On each boat, goods are hung on poles that are called dialectically

Hundreds of such poles point towards the sky. Boats also operate like “taxi” very convenient for tourists around the region. River cruising through the Mekong Delta on Jahan a sophisticated and intimate journey filled with sightseeing, excursions and learnings along the inland water


One of the most exciting ports that AmaWaterways, The AmaLotus tours is Cai Be and the Cai Be Floating Market. It is a huge draw for locals and tourists alike. Although the wares on sale are not that unusual – delicious local vegetables and fruits such as melon, durian and banana – it’s the manner of shopping that’s so novel, as every part of the transaction is conducted on the water; stallholders sell from larger boats, hanging out samples from poles, while shoppers mill about on smaller craft. All the goods are transported to the market by rafts and boats.


The market is divided into two parts: buying and selling places. Rafts ad boats are anchored along the two sides of the river for kilometers. On each boat, goods are hung on poles that are called phonetically “cay beo”. Hundreds of such poles point toward the sky. The whole scene takes place against the photogenic backdrop of Cai Be’s 19th century French Gothic Cathedral, whose elegant spire dominates the river.


The nature is fertile and harmonious; people are open hearted and hospitable; a distinctive ecological system and the river network of South Vietnam work together to form the floating market; the cultural features are very distinctive and special making Cai Be a “Mekong Delta in miniature, a safe and attractive destination” for travelers from all over the world