Cái Bè was the administrative and economic center of southern Vietnam in the mid 1700s, and the town’s market is still one of the most important in the country for distributing agricultural products. Visit the area on a small boat to see vendors selling a variety of tropical fruits and other goods.
The Cái Bè Floating Market is a regular feature of Mekong Delta day trips from Ho Chi Minh City. These tours sometimes also include a visit to Tan Phong Green Island, where fruit trees line a network of canals.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Because of the combination of roads and waterways, the Mekong Delta is a difficult place to visit independently. If you want to see the market, opt for a tour that includes transportation, including boats to take you out onto the water.
There are several hotels and restaurants in Cái Bè, most of which offer free Wi-Fi.
There are a couple of ATMs in the village, but they can malfunction; bring cash with you to avoid any problems.
How to Get There
Cái Bè is a 2.5-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City via the QL1A highway. Tours from HCMC typically head to the city of Vinh Long before setting off for Cái Bè via the scenic canal networks of the delta.
When to Get There
The Cái Bè market is at its best starting at 6am, when the highest concentration of vendors line the riverfront. Southern Vietnam is easiest to visit between December and February, when there is limited rainfall.
The Best of the Mekong Delta
After visiting Cái Bè’s floating market, spend some time at other delta highlights: Head to Vinh Tràng Pagoda, near My Tho city, which blends Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese, and European design and architectural styles. Other popular stops include Phoenix Island, which was formerly inhabited by an eccentric monk, and Ben Tre, where you can learn how coconut candy is made.
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