Floating Markets of the Mekong Delta
Now I have been to numerous markets in my time, but this was by far one of the most unique. As part of our trip to Vietnam, my brother and I decided to take a trip to the Mekong Delta. From Ho Chi Minh City it's about a three hour bus ride to the tiny town of Cai Be. Once there, we boarded our large, flat boat and made our way up the river. The town of Cai Be was rather quiet, but we soon realized that it was because all the activity was out on the water. We entered a bay that was filled with boats like the ones pictured above. Our guide, Tao, explained that each vendor sells something different, and a mast on each boat with a specific item on it denotes what wares they peddle. Interested customers merely float on up and try to make a deal. Unfortunately, this market was for locals only, so we were unable to buy anything. To this day, I've never seen anything quite like the fascinating floating markets of the Mekong Delta.
By Matthew Keesecker, AFAR Local Expert
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