Rise early & visit Phung Hiep in Mekong Delta and shop from the floating markets. Everything from fruit & veg to a gas station!
12 June 2014| Last updated on 16 May 2018
The Mekong Delta is famous for its floating markets where farmers from the region bring their fruit and veg to sell to the local dealers. On arriving in the Delta, you can start the motorized boat to visit the Cai Be floating market, experience how people exchanging goods, fruit and many other commodities on their vessels.
On the floating market it’s not just fruit and veg that you find, many traders have businesses set up out of their boats and vessels. People do not only buy and sell goods, you will also find floating gas stations, restaurants, bars and shops selling all sorts of paraphernalia.
The biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta is Phung Hiep, if you want to visit it you have to be an early riser as the market opens at 4am and shuts at 11am. Tourists generally spend the night at a Mekong Delta hotel and take an early morning boat – in the first hour. On a typical day, you might see coconuts, mangoes, a heap of turtles, a box of snakes or even a pot-bellied pig being paddled from a riverside village to be haggled over in the floating market.
Most tour operators from Ho Chi Minh City have the Mekong Delta and Floating Markets in their repertoires.