Private Mekong Delta tour and Cai Rang Floating Market

  • Private Mekong Delta tour and Cai Rang Floating Market

  • Cai Rang Floating market

    Cai Rang Floating market

  • Floating market in Can Tho

    Floating market in Can Tho

  • Hand – rowed sampan

    Hand – rowed sampan

  • Hand – rowed sampan

    Hand – rowed sampan

  • Mekong delta in Viet Nam

    Mekong delta in Viet Nam

  • Mekong Cruises

    Mekong Cruises

  • Enjoy fruit

    Enjoy fruit

  • Tiny Garden homestay

    Tiny Garden homestay

The Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 05:00 and runs until around midday, meaning that you’ll have to get an early start to the day if you want to visit. Most tour boats along the riverfront leave between 05:00 and 07:00, so if don’t make it to the water by then you’ll have a hard time finding a tour.
Price: 165 USD/per person

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Tour infomation
Booking number: MKD678
Departure: 08:30AM - end: 05:00PM
Tour length: 2days 1night  trips
Tour Type: Luxury tour
Private Tour: 02 - 05 person
Start From: Ho Chi Minh City
Tour route: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho - Ben Tre - Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Ho chi Minh


Day 1: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho - Ben Tre - Can Tho ( BBQ Lunch )
8:00 am– 8:30 am: Tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and start on journey to My Tho – Ben Tre. On the way you will see Southern village’s rustic aesthetic on Vàm Cỏ Đông River and paddy-field along the sides of the road.
09:50 am: Arrive at Mekong rest stop in My Tho City, get some rest and free time for your personal activities about 15 minutes and then keep on our itinerary.
10:30 am: Visiting Vinh Trang pagoda. Tour guide will tell the history of Vĩnh Trang Pagoda- the oldest pagoda in South, it has the most specialist  architecture of Mekong Delta, is combined between Viet- Khmer culture and original Western Europe architecture.
11:00 am: On the way to the pier,  you will contemplate Rạch Miễu Bridge which across the biggest river of West, connect My Tho with Ben Tre.
Leaving car, enjoy riding bike under the roads scattered sunshine and fragrance of grapefruit . After that, we get on the cruise and move on the river. The cruise will go along Tiền River and pass through 4 islands: Long, Lân, Quy, Phụng ( Dragon, Unicorn, Turtose, Phoenix).
11:30am: Visit the bee farm and enjoy honey tea with bee pollen. Taking picture with Grass Python and Angel Banana - special fruit in Mekong Delta.
Relax your mind by rowing boat on small, peaceful river branches to get into local house of culture for enjoying “ Đờn Ca Tài Tử” – A specific characteristic of Southern culture then visit coconut candy villages.
12:30 am: Arrive at Tân Long  fishing village which belongs to Dragon island, experience the life of local people, the way people raising fish on the floating house.
13:30pm: Coming back homestay for having lunch with BBQ foods then taking a short rest on local hammocks under foliage in the garden of Play volleyball on sands
14:50 pm: Return the Harbor then take car to Can Tho City.
17:00 pm: Arrive in Can Tho city, check in at the luxury hotel 5* (Muong Thanh Hotel in Can Tho) You have free time and overnight at hotel. Leisure in the evening for wandering  Tay Do night market, Ninh Kieu wharf or enjoy  these  delicious local dishes.

Day 2: Cai Rang Floating Market Can Tho - Ho chi Minh
You will get up early at 5 am and drive to Ninh Kieu wharf. Tourist will have opportunity  to see morning streets market with many products homemade such as fruits, vegetables, cake…  which are sold on the way to the wharf.
Cruising in the river to the busy Cai Rang Floating Market, one of the biggest floating market in Southern Vietnam.  Tourists  will be  surprised to explore “the method of the business” in the floating market areas. It is really impressive .
After exploring the floating market,  visitors will visit the place to see how  local people  make rice vermicelli noodle and the orchard garden. You can wander  in the village and  try your best to cross the bamboo bridge which is built only by one bamboo tree. Cruise back Ninh Kieu wharf at 7h30am and come back your hotel.
At 08.00am: Having breakfast  at the hotel then you have free time in bathing pool.
11h30am: Check out hotel and heading  to Ho Chi Minh city. On the way back to HCMC you will have lunch at restaurant. Arrive to Ho Chi Minh city around 16.30. The tour ends at your hotel.

Tour includes:
A new car + a small bottle of mineral
English/ Vietnamese tour guide
Meals: 01 BBQ for lunch 01 Breakfast, 01 local Lunch.
Accomodation: 01Night (Muong Thanh Hotel)
All entrance fees
Boat trip on Mekong Delta
Hand – rowed sampan
Fishing and Carriage

All other services not mentioned in the above program
All meals and beverages unspecified in the above program
Personal expenses, travel insurance
Tips for tour guide and driver

Can Tho 2000-2500 years ago together with the foundation of Mekong delta. After its splendid development of Phu Nam (Phù Nam) kingdom and Oc Eo (Óc Eo) culture lasting for the first six centuries of Christian area, this delta became desert and thinly populated for quite a long time due to historical circumstances plus severe geographical fluctuation.

The name Can Tho and origin of "Tay Do" (Tây Đô)

According to researcher Huynh Minh, there are two legends of the name Can Tho recorded in historical book about Can Tho:

First legend: Nguyen Anh (Nguyễn Ánh) on the way to the South had passed many places in Mekong delta. One day, his boat got accessed to territory of Tran Giang (formerly known Can Tho) town. At midnight, along the river there echoed poem recitation, song singing, flute playing in a rhythmical harmony. The Lord inwardly complimented a charming landscape and proclaimed this river a poetic name "Cam Thi Giang" (Cam Thi - Cầm Thi - river). The name "Cam Thi" gradually spread and "Can Tho" was the variant spoken by many people at that time.

It was assumed by another legend that people long time ago planted a lot of cresses and herbal vegetable along both sides of Can Tho river. Merchandising of these kinds of vegetables had existed for years by boat. Since then, local residents named this river "Can Thom" (Cần Thơm), then "Can Tho" as its variant.

Regarding "Tay Do", there has not had any records that officially names Can Tho as Tay Do (capital of the West). However, thanks to favorable location in traffic, trading, technology and even military, Can Tho is considered the hub of the whole area.

History of foundation of an area

At the end of 18th century, Mac Cuu came to Ha Tien (Hà Tiên) to cultivate, settled down under the protection of Lord Nguyen. In 1732, entire lands in the South were divided into three places and 1 town by the Lord including: Tran Bien Dinh - Trần Biên Dinh (Bien Hoa - Biên Hòa - nowadays), Phien Tran Dinh (Phiên Trấn Dinh) (Gia Dinh), Long Ho Dinh (Long Hồ Dinh) (Vinh Long), Ha Tien town. After the death of Mac Cuu, Mac Thien Tich (Mạc Thiên Tích) took over from his father, speeded up cultivation to the right bank of Hau river. To 1739, another four new areas had been completely set up: Long Xuyen (Ca Mau), Kien Giang (Rach Gia), Tran Giang (Can Tho), Tran Di (Bac Lieu), all was merged with Ha Tien area. This was the milestone marking the foundation of Can Tho.

In 1771, Thai troops attacked Ha Tien without occupying Tran Giang (Trấn Giang). In 1774, Tay Son troops headed for the South to take possession of Gia Dinh, then to the West, and Tran Giang. After the battle Rach Gam Xoai Mut (Rạch Gầm Xoài Mút) in 1787, Tay Son troops withdrew from palaces and towns in the West, Tran Giang returned to be under protection of Nguyen dynasty. During 70s of 18th century, Tran Giang became a significant fort and dramatically developed in a very chaotic historical circumstance.

When the King Gia Long was on his throne, Tran Giang was subordinate to Vinh Thanh town. In 1813, the King Gia Long set up a suburban district named Vinh Dinh (Vĩnh Định) by cutting off a fertile part at the right bank of Hau river (including Tran Giang - Can Tho), this district belonged to Dinh Vien district, Vinh Thanh town. In 1832, The King Minh Mang (Minh Mạng) promulgated an imperial decree to change "town" into "province", and changed Vinh Dinh suburb district into Tan Thanh (Tân Thành) district, An Giang province. Then, Vinh Dinh suburb district was renamed Phong Phu (Phong Phú), well-known for its peace, prosperity, and security, tremendously different from other areas in the West at that time.

During the invasion of the French colony in Vietnam, Phong Phu district was subordinate to Vinh Long. Till 1876, this district was separated to set up the capital of Can Tho. When America empire took over from the French colony, government of Ngo Dinh Diem (Ngô Đình Diệm) decided to change the name "Can Tho" into "Phong Dinh" province. After the unification of the whole country, Can Tho became the township of Hau Giang province. Till 1991, Hau Giang province was separated into two smaller provinces: Can Tho and Soc Trang (Sóc Trăng).

Muong Thanh Can Tho Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The city center is merely 1.9 km away and the airport can be reached within 21 minutes. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Muong Thanh Can Tho Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park are just a few of the facilities that set Muong Thanh Can Tho Hotel apart from other hotels in the city.

All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Whatever your purpose of visit, Muong Thanh Can Tho Hotel is an excellent choice for your stay in Can Tho.

The Cai Rang Floating Market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers to Saigon wish to check, and none are bigger, or more popular than Can Tho’s Cai Rang Floating Market. Here’s what to expect on a basic tour of the market.

The Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 05:00 and runs until around midday, meaning that you’ll have to get an early start to the day if you want to visit. Most tour boats along the riverfront leave between 05:00 and 07:00, so if don’t make it to the water by then you’ll have a hard time finding a tour.

Cai Rang Floating Market

The market is about six kilometres from Can Tho, or about a 30-minute boat ride. While floating down the river, you will glimpse life along its shores. You’ll pass vibrantly painted boats anchored along the shore, merchant vessels carrying loads down the river and houses built on stilts over the water.

Once you finally reach the market, it’s an impressive site. A stretch of boats selling all variety of goods lines the river. Not really a place for souvenirs, people come here instead to buy large quantities of goods, mostly foodstuffs, and you will get an idea of what water commerce in the Delta looks like. Your guide on the boat will usually give you tidbits of information about Cai Rang as you weave through the hordes. You’ll learn that boats identify what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole; if you want pineapple, simply scan the horizon for a hanging pineapple. You’ll also get the opportunity to interact with some of these floating merchants; most commonly this happens when a small boat selling drinks latches onto the tour boat’s side.

After the market you’ll be ferried off to your breakfast break at a local orchard. You’ll be led around a fairly large garden growing a big variety of local fruits, which you’ll get to sample after your walk. Once your breakfast of fruit is eaten, you’ll go back to the boat and it’s time to explore some of the Mekong’s canals. Your tour boat will slowly coast down a few of these quiet canals, choked on both sides by greenery. As the sun starts to heat things up, your tour will draw to a close, returning you to downtown Can Tho sometime around 14:00, making for around a seven-hour tour.

Since the market starts early in the morning, and because Can Tho is a healthy bus ride from Saigon — about four hours — you won’t have the option of seeing this floating market as a day tour from HCMC. Instead, you’ll have to spend the night in Can Tho. Several tour operations in Saigon will sell two-day, one-night tours starting somewhere around the 1,100,000 VND mark and up.

I’d recommend heading down to Can Tho on your own and booking things yourself, as you’ll be able to pick your bus, room and boat while saving some money. Certainly, any hotel in Can Tho will have tour options at its desk or, if you want to book a boat ride yourself, simply go to the Can Tho downtown waterfront on Hai Ba Trung and negotiate directly with one of the many boats you’ll find along the shore. Expect a tour booked this way to cost about 250,000 VND a person; just remember to get there early or the boats will leave without you.

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