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The magnificent Mekong Delta is one of the main draws of Vietnam’s Southern part. Boasting numerous rivers and canals, the Mekong Delta is home to bustling floating markets and riverside villages. One of the largest floating markets here is Cai Be Floating Market, a destination you must not miss if you ever have a chance to step foot on Vietnam.
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Cai Be, Cai Rang, Phung Hiep and Phong Dien Floating Market make the four largest and busiest markets in Mekong Delta. Cai Be market was said to originate from the early trading activities by residents from the Central of the country. They have founded the land and settled down here since the 17th century. However, some might argue that Cai Be was established during the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century.
Photo: @natduleuxII. How to Get to Cai Be Floating Market
Cai Be Floating Market is situated in the area where the Tien River meets the 3 provinces, Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre. From Ho Chi Minh City, it will take you roughly 2 hours to travel by car to the wharf, followed by a one-hour boat ride. You will either buy a boat ticket (sharing a boat with other passengers) or rent a whole boat for your group. A two-hour trip ticket will cost from 40,000 VND to 80,000 VND, but if you rent a whole boat it can be much more expensive (above 600,000 VND). It’s obviously a trade-off between privacy and cost.III. Best Time to Visit Cai Be Floating Market
Like most other floating markets in Vietnam, Cai Be “wakes up” in the very early morning. Though the busiest time lasts from 4am to 6am, you can find boats gathering since 3am. At sunrise, the market will be at its best, boasting its vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables, and the clattering sound of water, chatter and engines. If you seek an authentic experience in the south of Vietnam, getting up early is the only choice. There will be absolutely nothing left after 8am.
On the other hand, if hustle-bustle is not what you’re seeking, you can visit Cai Be in the afternoon. The burning tropical sun will hinder you from going out during 1pm-3pm, so it’s best to pay a visit to Cai Be at 4pm. The sunlight will be more gentle, and you will be able to gaze at the tranquil beauty of riverside villages. A good chill from the hectic pace of city life.IV. What to See and Do in Cai Be Floating Market?
If you’re new to this country, a visit to a floating market is a must-try experience, as you will be able to grasp the typical lifestyle over water in Southern Vietnam. Cai Be Floating Market is no exception.1. Witnessing well-placed piles of fruits and veggies on boat
The trading boats will gather from 3am for the wholesaling activities. The very first activities of the day is to transport fruits and vegetables from the mainland, and to rearrange them in an appealing way. You will see well-placed piles of fruits and vegetables of all sorts and colors. Each boat will specialize in a few types, which they will hang on a tall wooden pole, the symbol of southern floating markets. This pole is called a “beo” in Vietnamese, used to indicate what they sell on the boats.2. Mingling in the sound of trading activities
While some boats are equipped with modern engines, some might still use a pair of traditional paddles. That’s the best part of being here: mingling in the sound of water, paddles, engines and bargaining voices. Whenever you pass by a boat, the owners will eagerly invite you to make some purchases in a lovely accent. A small sample will always be granted to give you a taste of what they sell.
Photo: @mikko.tung3. Fill your stomach with local food
Along with vegetables and fruits, you can also stuff your stomach with a hearty breakfast and drink here. Banh canh, Hu tieu, Banh xeo are the most exquisite and worth-trying cuisines in the neighborhood. Smoothies and coffee are also available for your preference. Eating and drinking might be a bit more difficult than usual due to the instability of the boat, which actually makes the experience more fun and memorable. It’s an art of living that the locals have well mastered: they eat, sleep, hang out and basically live their life on water. It’s their mobile houses and an inseparable part of their life.V. Other Activities Near Cai Be Floating Market
After shopping and touring around Cai Be, you can stop by one of the islands to further explore the southern lifestyles. You may choose to discover an ancient house with a huge garden of fruits, or check out the coconut sweets making village. You will have a chance to try making them on your own, and choose from various flavors to buy for your friends and loved ones.VI. Tips on Visiting Cai Be Floating Market
There are quite a few things you should keep in mind before visiting Cai Be Floating Market:
The boat rides will be somewhat rough and shaky, especially the traditional ones. Make sure you’re not a seasick type.
Put on enough sunscreens and insect repellant. Dress properly with light clothes, as it might get a bit cold early in the morning, and then very hot after 9 am. Bring along a hat.
Double check the price and stopping points before you hop on any boat.
Don’t forget to take photos of a huge Catholic cathedral on the riverside, which will look best on photos taken from afar.
Cai Be Floating Market is one of the iconic markets you cannot miss in the Mekong Delta. Featuring lively colors and vibrant atmosphere, it’s loved by both locals and tourists alike. A visit to Cai Be won’t dare to disappoint!
Đăng bởi: Phạm Nguyễn Khánh Huyền
Từ khoá: Cai Be Floating Market in Tien Giang: Activities + Shopping Guide
Recently, Mui Ne Phan Thiet has gained its popularity among local and foreign visitors. Apart from amazing activities and breathtaking landscapes, it also provides an awesome shopping experience. For those who are wondering what to buy for your friends and family, let’s look at our comprehensive guide to shopping in Mui Ne Phan Thiet. This article will give you more details about what to buy and where to shop in this beautiful coastal town.I. What to Buy in Mui Ne (Phan Thiet)?
Visiting tourists, you can buy many things as presents for your friends and families. One of the most popular items is Phan Thiet fermented fish dipping sauce, or so-called “nuoc mam”. Most local visitors choose it for their home cooking. Dried seafood is also abundant. If you are a vegetarian, don’t miss fresh fruits and vegetables in local markets.1. Phan Thiet Fish Sauce
Mentioning Phan Thiet specialties, it would be not complete without fish sauce (aka “Nước mắm” in Vietnamese). The product is always on the top of travellers’ shopping list. Though there are many kinds of fish sauce in Vietnam, Phan Thiet fish sauce is still loved as it contains high protein and passionate flavor. It must be made from fresh anchovies that are newly caught from the sea. Fishes that are not fresh, too small or too big will be removed.
Phan Thiet fish sauce has secret recipes to create an unique flavor. Each stage requires high technical and the fish sauce’s workmanship. If you are wondering how it is made, you can head to the Ham Tien, Mui Ne, Thanh Hai, and Phu Hai wards. With a bottle of fish sauce, your meal would be more flavorful and delicious. Local people often add chilli and lime into little sauce for better taste.
Price: VND 80,000 180,000/litre2. Fresh Seafood
Mui Ne is famous for its fishing villages. Coming here, tourists are sure to enjoy fresh as well as cheap sea food such as fish, snails, crabs, clams and shrimps. If you are a seafood lover, don’t forget to buy some.
Here, you can enjoy authentic local delicacies at really affordable prices.
To make it more convenient for travellers, there are both frozen and dried seafood to take away. After being caught from the sea, seafood will be frozen to keep them fresh and delicious.3. Grilled Half Dried Cuttle Fish
The most famous and recommended specialty for eating and shopping in Mui Ne is grilled half dried cuttle fish. After catching, fishermen will bring the cuttlefish under the sun for a whole day. After that, it will be packed thoroughly and chilled carefully.
The difference between fresh squid and grilled half dried cuttle fish is that the later one has a sweeter taste while still maintaining the quality and aroma of the food. This food can be processed into many delicious dishes, including cuttle fish with grilled salt and chili.4. Dragon Fruits
There are two types of Dragon fruit to choose from, including white flesh dragon fruit and red flesh one. The former has slight sour and sweet taste while the later is cool, somehow sweeter and more expensive.
Price: VND 15,000 30,000/kg5. Quai Vac Cake
Price: VND 15,000 20,000/10 pcsII. Best Shopping Places in Mui Ne Phan Thiet 1. Phan Thiet Central Market
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Phan Thiet Central Market is the biggest market in Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan. As it is located in the city centre, it is easy to find your way there by bus, taxi, or a motorbike. Here, you can find all kinds of stuff and specialties. Compared to other markets, this one gives you a chance to experience the daily life of local people. The busiest scene is in the morning with huge crowds gathering around the vendors for an array of meat, dried foodstuff, vegetables, fresh fruits, or household supplies.
As the city is well known for traditional fishing villages, you will find various kinds of cheap and fresh seafood here from squids, shrimps, snails, fishes, crabs, and clams. The market is also an ideal place to taste authentic Vietnamese dishes at very low prices like mi quang (turmeric noodles), goi cuon (fresh spring rolls), and banh xeo (crispy pancake). If you are looking for some souvenirs for your beloved ones, we recommend sweet coconut candies, intricate Cham textiles, and fermented fish dipping sauce. Besides, the place is an ideal place to try your bargaining skills. You even can get 75% off the retail price for some souvenir items.2. Ham Tien Market
Opened in 2012, Ham Tien Market is a newly built market occupying a blue building along Nguyen Dinh Chieu street. In the market, locals and travelers can shop for a variety of goods without enduring bad weather. There are numerous stalls selling different kinds of products.
There are 2 floors in the building. The 1st floor is crowded with those selling seafood, butchered meat, vegetables, fruits, and dried food stuffs. On the 2nd floor of the building, you can find clothes, accessories, and handicrafts at a reasonable price. Before making your purchase, don’t forget to haggle at least 50% for a better price.
At Ham Tien market, you can pick up some nice prepared pre-packaged local desserts like sesame and banana candies, peanut brittle, coconut cakes. If you expect to enjoy various local dishes, this place may make you a little disappointed. Its options are limited to light snacks and beverages. Therefore, we highly recommend eating something before going here.
Location: Nguyen Dinh Chieu street, Ham Tien ward, Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan province
Opening hours: 5:00 am 7:30 pm3. Saga Du Mekong
The shop specializes in high quality casual wear for everyone, from men, women to children. Textile products sold are designed in French style, Asian and modern cuts. In addition to clothes, consumers can also find organic soaps, accessories, along with other health supplements.
Location: 152 Huynh Thuc Khang, Mui Ne4. Asian Living
Asian Living is a center providing tourists with silk scarves, swimwear, clothing, and high-quality accessories and jewelry. With affordable price, the store has a wide array of options for men and women in different sizes to choose from.
Location: 29A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne
Opening hours: 10 am 10 pm5. Jibe’s
Fans of water sports can find everything related to kite surfing, windsurfing, boating,… from many famous brands like O’ Neill, Roxy, and Oxbow. Also, there is a restaurant and water sport center here.
Location: 90 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne
Opening hours: 7 am midnight6. Kim Shop
Kim Shop is an ideal shopping site for those who want to buy swimwear, beach clothing, street style clothes, jewelry, sunglasses and drinks. The brands available here are Roxy, Quiksilver, Bilabong, etc. with reasonable prices.
Location: 53, 121, 265 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Mui Ne
Opening hours: 8 am 10:30 pm
Đăng bởi: Hoàng Bách
Từ khoá: Guide to Shopping in Mui Ne for Best Experience in Vietnam
For those who have spent years shopping at some supermarkets and commercial centers, it would be an exhilarating experience to explore the Asian markets. Just visit Ben Thanh Market, you will understand why. It is truly a must-see attraction in the dynamic Saigon city as a bustling market in the daytime and a social center in the evening.History of Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh has become one of the earliest surviving structures of Saigon with its long history. In the early 17th century, there were just a few little stalls run by casual street vendors who gather together near the Saigon River. In 1859, French Imperialists overthrown the neighboring Gia Dinh Citadel, the market was built properly and established. Its name was changed from Les Halles Centrales (initial name) to Ben Thanh, or “wharf citadel” after it was destroyed in a fire and restored.
A corner outside Ben Thanh Market (@song_truc_phan)
In 1914, the market was relocated to another location near the My Tho railway station (Saigon bus station today) and renamed as the “New Ben Thanh Market” to distinguish from the former market. It was renovated to keep up with Saigon’s progress in 1985. However, the famous clock tower on the south entrance remained unchanged.Architecture and Layout of Ben Thanh Market
Vendors at Ben Thanh market from above (@itsminminn._)
Constructed by the Brossard et Maupin Construction Company in 1912, Ben Thanh Market is well known for its special architecture and also the symbol of Saigon. The architectural experts consider it a historical monument that has some traits of a 100-year-old market. Though built a long time ago, it doesn’t bring the feeling of irrelevance when looking out the busy city life around. The President of the city Architects’ Association, Mr Khuong Van Muoi, said: “When we talk about the market, the first thing people remember is the clock tower, but there are also banners surrounding the clock tower extending over market to provide shade and the market building, designed specifically for natural air-conditioning.”
Cua Dong Ben thanh market (@buihnhan)
Ben Thanh Market has 4 main gates and 12 entrances. The main front gate or the south gate is on Le Loi Street, the North on Le Thanh Ton street, the East on Phan Boi Chau street, and the West on Phan Chau Trinh street. The main entrance is famous for the big clock tower which is the iconic symbol of Ben Thanh market.
Entering this entrance, you can find rows of colorful textiles and clothing. The east side of the market has 6 gates and you can buy a lot of Vietnamese packaged food and specialties here such as coffee beans, tea, fish sauces, and dried goods. The north side sells fresh food with a variety of fishes and meat. You also see flowers, processed foods, and fruits here. The West side gate is the paradise for souvenirs with many stalls for gifts, ceramics, and art.Ben Thanh Street Food Market
Ben Thanh Street Food Market is highly recommended as a must-go for local youths and foreign visitors. Here, you can enjoy a wonderful dining experience with many specialties from different countries as well as various tasty dishes from every region of Vietnam.
Located on the busy street – Thu Khoa Huan, and just close to Ben Thanh Market, you can easily find the great abundance of bars and nightclubs, restaurants, fashion shops, and food courts that promise to bring fresh air to diners.
Visiting the Ben Thanh Street Food Market is truly a good chance to explore the lifestyle and food culture of local people. For first-time visiting, guests may be attracted by the outdoor and spacious indoor space with lined-up tables, which are arranged towards the street. Especially if you have dinner here, you can enjoy the open culinary space under the red lanterns which give you the feeling of staying in the ancient city of Hoi An.
Most of the restaurants draw a huge interest from international visitors for its eye-catching décor. You also don’t need to worry if you visit the market for the first time. The menus are written in English and some even have other languages with mouth-watering pictures. That makes it easier for tourists to order.
Top 5 best spots are recommended for you: Gringo Tacos, Got Bun, Mr. B’s Philly Cheesesteak & Italian Sausages, Mr. Kebab, and Sher-E_Punjab.What to Buy in Ben Thanh Market
You may find almost everything you need to buy at Ben Thanh Market. Fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and flowers are sold in the stalls first up outside in the north gate. Like many other traditional markets in Vietnam, they sell all of the body parts of animals that may scare you such as Intestines, brains, feet, and stomachs,… The beautiful flowers near there can put away these images. The wet market only lasts from the early hours of the day to midday.
Ben Thanh Market has approximately 3.000 stalls and brings a whole new universe to you at around 8 am. You will be surely surprised at piles and piles of colorful items as you walk around. They sell everything from electronics, clothes, jewelry, shoes, handicraft to food. Every day, Ben Thanh attracts about 15.000 customers a day and receives a huge interest of foreigners.
If you are looking for a gift to friends, unique Vietnamese traditional handicrafts are the best. Especially, the country is famous for lacquerware and coconut dinnerware. Bowls, spoons, plates, chopsticks are always great gifts for friends and family. At Ben Thanh, you also can find fabulous fabric creations with threadwork embroidery and patchwork. If you prefer wood items, you can think of buying the handcrafted wooden boats and figurines here. Generally, you can find the best choices for fabric and wood crafts at Ben Thanh market. These handicrafts will be the best souvenirs to your friends and also the memory of Saigon, the most dynamic city in Vietnam.What to Eat in Ben Thanh Market
Food stores at Ben Thanh market (@the.oconnells)
Ben Thanh Market is a famous traditional market not only for the small souvenirs but also for interesting food courts inside. Now, let’s go on a food tour in Ben Thanh Market with must-try dishes.1. Bun Rieu Ganh (or Crab paste vermicelli soup)
Price: VND 50.000
Bun Rieu Ganh is one of the most favorite dishes in Vietnam. Compared to other regions, Bun Rieu Ganh in Saigon is a bit sweeter. The soup includes many ingredients: crab paste, fried tofu, big blood curd, tomato, and vermicelli. They put many kinds of herbs inside also that make the dishes smell really good. To increase flavors, you can add to your bowl some types of sauce like shrimp paste, tamarind sauce, and some chili.2. Banh Beo Hue (or Hue Bloating Fern-shaped Cake)
Price: VND 20.000 – VND 25.000
Even staying at Saigon, you still can try the traditional rice cake from Central Vietnam, called Bloating Fern-shaped Cake. It is made from rice flour and then steamed. When the guests order, the seller will add some shrimp powder, crispy fried bread, spring onion, pickled vegetables, sweet fish sauce, and a piece of Vietnamese sausage over the cake.
Normally, the guests also order some other kinds of cake such as rice dumpling cake and sticky rice cake for a plate. And, if you want your dish spicy, you can ask the seller to add chili to your dish.3. Summer Rolls
Summer rolls (source: cornerexchangemanchester.co.uk)
Price: VND 30.000/ 3 rolls
Summer Roll is so famous that you can find a lot of summer roll stores inside Ben Thanh market. A roll includes many ingredients such as shrimp, a slice of pork, bean sprouts, vermicelli, chives, and herbs. Diners roll and wrap all of them inside a piece of rice paper.
Especially, the dipping sauce is the soul of this dish which decides it is delicious or not. It is the hoisin sauce which is added some pickled carrot and beet, and some peanuts.4. Broken rice (Cơm tấm)
Price: VND 50.000
It is a miss if you travel to Saigon without trying a plate of broken rice. Many people see it as the symbol of Saigon cuisine. A plate often includes rice, egg paste, grilled pork chop, and shredded pork skin. You can taste it with onion oil, pickled vegetables, and sweet fish sauce. You can find the store named Phung Kieu to try this dish. The owners are friendly and ready to serve the guests. They also provide with a lot of other dishes such as Nam Vang noodle soup and crab noodle soup.5. Be Che (or Sweet Soup)
Che (sweet soup) in Vietnam
Price: VND 20.000 – VND 35.000
After the main dishes, sweet soup is a great choice as a popular and familiar dessert in Vietnamese cuisine. Be Che is one of the oldest stores which has opened from 1968. It serves a wide range of sweet soup, from hot soups such as tofu, rice ball sweet soup, and sweet taro with coconut milk to iced soups like sweet black bean soup and sweet lotus seed soup. Though the store is not very big, it is always crowded with a lot of customers eating and taking away.Nearby Ben Thanh market 1. Attractions nearby Ben Thanh market
Statue of Tran Nguyen Han
Just outside the front entrance of the market, there is a statue of Tran Nguyen Han – a general in the Later Le Dynasty (1428 – 1527). Who helps Emperor Le Loi to defeat the Ming army.
Go a few blocks to the north of the market, you can find the Independence Palace. It is an important building for explaining the American War and witnessing how it ended with the fall of Saigon when VietCong tanks breached the gates of the palace.
War Remnant Museum
It takes 10 minutes to walk to the War Remnant Museum. It stores many materials that were leftover from the American War, both in photographs, descriptions and in actual. The museum is open every day from 7:30 am.2. Hotels nearby Ben Thanh market
If you plan to stay close to the Ben Thanh market, let’s check out this list of hotels:
A & EM Saigon Hotel: 39-41 Thu Khoa Huan Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, HCMC
Ngan Ha Hotel: 190 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, HCMC
Little Saigon Boutique Hotel: 36 Bis/2 Le Loi Boulevard, HCMC
Lavender Hotel: 208 210 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, HCMCHow to Get to Ben Thanh market 1. Bus from Airport to Ben Thanh Market
Nowadays, public transportation is more preferred in the south of Vietnam. It is one of the most convenient and cheapest ways for you to get from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Ben Thanh Market. From the airport, you can find the Bus 109 in yellow which travels between the airport and the city center. The information on the bus is written in both Vietnamese and English. The staff also can speak English. So, you can ask the staff to stop at Ben Thanh Market. You need to pay VND 20.000 for 1 ticket. And, it takes about 45 minutes to go from the airport to the market.2. Other Transportation
Taxi: Taxi is easily booked online or you can pick one outside of the airport. It is the fastest way to go to the market from the airport. However, it takes around VND 300.000 ~ VND 400.000.
Motorbike: Motorbike helps you to move around more convenient. The price is about VND 150.000/ 1 day.
Walking: If you are staying near backpacker street Bui Vien, you can walk to the market. The walking distance is 1 km so you need around 15 minutes to get there.
Shopping at Ben Thanh market (@the.oconnells)Ben Thanh Market Bargaining
To bargain like a pro, you should follow these tips: Always smile; Speak the Lingo (such as: Bao nhieu? – How much?, Dat qua! – So expensive!,…); Don’t look like you want it; Browse before you bargain; Know when to quit; and Practice!Tips and Tricks
It is easier to acquire more bargains in the morning than in the afternoon. Some traders offer a “morning price” for their first customers to bring them good luck.
Do not buy the first thing you see. There are many other fairly similar things in the market and you can compare the price before buying.
Smile, laugh and be friendly. It will create a pleasant and enjoyable experience for both you and the sellers.
Think about your luggage restrictions. The market is too crowded. It will be difficult to go around if you bring a lot of luggage. Maybe you can put them in your hotel.
Walk away from a deal. In most cases, the seller will call you back and accept the “lowest offered price”.
Knowing these tips and tricks, one thing for sure that you will have an amazing shopping experience in Ben Thanh market – one of the top 10 worth-visiting markets in the world. Let’s go and enjoy this shopping heaven!
Đăng bởi: Bích Liên
Từ khoá: Ben Thanh Market in Saigon
Floating markets in the Mekong Delta are a way of life and trade for over a 100 years, because of the complex and extensive river system of the Mekong region. These markets are centrally located in the delta, where people sell and buy fruits and vegetables grown locally. The traders sell their goods directly from the boats and hang their products on long poles, so that people can see directly from far what is for sale. Smaller boats are uses as mobile cafes, where you can buy soda, coffee or noodle soup for breakfast.
The floating markets are among the highlights of the Mekong Delta, but since there are quite a few floating markets in the Mekong Delta, it is useful to know which ones are the best. So quickly view this list!Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang Floating Market is the largest and most popular floating market in the Mekong Delta. The market starts at 5 AM and lasts until noon, but it is best to be here before 8 AM. The most important goods here are fruit, agricultural products and specialties from the region. Hundreds of large and small boats park close to each other every morning and goods are hung on board that are available for trading.
Because more and more domestic and foreign tourists come, there are also several smaller boats on the market that offer a Vietnamese breakfast, because you often go here early in the morning.
Since you have to visit the floating market in the early morning, you have to stay already close to the market the night before. Tours going to this market are always minimum 2 day tours, were you visit the market on the next day early morning. If you want to go by yourself, the easiest way to get here is by taking a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho. From the port in Can Tho you can rent a boat that shows you the floating markets and small waterways in the area.
Cai Rang Floating market toursCai Be Floating Market
Cai Be Floating Market is another popular floating market because it is closest to Ho Chi Minh City. Unlike other floating markets that only open in the morning, Cai Be Floating Market starts later in the day until late at night. So you can visit the market late in the day and still experience a buzzing atmosphere.
The best way to get here is to take a private or group tour or rent a car with driver from Ho Chi Minh City. You can also take a bus from My Tho in the Mekong Delta to Cai Be.
Cai Be floating market toursLong Xuyen Floating Market
The Long Xuyen Floating Marker is located on the Hau River, in the less touristy province of An Giang. For this reason it is also a less popular market, but therefore a lot more authentic. The locals are very curious here and will try to communicate with you because tourists are not familiar faces here. You will find many boats moored close to the river, where the locals live and trade all year round. Goods are mainly crops such as vegetables, melon, beans, cabbage, pumpkin, potato and famous An Giang snacks such as fish noodles and pig house biscuits.
You can take a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Long Xuyen, or first go to Can Tho, spend the night and from there a taxi, bus or tour early in the morning.Phong Dien Floating Market
Phong Dien Floating Market is a traditional trading place of local people where usually everyday products are resold at local markets or to wholesalers directly on board. Unlike Cai Rang Floating Market, Phong Dien Floating Market not only sells agricultural products, but also others, such as household and utensils, canoes, boats, roof plates, knives, hoes, machete and fishing equipment such as fishing nets, baskets, and all kinds of general domestic and foreign stuff.
After viewing the floating market, you can see various other sights in the area, such as local villages and orchards.Tra On Floating Market
The market can start very early, sometimes even at 2:00 AM. But you can arrive between 5 AM and 6 AM, because this is the busiest moment. Like other floating markets, the main goods sold here are fruit and seasonal agricultural products. The bustle of the market can depend on the tide. The higher the tide, the busier the market.Nga Nam Floating Market
Because it is the most central market in the region, you can find most of the Mekong specialties here. You see boats full of rice, vegetables, fresh fruit from orchards, shrimp, fish, crabs, frogs and much more. You can even come across boats with household items and electronics. The market starts around 3:00 AM and reaches its peak around 5:00 AM. If you want to visit the market, you have to spend the night in the neighborhood.
To reach the market, you must take a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to the city of Cau Mau. From here you take another shuttle bus to the city of Nga Nam, where you can rent a boat to go to the market.
Đăng bởi: Thúy Phượng
Từ khoá: 6 best floating markets in the Mekong Delta
Con Phung Tourist Area – 1 of the famous four spirits in the West
Located in Tan Thach commune, Chau Thanh district, Ben Tre province and is one of the four famous spirits in the West. This isle is fertile alluvial deposits with an area of more than 50 hectares, a name dating back to the early 20th century, since Nam Quoc pagoda was built. After finishing this, they picked up an ancient cup with a phoenix pattern, so it was called Phoenix alcohol.
Con Phung tourist area is surrounded by green orchards, immense and charming rivers. Therefore, the climate here is relatively cool. Tourists can come to visit any time. In particular, summer is the most suitable because coming to the island on this occasion, the juicy fruits are in full ripening season, so you can enjoy it freely.
>> See more information about Ben Tre tourismVisiting Con Phung tourist area with interesting things
Photo: @ Q.thong_voCon Phung tourist area is surrounded by green orchards, immense and charming rivers. Therefore, the climate here is relatively cool. Tourists can come to visit any time. In particular, summer is the most suitable because coming to the island on this occasion, the juicy fruits are in full ripening season, so you can enjoy it freely.Photo: @ Pekonnie, LphungPhoto: @ Q.thong_vo
Deep inside the rustic appearance is a famous tourist resort of coconut land with a vast green color, cultural space bold South. In addition, there are also many interesting activities to explore for meaningful relaxing holidays.Explore the Dao Dua relic Explore the garden
Columns with a beautiful dragon patternNot only that, there is also Nine Trung Dai tower where religion is spread to people. Although bold traditional, its design is very unique when assembled from broken ceramic fragments. More especially, there is also a sophisticated carved dragon phoenix station. Or the place where Dao Dua sat for meditation in the old days with open space, many interesting things for you to exploreOutstanding tower of the immortal radio station
Coming to Con Phung tourist resort without choosing for yourself to experience the garden, it is a mistake. There are many vehicles for you to choose from: horse carriage, boat, boat, … With a horse cart, the driver will take you leisurely around Phung islet to see the stained roofs in the Southwest The set. Also choose to sit on a boat weaving through the canals, relax in the lake to relax in the river.Visit the bee farm, coconut products
Photo: @ jb_huy93The game crosses the monkey bridgeIn addition, in Con Phung tourist area, there are group games such as water cycling, water polo, bridge ride, rope climbing, zipline crossing the lake, three-leaf canoeing competition, rope swing. splash, … The movement games help you relieve stress after stressful working moments, have fun with friends and bring many memorable chúng tôi water polo gameStairway to heaven for young people to live virtualCheck in with flower garden colors
One of the equally interesting and unique activities when coming to Phung islet is crocodile fishing. The crocodile lake below, you will hold a fishing rod with bait standing above and they will compete for bait, quite a distance so it is very safe. Or the unique bottle-feeding of fish, the beautiful little fish open their mouths waiting for you to feed and eat deliciously like babies.Enjoy specialties
Try fishing crocodile in Con PhungPhoto: @ chang.lalaaa
After hours of fun, visiting the garden, you can go to the traditional culinary area of the South in Con Phung tourist area to enjoy. There are cool, spacious and varied restaurants to choose from. Some outstanding dishes such as: fried sticky rice, steamed shrimp with coconut water, fried fish with giant fish, grilled snakehead fish, hot pot with fish sauce, …Guide to Con Phung tourist area and fare
Fried sticky rice with roasted chickenDelicious coconut steamed shrimp dish
To get to Phung islet, you can go to the Western bus station and take the bus to Ben Tre, then take the bus to the pier in My Tho or Rach Mieu ferry to catch the train to the island.
– If you choose to travel by private means such as car or motorbike, from the center of Ho Chi Minh City you can take Trung Luong expressway or follow Nguyen Van Linh Avenue to Ben Tre. The distance is not too far, so it is more convenient to go back during the day.
– The ticket price to visit Con Phung tourist area at the entrance is 100 thousand VND / person, the ticket price for playing games: 70 thousand VND / person / all games.
Photo: @ Lucas.hwangg
If someday you feel claustrophobic in the middle of a noisy city, go to Phung Island to find yourself a peaceful place and regain energy and attractions. Western travel to Ben Tre awaits you with unforgettable interesting things.
Đăng bởi: Phát Đỗ
Từ khoá: Visiting coconut land with interesting activities in Con Phung tourist area
People who travel to Sapa come here for the beautiful rice paddies and small buds of ethnic minorities. Ta Phin is such a hamlet not too far from the main town. It is a great place staying overnight in a homestay and making a trekking through the beautiful rice fields of Sapa.About Ta Phin village
Ta Phin is one of the best places for a Sapa trekking. It is village of local minorities, mainly the Hmong and Red Dao that have lived here for generation after generation. There are 13 hamlets and more than 20 smaller communes scattered throughout these hamlets. The houses are often simple wooden structures or traditional stilt houses. It is beautifully located between rice fields and mountains and there is a stream running along the village.
The great thing is that the village is not yet influenced by mass tourism so the local lifestyles is authentic and is a unique experience to visit. Walking between the hamlets give you a change to see both the stunning rice fields as well as learning more from this interesting culture. Most locals work in the rice fields, but the locals here are also known for their hand-made brocades. You can find things like a bag, purse, scarf, skirt and even a backpack or a coat. It can be a great Vietnam souvenir to bring back home and also to support the local community.Things to do in Ta Phin village 1. Trekking
The best thing to do around Ta Phin village is making a beautiful trekking. You can walk by yourself between the smaller hamlets and rice fields. For further distances to other villages and overnight stays it is recommended to go by guide. Along the way you learn more about the other minority cultures that live around Sapa and the mountains of north Vietnam.2. Staying in a homestay
Combine a trekking with an overnight stay in a local homestay, hosted by the ethnic people. Some homestays can be very basic, but it will give you an amazing look in their life and culture.3. French monastery
Besides the rice fields and villages you can visit a small cave in the area. Close to the village there is also an old ruin of a French monastery / church. It was built in 1942 as a home for 12 nuns. It had 3 floors and an underground basement, but most of that collapsed.4. Minority culture
Visiting Ta Phin village gives you a great opportunity to learn more about the local culture of the minorities. Some of them learned a few words of English, but it easier to communicate with them if you are with a guide. You could even be invited in their house to drink locally made rice wine. You can see at several houses the woman making brocades. Some of these things they make even get exported to Hanoi.5. Herbal bath
What is better then enjoying a herbal bath after a long day of trekking? The village is well known for its medicinal herbs. They make traditional herbal baths to treat illnesses, but they also make them for travelers that stay overnight after a long trekking day.Accommodation in Ta Phin village
There are enough homestays in Ta Phin village, but most of them are pretty basic. Below two recommended homestays:
Ta Phin Homestay – Cozy house located on the edge of the touristic part of the village which makes it very quiet and authentic.
Sapa Homestay Ta May – Friendly family, nice homestay and option to take a herbal bathHow to get there?
If you start in Hanoi, you first need to travel to Sapa. You can either do this by night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai and from there a taxi directly to Ta Phin. Another way is to take a night bus or limousine mini bus to Sapa. Ta Phin is located around 12 km from Sapa. A taxi or renting a car with driver is the most comfortable and fastest way. You can also rent a motorbike in Sapa from 100,000 VND and drive there yourself, as long as you are experienced and confident enough.
The last way is the most fun way and that is by foot. Make a trekking starting from Sapa or another neighboring village and stay overnight in Ta Phin village. Best is to go with a local guide who can show the best and most scenic paths to the village.Best time to visit
Ta Phin village is a great village to visit all year round, but if you want to see the rice fields on it’s best to come here around September. It is the same best time to visit in Sapa. During this month it is harvest time and the fields are yellow. In the months before you can see the rice in different stages. In May they are watering the fields to make them ready. During this time the fields turn into giant mirrors.
Đăng bởi: Chào Mào Đam Mê
Từ khoá: Ta Phin travel guide – 5 things to do in the area
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