Floating Market in Can Tho on the Mekong River

The floating market in Can Tho is pandemonium – large boats (wholesalers) selling large quantities of various types of produce to smaller boats (retailers) who later go down various tributaries of the river delta delivering fresh fruits and vegetables door to door.

Circling around this circus are boats labelled ‘TOURIST’ in great big letters, full of tourists trying to get photos of this distinctive floating market, without getting the other TOURIST boats in the photo. Floating Market on the Mekong River in VietnamThe sellers string up whatever they are selling on a post so that buyers can tell at a glance exactly what’s for sale.Floating Market on the Mekong River in VietnamPurple shallots, one of the mainstays of Vietnamese cooking, for sale.Purple Shallots for Sale at the Mekong River Floating Market Watermelons are in season and everyone is selling them.Floating Market Mekong River Selling Watermelon Overall, the women seem to working a lot harder than the men.Floating Market Mekong River But I did finally find some men working, helping the women shift bags of potatoes. Mekong River Floating MarketWeaving in and out amongst all this frenetic activity are tiny boats offering up refreshments and snacks.The Drink Vendor, Mekong River Floating Market In the midst of the market life goes on – washing clothes and preparing food. Floating Market Mekong RiverFor this post I have distilled 80 photos down to eight, a ton of work! I can also see that I was successful at NOT getting any tourist boats in my photos, a shame really, as they were definitely part of all the activity. This Mekong trip was one of the highlights of our trip to Vietnam. Here are a few of the interesting things we discovered during this trip:
Two Very Different Restaurants on the Way Back to Saigon
Pink Lotus Flowers Growing on the Mekong

Some fun tropical fruits that grow in the orchards of the Mekong:

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