Vietnam upgrades floating market


CAN THO, 30 November 2015: Vietnam’s Can Tho City’s People’s Committee has approved a project to restore and improve the Cai Rang floating market in Cai Rang district.

Submitted by the district’s People’s Committee, the project will upgrade facilities, while adding new features at the market according to the vice chairman, Ngo Anh Tin,

It will involve installing new moorings for boats, landing jetties, and building a new floating restaurant.

inside no 2“The project is necessary to maintain and develop the market as the city’s most popular attraction… for years local authorities have neglected the preservation of the market,” the vice chairman said.

Work will begin in early 2016.

Cai Rang Floating Market dates back 100 years and is now a major trading post for agricultural products of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region, including fresh fruit, local food specialties and handicrafts.

The market is open daily, 0400 to 0900, and attracts nearly 300 boats. During festivals and holidays, up to 500 boats visit the 1 km-long floating market. It attracts around 500 to 700 tourists daily, according to local media reported.

Can Tho is the fourth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest in the Mekong Delta.

The Mekong Delta is in southwest Vietnam where the Mekong River empties into the South China Sea through an extensive network of waterways.

The region includes 13 provinces or municipalities: Can Tho; An Giang; Bac Lieu; Ben Tre; Ca Mau; Dong Thap; Hau Giang; kien Giang; Long An; Soc Trang; Tien Giang; Tra Vinh; and Vinh Long.