Let’s imagine that one early morning, you are surrounded by noise sounds, by lively colors, and you are sitting on a boat flowing along the Mekong Delta. This is just a small part of a Mekong Delta tour, a visit to floating markets which is a typical attraction of the region. Visiting floating markets in the Mekong Delta is one of interesting experience to discover the unique characters in the South Vietnam. Taking time to explore the floating markets such as: Cai Rang, Cai Be, Phung Hiep, Nga Bay, you will get a special feeling for the rhythm of daily life there. And Tra On Floating Market is one of floating markets that you should not miss when traveling in the Mekong Delta.
Tra On Floating Market
Located at the intersection of the Hau and Mang Thit rivers and next to Tra On Town in Vinh Long Province, Tra On is the last floating market on the Hau River before emptying into the East Sea. Tra On Floating Market is not only one of the most characteristic cultural activities in Southwestern provinces as Vinh Long, Can Tho, Tien Giang, Ca Mau, but also one of the oldest bazaars existing in cultural life of Southwestern people. The market is usually crowded in the morning but the moment of raising water is the most crowded. Visitors can watch the beauty of the market in each moment of the day on the water.
A boat is full of tropical fruits
When the locals are in their deep sleeps, Tra On Floating Market begins a new day, from 2-3 am, the busiest moment is from 5-6 am and lasts all day. In the dim foggy space on surface water, boats of purchasing are wafting to gather here. Many types of products are categorized, weighed for traders. From here big boats carry products throughout the country: Can Tho, Vinh Long, Chau Doc, Soc Trang, Ca Mau, Ho Chi Minh City, etc. The special characteristics of the Tra On Floating Market is that all activities in the market depend on the water level of Hau River. Normally, the market is crowded in the morning, at the same time with the high peak of tide. Thus, tourists can still see the beauty of the market at any time of a day, with different scenes. In addition, all agricultural products are bought and sold in groups, and distributed from boats and gardens in wholesale form. This unique feature also creates Tra On Floating Market an attractive distinction appealing tourists, especially foreign ones. Main products in this market are fruits such as coconut, banana, guava, pineapple, jackfruit, grapefruit, orange, etc. Large and small boats meet each other in tandem closely to purchase all types of agricultural products.
Main product in Tra On floating market is fruits
Like all floating markets in Mekong River Delta, all sellers and buyers have to sit on boats. On swaying boats, you will have chance to feed your eyes full by all kinds of fruits of the Mekong Delta River and enjoy a bit of each kind including: the sweetness of Thien My mangoes, Phu Thanh rambutan, longan; the fatness and fragrance of durian and jackfruit, juicy flavor of grapefruit and oranges. Besides, there are many other seasonal agricultural products such as gourds, okra, potatoes, radishes, cabbage, melon, etc. In this floating market, there are delicious dishes being seen as specialties in this floating area: beef noodles served with a special vegetables (getting from banana tree). The scene is more lively and bustling with small boats selling coffee, ice tea, bread, rice noodles, bread, tobacco, etc creeping into bigger boats to server. In this floating market, you also see the “grocery” boats on which there are many items: the needle, spool, sugar, salt, cooking oil, peanut oil, etc. Sounds of “ad languages”, of paddles, and of engines create an exciting remix.
A boat sells a lot of delicious dishes for breakfast
Along with other floating markets in the Mekong Delta, Tra On Floating Market offers unique characteristics and shows a part of cultural activities in daily life of the locals in the region. A travel to Vietnam cannot be complete without visiting the Mekong Delta and admire a floating market to take pictures on a bustling atmosphere and witness the openness of this unique one. Visiting the floating market will bring different feelings and experiences to tourists, which should not be missed when coming to the Mekong Delta.