Vietnam. Mekong Delta – Today I was talking to a friend about my visit, mentioning that my time there had altered me. Perhaps its the peacefulness that is born to a nation post war. Or way the people smile and cleave and work and welcome. Even the simplicity of living that I instantly admired. I am unsure.
Yet I know that I am indescribably drawn back for more that will be new, also to see again what I have already known. Among the repeats would definitely be a return to the Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho.
Enjoyed by boat, it meant joining traders on the water as they exchanged goods with farmers from the region, who bring their fruit and vegetables to the market to sell to local dealers, who in turn sell to shops in the neighboring towns.
Each boat is marked with a pole from which the wholesaler hangs the goods he buys or sells. An effective way for the smaller boats to know where they need to go. There is more than just selling of goods, there are floating restaurants, gas stations, shops – and importantly at 6am, coffee traders.
Heading out first thing, these are some of the sights I was treated to.
Cabbage Prepping. Below, coffee and softdrinks on sale, cutest baby.
Many of the traders actually live on the boats.
Hard daily work. With many of the boats home to gorgeous children, steady on the water, perfectly content as their parents traders.
It was pineapple season. A fruit I never ate when I arrived in Vietnam, yet the sweet aroma soon infected me with a longing for sticky fingers and that crunchy bite that now sees me seek them out.
This floating market is something to behold. I only had one night in Can Tho which meant only a morning on the water. It did allow me time to watch the traders, enjoying a sweet Vietnamese coffee and try to capture some images worthy of the experience, to share here.
If you’re planning a trip to Southern Vietnam, this is a must-do.
The people in this country are simply beautiful!
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