Summer calls for trips to unusual places with best friends! Leaving aside popular tourist attractions like dynamic metropolises, enchanting beaches, magnificent mountains and appealing rugged cliff edges, I recommend that you and your gang head for Southern Vietnam experience Mekong Delta tours. Not only is a large delta suitable for group activities but it also boasts a fascinating type of market: floating market in Vietnam. In fact, once tourists embark on Mekong Delta group tours, no one would miss the chance to visit Long Xuyen floating market in An Giang Province.
Peaceful Mekong Delta in Vietnam
Why should it be Long Xuyen floating market in An Giang?
Floating markets on the river are a cultural characteristic of life in the Mekong Delta. Most visitors who are have been to the region are acquainted with Phung Hiep floating market in Hau Giang, Nga Nam floating market in Soc Trang, Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho and Cai Be floating market in Tien Giang. Long Xuyen floating market, despite not being as well-known as other floating markets in the Mekong Delta, is still a pride of An Giang residents. In fact, the floating market has become a popular destination in South Vietnam group tours.
A corner of Long Xuyen floating market
Long Xuyen floating market has a commercial area that stretches about 2 km along one bank of Hau River, in the area of My Phuoc Ward (Long Xuyen City). It is located just 2 km from Long Xuyen City, thus making it very convenient for tourists to travel, even in a large quantity of people. You can get to the Long Xuyen floating market by going to the harbor O Moi (My Long ward, Long Xuyen city) and find the owners of the ships to ask visiting each corner of the floating market. They’ll be enthusiastic tour guides to take you to explore this unique market. In case you are on Mekong Delta group tours, you’ll be accompanied by a very knowledgeable tour guide who will help you learn more about the area.
An amazing floating market in Western Vietnam
Long Xuyen floating market is active from about 5 a.m. to around 8-9 p.m. every day until all the activities gradually stop. By the early morning, hundreds of boats have joined together to begin a new day of doing business. Vegetables are the most popular products that are frequently sold in Long Xuyen floating market. Here you can always find some signature fruits of the tropical S-shaped country such as dragon fruit, durians, mangosteens, and rambutans.
One particular feature of floating markets in Vietnam is that boats stay close together. Therefore, it is not easy for the buyers to stop by boat or find their wanted goods. To solve this problem, every boat applies an extremely unique form of advertising to exhibit products. They use a long bamboo stick to hang their goods to give signals to the visitors. For example, if they sell bananas, they will hang the fruit. Visitors just need to take notice of the products and come to the boat to pick up the items.
How the sellers advertise their products
Some tourists say this is a smart advertising way. If the sellers hang signs that are too high, the wind will blow them. Or if the sellers hang signs that are too low, the visitors won’t be able to see them.
The shared principle is that you hang what you sell, but there are exceptions.
There are products that are hung but not for sale. Take clothes which are being used as an example. For sellers in the floating markets, their boats are like their houses where all the activities take place, including laundry. Due to the limited space, there is no separate place to hang their clothes. As a result, they have to hang clothes on the special bamboo stick.
Then, there are things that sold without being hung, such as food and drinks. People selling this kind of goods would use sound instead. This will attract the attention of visitors while traveling by boat. Also, the local residents attribute the sound to the fact that the boat sells food and drinks.
Last, there is a special case in which the sellers hang one thing but sell another one.
For all the exceptions above, you have to come to the floating market on a frequent basis to get used to.
As you see, Long Xuyen Floating Market is so worth a trip to Vietnam. But it would be much more fun to travel with friends, so just go for a reliable tour operator and ask for group tours in southern Vietnam!