Floating Market in Vietnam

Floating Market in Vietnam
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Southern Vietnam is the home to interlacing rivers and canals which are thousands of kilometers long covering a large area. Crowded boats and long-standing residents by rivers' banks have created a typical culture – the floating market.

These markets have made an active contribution to cultural exchange and waterway economic development. Boats are used as mobile offices, shops or houses which are one of reasons for open-mindedness of Southern people. Mekong River Delta is rich in fish, rice, fruit and vegetable and has favorable weather conditions. There are almost no storms or typhoons. It can be said that river which brings fertile alluvial and water to the region is almost everything to the local residents. It explains why floating market has become popular and well-known.

Southern markets have still kept their typical features of a center of agricultural products and local fruits. Goods delivery and receipt are seen as the most interesting activity at the markets and people throwing and catching goods are considered as artists with their performances on the rivers making peaceful countryside bustling.

In the South, some floating markets are known as 100 years-old markets such as Cai Be (Tien Giang), Cai Rang, Phong Dien, Phung Hiep (Can Tho) etc …

These markets open very early in the morning when some people are still sleeping and end in the late afternoon. Hundreds of small and large boats join the markets. Some local residents have to travel a long distance to reach the markets from which fruits and vegetables will be delivered to some big cities in the South even in the North by train or trucks. Floating market is not only a place for goods exchanges, it becomes a tourism destination where tourists can experience the lifestyle and culture of the local people. They can buy and enjoy fresh fruits on boat.

Unlike shops, the most typical feature of goods display is to hang what it offers. Therefore, customers can easily decide what and where to buy. Almost all goods are found at this market but agricultural products, fruits, rice, dried shrimp etc … which are produced or delivered from surrounding areas are mainly offered. Floating markets are also the largest store for export products in the region.

Unlike floating markets in Thailand, floating markets in Vietnam are shaped naturally after long time of gathering. Thus, they are not markets only but bring with them features of traditional culture.



Source by Thinh NV

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