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Cái Bè
Cái Bè

Cái Bè

Cái Bè, Tiền Giang, Vietnam

The Basics

Cái Bè was the administrative and economic center of southern Vietnam in the mid 1700s, and the town’s market is still one of the most important in the country for distributing agricultural products. Visit the area on a small boat to see vendors selling a variety of tropical fruits and other goods.

The Cái Bè Floating Market is a regular feature of Mekong Delta day trips from Ho Chi Minh City. These tours sometimes also include a visit to Tan Phong Green Island, where fruit trees line a network of canals.

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Full-Day Trip to Cai Be Village and Mekong Delta Boat Ride
Full-Day Trip to Cai Be Village and Mekong Delta Boat Ride
$93.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A complete experience
The day was very interesting with many different activities giving us the opportunity to get a better feeling of the area and the people. After the 2 hours trip by car we got in a boat that took us to river market and to all the other places that we visited. Several artisans, the market in town where we were able to buy fish that later cooked for our lunch, a dancing show, a ride in the little canoe throughout the canals , biking around the area and a great lunch with nap included. The guide was very nice and knew well the area
teresa, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Mekong Delta

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Best tour so far
Theresa_B, Feb 2020
[FRESH CRAFTED] Mekong Delta 1 day with the Chocolate drop (Cai Be-Vinh Long)
Best trip with Best Tourgide (Max)! Really interesting stops, good information about Saigon‘s history. The mixture of the tour (chocolate farm, coconut candy, rice paper, pop rice production, rowing boat trip on the Mekong River, kayaking, cycling, cooking class) is just perfect! The tourgide also took great photos and send them to us. Wouldn‘t have missed this experience!
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Had a ‘Golden’ time
jonodang, Feb 2020
Discover Cai Be Floating Market and Tan Phong Island in small group
My partner and I were lucky being the only ones in our group for the day. Our tour guide, Golden, ensured we had a great time. We were able to do all the activities included and more that weren’t. All in all a worthwhile tour that gets you away from the hustle and bustle of the city to give a taste of the peaceful village life.
star-5
Great trip with an amazing tour guide
Tina_harder, Jan 2020
Full-Day Trip to Cai Be Village and Mekong Delta Boat Ride
Great trip to the Mekong with lots of authentic interaction - Lin our guide was absolutely fantastic.
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A brief taster of Mekong life
R3968XTstephenc, Sep 2019
Full-Day Trip to Cai Be Village and Mekong Delta Boat Ride
A great day at the Mekong Delta made all the better by tour guide Nam the Handsome man:) A visit to the wet market..boat trip to floating village..hand rowed boat ride..rice factory..listened to music..made our lunch with 5 course meal. Rain stopped the bike ride but a good day with lots of laughter and so much food and drink. Would recommended if you want a taste of Vietnamese life on the Delta.
star-5
Amazing and informative tour
Ashley_grac3, Jan 2019
Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour
Our tour guide Dana was amazing! With her extensive knowledge and sense of humor she made this tour even better than we imagined. While the floating markets are dwindling, the rest of the tour makes up for it. Drink the snake wine. It’s delicious.
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This was one of the best tours I've...
Samantha C, Sep 2018
Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour
This was one of the best tours I've been on. It was great to escape the busy city and see what life is like for people who live on the river. Our guide told us a lot of interesting things about day to day life in Vietnam. And the food and snacks are delicious, so be hungry!
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My friend told me about the mosquito...
David T, Aug 2018
PRIVATE Great Mekong 2 Days 1 Night With Homestay & Cai Be Floating Market
My friend told me about the mosquito in the Mekong Delta, that making me so worry about the trip, but all of the concern has been disappeared when I come to the Bungalow. It still keeps the signature or Mekong Delta and brings me the comfortable accommodation as well. Totally 5/5 star!
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At the first time when I looking for...
Thanh P, Apr 2018
PRIVATE Great Mekong 2 Days 1 Night With Homestay & Cai Be Floating Market
At the first time when I looking for the tour in Mekong Delta, I was very concerned about the condition in this place - Mosquitos, rooms.. etc but when I was there, all of my worry about this disappeared. The Bungalow is very nice. The receptionist is very funny. Mekong Delta is the must visit place in Vietnam - you should not visit Vietnam without traveling to this place.
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I have no complaints about this...
platinumlr, Dec 2015
Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour
I have no complaints about this tour. Completely as descibed. The lunch was a lot better than some of the other tours I have been on. The size of our group was 10 people which I think was about right... small enough to have all your questions answered but large enough to still make some new friends. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
star-4
So much packed in. Really...
Robert D, Dec 2017
Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour
So much packed in. Really informative and knowledgable guide. We only had a day spare so had to book on line and were not disappointed. However if you have more time to play with would recommend you do this via accommodation. We could have saved 20 dollars per person!
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This tour was great from start to...
Rattymay, Dec 2015
Cai Be Floating Market and Vinh Long City Day Trip from Saigon
This tour was great from start to finish. Our guide Frank was awesome , very knowledgable about the area, friendly , fluent English and went out of his way to make sure we had a great day! This exceeded all expectations wouldn't hesitate to recommend this company
star-4
A great way to explore Mekong Delta
Sonia_cz_au, Jan 2020
Cai Be Small Floating Market 1 day tour from Ho Chi Minh city
This was a good fun, well organized tour. The floating market was a bit of a disappointment to me, as there were very few boats basically with people sleeping on them and not really selling much. But the rest of the day was fantastic. Our guide took us to a local market in the delta, which was definitely an experience. Our bike ride was also a bit of an adventure as the bikes are in terrible conditions - rusty and broken, but it was really fun trying not to fall into one of the canals ( would not recommend for an unfit or elderly person - but you car rest in a hammock instead). Our guide was very friendly and helpful.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Because of the combination of roads and waterways, the Mekong Delta is a difficult place to visit independently. If you want to see the market, opt for a tour that includes transportation, including boats to take you out onto the water.

  • There are several hotels and restaurants in Cái Bè, most of which offer free Wi-Fi.

  • There are a couple of ATMs in the village, but they can malfunction; bring cash with you to avoid any problems.

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How to Get There

Cái Bè is a 2.5-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City via the QL1A highway. Tours from HCMC typically head to the city of Vinh Long before setting off for Cái Bè via the scenic canal networks of the delta.

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When to Get There

The Cái Bè market is at its best starting at 6am, when the highest concentration of vendors line the riverfront. Southern Vietnam is easiest to visit between December and February, when there is limited rainfall.

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The Best of the Mekong Delta

After visiting Cái Bè’s floating market, spend some time at other delta highlights: Head to Vinh Tràng Pagoda, near My Tho city, which blends Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese, and European design and architectural styles. Other popular stops include Phoenix Island, which was formerly inhabited by an eccentric monk, and Ben Tre, where you can learn how coconut candy is made.

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