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Cai Rang Floating Market

Can Thao City

Vietnam

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Project for Public Spaces
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May 18, 2005
December 14, 2017

Just like it sounds, vendors sell food, flowers and more from their boats on the Mekong River.

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Why it doesn't work?

The Cai Rang Floating Market is one of several floating markets in the Mekong Delta. This market is where locals go to buy and sell a variety of fruits and vegetables from boats of all sizes. During the early morning market hours, larger sized boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of. The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even smuggled goods like cigarettes. Sellers tie their goods to a tall pole so that buyers can see from a distance what they are selling. Other boats sell beer, wine and soft drinks to the merchants and the buyers.

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