The Mekong Delta in photos

If you come to Vietnam, seeing the Mekong Delta is just as vital an attraction as seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris. I really wanted to see the floating markets in Cai Rang – where buyers and sellers meet on their boats and exchange money for a massive variety of fruit and vegetables. Here is a photo journal of my time there.

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The markets at Cai Rang are an early morning affair, so you’ll be on your boat before sunrise. I opted to not join a tour but instead went down to the pier and found someone that would take me to the market on her boat – it’s a lot more fun that way, and a much more authentic experience.

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Part of the Mekong River – houses are literally built up to the waters edge.

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A pineapple seller 

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More pineapples being sold between 2 boats. It’s really cool to see how trade happens here.

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A local woman buying supplies.

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More boats laden with goods to be sold. A huge amount of fresh produce is traded here every day.

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You can identify what a boat is selling by what is hung onto the pole on the front of the boat.

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Pumpkins for sale.

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A local man heading out after finishing his shopping.

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A chap peeling cabbages – the river doubles as a place to throw away waste too, sadly.

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It’s really busy here in the mornings. Great spirit of haggling going on.

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Along one of the smaller tributaries of the Mekong.

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My boat ‘driver’, Sang, insisted on taking photos of me all the time. Here is the only one that isn’t blurry!

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More of the Mekong from a smaller tributary. Its definitely worth getting onto a smaller boat as opposed to a tourist one as the big boats can’t navigate down these narrow waterways.

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