Cai Be is a river-land mixed town in Vietnam. It is a district of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Along the river, there are docks that handle passengers and goods, and the floating market. Cai Be is the north shore of the tree My Thuan Bridge, the gateway to the city of Vinh Long and the Cuu Long River Delta. Nearby Vinh Long, it is the bustling Cai Be Floating Market, where you can see wholesalers on big boats hang a sample of what they sell from the top of a long pole. It is also a leisure time for boating to see small canals and visit fruit orchards.
After 110km on the National Highway 1A from Ho Chi Minh City, travelers will arrive Cai Be being considered as a wild land where it is always ready waiting the discovery of the travelers.
Cai Be used to be the Administrative - Economic and Political Center of South Vietnam which called "Cai Be Dinh" (1732 -1757) and then Long Ho Dinh. Nowadays, Cai Be is one of the most important centers for the distribution of the agricultural products, especially the tropical fruits for the whole country and also for the entire region.
Cai Be, in the Mekong Delta has a distinctive ecological system in the river network of South Vietnam. The nature is fertile and the local people are opened-heart and hospitable. With its floating market, tropical fruits and rich history, Cai Be is an intriguing and attractive destination for travelers from all over. Visitors will also have a chance to enjoy a boat trip on the mighty Mekong River for a dreamy and the serene time in Cai Be.
Cai Be Floating Market is among one of the markets in Mekong Delta such as Cai Rang, Phong Dien, Phung Hiep floating markets. The history of Cai Be Floating Market is still unknown but people believe that it was formed during time of the formation of the delta in 17th to 18th centuries by people from central of Vietnam. They were the founders of the delta who cultivated and settled down here for years. According to “Gia Dinh Thanh Thong Chi”, Nguyen Lord declared the building of Long Ho Town in Cai Be (called Cai Be Town) in 1732. The Cai Be river mouth is where Cai Be floating market is located, stretching over 500m, is where more than 400 boats in the delta gather for trading each day. The hustle and bustle of the market begins in early morning but remains open all day. Some people come here to buy products from merchants and take back to the markets in the mainland for resale.
Visiting Cai Be Market offers great photographic and unique opportunities of all types; from boat rides along the bustling river to cruising through the mysterious canals, to meeting local merchants and sampling delicious fresh locally grown fruits......Cai Be Market is a must see!
Trips to Mekong Delta as well as Cai Be are suitable all year round but the best time is the monsoon from June to September. Almost floating markets start in the very early morning and finish before noon. Thus, to catch the liveliest and busiest scenery, visitors should plan to stay one night in Vinh Long and bring along camera, hat, sunscreen and insect repellant.