In Southern Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is a tangled web of waterways. People, live work and travel on the water, it is literally the lifeblood of the delta. We took a boat trip out to one of these floating markets, where every day shopkeepers, farmers, families and wholesalers come to sell their wares. Sellers attach their produce to a large stick at the bow of their boat, a billboard of sorts for what they’re selling that day. Most farmers come for a few days at a time in the hopes that they’ll sell it all before having to return home.
The river is alive with boats of all sizes bobbing back and forth, small motorboats and rowboats zipping between the cargo vessels, and even people poling from boat to boat. The cacophony of a marketplace echoes across the river, the noise so loud you can hardly hear yourself think. This is their supermarket.
Like so many other boats in the market, this boat was overladen with vegetables. I hope no single family was subjected to that much cabbage.
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If You Go: Two and three day Mekong Delta tours are easy and affordable and easy to book in Ho Chi Minh City. You can get around the region independently but it is time consuming. Be prepared for an onslaught of souvenir shops. Mekong Delta tours are a popular way to cross into Cambodia. If you do cross the border, you will have no choice but to pay a $1 stamping fee(bribe)to the immigration officials. Visas for Cambodia can be arranged at the border,but if you do the tour in reverse,you’ll need your Vietnamese visa in advance.