With many rivers and canals, the Mekong Delta has many floating markets: Cai Rang (Can Tho), Cai Be (Tien Giang), Phung Hiep (Hau Giang), Tra On (Vinh Long), etc. Speaking of Western of Vietnam, people often mention Cai Rang floating market of Can Tho province, but there is another unique and interesting floating market: Nga Nam floating market.
Located about 60km from the center of Soc Trang city, Nga Nam floating market belongs to the same name town: Nga Nam. The name: “Nga Nam” in Vietnamese means “five directions” and this floating market is located at the intersection of five river branches flowing to five different directions: Ca Mau, Vinh Quoi, Long My, Thanh Tri and Phung Hiep. From the early morning of 3-4am, the whole river was full of hundreds boats and motorboats. The busiest time is usually from 5am to 7am, especially on some big festivals, the market will take place throughout the day.
Nga Nam Floating Market
In the process of development the Southern of Vietnam, unlike the upper area, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, which were salty alum, it was necessary to dig the canal. The name “Nga Nam” appeared when the French dug Phung Hiep canal. People began to gather in this area for trading, gradually forming a special feature in the West of Vietnam, which was Nga Nam floating market. In the river, boats carry goods moved along the river and all the trading activities take place on boats.
Having Breakfast On The River
As a local market serving the essential food needs of the locals, Nga Nam floating market trades all kinds of goods: vegetables, food, salt, fish, meat, clothing, fabrics and even the coffee, breakfast, etc. In the past, local merchants here were not used to foreign tourists, but now small traders in this market are familiar with them who visit the market every day. Come to Nga Nam floating market, visitors can catch the friendly smiles of the sellers in the Ba Ba shirt. Tourists are served the typical dishes of Mekong Delta, fresh fruits, etc. and enjoy the peace noise of Nga Nam floating market.
Boats with Advertise Sticks
Nga Nam floating market attracts a lot of boats from neighboring localities every day coming to trade, it is not difficult to see some boats being both a stall and a home for people living in the river area. Another interesting feature at Nga Nam floating market is the advertising sticks. At each boat, there is an advertise stick hanging in front of the boat. What's on that stick is what that boat sells. This makes it easier for travelers and customers to find what they need in the crowd market. For first-time tourists, the advertise sticks helps a lot in determining the direction and find what they need when they are unfamiliar with a floating market.
If you want to buy some souvenirs, you can consider the fresh fruit. Almost sellers at Nga Nam floating market exchange fruits from their home gardens, the fruit is very sweet and delicious, not afraid of pesticide as much as the fruits you buy in the urban area. Bargaining is almost unnecessary here, Nga Nam floating market is well - know but the locals used to live spontaneously, honestly, almost no one sells too much expensive. Even communicating with them shortly, you will be given gifts to bring back.
Along with Bat Pagoda and Ok Om Bok festival, Nga Nam floating market is one of the must-go destinations that you cannot miss if you have the opportunity to visit Mekong Delta.
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