Long Xuyen Floating market: River shopping in the Mekong Delta

06:00 | 05/12/2020 Culture & Tourism

(VEN) - The Long Xuyen Floating Market is located along the bank of the Hau River in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang. It is in proximity to Long Xuyen City - the capital of An Giang, famous for its relaxing atmosphere and beautiful colonial houses.

long xuyen floating market river shopping in the mekong delta
long xuyen floating market river shopping in the mekong delta

The Long Xuyen Floating Market is among the few places where traditional culture and local lifestyle remain intact.

The market provides a glimpse of the quintessence in the culture and people of the Mekong Delta. Stretching along two kilometers of the Hau River, the market is easily explored by boat.

Hundreds of boats trade in farm produce on the water market. Visitors can also sample dozens of dishes cooked on the boats, such as rice noodle soup, sweet soup, coffee, and noodles with coconut milk, among other local foods.

long xuyen floating market river shopping in the mekong delta
long xuyen floating market river shopping in the mekong delta

Tourists can also buy fruits, vegetables and seafood, among many other goods. Samples are hung on bamboo poles above the boats, displaying the products sold on each boat. Once all the produce is sold, the samples are taken down.

Like other floating markets, Long Xuyen should be visited early in the morning, the best time to see it at its most bustling.

long xuyen floating market river shopping in the mekong delta
long xuyen floating market river shopping in the mekong delta

Pham Tiep