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An experience we will never forget
March 24, 2012

Cai Be


Only 120 km southwest of Ho Chi Minh and after a 3-hour drive, we’ll escape completely from bustling city to another world - Cai Be: a world of immense water and vast greenness, a world where people live a relaxed and happy life together.  Cai Be is a typical image of Mekong Delta: luxuriant tropical fruit orchards, endless rice fields, buzzing floating market and quaint tranquil villages. It is also the gateway to Mekong Delta Vietnam, along with Can Tho.



Cai Be Floating Market is among the three biggest ones in the region. Every early morning, boats and rafts loaded with freshly picked vegetables, fruit, flowers and other produce from nearby districts of Tien Giang, Soc Trang and Ben Tre gather here for trade until dusk. The noise stirs the atmosphere of around 1km water area along Tien River. Each boat sells one type of good, indicated by a long vertical pole with sample product attached at the end. Household stuffs, production tools and food are also on offer. From a certain distance, the market looks like a colorful painting, a unique mosaic of local life.

 



Cai Be Floating Market has been a bustling commercial centre for people since Nguyen rule. It is not just a traditional practice; it is an integral part of local culture and an ever appealing attraction for travelers to Tien Giang.



Dong Hoa Hiep Old Houses
Dong Hoa Hiep Commune of Cai Be has a valuable cultural heritage of hundreds of old houses built in late 19 century. One among 355 houses has been invested by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) to be preserved and restored to its initial state. Its shares many architectural features with the “hundred-pillared old house” in Long An province: its elaborate carvings of conventional motifs and images, its wooden furniture, its spacious lobby and even the family altar. This house is well worth a visit to savor the traditional aesthetic work of Vietnamese artisans.


 

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