Floating Markets in Vietnam
The day begins very early on the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam. Farmers from the region awake before dawn to load their boats with the fruit and vegetables they harvested the day before. Every morning these boats meet to form some of the world’s largest floating markets.
Local residents, as well as restaurants and stores, pull their boats up beside the anchored market boats and purchase the day’s produce that will become tonight’s dinner.
Pineapple, mangos and melons, along with many regional vegetables and fruit that are not common to foreign travelers, are sold by the piece and pound. Baskets, bags and bowls proudly display each boat’s goods in this mile long market on the river. Some boats attach a sample of their wares to a bamboo pole mounted on the bow of their boat to let shoppers know what they are selling amongst the hundreds of other boats in the market.
Raw fruits and vegetables are not the only items for sale in this fast paced floating market. Small boats with hot coffee and soft drinks make their rounds selling refreshments to both the market’s customers and sellers alike. Hungry for some breakfast? Food boats also make the rounds with hot noodles and soups freshly prepared each morning.
Whether eating a morning snack while shopping, or being shipped to stores, restaurants and hotels in the larger cities, these vegetables and fruits are about as fresh as one can find anywhere.
Water plays an important role in Vietnam, as the entire Eastern coast of the country boarders the China Sea. Transportation, shipping, fishing and the gorgeous beach views all depend on the water. The friendly Vietnamese people have mastered their local resources and their is no better example than the floating markets of the Mekong Delta.