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Cruises to Cai Be

Cai Be (Photo:akachai/Shutterstock)

About Cai Be

Located on a tributary of Vietnam's Mekong River, Cai Be gained "fame" for its bustling floating market, where hundreds of traders once bought and sold a variety of goods from stationary boats. The market dates back to the 17th century, but unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for the locals), the improvement of Vietnam's infrastructure means the market is no longer a necessity for those looking to buy and sell wares. The government keeps the market afloat for the benefit of tourists through incentives for traders and local farmers, but what was once bustling would now be better described as sleepy.

But you'll still get a glimpse of life along the Mekong as you sail on small wooden boats called sampans past homes situated right on the water. Along the way, you'll stop at tourist attractions that include artisan workshops and homes of wealthy merchants.

Sampans are the only way to not only get around Cai Be but also get from your riverboat to points of interest, as your ship will moor in the river. Your river cruise operator will arrange all tours and transport; there is no opportunity for independent exploration.

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Why go to Cai Be?

Pros:

Stops here offer insights into how important rice is to the Vietnamese culture

Cons:

The floating market is only a tiny remnant of what it once was

Bottom Line:

Works best as an introductory port when starting your cruise in Vietnam

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The official currency in Vietnam is the dong. You'll want to have dong in hand by the time you get to Cai Be or exchange money on your riverboat as there is nowhere to get money during your tour. Street vendors, including those with a small table of handmade items or kids and women selling items like straw hats, postcards or bookmarks, accept dollars.

Language?

The official language in Vietnam is Vietnamese, though street vendors will understand enough English to try and sell you something.


Cai Be Cruise Reviews
again cruise critic does not havethe drop down for port 5 which is Sa Dec This port listed Cai Be is effectivly port 6 with a good selection of excusrions available... Read More
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craigs1214
Had a great tour of the city and wonderful information. The temple was really beautiful and I still can't understand how anyone can drive in this area of the world. I figured out how they do it, but wouldn't try... Read More
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GDanishSpots1
Market was really cool, so was the temple... Read More
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