Mekong Delta needs huge investment to restore floating markets

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4 May 2015

Floating markets are a special feature of the delta, offering visitors the chance to see dozens of boats selling agricultural products and flowers. However, only a few of the markets have retained their unique characteristics due to the development of road transport decreasing the number of trade boats.

The number of trade boats operating at the Cai Rang market, for example, has halved from its original 500 varieties, and the Nga Bay floating market was moved 10 kilometres away to Ba Nga to ensure marine transport safety, but affected trade activities between sellers and customers.

Most of the markets are busy only at the end of the lunar year or the arrival of spring due to high demand for farm produce.

The restoration and preservation of the markets as a bustling trade site and striking tourist destination require thorough study and reasonable investment.

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