Cái Răng is an urban district of Can Tho in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. As of 2003 the district had a population of 77,292.This increased to 82,152 in 2007. The district covers an area of 63 km². Cai Rang District was established by Decree No. 05/2004/ND-CP on January 2, 2004. The district borders Vinh Long to the east, and also Tay Phong Dien district, Hau Giang province, and Bac Ninh Kieu district.
Cai Rang Floating Market, about 6km from Can Tho City , is the most famous and biggest floating market in theMekong Delta . From the early morning, the waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with fruits, vegetables, plants, foods, etc… Sellers hang a sample of what they have from the top of a long pole so that buyers can see from a distance what they are selling.
From Saigon , it takes 4 to 5 hours to reach Can Tho. Cai Rang floating market is situated about 6km from Can Tho by road or a 20 km loop by boat.
Visiting Cai Rang Market, you will have great photographic opportunities as all manner of produce is traded from boats, communicate with the local, visit local houses and enjoy fresh fruits.
Trips to Mekong Delta are suitable all year round but the best time is the monsoon from June to September.
Almost floating markets start in the very early morning (from 5am) and finish before noon. Thus, to catch the liveliest and busiest scenery, you need to stay one night in Can Tho. Bring along camera, hat, sunscreen and insect repellant.
Cai Rang District is divided into wards (Phường):
- Lê Bình: 246,37 ha, 13,968 people
- Thường Thạnh: 1.035,81 ha, 10,431 people
- Phú Thứ: 2.013,29 ha, 12,781 people
- Tân Phú: 806,66 ha, 6,386 people
- Ba Láng: 531,52 ha, 6,339 people
- Hưng Phú
- Hưng Thạnh