...float through a Mekong market.

Trip Start Mar 05, 2012
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Where I stayed
Hotel Xoai Can Tho
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Cai Rang Floating Market Can Tho
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

The sun begins to creep above the low trees of the Mekong Delta, turning a mild morning into a sweltering 40 degree day. Quiet river ferries row to and from the pier in front of the Can Tho Market. A woman is gently slapping my arm to make sure I can hear her, for the tenth time. 
 

"Foat makeh."

 "Alright, alright. Floating market, yes. How much to go to the floating market?" I always smile while negotiating, until it gets serious.
   
"Ree hunda."

"Ba?"

"Yes, Ba." She holds up three fingers to indicate a cost of 300,000dong, about $15.

"Oh my, that's very expensive." A local Vietnamese man had joined us the evening before at dinner and told us we should be paying less than 100,000. He had actually lived in the US for a bit where he was trained as a fighter pilot in the military. We wandered into a restaurant and sat down. The waitress promptly ran out of the restaurant and returned with the man, assuming that we could only manage with a translator. Anyway…

"Ha mu you wun?" Her tone became more serious.

"Nam mo'ue [50,000]." A lowball, I know; it's a test to see what they consider to be a ridiculous offer.

"Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh." She turns from her friendly toothless smile to a look of severe pain and anguish as she sways her upper body from side to side. "No money!!! Two fee."

“Nope, that’s too expensive.” Cody and I begin to walk away.

“Two!! Two!!”

“No, thank you.”

“One-nine!!” Now she had reached the point where she was ready to talk a more reasonable price. I didn’t really expect to get less than 100,000 dong. $5 seemed incredibly cheap for two people for a three hour trip anyway. I stop walking and pretend like I am thinking really hard, but I’m actually wondering if they serve noodles and drinks from little boats in and around the floating market.

“One-fifty.”

“One-eighty.”

“One-seventy.”

She approves with a nod and shepherds us toward the boats. Within two steps we were intercepted by another woman. We are handed off and negotiations immediately return to where they had first begun.Eventually we get things sorted for the same price.

I won’t go into the details of the market, other than to say it was a very enjoyable experience. Check out the pics, I will add more details to the ones that require it.

 
 

Some other pictures I took throughout Can Tho...
 
    

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bry on

Your new camera is serving you well! Nice pics Ryan. Also loved your packing tips on http://www.gotsaga.com/review_saga_pics/5517. Why do I have the feeling you will have your own travel show soon...? xo

themum on

Great story Ryan and the camera was an excellent purchase...some of your pics are really terrific and help give us a sense of the country and the people.

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