Cai Be is in the Mekong Delta.
Cai Be is a district in the west of Tien Giang province. Cai Be has total area of 41,000 ha, and a population of 280,000 people living in 24 communes and a capital town of same name. The local economy is based mainly on horticulture and tourism, with a great number of fruit orchards. Cai Be has a small floating market which is not yet as touristy as the Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho. Cai Be is on the northern side of My Thuan Bridge, the gate into Vinh Long province and the Mekong Delta in general.
Cai Be is around 113 km (2 hour drive) from Ho Chi Minh City and 50 km from My Tho (the capital of Tien Giang. Cai Be is on the northern side of My Thuan Bridge, the gate into Vinh Long Province and the Mekong Delta in general.
It is easy to get Cai Be around with a motorbike taxi or just rent a bike. Visiting Cai Be floating market with a small sampan ride is enjoyable.
- Cai Be Floating Market. is a small and little visited floating market in Mekong Delta. It is held along the Tan Phong Island at the junction of Tien River in territory of three provinces Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre. Every morning, hundreds of boats gather here to trade their local products, mainly fruit, creating a bustling fair. Different from other big floating market in the region, Cai Be is a retail market and it closes around mid-day.
- Dong Hoa Hiep Old House. There are quite some old houses in Dong Hoa Hiep Commune, Cai Be. Best preserved ones include Ba Duc Old House, Cai Huy Old House and Anh Kiet Old House. They were built in an old architecture typical in the region. Some were restored under a programme of Vietnamese government together with a Japanese organization, JICA.
Enjoy a sampan ride to visit Cai Be floating market in early morning. Rent a bike or motorbike to explore beautiful villages in Cai Be. The people here are all very friendly and warm.
- Mekong Lodge Riverside Restaurant. A semi-open air restaurant with nice settings and great view of Tien River, especially at sunset. Excellent food.
- Mekong Lodge, Hamlet 5, Dong Hoa Hiep Commune, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. An eco-resort set in a large and well-landscaped green area with good food and nice people, typical of the Mekong Delta. Request a garden view bungalow if you are light sleepers. USD60+.