Tien Giang province, with its Cai Be district, is famous for the boisterous economy on the float. As such, the land is full of docks where goods come and go and the trading activities happen directly on the water. If anything, Cai Be is the image of the Mekong Delta lifestyle, as it reflects people’s connection with the water and boats as the essential transportation.
Photo by @Hung Tran
Being in Tien Giang, one can immerse in a day in life of a typical South-Westerners making a living and actually living on the boat. It is amazing that the impromptu economic activity, through time, has been upgraded to a more organized level, where people start to form specialist areas selling one kind of goods, competing with one another by incremental differences. As such, tourists can observe a new form of market, which on the outside is at most basic, is in reality so well developed it is registered one of the accepted economic activities.
Photo by @Nguyen Huy Le
Business aside, floating on Cai Be Float Market, one can learn a very different lifestyle of those who cannot afford a solid ground. And by that, one can admire the spirit, the optimistic attitude and the survival skills of the human in the Mekong Delta.
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