Cai Rang is a large wholesale floating market on a side arm of the Mekong. The boats are pretty big, and most of the merchants live on them. Each of them had fruit or vegetable on a stick (like a flag) on top of their boat advertising the type of produce they sold.

Expect to be overwhelmed as this is commerce in its most primitive form. And as it’s the tropics, it’s also commerce in its most colorful form. An army of  sampans, painted with bright primary yellows, blues and reds, jockey for position as radiant pineapples, taro root, coconuts, pumpkins, bananas, pomelos, longan fruit, jackfruit, mangos, and durians change hands with the speed of light, along with fistfuls of crumpled Vietnamese Dong bills.

While we were busy taking it all in, our driver hailed a small boat, which came over and served us breakfast and coffee. In this country, breakfast is often soup—different cultures, different customs. So we had a hearty chicken soup at 6:30 am and where ready for our next stop.

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