If someone asks me: “which places are worth to visit in the Southwest of Vietnam?”, then I can give him the right answer and I am sure that everyone will agree with that: FLOATING MARKET.
Floating market not only attracts tourists by its specific culture, it is also abundant in tropical produce which is showed and sold in boats and canoes.
Cai Rang is one of the biggest floating markets and it is one of the most exciting attractions in Can Tho. Floating market is a cutural speciality of Mekong Delta which attracts many tourists, especially foreigners.
Specializing in selling kinds of fruit which are specialities of Mekong Delta, it is also a wholesale market which sells both wholesale and retail kinds of fruit and agricultural products. This place focuses on goods in big quantitities.
If local and people and neighbor usually carry agricultural products in medium canoes or junks to sell there, trader usually use big boats to buy fruits and sell all over in Vietnam, even in Cambodia and China.
Located on Cai Rang River and far away about 6 kilometers from Can Tho City, Cai Rang floating market is one of the interesting destinations which tourists cannot miss as coming to Can Tho.
Only takes about 30 minutes from Ninh Kieu Quay by boat, tourists can enjoy floaty feeling on canoes, mix with bustling atmosphere of market, find out the life of families with many generations living on boats, enjoy the sweet and delicious of local specialities which are granted by nature, as well as make friendship with plain, friendly and sentimental Western people.
Coming to Cai Rang floating market, tourists will be surprised at selling style. The kinds of goods will be hanged on bamboo spray; it is called “cay beo”. For instance, if people sell pumpkins, they will hang one pumpkin on “cay beo”.
Therefore, salespeople don’t need to advertise goods by shouting as other markets on land and it’s easy for tourists seeing in distance. Coming to Western in general and Cai Rang in particular, tourists are unforgettable and really want come back to enjoy, experience and relive this special feeling.
Cai Rang floating market usually starts very early in the morning and finishes at about 8 or 9a.m. Tourists can come at about 7 or 8 in the morning because market is in the busiest and most crowded at this time. Market does not focus and has little activity on Lunar New Year (1st and 2nd days), Double Five festival (on 5th day of 5th lunar month).
Established in 18th century, Cai Be floating market is the border of 3 provinces: Vinh Long, Ben Tre, and Tien Giang. This most long-standing market not only attracts tourists by crowded boats, it also attracts them by water-color painting with serial gardens, towns along the river looming in napa trees (water coconut trees) and cypresses.
There are many rich and copious produces from fruit, poultry, seafood, household commodities, and fabrics. If tourists want to buy gifts for relatives, they can choose sweet tangerines, coconut candies, or coconut soaps – a famous speciality of Cai Be. Tourists just go on a sightseeing tour of Cai Be floating market because it starts very early at 2 o’clock in the morning and finishes at 8 o’clock in the morning, therefore.
Far away about 75 kilometers from Vi Thanh City, Hau Giang and about 30 kilometers from Can Tho City Center in the South, Phung Hiep floating market is on Phung Hiep seven corners – which gathers of 7 branches of river, it is also called Seven Corners Market.
The same as Cai Be and Cai Rang, Phung Hiep floating market also musters up hundred of boats and canoes which transport goods, specialities not only in region, it also transports produces to the Northern and in oversea markets.
Coming to Phung Hiep floating market, tourists can enjoy specialities of the Western and buy arts and crafts famous items of Hau Giang. The most special thing in Phung Hiep is snakes market with all kinds of different high-grade snake wine. Besides, it also has tortoises, turtles, geckos, iguanas, and so on.
Phung Hiep floating market is sure to make visitors pleased both in beautiful scenery and specific culture of Mekong Delta.
Far away about 2 kilometers from city center, Long Xuyen floating market is not as famous as other floating markets, but tourists will recognize the generous attitude of hick people in the Southwest.
Long Xuyen floating market has a lot of kinds of farm products such as vegetables, melons, cabbages, squashes, potatoes, etc. and all kinds of fruit such as bananas, pomelos, oranges, tangerines, and so on. Besides, tourists can go to market during the day, do not have to take advantage of morning time like the other floating markets.
Coming to Long Xuyen floating market, tourists have experience of people’s daily lives on boats as well as enjoy the crowded atmosphere of boats in business. Tra On floating market - Vinh Long
Far away 250 meters from Tra On rivulet mouth, Tra On floating market is in lower section of Hau River with the length of 300 meters. Especially, market often opens according to the tide, if tide is rising, market is crowded.
Tra On floating market is the wholesale market. Specialities are distributed wholesale. Agricultural products are yams, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, bitter melons, and so on. Fruits include Tan Thanh thick-skinned oranges, Hoa Binh star apples, Luc Si Thanh durians.
One more special in Tra On floating market is coloring canoes selling with beautiful flowers. Coming to Tra On, tourists should not miss the speciality of this place, “ca chay” is processed in different ways which there is no any place can compare.
Coming to floating markets in the Southwest, tourists will have floaty feeling on canoes, mix with the crowded atmosphere of markets and enjoy specialities, all make tourists want to come back again.
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Camping is such a great outdoor activity for family, friends, and colleagues to relax, get to know each other better and strengthen relationship. After hours full of exciting activities, a meal is really important to make a satisfying experience.
It is not an easy task to make a camping food list that feed everyone with deliciousness and joy. But it will get a lot simpler with some tips below.
First of all, you have to know the number of people that will join the camping. This includes how many adults, how many children, and how many vegetarian or vegan, etc. The number of people from each group will decide what and how much food you need to prepare.
The length of the camping is necessary to make the camping food list. You need to base on that to know how many breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to bring. You won’t want to leave anyone hungry during a camp.
Camping food list for different camping areas is different. Is it a mountainous site, a beach site, a festival camping, or just a place in town? For example, if it is a beach camping, you may want to prepare more cold drinks. For a festival camp, more snacks are better. Also, check what is available at the camping site so you plan what you need to bring along.
The time of the camping means the season and the weather of the camping. In summer, campers may prefer more cold drinks, and refreshing food. In winter, hot chocolate, coffee, and hot food are more suitable.
This is important. Allergic reactions can be itchy skin, red dot, sneezing, or a headache that will go away soon. But they can also be severe symptoms including breathing difficulty or anaphylactic shock. So, it is better to keep people away from what may harm them.
Some camping sites forbid glasses or cans. Some sites don’t allow fire. You should check and follow the site rules to avoid any unwanted circumstances during the camping.
Try to avoid perishable food as much as possible. If you need to bring perishable food, get some cooler boxes for them. For example, if you plan for a grill dinner with meat, refrigerate it well and keep in the cooler box.
With some food, you will need to put in the food tub for better storage. So, make sure they are sturdy enough not to get squished.
Choose the food that is nourished and filling. Even if the camping is short, you still want to feed people enough nutrition and a full meal. You will be loved for that!
Camping usually go with outdoor activities which can be exhausting. After that, campers may want to be fed with something that give them more energy to continue enjoying the fun.
In case you have to walk, reduce heavy items to the minimum. It can be tiring carrying around food. Don’t let the tiredness spoil the joy of a camping before it even starts.
Don’t forget to plan the drinks. Walking, running, and playing sport can be dehydrating. It is important to supply enough water for the body.
Check out below for some extra tips for a camping food list:
Categorize the food into different groups to. This will be easier for you when you go shopping for the camping food list. You can also use these categories for packing and checking.
Make a check list for shopping day and packing day. You may have a really good memory but everything can happen. You don’t want to cook without spices, do you?
Even the most meticulous person makes mistakes sometimes. Make sure to check all expiry date to avoid food poison. Have cooler boxes for drinks and chilled ingredients
Put your dinks, some vegetables, and chilled ingredients like meat, cheese, milk, butter, etc. in cooler boxes or portable refrigerator. This will help keep the flavor as well as the food safety of the food. Pack raw meat and raw ingredient separately, in serving portions
For raw ingredients, especially meat, pack them well and separately. Ideally, you should cut meat into serving portion to save serving time. Also, for chilled ingredients, try to cook right away after you take them out of the cooler. The outdoor temperature is ideal for bacteria. Preplan each meal for short camping
For short camping, you should preplan your meals, especially lunch and dinner. Then you can back meal by meal. This also saves time to plan each meal during the camping. Bring extra food for the unexpected
You will never know if there will be a sudden rain that forces you to change your planned meal. Or you are just in a mood for 1-2 more days. Or one of the member wants something else to eat. They all can happen. So, bring some extra food to make the camping as perfect as possible. But don’t bring too much!
Good preparation is the first step to ensure the success of anything. Food is an important factor of a happy and exciting camping. And if you are the person in charge, you will love to see people enjoy the food you prepare. I hope this post is helpful for you to make a camping food list for you next camping. Enjoy the fun and happiness that it brings to you!
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What do you think? What is your answer to the question: Is camping good for kids? Now, I suppose some might think that’s a silly question. Other inquiring folks may really want to know what benefits there are in store for families planning and going on camping trips with their kids.
Now, if you have been camping with your family and children for a good number of years, I don’t have to convince you that there are positive benefits. The fact that you have spent years camping as a family indicates that you see great benefit in it.
Otherwise, you would have stopped camping long ago. I would encourage such folks to leave a note in the reply section below and share what you consider to be the benefits of camping with your kids.
I did come across an interesting article by Barbara Adam in which she gives some amazing insights on how traveling with your kids has an incredibly positive impact on them. In my mind, camping with your kids provides exactly the same impact as taking them on trips to experience other cultures. Here’s an excerpt from Barbara’s article:
One of the best ways to experience a local culture is to be led by your children. Kids are natural explorers and scientists, full of wonder at the world, wherever they are in it. . . .
Travel presents all kinds of learning opportunities. Children get to see, hear and taste so many new things, new languages, new food, new modes of transport, new animals and, yes, even new flavors of gelato.
In her article, Barbara also shares some insight that she learned from Nancy Sathre-Vogel, an educator and mother who biked with her family from Alaska to Argentina. You can learn more about Nancy and her family at FamilyonBikes.org/blog. Here is some of what Barbara shares in her article:
World-traveling mom and teacher Nancy Sathre-Vogel, who completed a masters thesis on brain research and how children learn, said travel helps build the connections in the brain that make learning easier.
The key to learning, according to Nancy, is growing dentrites, the physical connections within the brain that join cells together and allows messages to whiz from one part of the brain to another.
“As we travel, our kids are always in new and stimulating environments, therefore their brains are always growing dendrites which makes it easier for them to learn anything,” she said. “It appears as though their brains are so stimulated by everything that is going on around them that they just pick stuff up — it seems like it goes in through osmosis.”
Of course, kids don’t have to travel in order to learn efficiently. It’s stimulating environments that help children learn. “It’s just that it’s easier to get kids in those challenging and stimulating environments while traveling,” said Nancy.
Isn’t that amazing. My wife and I have been taking our kids on camping trips ever since they were infants. Now that our kids are older, during the last 6 years we have been able to travel further distances with them. I am a firm believer that 1 week on a camping trip provides just as much learning experience as a whole month in the class room.
Now, we have not traveled outside of the US, but I say we have experienced a variety of different cultures right here in the US. The way people live and view life is different in Upper Michigan than Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach different than those living in Estes Park, CO. (If you have experienced the Upper Michigan culture, you know what I mean.)
In our travels to each of our camping destinations, we have learned history. We have learned about nature and science. We have experienced new wildlife up close and personal. It is impossible to have the same kind of learning experience in a class room.
Is camping good for kids? My answer: absolutely!! And it is good for parents as well. Now, if your camping experience so far has kept you close to home, I say, broaden your horizons. Get beyond the borders of your home state. Turn loose the desire for discovery in your kids. It just might be the best thing for your kids’ education.
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