Cai Be

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Nestled along the majestic Mekong River in the heart of the Mekong Delta, Cai Be emerges as a serene and captivating destination, beckoning travelers to immerse themselves in its rich tapestry of culture, history, and natural splendor. As you embark on a journey to this riverside haven, be prepared to discover a realm where floating markets, lush orchards, and ancient traditions converge to create an unforgettable experience.

Discovering the Essence of Cai Be

Cai Be, often referred to as the "Pearl of the Tien Giang Province," is a tranquil town renowned for its intricate network of canals, vibrant floating markets, and lush landscapes. Located approximately 100 kilometers southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, Cai Be offers a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of urban life, providing a serene escape into the heart of the Mekong Delta.

The Mesmerizing Floating Markets of Cai Be

One of the highlights of a visit to Cai Be is undoubtedly its vibrant floating markets. These aquatic bazaars, a testament to the ingenuity of the local traders, come alive with a kaleidoscope of colors and the melodic hum of negotiations. As you drift along the meandering canals, you'll encounter boats laden with fresh produce, handicrafts, and local specialties, creating a dynamic and visually stunning panorama.

Culinary Delights

Cai Be is a haven for food enthusiasts, offering a delightful array of Mekong Delta specialties. Dive into the world of Vietnamese cuisine with a visit to the local markets, where the air is infused with the aroma of exotic fruits, spices, and freshly prepared dishes. Indulge in the famous "hu tieu" noodle soup or savor the sweetness of tropical fruits, a testament to the region's agricultural bounty.

Island Retreats and Riverside Homestays

For an authentic experience, consider venturing to one of the numerous islands dotting the Mekong River near Cai Be. These islands, enveloped in lush greenery, offer a serene retreat where you can engage in local activities such as fruit picking, coconut candy making, and traditional folk performances. Riverside homestays provide an opportunity to connect with the warm hospitality of the locals, immersing yourself in their daily routines and cultural traditions.

Preserving Traditional Handicrafts in Cai Be

Cai Be is not only a hub of commerce but also a cradle of traditional handicrafts. Take a guided tour to local workshops where skilled artisans craft delicate products such as coconut candies, rice paper, and traditional pottery. Engaging with these crafts not only provides insight into the meticulous techniques passed down through generations but also supports the local economy.

Ecotourism and Nature Escapes

For nature enthusiasts, Cai Be offers a wealth of opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the Mekong Delta. Cruise through the narrow canals lined with mangrove forests, observing the diverse ecosystem and the abundant birdlife. Guided eco-tours allow you to witness the delta's biodiversity while promoting responsible and sustainable tourism practices.

Cultural Festivals and Events

Plan your visit to coincide with one of Cai Be's vibrant festivals, such as the Cai Be Floating Market Festival or the traditional boat races. These lively events showcase the cultural richness of the region, featuring traditional music, dance performances, and boat parades that add an extra layer of enchantment to your journey.

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What to know before visiting Cai Be

Research weather, respect local customs, pack essentials, and embrace new flavors for a fulfilling travel experience.


As you prepare for your trip to Cai Be, a poetic destination in the heart of the Mekong Delta, below are important notes to help you experience the journey smoothly and safely.

Weather and Attire

Cai Be often has a tropical monsoon climate, so prepare cool, breathable clothing. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are important items to protect the skin from the effects of UV rays.

Cruising on the Canals

When taking canal tours, do a safety check on the boat and make sure to use a life jacket, especially if you don't know how to swim.

Shopping at the Floating Market

Before shopping, negotiate the price with the seller to ensure you are not "overpriced". It is recommended to bring enough cash, as some small stores may not accept credit cards.

Eating Safely

Avoid eating raw or undercooked foods. Ask if the drinks and ice are made from clean water to avoid stomach problems.

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Learn about Cai Be's history and culture before your trip so you have insight and understanding of the place you're visiting.

Remember that understanding and respecting the local culture will make your trip more fulfilling and meaningful. Wishing you an experienced and memorable journey to explore Cai Be!

What guests said about hotels in Cai Be

DavidUnited States

Young couple

The property is very well laid out with duplex units on the river, lake or garden. All very nice. The bath is spacious and the little deck nice to enjoy the views. The pool is large although too shallow on one side. Great for the toddlers. The breakfast is good if it’s the buffet but if you order by menu just so so. Restaurant serves nicely prepared dishes at resort prices. Thr staff as usual in Vietnam is eager to help. We arrived by rented scooter and had some trouble with it. Three guys were omit and had the problem fixed in a jiffy.


Young couple

perfect combination between family house and hotel. the house is just in front of the water, and you can borrow bikes for free in order to visit the center of the town. you can have diner and breakfast at the house (very good, the diner was full of different and delicious vietnamese dishes). the family was very nice and very helpful. they also have access to a bus company which can pick you up in front of the house and take you back to Ho Chi Minh center. We recommend !!!


Young couple

Amazing experience staying in Cai Be at Sao Mai Hotel. Vu and his family really take care of you here. When you stay here you will be fed delicious home made meals and have the opportunity to speak with Vu and his family, getting a better understanding of Vietnam and the Mekong region. They will help you with everything in your stay whether it be food, tours, bus tickets and onward travel! Room was very comfortable with hot water and AC. Thank you for everything!


Family with young children

This was the best accommodation we’ve had, hands down. The food was EXCEPTIONAL, the garden beautiful & peaceful and our hosts were warm and welcoming. Our river tour with Nhi was an absolute highlight - we saw and experienced so much. Yes it’s rustic and doesn’t have all of the comforts of a city hotel, but that’s the point! It was the only time we felt that we truly got away from the tourist traps and experienced the real Vietnam.


Solo traveller

Perfect location with view on the river, free rental bicycle available, and large shared spaces in the hotel. The room was simple but very comfortable. Food was delicious and I can tell you that the meals were prepared with passion / love ! On top of that, you will meet and discuss with the manager of the hotel (Vu) who is an awesome and very kind guy. He will do everything to make you feel comfortable and at home.


Family with young children

A very clean and spacious house, with a comfortable outside area in a very nice , leafy part of Cai Be, we did very nice walks through narrow paths off the main street, tiny canals in people’s gardens, an unexpected school in the middle of maize of small paths, one feels that the jungle starts just behind this part of the city. There is also a very neat restaurant with AC room next door.

EmmaUnited Kingdom

Young couple

The location is very special, with large gardens and grounds right on the river you couldn’t ask for a more ideal setting. The pool area is lovely and the staff were very helpful. The hotel manager Duy personally took care of us - he helped book our bus to the next destination, expertly administered first aid when we needed it, and gave us some interesting facts about the Mekong.

HannahUnited Kingdom

Young couple

Lovely if slightly rustic hotel on the Mekong Delta. Food was really delicious, much better than some previous reviews suggested. Great tours, free bike hire appreciated. Seamless communication with taxis regarding pick up and drop off (as have to access from a boat). Overall great relaxing time.


Young couple

I adored this little place by the river! Very homey vibes and way bigger than expected. There's a kitchen, a bathtub, two beds, a sofa and armchairs to relax and read. Bicycles also available to move around Cai Be town. Having breakfast with the boats passing by is priceless, I will definitely be back!

JimUnited Kingdom

Young couple

This spacious property is exactly like the photos and very thoughtfully designed. The owners were incredibly helpful on check-in, check-out, and with any questions we had, including organising the bus to leave Caí Be. They also adapted the breakfast for our diet at the last minute.


Family with young children

Location is great, although Cai Be might not the best place to experience the Mekong Delta. Tourguide Thom is great! Staff, although not great at English, is supportive and comes mainly from local town. Philosophy of the Lodge is good. Mekong river views are stunning with sunset!


Young couple

The place is very nice in the middle of the nature and wonderful seeview of Mekong. Free bikes to go to the Cai Be town. They offer organised tour for 600k dongs per person but there is not floating market any more in Cai Be since Covid.



During the days in Cai be, we had the chance to discover the city thanks to Vuvu. He helps us with everything (bus, activities…). It’s was not only an hotel but a experience in the Vuvu’s family.


Family with young children

Mister Vu was so helpful right from the booking of the hotel to checking out. He showed us his village and gave us a great tour of the surrounding area. Everything was really great!! Thanks Vu!

KatherineUnited States

Young couple

The rooms were nice. The food at the hotel restaurant was decent. The pool needed to be cleaned. The spa was closed though that was not advertised until we were at the hotel.

JenniferUnited Kingdom

Young couple

The pool was beautiful, large enough to swim lengths. Staff were very helpful. The room was very clean as was the hotel. Staff were very efficient and accommodating.


Family with young children

The people working in the hotel did a fine job . Good cleaning, good food, good help making different tours And sitting and looking at Mekong River is fantastic.

lionelUnited Kingdom

Solo traveller

Nice location on the Mekong. Shuttle boat from town to the hotel. Nice swimming pool.

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