Nga Bay floating market, also known as Phung Hiep floating market, a floating market of Nga Bay town was formed in 1915. This is the famous floating market of Hau Giang province, was the venue for the trading activities, barter of residents in the Mekong river region . It not only where goods trade but also local tourist attractions.
Market formation in 1915, most of the rivers are pouring out Nga Bay. At that time, more than 300 boats gather here each day. This can be seen as the focal center and is quite bustling floating markets. It was just fair Nga Bay profession formed boats (rowing), traditional craft villages make boat in the first “doi” Tan Thoi Hoa, Chanh doi, Cat doi than 1 km long sand survive on half a century with hundreds of households to make food also thanks Nga Bay market.
Nga Bay Floating Market was born after 10 years of digging canal, river falls seven formed (Cai Con, Xeo Mon, Bun Tau, Lai Hieu …). Due to the spread, the impact is large, central area immediately become a transport hub Mekong river Delta’s largest accompanied a commodities trading hub of the southernmost big, strong impact on agricultural markets Is West. “Phung Hiep Stars” – as the French used to call – is also expected to establish a commercial port to the vast region of Hau Giang previous day
In the South with canals network, people stick with hick life on river. Floating Market is a unique form of activity. Mekong Delta has 3 big floating market: Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho, Phung Hiep floating market in Hau Giang and Cai Be floating market in Tien Giang. In particular, Phung Hiep floating market is considered the largest and most unique.
Nga Bay market is the general market, can buy wholesale, retail; diversity of all kinds of goods typical colors of the South. Opening time, the large plain water stream through Nga Bay, take land out of North, crossed the border to friends in Europe.
Guests here will feel immense colors of fruits, vegetables, domestic appliances river region. Especially the bright red of rambutan, mangosteen colored procession of nine, Taste of durian. Each boat only sell one type of fruit, and that fruit will be hanging high up a pole to symbolize as stating: “I was labeled,” “and I was mango”.
Especially in market floating also snakes market. Phung Hiep market year round with snakes, turtles, birds, squirrels, lizards … serve tourists. Besides, the dinghy, the tiny boat was: hot rolls, pho, pancakes are featured culinary dishes of the Mekong river delta.
After nearly 100 years of development and prosperity, the current, floating market Nga Bay were displaced, residents have water immediately scroll down seven other emerging markets such as Nga Nam floating market (Soc Trang), or back up Tra (Vinh Long), even to make Cai Be – Tien Giang… The reason is to make open water navigation and prevent environmental pollution in the river due to waste too large.
Traffic density is too high in Nga Bay area, Nga Bay floating market displaced to Ba Ngan on Cai Con river, a position more than 3 kilometers away, where there is only one main branch of the Ke Sach river. Therefore, the bustling and unique beauty also significantly reduced. Moreover name Nga Bay market was associated with the name stretches the marketplace and became famous tourist brand of the Mekong Delta. Many tourists were disappointed with the new market, businessmen and citizens lake also reluctant to three thousand. So in late 2006, Nga Bay floating market has been put into position. Currently, the Ministry of Trade of Vietnam and Hau Giang provincial government is trying to restore this unique floating market. Currently, Nga Bay are planning, investment incentives to be grade 3 in 2015, is a center of commerce – tourism Hau Giang province’s second after Vi Thanh city.