Biggest crab market in Mekong Delta

For residents of Vinh Hoi Dong Commune, An Giang Province, flood season means bountiful crab catching in their rice fields. 

A local crab trader.

Although crab-catching is something residents do all year long, the rainy season brings an extra bounty. Each year locals wait for the rainy season to catch crabs, a  boost to the seasonal harvest. Some even rent out fields in Cambodia to increase their harvest. The catch is brought to market in An Phu District.

Vo Thanh Van, a local man from Vinh Hoa Hamlet said, “We usually rent fields in Cambodia for around VND12 million per year. The best season is from August to October of the lunar year.”

Another local from the same commune said that one family might be able to catch between 20 and 30 kilos of crabs each day, bringing in earnings of between VND200,000 and VND400,000.

Families who make their income by catching crabs must travel by motorboat to Cambodia, arriving there before 4pm, before the customers come to market in search of the delicacy. Around on hundred households in the commune earn a living by this practice, and most of them travel to bordering provinces as far as Chau Phu, Tri Ton and Tinh Bien. Many travel across the border to Cambodia.

Nguyen Van Len, a driver who transports crabs across the Vinh Hoi Dong River, said, “Around from 20 to 30 tonnes of crab come across each day. Then they take them to bigger cities for distribution.”

Some more photos of the crab market:

One household can catch 20 to 30 kilos a day

A young worker

Selling to wholesalers

Many tonnes of crab reach the market 

One kilo priced between VND13,000 and VND20,000

Most crabs go to HCM City.

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