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Ca Mau

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Country rank: 9 out of 34 Places To Visit In Vietnam

Sub-Region: Southern Vietnam


Ideal duration: 1 - 2 Days

Best time: June - October (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Ho chi minh (Check Flights)


Ca Mau Tourism

Ca Mau is Vietnam's southernmost town. Somewhat isolated from the main city and braced against the Bac Lieu canal, Ca Mau is the perfect location if you want to drop off the earth and isolate yourself. The silky silt deposited by the Mekong River creates swamps which are home to a variety of wading birds. The entire area is dotted with rice fields and shrimp cultivation farms.

Visiting Ca Mau is like dropping off the earth. It is the ideal way to disconnect with the world and reconnect with yourself. With its pristine beaches and gentle forest cover, this town located in the middle of the Mekong delta is the perfect immersion into Viet Culture. There are not many 'tourist locations' you can visit, but there are a few relaxing locations. A visit to the Ca Mau Floating Market will have you wow-ing at the Mekong Rivera and he surrounding views. Maybe you can even barter and buy something! The Cao Dai Worship Area is a riot of colour and is a nice place to visit. Apart from that, you can also take a boat ride through the mangroves of U Minh Forest and glean some insight into the flora and fauna of the tropics. You can also choose to visit the Hon Khoai Island the surrounding beaches and lighthouse. Overall, Ca Mau is you perfect relaxing tropical holiday and you are sure to go back with an enviable tan!

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Catholic Christianity is a common religion in Ca Mau. Apart from that, the religion is largely common to the rest of Vietnam.

The customs on Ca Mau are largely similar to the rest of Vietnam.

Vietnamese is the most common language in Ca Mau. English is not widely spoken and it is advisable to learn a few Vietnamese phrases.

The region of the present Ca Mau once belonged to the Kingdom of Funan, which included Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. It was later conquered by the Khmer Empire based primarily in Cambodia. The Khmer Rule left a lasting impact in the region. During the Vietnam War, Ca Mau and the surrounding regions were a stronghold for the liberation front of Vietnam, the Viet Cong. Ca Mau was also made the administrative capital of the province during the period.

The Song Doc Festival is the largest festival in Ca Mau. It was originally celebrated by the Cham people but was gradually adopted by the Viet people as well. The festival is held on here days - the 14th, 15th and 16th day of the second lunar month. The actual festival does not start till 2:00 PM on the 15th day and the time is spent on preparation. At that time, the head and the committee of the festival will begin the worshiping process inside the temple. Eight students will bring the gifts of the families in the town and walk into the sublime hall. The students chosen are usually the daughters in the families in Song Doc Town. After the worshiping procedure, the drum team, flag team, dance team perform while marching from the main hall of the temple to the grand yard of the town. At the same time, the inhabitants join these teams to make a colourful parade. Besides, there are hundreds ships of the fishermen decorated with ornaments waiting at the harbour. It is celebrated with great fanfare and pomp.

Ca Mau is the kind of town that sleeps early and prefers drinking its beer with its evening meal. Some popular places include Thanh Dhat Karaoke and Quan Karaoke, where you can explore your singing skills; Quan 143, the best brewpub in town and Thanh Do Quan, the best wine in town.

Ca Mau does not have many shopping locations. You can buy your necessities at the co-op market located downtown.

Shrimp farming generates a lot of revenue in Ca Mau. The model of farming is called super-intensive shrimp because the density of shrimp is more than 150 shrimp per sq.m. The average output under the super-intensive farming model is 40-50 tonnes per hectare of breeding crop. Some households have a yield of 80-100 tonnes per hectare of breeding crop. If farmers implement the farming techniques properly, the super-intensive farming model offers high profits. With a selling price of VND 160,000 a kilo, the profit is hundreds of millions of VND. However, this farming technique also requires a high level of initial investment. Under the model, shrimp ponds are covered with net houses and plastic sheets in pond beds. The ponds are installed with fans at the pond surface and airlift pumps in the pond beds to provide oxygen for the shrimp. Phu Tan, which has one of largest areas of super-intensive shrimp farming in the province, has 117 households with about 200 hectares of shrimp under the super-intensive farming. The province has harvested more than 113,000 tonnes of shrimp bred under various models in the first nine months of the year, up 6.9 per cent against the same period last year.

Ca Mau's cuisine is very 'river-side'. It has some of the most exquisite Vietnamese cuisine. Some of the must-try dishes include – Voles fry (Hamster fried and seasoned with chillies), Eels and Cilantro (Eels are cooked in coconut milk and seasoned with cilantro and other local spices), Silkworm Cake (rice and silkworm cake made with coconut milk and served with chicken curry), Broken rice with fresh shrimp, stone crab fried and seasoned with local spices. The Ca Mau crab is said to be the one of the best in the world.

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  What's Great?

Beautiful scenery, great beaches, friendly locals

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Barely any English speaking population, Not very tourist friendly


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Ca Mau is a fairly remote town. However, it has its own airport, with frequent flights from Ho Chi Minh City. The roads to Ca Mau are quite good and can be easily traversed by cab or car. There are... (Read More)

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