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Ca Mau province organized an exploration crew to visit, study and exchange experiences in developing community tourism in Trat Province, Thailand

For the purpose of strengthening the traditional cooperative relations between the two countries Vietnam and Thailand in general, the two provinces Ca Mau and Trat in particular, as well as to enable tourist organizations, enterprises and individuals to exchange and study the experiences in developing community tourism model; to connect the promotion and cooperation based on each province’s potentials; from 06/3/2018 to 13/3/2018, Ca Mau Provincial People’s Committee organized an exploration crew to visit and learn the experiences in developing community tourism in Trat province- Thailand. The group was led by Mr Tran Hieu Hung, Director of Ca Mau province Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, with the participation of the leaders from the Province Department of External Relations, People’s Committees of Nam Can District, Ngoc Hien District, Tran Van Thoi District, Office of Ca Mau Provincial People’s Committee, Ca Mau Cape National Park, U Minh Ha National Park, Ca Mau Province Tourism Information and Promotion Center, Dat Mui Tourist Area Management Board, together with many tourist service companies, tour operators, accommodation and community-based tourism households in the province.

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The trip was an opportunity for the community-based tourism households in Ca Mau to practically experience the community tourism products of Trat Province, a neighbor sharing many similar natural features to Ca Mau. Through the meetings, exchanges and practically experiencing the tourist products, the households gained many valuable ideas, the approach of organizing and operating community-based tourist products; from which they can apply into their real context in order to design and diversify Ca Mau province’s tourist products and services.

This was also a chance for travel companies, accommodation companies in Ca Mau province to meet, exchange and seek opportunities for long-term strategic cooperation with business partners from Trat, thereby enabling the link in tour products and itineraries, developing high quality products to better satisfy tourists’ demands.

Ca Mau Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism played the role of a specialist agency consulting and assisting the Provincial People’s Committee in performing the function of state management over tourism, actively facilitating and supporting the individuals and businesses in the sector in seeking opportunities to improve the quality of tourist products to meet tourists’ tastes. Through the trip, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism well performed the task of bridging the two localities in the field of trade and tourism; strengthening tourism promotion activities among enterprises in the two provinces; Facilitating the travel agencies to survey and develop tours and itineraries attracting tourists, towards the construction of international tourist routes Ca Mau – Vietnam and Thailand.

Trat Province has the area of 2,862 km2, bordering Cambodia and the Gulf of Thailand, is the farthest province in the east of the country, 315 km southeast from Bangkok. This is a small border province adjoining to Cambodia with the Khao Banthat Mountain, creating a beautiful natural landscape between the two countries. The province’s most popular tourist attraction is Chang Island National Marine Reserve. This is a peninsula of 50 small islands named after Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Chang, which is considered one of the most beautiful islands of Thailand. Trat province is on the route from Thailand to Ca Mau and vice versa along R10 (Trans-Asia route through Ca Mau, Kien Giang provinces of Vietnam, 4 provinces of Cambodia and Trat province of Thailand).

 Written by Thy Dieu

Ca Mau tourism summarizes the year 2017 and deploy 2018 plan

On 25/1/2018, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Ca Mau province held a conference to deploy the plan for 2018.

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Panorama Conference

The year 2017 is the second year implementing the resolution of the 15th Party Congress of Ca Mau province and the plan of socio-economic development of Ca Mau in 05 years for 2015-2020 period. The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism focused on achieving and exceeding the targets and tasks  which were established in the plan and program of action.

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Mr Tran Hieu Hung, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism gave speech at the conference

Along with the cultural, sports and family sectors, the tourism sector has achieved many important indicators. Ca Mau Tourism continues to promote the association with other provinces, enabling travel agencies outside the province to research and bring tourists to Ca Mau; Some local businesses enhances the promotion to gain more tourists. Simultaneously, many plans, promotion programs are executed in order to attract more visitors to Ca Mau.

The province has continued reviewing and supplementing the Master plan on tourism development to 2020, orientation towards 2030. Tourism products and services have increasingly improved in quality, diversification and professional. The removal of difficulties and obstacles in investment of tourism infrastructure has achieved fine results, the promotion of tourism has gained positive movement that has contributed to the tourist attractions.

Implementing the 2017 tourism promotion program of Ca Mau province with good outcomes such as enhancing the promotion, broadcasting and introducing tourism products through various forms of the media, exhibitions and fairs. Moreover, adopting experiences in developing tourism in some developed provinces. Assistance the household businesses  about community tourism to standardize the service quality and facilitate the coordination with tour companies to better serve tourists.

In this year, Ca Mau province has welcomed and served 1,240,000 visitors, gaining 105.08% of the plan and increasing 11.3% compared to 2016 (of which has 1,215,000 domestic visitors), the total revenue of the industry is VND 670 billion, increasing by 35.86% compared to that of 2016.

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Collectives and individuals receive awards from the Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee for the outstanding achievement from 2016 to 2017.

In 2018, Ca Mau tourism strives to receive 1.440.000 visitors including 1,413,400 domestic visitors and reaching a revenue of VND 920 billion. To achieve this target, the tourism sector must focus on several significant tasks, including:

Continuing to focus on implementing the guidelines, resolutions, programs and plans of the provincial Party Committee and the provincial People’s Committee on tourism development. In addition, advising on the issuance of policies aims to attract investment in tourism development; Training and fostering human resources for management and service tends to serve the tourist business activities.

Concentrating on building and developing specific tourist products of the province, in which place an emphasis on the development of eco-tourism, community-based tourism, craft villages tourism, … to create the competitiveness, attraction and attract more tourists.

Implementing effectively the Tourism Promotion Program 2018 through various forms, innovation and efficiency; Enhancing the cooperation and external relations to exploit potentials and advantages for sustainable development of tourism; continuing to cooperation with the other provinces about connecting tours to develop new tourism products in order to satisfy tourist’s needs.

In 2018, Ca Mau tourism identified both opportunities and challenges in developing tourism, which becomes a major economic sector of the country. That requires the struggle of the entire sector as well as the coordination with the other industries and levels to improve Ca Mau tourism, to affirm our role in the region and the country.

Photo by: Khanh Vy. Written by Thy Dieu

Tan Hung Communal house– A special cultural value of Ca Mau Tourism

From ancient time until now, to Ca Mau people, communal houses are one of special cultural values to send their dreams and aspirations to a peaceful, prosperous and happy life. Being one of the cultural tourist destinations in Ca Mau, Tan Hung communal house is preserving and will preserve the above-mentioned values.

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The gate showing the majesty and magnitude of the communal house

Located in Xom Lon hamlet, Ly Van Lam commune, Ca Mau city, Tan Hung communal house is an ancient communal house worshipping for Than Hoang Bon Canh (the god of the village). It was built in 1907 and honorably conferred by King Tu Duc in 1952. With its position facing the river, romantic scenery with shady green trees, the house becomes prominent, imposing between nature, sky and water. Reaching the gate, visitors can admire the ancient architectural style: one compartment, two lean-tos, Yin-Yang tile roof with the image of a dragon couple. In front of the communal house is a hanging painting of bricks with in tiger shape; two brick pillars with a lotus flower on top of each. Along the sides are two shrines worshipping for the god of Agriculture and Soil. These features all vividly express the majesty and magnitude of the contribution of the predecessors for the rich and beautiful homeland as today.

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Inside the sanctum of Tan Hung Communal House

The sanctum worships for Than Hoang Bon Canh, the god guarding and taking care of the peace and security of the village. In addition, there are shelves to display swords, drums, images of dragons, cranes, so visitors can easily relate to picture of our ancestors reclaiming land in history.

Being prominent in the center of the sanctum, the photo of Uncle Ho is put in the most solemn position to remind the fact that Tan Hung communal house used to be an important address of Vietnam South troops and citizens during the war against French.  Tan Hung Communal House is where the Steering Committee of Tan Hung Front (The Front resistance French at that time) consolidated their force, and the Indochinese Communist Party’s flag was first hung in Ca Mau city (in 1930). Every year, Tan Hung Communal house is a popular destination for the youth to  learn about Vietnamese history, culture, traditions of protecting the country that our ancestors passed down. In 1992, Tan Hung Communal house was recognized as a national historical relic by the Ministry of Culture and Information.

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The root of an old tree in Tan Hung Communal house

For visitors coming to Ca Mau, Tan Hung Communal house is an ideal destination with a spacious ground, many beautiful sceneries such as the majestic memorial house, lotus ponds with fragrant aroma; orchard of fruit trees; fresh vegetable beds, some old shady trees, … Then they can visit, stroll, burn incense, pray, … to spread their hearts with the nature.

Photo and article by: Dương Kim Chuyển

The number of visitors to Ca Mau on Lunar New Year Holiday 2018 significantly increased

According to the statistics of Ca Mau Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, on the Lunar New Year Holiday 2018, Ca Mau welcomed over 160 thousands visitors, increased by 50% as compared to the same period in 2017. Total revenue in this Holiday is VND million 177,342, suddenly increased in comparison with the number of VND million 4,135 in the Lunar New Year Holiday 2017.

The most visited destination was Hon Da Bac Tourist Area with 94,300 visitors, followed by Ly Thanh Long with 41,000 visitors and Dat Mui with 10,800 visitors. The relics, Song Trem forestry, U Minh Ha National Park and other community tourist destinations also welcomed numerous  guests.

Thanks to good preparation, the arrangement and service of local destinations were done well during the period in spite of crowded visitors. Before Tet, travel agencies had launched many attractive tours, coupled with promotion campains providing many choices for visitors.

In addition, the preparation of activities and services in the tourist areas during the Lunar New Year were strengthened. Many destinations provided new exciting and lively activities to serve guests. The ticket selling teams, tour guides, guards were trained; security was guaranteed. Well implementing environmental sanitation, food hygiene and safety, preventing fire and explosion and social evils; strengthening the security, announcing the hotline, ensuring absolutely safety for visitors. Price was well listed and service / good were sold at the correct price list.

The number of visitors to Ca Mau on Lunar New Year Holiday 2018 significantly increased

Ca Mau Cape Culture and Tourism Park: Selected destination of many visitors.

It can be seen from the past years, Ca Mau tourism products has been more diverse. Beside traditional tours such as Ca Mau – Ly Thanh Long – Dat Mui tourist area; Ca Mau – U Minh Ha – Hon Da Bac, community tourist areas such as Muoi Ngot, Dat Mui,…there are new tourist sites such as Vuon Co Tu Su (Thoi Binh district), Tan Thanh community tourist commune (Ca Mau City). In addition, Ho Chi Minh Memorial Hall, historic and architecture sites are also the choice of many visitors.

The significant growth of visitors on Lunar New Year Holiday is an encouraging signal in 2018, promising a successful year for Ca Mau tourism./.

Written by Thy Dieu – Photo: Khanh Vy

Ca Mau dried snakeskin gourami – a bold flavor for Tet

“Tết, tết tết đến rồi” (Tet holiday is coming) – When the melodies of spring are sounded in Dat Mui, Ca Mau people are busy starting the preparation for the food in Tet. To the heart of Camauese, the cuisines in Tet are made of by not only fatty meat, pickled vegetables, Tét cake (sticky rice cake), … but also the taste of dried shrimp and fish such as dried mudskipper fish, dried bombay duck fish, dried snakeskin gourami, etc, which constitutes indispensable part in each Vietnamese family.

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Dried snakeskin gourami – a speciality in Ca Mau

The special geographic location has given Ca Mau with U Minh Ha forest where many large freshwater fields and dense forests gave birth to algae, creating a favorable environment for the snakeskin gourami fish to grow and develop. Because of the abundant volume, snakeskin gourami fish are very common to the life of people in this area. The fish can be cooked by many ways such as braising, cooking sour soup, deep frying, .. and especially they can be dried to preserve longer. U Minh Ha dried snakeskin gourami has become one of the most prominent trademarks in Ca Mau, being certified as a collective trademark by the National Office of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Science and Technology in 2011.

The scientific name of dried snakeskin is trichogaster pectoralis, a fish of freshwater family, is normally called wild fish in Mekong Delta. Featured by the large back with lots of meat, snakeskin are more suitable for making dried fish than deep drying or braising. The process of making dried fish is quite simple but requires the carefulness in timing for turning the fish so that they evenly absorb the sunlight. When the fish is fresh, remove scales and intestines and then wash. The fish are then soaked in salt water for about 2 hours with a rate of about 3kg salt/ 10 kg. The soaking time may be more or less depending on the preferred taste of the consumers. The fish are rinsed one more time before drying under the sun. When the sunlight is good, the drying step can be completed within 2 times, producing the best taste. The sunlight in the last days of the year is the most suitable time for drying fish. Another secret is to align the fish into straight lines and put heavy things on top to make the meat sturdy and stiff and not bruised.

According to Mrs. Muoi (Muoi Ngot Tourist Site, Khanh Binh Tay Bac Commune, Tran Van Thoi District), “in the dry season when the water is drained, it is easy to catch snakeskin gourami, commonly by “chụp đìa” (A method of using net to catch fish in ponds). The fish feed naturally so their meat is very delicious”. Therefore, dried snakeskin gourami in Ca Mau has fragant aroma mixed with a slightly salt taste. The fish is not very tough but not friable; with a fatty layer in the belly combining with the red meat producing a very mouthwatering dish. The dried fish can be cooked into different dishes such as grilling served with rice, frying with tamarind fish sauce served with pickled scallion; making salad with green mango. These foods can be ideally combined with some glasses of wine or beer.

Dried snakeskin gourami is food with delicious taste, being easy to prepare and to preserve at a reasonable price. The food has been favored by many tourists and the choice of many households in Vietnamese traditional Tet holiday.

Photo and article by: Dương Kim Chuyển

Sedge mat weaving – traditional livelihood Ca Mau

Ca Mau is the southernmost land of Vietnam where visitors can not only experience the purely spectacular nature of the green cape with many unique homestays and countless tasty cuisines; but also have a chance to explore the traditional trade villages such as shrimp farming, bee honey collecting, mangrove chopstick making and handmade mat weaving.

 “Chiếu Cà Mau nhuộm màu tươi thắm

Công anh cực lắm mưa nắng dãi dầu

Chiếu này anh chẳng bán đâu

Tìm em không gặp anh gối đầu mỗi đêm”

That is the lyrics from the song “Tình anh bán chiếu” (The love of a mat seller) composed by Mr. Vien Chau, sweetly performed by the artist Mr. Ut Tra On. This song has been deeply loved by Vietnam Southerners by characterizing Ca Mau handmade mats as a reputable product nationwide. In Ca Mau province, mat weaving is passed through generations from the ancestors to the youth continuously working together to develop and expand the brand of this unique trade village until now.

The job mat weaving is said to require many working qualities such as suppleness, conscientiousness and compatible cooperation between the weavers together spontaneously. The job has been long established and managed to survive in some places like Tan Thanh (Ca Mau city), Tan Duyet (Dam Doi district), Tan Loc (Thoi Binh), etc and has been widely purchased.

Unlike in other places where modern machine has replaced human in the majority of the production process, the mat making in Ca Mau has remained traditional manual features. In order to create a beautiful mat, the workers have to work hard through different steps such as chopping, sliding, drying and dying “lát” (sedge); then “chấp trân” matching the threads to the frame and weaving.

In scientific terms, Sedge is called cyperaceae, belonging to a family of monocotyledonous graminoid flowering plants, mainly lives along rivers where there are tides, deposited by alluvia. Thus, the plant is well suited to the soil in Ca Mau. When sedge plants are 0.6m to 1.8m high, they are ready to be cut and sliced into long thin strings. The central part of the stems is removed to make the strings fine and strong enough. The strings are then dried, which normally takes about 3-4 days under good sunshine conditions. The next step is to evenly dye the strings colored before re-drying the color so that the color is maintained for longer time.

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Sedge plants for weaving mats in Ca Mau

Chấp trân (assembling) is also a meticulous process, with the use of hessian threads being torn and combined into durable strings. These strings are hung into the looms to produce stable frame for the mats.

After stabilizing the hessian strings into the frame, the weaving process is started. There are two skillful weavers involving in this stage, namely “thợ dập” and “thợ lẫy”.  Thợ lẫy is who based on the available samples, intricately puts the colored sedge strings together to create different patterns of flowers, letters, images. The skills of thợ lẫy in this step significantly decide the beauty of the finished mats. The same important role is of thợ dập, who pushes the frames down to stabilize the sedge strings frequently, after every time thợ lẫy finishes his job. Thợ dập has to be strong and clever enough to compatibly co-work with thợ lẫy and this cooperation is the most vital stage in weaving mats.

To create a perfect finish, the mats are smoothed by trimming the excess hessian and sedge strings before delivering to the buyers. Presently in the majority of the fun parties are flourish sedge mats spread over creating the venue for the family members to gather, drink tea and enjoy cakes. And this is typically a tradition of Vietnamese in the Mekong Delta region.

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Many Ca Mau people still love sedge mats

In our modern society where people tend to be tempted by expensive smooth mattresses, Ca Mau sedge mats remain their importance. Sedge mat weaving job manages to grow, gain more reputation and build a unique trade village to draw tourists’ attention for understanding the culture and tradition of the land and people in Ca Mau province.

Having the opportunity to experience the sedge mat villages in Ca Mau, seeing the vast, green sedge fields, watching the colored sedge strings shining in the sunlight, observing the beautiful picture of weavers working hard in front of the frame and purchasing some pairs of mats for friends and relatives, tourists can fully enjoy one of the most interesting moments in Ca Mau sedge mat trade villages.

Photo and article by: Dương Kim Chuyển

Bottom gillnetting – a traditional job in the cape of Ca Mau

Ca Mau is a province with a system of rivers and canals crossed with a total length of more than 7,000 km, made up for 1/3 of total length of the Mekong River Delta and it is also a large fishery area of approximately 71,000 km2. The vast Ca Mau River system is divided into two large groups of estuaries, one flowing to the West Sea (Cua Lon, Ong Doc and Dong Cung rivers) and one flowing to the East Sea (Bo De, Tam Giang flowing to Ho Rui gate, etc.), that formed large river mouths and hundreds of different river and canal systems.

Each time visiting Ca Mau, if travelers have chance to drift on boat on the rivers and estuaries, they will learn and experience the life of people associated with the river all the time of year. Here, owning to the vast waterways, there are many different fishing trades created as fishing, netting, gillnetting, trawling, clawing, bottom gillnetting ,etc. particularly bottom gillnetting.

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Ca Mau’s bottom gillnetting is divided into three types as “day hang cam” (narrow bottom gillnetting) (also known as “narrow gillnetting”), “day hang be” (raft bottom gillnetting) and “day hang khoi” (offshore bottom gillnetting). The narrow bottom gillnetting is located in places where the water depth is from 15 – 16m, the piles are set from 17 – 18 m into the riverbed, fixed a place to arrange the queue distance from 2 to 10 mouths of gillnetting across the river to drop the nets and pull the flow of fish and scrimp swiftly flowing in the water into the mouths of bottom gillnetting.

The raft bottom gillnetting is more particular, usually located in deep river bed with swiftly flowing water, the brackets of raft bottom gillnetting are linked by floating boats on the river surface. Normally, there are 2 or 3 bottom gillnetting owners cooperated in raft gillnetting and supported each other in the business and difficulties in daily life as well. Mr. Cang, who works in raft bottom gillnetting in Tam Giang Tay said, “Sometimes we do not have to dive the raft bottom gillnetting at the bottom of a riverbed where it cannot dive the gillnetting piles. Raft gillnetting piles can dive anywhere, as long as the location with more fish and shrimps swiftly flowing, and specifically less cost”. The favorable characteristics of raft bottom gillnetting is reasonable cost and flexible removal, thus, the owner of bottom gillnetting can move from one place to another place if the fish flows in the existing gillnetting piles become less.

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While the narrow gillnetting and raft bottom gillnetting are located on the riverbed, the offshore gillnetting is different because it is located in the offshore, approximately 8 – 20km away from the mainland. People spread the mouths of gillnetting in the sea ditch of 25m deep. The wide mouth of gillnetting is made of long net, fixed tail, mound between the two bottom gillnetting piles that were plugged deep into the profound. Offshore gillnetting can be understood as a relatively hard-working profession; fishers have to live at the strong wave front and wind. To make a long row of high offshore gillnetting in the middle of the ocean, it is a struggle of confronting the Nature to take advantage of the wind, water and stream to dive huge piles into the ocean.

The profession of offshore gillnetting requires a lot of workforce involved, for example, the person who pays the construction of bottom gillnetting, called as the owner of bottom gillnetting; the person who transports of fish and shrimp, supplies food and water from the boats to the bottom gillnetting location, called as “boat friends”; the person who guards and waits in the hut until the convenient flow, to drop the nets and pull the bottom gillnetting, called as “hut friends”. Due to the characteristics of the profession, “hut friends” must be well-experienced in the sea, can swim well and brave to cope with the big waves and especially they must live far from home. They settled on the small huts hanging above the bottom gillnetting piles. Each hut is approximately 4 – 10m2 shared the space with 2- 3 “hut friends” together work on the gillnetting piles, harvest, manage and protect the offshore bottom gillnetting piles. The ropes are tangled between the bottom piles and are the only means for the “hut friends” to move back and forth and to drop the nets. Movements as walking on a rope, swinging, dropping the nets, pulling swiftly prove the ingenuity and proficiency of their work that could compare with a circus performer on the sea. The profession of the “hut friends” is not only that simply, they also have to stay up late, get up early, watch the flow, wash the bottom gillnetting and then dry it up. In their idle time, they also try to find some dried fish such as pineapple fish, catfish, small fish, etc. to make more income for the family or when they let the soul in the water, they can hum a few sentences freely, to ease the nostalgia of wife and children who are waiting in the main land.

There are usually two flows each month to allow fishermen to drop the nets. Fish and shrimp swiftly flowing in the water into the mouths of bottom gillnetting. In the season of the flow running to the bottom gillnetting, boat owners are allowed to access and to collect aquatic products, food supply, tobacco, drinking water, etc. for the “hut friends”. At such times, when the boats return to the mainland, they will carry the aquatic resources of their “hut friends” and share to their loved ones at home. The joy in the face of women when they enthusiastically classify fish, crabs, shrimp and squid to choose which one to sell the market, which one to make fish sauce in respectful manner because such products is the result of dropped sweat of their husbands and sons in families.

Today, Ca Mau has thousands of bottom gillnetting mouths at the seaports as Cai Doi Vam (Phu Tan district) and Rach Tau (Ngoc Hien district). Follow the “ship friends” to the location of bottom gillnetting, traveler not only watch the vast of offshore but also feel the wonderful difference of the day and night of bottom gillnetting among big waves and winds. Traveler should experience the “bird nest” hut, riskily swing body through the ropes connecting the bottom gillnetting and join hands with friends in hut and friends in boat, to pull the heavy fishing net.

Though the river of peace, the sea of huge waves and storms, the water always contained the flow of life, the narrow gillnetting, raft gillnetting and offshore bottom gillnetting still catch flows of fish and scrimps which is bestowed by the Nature for the sea of the Southernmost of nation. Therefore, the spirit of ocean attachment, the love with waves is a restless love of the people of Ca Mau.

Photo and article: Duong Kim Chuyen

Advertisment and promotion contributes to Ca Mau tourism’s development

With the attention of Ca Mau Province People’s Committee, the effective direction of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism; the advertisment and promotion of Ca Mau tourism in 2017 is accelerated with many diverse and effective activities, thereby well completing the plan on implementing tourism promotion program of the year, contributing to the success of the provincial tourism.

In 2017, Ca Mau Tourism has implemented the promotion program of the year. Many activities have been implemented such as tourism demand stimulation promotion at the events of the industry such as Viet Nam International Travel Mart-(VITM) Ha Noi 2017, International Travel Expo-Ho Chi Minh City 2017 (ITE HCMC),  the 2nd Ben Tre Culture and Tourism Week 2017, etc. Through the events, the Ca Mau tourism destination image is widely introduced to tourists, investors and partners domestically and internationally. It is an important base for Ca Mau tourism to reach many key markets, opening up cooperation opportunities for for tourism and travel agencies.

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Participation in the event is a great opportunity to promote the image of Ca Mau tourism. Photo: Thy Dieu.

The printing and re-publication of tourism publications are effectively maintained. Over 13,000 publications including: folding books, maps, guidebooks, film discs, postcards, etc have been implementing with diverse contents and beautiful images suitable for different service subjects. Information and publications are provided for the work groups visiting and working in Ca Mau as well as provincial delegations to other provinces at home and abroad. The large advertising panels and tourism maps located in the airports and the important traffic points widely promote the image of Ca Mau tourism to the masses.

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In addition, the promotion and information on the electronic channels are standardized. Ca Mau tourism website www.camautourism.vn and www.camautravel.vn in English – Vietnamese are maintained effectively. 34 websites of tourism associations, tourism promotion centers in provinces and cities are actively linked. The articles and photos of Ca Mau tourism attracted 222,712 visits, of which English interface is 38,697 visits.

Apart from the contents of the promotion program implementation plan, many other promotion and support activities have been implemented in line with the actual situation of the locality and the development trend of the industry. New information and tourism promotion activities are implemented creatively and efficiently, sticking to the development conditions of the industry; enriching the advertisement contents and forms, contributing to the recognition of Ca Mau tourism image and attracting tourists to Ca Mau.

Ca Mau Tourism Booth at ITE HCMC 2017 – a meeting place of tourism businesses inside and outside the province. Photo: Ca Mau Province Promotion and Information Center.

These efforts have contributed to making Ca Mau tourism industry achieve important results. In 2017, Ca Mau received d about 1,240,000 visitors, reaching 105.08% of the plan (1,180,000 arrivals) and 11.3% higher than that in 2016. In particular, domestic visitors reached 1,215,000, reaching 105.61% compared to the year plan, 11.15% higher than that in 2016. The revenue is estimated about 670 billion dong, 35.86% higher than that in 2016.

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In 2018, the goal for the industry is receiving 1,440,000 visitors, of which domestic visitors are about 1,413,400. Tourism revenue is about 920 billion dong. This goal require the efforts of the entire industry, focusing on promoting state management of tourism, product diversification, investment in material facilities and techniques, tourism infrastructure and relevant service development, especially tourism propaganda, advertisement and promotion./.

2017 is a strategic significance year for the socio-economic development of Ca Mau province and the basic year for implementing the Resolution of the 15th Party Congress and the five-year socio-economic development plan of Ca Mau province in the 2016-2020 period. The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has strengthened to give the advice on developing sustainable tourism and focusing on tourism advertisement and promotion to the province People’s Committee.

 By: Thy Dieu

Hon Chuoi Island- Ca Mau Tourism

Beach tourism is becoming more attractive to visitors than ever. The attraction comes from the beauty of nature, simplicity and friendliness of human, etc. And if you are looking for a beautiful original place, different from the daily bustling world, Hon Chuoi island is the choice for you.

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Hon Chuoi Island is located in the western sea of ​​Vietnam (Thailand Gulf) in Song Doc town, Tran Van Thoi district, Ca Mau province, 17 nautical miles from the mainland in the west. It takes only about over 2 hours to Hon Chuoi Island by train from Song Doc town.

Hon Chuoi Island has an area of ​​about 7 km2, most of which are primitive forests, the high peaks is near 170m above sea level. At the highest peak of the island is Hon Chuoi lighthouse, which has the effect of positioning Hon Chuoi island, helping ships operate in the sea determine their direction and position. There are more than 43 households on the island with more than 180 people living, farming and fishing, cultivating fruit, vegetables and doing small-size businesses. Hon Chuoi has two beaches in the West and East where two wharves have been built. Each household has two houses. From April to October of the year, they live on the eastern bank of the island, from October to April of the next year, they live on the western bank. The local people changes their accommodation seasonally. At present, more than 20 households on the island have set up the cooperative for raising cobia in cages for high economic efficiency.

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Hon Chuoi Island is one of the most important islands and one of the five islands in Thanh Nien Island Construction Project (2013-2020 period) approved by the Prime Minister together with Tran Island (Co To Island District, Quang Ninh Province) Tho Chu Island (Phu Quoc Island District, Kien Giang Province), Bach Long Vi Island (Hai Phong City) and Con Co Island (Quang Tri Province).

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In the western sea, Hon Chuoi area has large fishing grounds with many fishing boats. Hon Chuoi is always crowded with boats in and out, anchored to rest, avoid storms and buy seafood products after exploitation. Therefore, Hon Chuoi Island becomes bustling and closer to the mainland.

Hon Chuoi area is not too large and still quite primitive but there are still beautiful scenes, visitors will be fascinated by the blue of the sea, the road shady from the green trees and the cool air of the sea, etc. Although there are no luxury resorts, no luxury restaurants, the simplicity makes Hon Chuoi Island become friendlier in the eyes of visitors. Moreover, the enthusiasm and hospitality of people on the island make visitors to Hon Chuoi feel closer and more comfortable.

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The most interesting thing is just fishing (fish, shrimp) and burning fire and frying them in place at the same time. There are many specialties such as cobia, crayfish, oyster, sea urchin, etc on the island, which may be used to make many extremely wonderful dishes. This tourism area is very suitable for visitors of sightseeing, resort, fishing, etc. Only coming here, we may see how beautiful our sea and island is, how bright red national flag is and can wallow in the life of local people and soldiers in Ca Mau Cape./.

 

Article and Photo: Nguyen Tuyen

Green Cape – There is a place like that

Ca Mau – A prosperous young land in the southern pole of Vietnam has a strong attraction to tourists because of geographical location, the blue of the immerse sea, vast forests and numerous local produces, gentle and friendly people…

Ca Mau City

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Ca Mau Cape National Park

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Ca Mau is a province in the Mekong Delta region with three sides adjacent to the sea. The north is bordered by Kien Giang and Bac Lieu provinces, the east and south by the South China Sea, the west by Thai Lan Gulf. It has a natural area of ​​5,221km2, population of 1,222,575 people and 09 administrative units, including Ca Mau city and Cai Nuoc, Dam Doi, Nam Can, Ngoc Hien, Phu Tan, Thoi Binh, Tran Van Thoi and U Minh districts. Ca Mau has diverse natural resources with two National Parks, Ramsar Site, World Biosphere Reserve and two specific ecosystems: mangrove forest and freshwater swamp forests. Ca Mau sea has abundant seafood reserves and there are great oil and gas potentialities. Besides, beautiful islands and island clusters such as Hon Khoai Island, Hon Chuoi Island, Da Bac Island, etc along with the romantic long beach, etc is favorable conditions for the development of ecological tourism and countryside tourism. At Ca Mau Cape, alluvial deposition forms large mudflats.  The land further encroaches upon the sea a few dozen meters every year. Only coming here, we feel a land where “the land may expand, forest may walk and the sea may flourish.”

Khai Long tourism area

Ca Mau’s humanity tourism resources are also very characteristic with the outstanding cultural features. Glorious victories in the resistance war have formed many important historical-cultural relics. Traditional festivals, architectural works, traditional crafts, culinary culture and humorous stories of “Vua Noi doc”-Uncle Ba Phi will always remain in the visitors’ hearts as profound feelings in the journey to Ca Mau Cape.

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Tourism has been identified as a spearhead economic sector, creating a driving force for socio-economic development of Ca Mau province. Ecotourism and community tourism products are considered as the key types of tourism creating the breakthrough for Ca Mau tourism. With its advantages in terms of human, natural conditions, culture and society and tourism investment attraction policies, Ca Mau is striving to better serve the tourism needs of visitors and be deserving to be called “Greeen Cape” – an attractive destination for domestic and international tourists./.

 

Article and Photo: Nguyen Tuyen