Useful information for the trip to Ca Mau

Ca Mau – the southernmost of the S-Shaped Vietnam, with the shape of a ship breaking the wave reaching out to the sea, is considered as the place with “growing land, moving forest and proliferating sea”. In Vietnamese mind, Ca Mau Cape is a sacred site, being remote but very close. Visiting Ca Mau, tourists cannot only see the beautiful natural sceneries, enjoy indigenous and yummy foods but also have the chance to better understand the insights into Ca Mau people with sincere, generous and hospitable characteristics.

To be well prepared for the perfect trip to Ca Mau, tourists can refer to following information as bellow:

Where is Ca Mau?

Ca Mau is Vietnam’s southernmost province which belongs to Mekong Delta, with the North adjoining to Kien Giang province, the Northeast adjoining to Bac Lieu Province, the East and Southeast adjoining to East Sea and the West adjoining to The gulf of Thailand. Ca Mau city is the socio-economic center of the province.

How to get to Ca Mau?

Ca Mau is 350 km from Ho Chi Minh City and can be reached by road and air.

By air:  Ca Mau Airport is 2km from city center. Today, Vietnam Airlines operate daily flights from Ca Mau Airport to Tan Son Nhat International Airport and vice versa. The flight last 45 minutes.

By road: Travelling by private transport, tourists can follow the route Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho City – Ca Mau City. Alternatively, from at the West Coach Station (Ho Chi Minh City), tourists can buy coach tickets to Ca Mau city. There have been many coach companies providing trips from Ho Chi Minh City – Ca Mau.

Going around in Ca Mau

The best mean of transport to discover Ca Mau is motorbike. Bus is also a good choice for long journey. Third, boat and motorboat are popular ways of going around in Ca Mau due to the province’s interlacing system of rivers and canals.

Weather of Ca Mau

Ca Mau’s climate is characterized by equatorial tropical monsoon climate, divided into two distinct seasons, the rainy season from May to November, the dry season from December to April next year. Tourists can travel in Ca Mau on any time of the year.

Ideal time to visit Ca Mau

Ca Mau has its own beauty upon different periods. From April to September, Ca Mau’s climate is appropriate for travelling to. If possible, tourists should go in Lunar July – August to try a range of special cuisines.

Accommodation services

Tourists can either stay at budget guesthouses or full-furnished hotels in Ca Mau City such as: Song Kim, Trung Hieu, Sao Mai, Minh Hai guesthouse, Anh Nguyet, Best CM, Quoc Te, Dong Anh, Hoang Gia, Long Ty, Ruby, Song Ngoc, Hai Chau, Song Hung, Cong Doan Ca Mau,..

Tourist attractions

Ca Mau owns many attractive tourist sites. Coming to Ca Mau, tourists can visit following attractions:

U Minh Ha National Park: located in communes namely Khanh Lam, Khanh An, Khanh Binh Tay Bac and Tran Hoi of U Minh and Tran Van Thoi District. Tourists can hire “Vỏ lãi”, a special motor boat to discover forest and observe its flora and fauna system or experience of collecting honey with the local farmers.

rung u minh ha ca mau

U MINH CAJEPUT FOREST – Photo: Tran Trong Thang – Consolidation prize: Ca Mau Beauty Travel Photo contest, 2014

Da Bac Island: located in Kinh Hon Hamlet, Khanh Binh Tay Commune, Tran Van Thoi District. This is the big cluster consisting of many adjoining smaller islets. Tourists can experience wonderful moments fishing spotted scat, squids or enjoying delicious seafood.

hon da bac ca mauHon Da Bac Sea Village – Photo: Huynh Kim Hai – Third prize: Ca Mau Beauty Travel Photo contest, 2014 

Ca Mau Cape Culture-Tourism Park: situated in Mui Hamlet, Dat Mui Commune, Ngoc Hien District, about 100 km from Ca Mau City. At this time, the section Nam Can – Dat Mui of Ho Chi Minh Road has been technically opened, facilitating tourists to travel by road from Ca Mau to Dat Mui.

cv van hoa du lich mui ca mauThe Graceful Ca Mau Cape – Photo: Pham Hoang Giam – Consolidation prize: Ca Mau Beauty Travel Photo contest, 2014

Besides, tourists can also visit other sites such as: Ho Chi Minh Commemorate Area (with the bird yard inside the city), Thi Tuong Lagoon, Hon Khoai islands.

What to eat

Ca Mau is not only famous for tourist attractions but also for delicious dishes, such as: grilled snake head fishes, salted “ba khía” (3 striped crabs), baby bee salad, “ốc len” (mud creeper snails) in coconut milk, grilled Greasy-back shrimps, steamed clams with ginger, grilled oysters with green onion, or a range of hotpots such as fermented fish hotpot, Pug – headed mud skipper cooked with rice ferment, sour soup with mud skippers, etc. These are popular dishes which tourists can try at tourist sites or restaurants in Ca Mau City.

Souvenirs

When travelling to Ca Mau, tourists can choose many kinds of specialties as souvenirs for relatives like honey from U Minh Ha forest, sea crabs, Rach Goc “Ba Khía” (three striped crab), pickled bồn bồn, and dried fish and shrimps (tiger shrimp, mantis shrimp, snakeskin gourami, mudskipper, snake head fish, Bombay duck fish, pug head mudskipper, etc..) or fermented dishes including shrimp, wild fish, etc.

Necessary information

– Always wear life jackets when travelling by water way

– Remember to bring sunlight cream, basic first aids and insect anti (spraying or rubbing)

– Dress comfortably, wear sandals or flip flops for easy moving. Bring hats, coats, sunglasses, etc.

– In rainy seasons, tourists should wear water proof clothes, rain coats, umbrellas, water proof bags for cell phones, etc.

Above are basic necessary information for traveling to Ca Mau that tourists can refer to for better journeys to Ca Mau.

Content: Kieu Trang

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