Vietnam and Ca Mau!!!

So let me continue on a journey of Vietnam. Little did I know that from studying at a school name after a Vietnamese hero (Nguyễn Văn Trỗi ), I would be visiting Vietnam later on a lot from north to south! I did it and this is the update text and some new photos of my passing by Ca Mau province.

Cà Mau is the capital of the province of Cà Mau. It is located in the Mekong Delta, 360 km southwest of Ho Chi Minh City.  Ca Mau province is served by National Highway 1A, National Highway 63, and Quan Lo-Phung Hiep Highway.

ca mau architecture happy new year banner ent town mar16

ca mau architecture city street mar16

It is accessed by plane via the Cà Mau airport. Cà Mau Airport (IATA code: CAH • ICAO code: VVCM) is a small airport , which serves the town of Cà Mau. It has a single reinforced concrete runway 1,500 meters long, and is capable of accommodating light transport planes . In the 1930s, the colonial administration of French Indochina had it built near Quản Long ,today Cà Mau. In 1962, the government of South Vietnam had this runway extended and coated, bringing its length to 1000 meters, as part of the military operations of the Vietnam War. After reunification in 1975, this airport came under the control of the Vietnamese Air Force. In 1995, the runway was extended to accommodate a commercial service. It is served only by the Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO), which I took and they operates an exclusive connection between Cà Mau and Hồ Chí Minh City (HCMC).

ca mau airport outside mar16

ca mau airport taxis stand mar16

Ca Mau with 7 rivers ,tropical climate and the southermost tip of Vietnam and Indochina is a great place to do tourism before the hordes. I drove around the town to see and feel the local ambiance, and then settle for lunch at the local Guyen Thanh resto where I had some excellent big scallops and tropical fish that can grow to several hundred kilos and they had for display we ate the smaller ones ::)  The resto is a tropical paradise with a property made for events and weddings, very nice.

ca mau guyen thanh resto entrance mar16

ca mau guyen thanh resto garden pool mar16

ca mau guyen thanh resto pond mar16

The city of Ca Mau is distinguished by a canal transport system, most of the goods being transported by boat. This province has 300 km of coastline that overlooks the Gulf of Thailand and also includes many islets. Ca Mau has a vibrant little floating market where hundreds of boats are filled with all kinds of wares and merchandise. The floating market takes place on Ganh Hao river. It’s located in ward 8 of the city center. This is the exchange place of 3 rivers: Tien river, Hau river and Trem river, which is an ideal location, convenient for river trading. The Mui Ca Mau National Park at its southern end is home to Cape Cà Mau , one of the southernmost geographic points. The majority of the population of this region are Khmer.

ca mau architecture passing river bridge mar16

This city of Ca Mau is Vietnam’s biggest shrimp exporter. Bordered by the sea on three sides, it has the most developed fleet fishing in the Mekong Delta. It is also the largest aquaculture area and the largest production in the country.

We drove and past other nice towns especially the temples in Ca Mau and memorials and Cathedral by Bac Lieu, which were rather nice and glad saw them.

ca mau Monivongsa Bopharam Temple is a Khmer temple side passing mar16

ca mau Monivongsa Bopharam Temple is a Khmer temple passing mar16

Bac Lieu tac say church passing mar16

Its always hard to find official Tourism information here so this is the general Vietnam tourist office on the Mekong Delta areas: https://vietnam.travel/places-to-go/southern-vietnam/mekong-delta

The Mekong Delta area on Ca Mau in French: https://www.mekongtourisme.com/destination/detail/Ca_Mau_38.html

And the Vietnam VNnet office on Cau Mau area in French: https://vietnam.vnanet.vn/french/la-visite-du-cap-ca-mau-une-experience-inoubliable/429934.html

Hope it helps you plan a trip here, worth the detour. I had lots of good times there and very friendly folks which still in touch thanks to the networks. Ca Mau was an off the beaten path trip and nice memories.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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