Barely touched, lay a bewitching piece of Heaven for men to gaze upon its beauty! Yes, it is none other than the humble land of Ca Mau. It is located at the southern-most region and apparently at the end point of the S-shaped Vietnam. Well-known for its blanket of forest that unfolds widely across its land Ca Mau is also known for its veins of rivers and canals delicately intertwined within the Mekong Delta region. Hence, leading to the forming of forests, channels, swamplands and bird parks that have greatly diversified floras and faunas. A dear home to both human and nature, alike, Ca Mau is simply a precious jewel in a treasure trove, that is yet unknown to the world. If you ever wanted a refuge to go offline from all the buzzes of lives, this is just the very right place to be at!
Currently served by the airline called Vietnam Air Service Company (VASCO), it operates only two daily flights to-and-fro the Ho Chin Minh City with their ATR-72 aircraft. This small airport has been standing since back in the military era. Later, the airport was revived and rebuilt, making it once more receiving passengers up to 300, 000 per annum. The journey of Ho Chin Minh City - Ca Mau route will take about 1 hour.
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Nestled in the Mekong Delta region, Ca Mau is blessed with tropical equatorial monsoon with two major seasons which are the rainy season from May to November and the dry season from December to April. Ca Mau has an average annual temperature of 26oC, hence making it favourable to visit at any time of the year. Well, it still depends on to you though, as to whether you have a tolerance to large crowds, personal taste, favourite season and most importantly your budget! How much are you willing to spend?
Instead of hot, Ca Mau is better to be described as sunny with breezy wind from the shore. Also, the wind here is usually very calm. So, you don’t have to worry much. If you are visiting here in its hottest months of April, May and June, where the temperature may spike up to 33.9oC, it is best to don’t forget to bring along your sunglasses, hats and sunscreen! Ca Mau witnesses a great influx of tourists around January, followed by May and July. Thus, hotels rates and flight will be expensive! So, do purchase tickets well and book your stay in advance. Meanwhile, August has the least tourists throughout the year which somehow make it the least expensive month too.
Having the longest coastline, Ca Mau is well-known to be a maritime province with many of its residents are fishermen. On that note, a festival to celebrate the god of fishes called Song Doc festival is held annually on every February the 14th, 15th and 16th, as a good luck charm to the fishermen. This is the time of the year to witness Ca Mau transforms from a humble to a lively town with hundreds over lavishly decorated fishermen ships at the harbour. Furthermore, there is also Ky Yen Festival, a merry celebration filled with a parade, dragon dance, traditional song singing competition and heaps of authentic cuisines.
Lam Vien Bird Garden - With thousands over of birds gathering here, Lam Vien Bird Garden is indeed a bird’s paradise! This beautiful bird garden is nestled within the grounds of Cultural Park itself, about 2 kilometres to the west of Ca Mau city. What is even more interesting is that you will be able to listen and enjoy their tremendous and cute chirpy symphony!
Cape of Ca Mau - Located about 118 kilometres away from the centre of the city, Cape of Ca Mau is a unique southern-most point of the province itself. Its mangrove forests offer over 240 types of plants, 26 species of animals, 194 species of birds and 260 species of fishes along with many other endangered species. Simply it is overwhelming with the abundance of nature’s wild beauty!
Hon Da Bac Island - Also known as Silver Stone Island, this Hon Da Bac Island has one of Ca Mau’s best view to offer. From afar, this island may have been overlooked like any other normal rocks-filled island surrounded by the ocean. But, the closer you look, the more you’ll realise the mesmerising beauty of its landscape! The crystal clear blue water with fine sandy beaches and the gentle breeze of the sea complemented with the soothing music of waves crashing the shore; these are just what you need!