There are four extreme points which mark Vietnam’s mainland. Towards the North we have Ha Giang Province, the East – Khanh Hoa province, the West – Dien Bien Province and the South – Ca Mau Province.
Though often overlooked by international visitors, they are still among the top must-go destinations in Vietnam for domestic travelers.
Here, we will first talk about only Ca Mau. We will give some brief information about Ca Mau and explain to you why it attracts so many Vietnamese.
About Ca Mau
It is known as the Southern tip of Vietnam. With an extended coastline of 307 kilometers, you can say that it is surrounded mostly by water and only shares its Northern border with Kien Giang province and Bac Lieu province.
It was named “Teuk Khmao”, meaning “black water”, by the Khmers who once inhabited the area and lives with its name till now. “Ca Mau” is actually the Vietnamese translation from the word “black” of the previous inhabitants.
One of its đặc điểm nổi bật is its dense rivers and canals systems with seven big rivers naming Ong Doc River, Bay Hap River, Cai Lon River, Ganh Hao River, Dam Doi River, Trem Trem River and Bach Nguu River. There are also two types of forests here: salt marsh and cajuput.
Its is also home to the islands of Hon Khoai and Hoi Chuoi.
There are two main seasons here. The rain season is from May to October and for the rest of the time, it is dry season. And although being surrounded by the sea on three sides, it suffers from little coastal hazards.
Its population is made up majorly by ethnic groups of Khmers and Hoa, but there are also Kinh and Tay people.
So, why Ca Mau?
Unlike other parts of Vietnam, Ca Mau is a fairly young land and is only about 300 years old. Though having rapidly changed over the years, it is still quite rugged and has yet got that touristy feel to it. Though it does not have many attractions, there are these few spots that keep visitors coming to Ca Mau.
The Cape of Ca Mau
The Southernmost point of Vietnam is 118km away from the centre of Ca Mau City.
Many travellers come here not only for the purpose of setting foot on the southernmost point but also to have the chance to watch the sun. This is the sole location in Vietnam where you can see both the ocean sunrise and mesmerizing sunset in the time span of one day.
The cape of Ca Mau
From this point, you can also see Hon Khoai Archipelago, located 20km away from the mainland.
The Cultural Park
It is only 2km from the centre of the city.
Here you can find amusement parks, monuments, botanical gardens and so on. Do not forget to take a glimpse at many tropical species such as python, snakes, monkeys, and crocodiles.
The highlight of the park is The City Bird Garden. Also known as Lam Vien May 19th Park, this is the place where thousands of precious birds reside, nest and gather every year. You might even see some teals and swans swimming around in this garden. A harmonious space of nature with natural ponds, forests, and animals that visitors cannot forget.
The City Bird Garden
Hon Khoai Island
If you prefer that untouched beauty then this is the place for you.
It belongs to Ngoc Hien District, Ca Mau Province and is 14km away from Nam Can Town. It is also part of Hon Khoai Archipelago, a group of five magnificent islands. It is the biggest and the highest surrounding by the other four.
Its primitive forest with at least a thousand types of plants and hundreds of species of wild animals leaves a deep impression on visitors.
Here you can also enjoy the poetic beauty of the seashores with white cobbles.
Hon Khoai’s lighthouse
And challenge yourself to reach the highest peak of Hon Khoai Island and discover a beautiful French lighthouse. Take the chance to discover your surrounding using the telescopes of the lighthouse. The most spectacular thing you will find might the Cape of Ca Mau. Its beauty from afar astounds the visitors.
The Cape of Ca Mau from afar
For many people who travel to Vietnam, getting around is usually not the hardest part. However, it might not be true when you come to Ca Mau.
To make things easier for you, you might want to consider looking at some Vietnam travel packages and take some help from a travel agency.