Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ca Mau Province: The Most Southern Point of Vietnam

During my recent hiatius from my blog I have traveled to some very interesting places in Vietnam. One of these places is the Ca Mau Province. Ca Mau Province is the southern most province of Vietnam and is home to major fishing and agricultural industry. By far the fastest way to get to Ca Mau from Ho Chi Minh City is by air.  Below is a picture from the airplane of some of the many marine farms in Ca Mau Province.  I should note that the picture does not do justice to the beauty of the geometry of the farms nor does it capture the vastness of the farming industry. 


When we got to Ca Mau city (the capital of the province) I was greeted with the colorful buildings and many rivers of Ca Mau.  Below is one very colorful hotel I saw near the city center and is representative of many of the color schemes in the area.


The rivers in Ca Mau are extensive.  When traveling around the province you will encounter many rivers and canals.  A typical river and the houses on the waterfront is seen below.  These rivers and canals are often used for transportation, not only of goods but of people; when we traveled to the southernmost point of Vietnam (Mui Ca Mau) we went by boat from Ca Mau city (nearly 75 km).


At Mui Ca Mau we encountered many strange and unique animals.  We saw many different kinds of birds, bright neon blue crabs which were no bigger than a centimeter, and even a strange fish like creature that used its fins to walk along the mud (unfortunately the pictures did not come out too well).  Below is a picture of the observation deck at the southernmost point of Vietnam.


The flora in Ca Mau is impressive.  Everything is wild and natural and the colors of the fruits and flowers are striking.  I decided to play with my macro lens and took some closeups of a couple of the plants I thought had interesting texture.



After sightseeing we went for karaoke at a venue that had live musicians for private rooms and was owned by one of the most famous traditional folk singers in Vietnam.  The name of the place escapes me now but when I return to Ca Mau I will definitely find it again.  Our musician is seen below playing a traditional Vietnamese instrument.  It had only two strings and significantly less frets than the western guitar but the guitarist seemed to be unaffected by its (by western standards) limitations and was able to skillfully evoke feelings of a older and simpler life.


Ca Mau was a great trip and I was glad to go to a place that is off the radar of most tourist destinations.  The food is fresh and delicious, the people are friendly, and the province is raw and unadulterated.  I am looking forward to my next visit.

6 comments:

  1. I've never been to Ca Mau, it looks and sounds like my type of place. Perhaps I'll get there on my next trip to VN, hopefully this year.

    Nice to see you back blogging again.

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  2. Hi, I run an expat site called ExpatArrivals.com and would love to ask a question via email. Would you mind dropping me a line at david.fair at wordtravels.com ?
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Thanks, Dave

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  3. Recall the stories of USMilitary in Vietnam who killed entire villages including women and children, toddlers and infants.
    Unashamed vet in the public sector, SUPPORTED BY YOUR TAX DOLLARS, earning six figures/year. This history should have affected the family business as well.
    How many Vietnamese babies did he kill? More than 50?
    If him and his buddies were making jokes they may have made a game out of it, perhaps wagering, and the competition could have resulted in a very high number.

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  4. I'm Vietnamese and i'm so glad you guys enjoy Vietnam, i hope you don't get any trouble when you visit here

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  5. Vietnam one of the best place in the world for tourism. I agree with you that the Vietnam a paradise for travelers. Vietnam have lot of attractions which attract the tourists from all over the world.

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  6. Is the missing malaysian airliner down in that region ? I just read Vietnam had picked up a signal from there. They could have landed in the murky stuff.....is anyone looking there ?

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