Cape Ca Mau National Park
Cape Ca Mau National Park

Ca Mau Travel Guide

The inland area of Vietnam looks similar to an S shape, the bottom area of the country is the Mekong Delta and the southernmost area of the Mekong Delta is Ca Mau. This is where the inland of Vietnam protrudes into the East Vietnam Sea of which the tip is Cape Ca Mau. Cape Ca Mau is where you can observe both sunrise and sunset on the sea.

Ca Mau Province is bordered to the north by Kien Giang Province, to the east by Bac Lieu Province; to the south by the East Vietnam Sea; to the west by the Rach Gia Gulf. Ca Mau has 145km of coastline to the Rach Gia Gulf and 104km to the East Vietnam Sea.

Rice field outside of Ca Mau City
Rice field outside of Ca Mau City

The land of Ca Mau is basically flat with the terrain slightly goes down from the north and north-east to the south and south-west. The average altitude of Ca Mau is about 0.5-1.5m above sea level with many areas permanently under water which are marshland mostly covered with cajeput and mangrove forests and which are home to rich underwater species. There is a maze of rivers, creeks and arroyos which crisscross the land making it favorable for transport by waterway.

Rach Tau Floating Village - Ca Mau Cape
Rach Tau Floating Village - Ca Mau Cape

There are several rivers and several estuaries at Ca Mau. The big rivers are Cua Lon, Ganh Hao, Bay Hap, Ong Doc and Trem Trem. The climate at Ca Mau is monsoon tropic with 2 seasons per year: rainy season May-October (south-westerly winds) and dry season November-April (north-easterly winds). The temperate ranges from 24-29oC.

 
Dawn on Rach Tau Village
Dawn on Rach Tau Village

Tourist attractions in Ca Mau

Ca Mau Bird Park (Ca Mau City)

U Minh Ha Forest (Global Biosphere Reserve): 40km from the city of Ca Mau. The National Park of U Minh Ha has an area of 8,286ha which is adjacent to U Minh Thuong National Park in Kien Giang. The total area of forest is 35,000 hectares.

U Minh Ha National Park
U Minh Ha National Park

National Park of Cape Ca Mau (Vuon Quoc Gia Mui Ca Mau, listed to the World Ramsar Sites) is over 100km from Ca Mau City, with the area of 41,862ha.

Mui Ca Mau National Park
Mui Ca Mau National Park (listed as a global biosphere reserve)

  • Khai Long Beach.
  • Hon Da Bac Island: 50km from Ca Mau City and 0.5km from inland.
  • Hon Khoai Island has an area of 5km2 and is 14 nautical miles south-east from Mui Ca Mau.
  • Thi Tuong Lake (Dam Thi Tuong) 40km west of Ca Mau City.
  • Ngoc Hien Bird Park (in Ngoc Hien District): 186ha, the biggest untouched bird park in Vietnam.
  • Dam Doi Bird Park (Dam Doi District, 45km from Ca Mau City).
  • Cai Na Bird Park (Nam Can, 50km from Ca Mau City).
 
Dawn on the scenic Ca Mau Cape
Dawn on the scenic Ca Mau Cape
 
 
 
U Minh Town - U Minh District
U Minh Town - U Minh District of Ca Mau Province

Accommodations
There is a wide choice of hotels in Ca Mau ranging from homestay, guest houses, family run hotels to luxury hotels (4*).

Travel and tours in Ca Mau
A boat tour to Cape Ca Mau takes a full day and a trip around Ca Mau takes another full day. Paradissa offers eco tours to visit the national parks in Ca Mau. We also organize adventure tours, bike tours to Ca Mau and nearby provinces in the Mekong Delta.

Getting around
It is convenient to travel around Ca Mau nowadays both by road and by waterway. Still some areas are only accessed by boat. Ca Mau to Ca Mau Cape (Dat Mui): 2 hours 30 minutes by speed boat. As of writing the Ho Chi Minh Road which travels up to Cape Ca Mau is about to be completed which should make it very convenient to reach this extreme land soon.

How to get their and away
By road, Ca Mau City is 300km from Ho Chi Minh City, 140km from Can Tho City and 70km from Bac Lieu City. There is an airport at Ca Mau which services daily flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Ca Mau City.