A boat in the harbour decorated with an owl-like face.

Cà Mau – The Very “Mekong” Mekong Delta by Alek Phan Trúc

Cà Mau – The Very “Mekong” Mekong Delta

By Alek Phan Trúc

Embarking on a bus journey to Cà Mau, the southernmost tip of Vietnam, is to venture into the heart of the Mekong Delta—a place that resonates with a unique charm and unassuming sincerity. Ca Mau encapsulates this essence perfectly.

During my stay, I found myself immersed in the rustic beauty of a local crab farm. It was here that I encountered the farmer’s daughter, a spirited young girl who extended an invitation with a simple yet enticing question: “Do you want to go fishing with me?” Despite my initial hesitation, fueled by a lack of patience, I couldn’t resist the opportunity. Armed with makeshift fishing gear—a hook fashioned from a tree branch and minuscule bait—the girl demonstrated her remarkable skill. To my amazement, success came swiftly, dispelling my doubts as I reeled in my first catch within minutes.

As the sun began to wane, we ventured towards the mud lake to harvest cockle shells. Initially apprehensive about getting dirty, I soon found myself embracing the experience, reveling in the joy of swimming amidst the mud. Delving deep into the muck to unearth the elusive cockles proved to be an exhilarating endeavor, one that left me feeling truly connected to the land.

A boat in the harbour decorated with an owl-like face.

Exploring the bustling markets of Cà Mau offered yet another delightful experience. Amidst a cornucopia of fruits, fishes, and dried delicacies, I witnessed the culinary prowess of the locals firsthand. One particularly memorable dish was my friend’s rendition of banana sweet soup—a labor of love simmered to perfection over several hours, combining banana slices, sugar, and creamy coconut milk.

The Mekong Delta, with its verdant tapestry and labyrinthine waterways, beckons travelers to embrace the night. Whether drifting upon the gentle waves, savoring drinks aboard a boat, or gazing up at the star-studded sky, there’s an enchantment that permeates the nocturnal hours—a reminder to seize every moment and relish in the magic of this captivating landscape. So, forgo the temptation to retire early, and instead, let the night unfold in all its splendor upon the tranquil waters of the Mekong Delta.

Alek Phan Trúc
Centennial College

“As a travel journalist, my favorite body of water is the Mekong River. Its meandering currents and lush surroundings offer endless exploration and cultural immersion. From tranquil boat rides to vibrant floating markets, the Mekong Delta holds a special place in my heart for its captivating beauty and rich experiences.”

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