Getting there & away
The buses from HCMC to Ca Mau leave from Mien Tay bus station. The trip takes 11 hours by regular bus and eight hours by express bus (around 115, 000d). There are several daily express buses to HCMC leaving between 5am and 10.30am. Regular daily buses also connect to other towns in the region, including Bac Lieu (24, 000d) and Can Tho (60, 000d).
The Ca Mau bus station is 2.5km from the centre of town, along Hwy 1 towards HCMC.
Ca Mau is the end of the line for Hwy 1; it’s the southernmost point in Vietnam that’s accessible by car and bus. Drivers who boldly attempt to drive on the ‘highway’ south of Ca Mau will soon find their vehicles sinking into a quagmire of mud and mangroves.
Ca Mau is 178km from Can Tho (three hours) and 347km from HCMC (eight hours).
Ca Mau has several piers, where you can catch boats around the region. Three to four hydrofoils a day travel between Ca Mau and Rach Gia (the boat docks in Rach Soi, about 10km from Rach Gia). This departs from Ferry Pier Can Ganh Hao daily between 7.30am and 1pm (90, 000d, three hours). This pier is also where you can catch a speedboat south to Nam Can (one daily, one hour, 40, 000d). Ferry Pier B also has departures to Nam Can (one daily, one hour, 40, 000d).
Boats to Can Tho (three daily, three to four hours, 97, 000d), with a stop in Phung Hiep, depart from Cong Ca Mau pier (Ð Quang Trung), 3km east of town.
Also popular are the (slow) boats to U-Minh Forest. These depart from Ferry Pier A (two hours, 25, 000d). For a guided tour, it’s best to inquire at the tourist office.