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Cao Lanh

A newish town carved from the  jungles and swamps of the Mekong Delta region, Cao Lanh is big for business, but draws few tourists.

Sights

Dong Thap Museum MUSEUM

(226 Ð Nguyen Thai Hoc;  7-11.30am & 1.30-5pm)  The Dong Thap Museum is  among the Mekong’s best museums, in spite of  having no English captions. The ground floor  exhibits  an anthropological history of Dong Thap province, with  displays  of equipment , sculpture, types  of traditional houses and some species of animals  and pickled fish. Upstairs is  devoted to war history and Ho Chi Minh.

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War Martyrs Monument MONUMENT

On the eastern edge of town off Hwy 30, the War Memorial (Dai Liet Si) is Cao Lanh’s most  remarkable  landmark, a sculpture  featuring a large white concrete statue of a decorated soldier  and  flowers in front of a stylised star. The rear of the statue is demonstrated  with storks, a  symbol of the Mekong.

Within the grounds are the tombs  of 3112 VC who came to die  fighting in the American War.

Tomb of Nguyen Sinh Sac PARK

(Lang Cu Nguyen Sinh Sac; off Ð Pham Huu Lau; car parking 6000d) The  tomb of Ho Chi Minh’s father, Nguyen Sinh Sac (1862–1929), is the centrepiece of a lovely  9.6-hectare park and model heritage village. The grave  itself is situated  under a shell-shaped shrine set behind a star-shaped lotus pond.

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 Though  various plaques (in Vietnamese) and tourist pamphlets extol Nguyen Sinh Sac as a great revolutionary, scarce evidence reveals  that he was involved in the anti colonial struggle against the French.  Next to the shrine is a  small museum devoted to Ho Chi Minh  consisting mainly of photos  with Vietnamese captions.

The construction  is  situated  at the southwest  approach to town; turn right after Hoa Long Pagoda and follow the fence around until you get to the entrance.

Sleeping

Hoa Anh HOTEL $

For 210,000d you’ll get a clean ,  tiny  double with a  small bathroom at this fresh-faced hotel not far from  the bus station. The two-bed rooms are large , whereas  the  pricier rooms  are suitable for  a family.

Xuan Mai Hotel  $

A spacious  restaurant, massage parlour and hotel combined  into one, this  represents good value, with large  but rather messy  rooms. Set  behind the post office; rates include breakfast. There is no lift .

Nha Khach Dong Thap HOTEL $

A Communist Party special, with  large,  airy,  OK rooms, a reception dripping in marble, and corridors wide enough  to take  a jeep. Nevertheless , little English  is spoken and it has an institutionalised feel.

Song Tra Hotel$$

The exterior is clunky but rooms are in  logical  shape, with large  windows, satellite TV, a minibar and hot water. Staff are more helpful  than  you’ll find in most other state-run places.

Eating

Cao Lanh is well-known  for  chuot dong (rice-field rats), so come with room in your stomach to sample the local speciality .  At the very least,  it’ll make a great story back home.

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Ngoc Lan VIETNAMESE $

The ‘Magnolia’ is a  bright and various  choice, with fresh and  tasty pot-cooked pork (35,000d) and  mixed-vegetable soup (80,000d). It’s  wonderful  with a red-and-green LED sign at night.

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A Chau VIETNAMESE $

Shut for a refurb at the time of writing, this eatery usually has  tasty banh xeo (fried pancakes, which you roll up and dip in fish sauce) as a special food.

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Information

Dong Thap Tourist A remarkably  friendly,  helpful outfit that can  arrange] a boat and other tours  of the surrounding area. It also has a branch at My Hiep village.

Post Office (85 Ð Nguyen Hue) Internet access available.

Getting There & Around

Cao Lanh Bus Station (Ben Xe Cao Lanh; 71/1 Ð Ly Thuong Kiet) is  conveniently  located right in the center  of town, with services to HCMC (65,000d), Sa Dec (15,000d), Vinh Long (17,000d), My Tho (30,000d), Tra Vinh (49,000d), Can Tho(45,000d), Soc Trang (55,000d), Vung Tau (112,000d) and Ca Mau (85,000d).

 View  around Cao Lanh will be the best if you visit by river .  Although you  could possibly arrange something privately with boat owners,  you’ll find it easier –  although  slightly more expensive – to deal with Dong Thap Tourist. Plan on about $30 for a half-day boat tour.

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