Photo: Big streets, big trees.


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Sleepy Cao Lanh feels like it is still trying to grow into the boots that come with the territory of being a provincial capital—wide pavements line a grid of broad boulevards which see remarkably light traffic. The town’s centrepiece, a quite attractive tree-filled park and pond, is deserted much of the daylight hours, seeing murmurs of life just in the early morning and around dusk.

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The town (officially a city, but it feels more like a town) doesn’t figure on too many traveller’s itineraries—it sits on the “wrong” side of the Mekong for overlanders heading to Cambodia via Chau Doc—and while it can serve as a launching point for a couple of interesting out of town spots, in the city itself we are not really talking top shelf attractions.

Ho Chi Minh’s Dad was here. Photo taken in or around Cao Lanh, Vietnam by Stuart McDonald.

Ho Chi Minh’s Dad was here. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Historically Cao Lanh was the capital of Kien Phong province, which was merged with Sa Dec province in 1976, the two becoming Dong Thap province, with Sa Dec as the capital. The crown jewels were then moved to Cao Lanh in 1994, leaving Sa Dec to drift back into its seemingly more comfortable low key, and charming self. Today the province straddles the Mekong River, running north to the Khmer frontier and bordering Tien Giang (home to My Tho) and Vinh Long to east, and Can Tho and An Giang (home to Chau Doc) to the south ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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