Song Doc Town in Tran Van Thoi District is one of the three major urban areas, including Ca Mau City and Nam Can Town, which serve as the impetus for the development of Ca Mau Province. Having a traditional fishery, the town promises to become a dynamic coastal city in the western region in the South.
The town of Song Doc is located in the west of Ca Mau Province, 50km from the centre of the province. The town was established in 1979 with a total natural area of more than 3,349ha.
The town of Song Doc is located on the southern tip of Vietnam and has a special position with one side being the Doc River and the other bordering the Thai Land Gulf or the West Sea where there are a large number of boats and ships of the Cuu Long River Delta. With the most bustling estuary in the region, the industry of catching and processing aquatic products in Song Doc has strongly developed and is ranked first among the fishing grounds in the West Sea. Thanks to having a fleet of 3,000 ships and more than 20,000 fishermen, the town’s total productivity of aquatic products annually reaches 100,000 tonnes. Furthermore, Song Doc is a multi-functional centre of the region with many ships going in and out so other industries, such as ship building and fishing supporting services have also flourished.
At present, the two sides of the Doc River and the fishing port, over 300m long, in the town were planned and built into a hub for trading and transporting products of enterprises which specialize in processing and exporting aquatic products. The town has 113 aquatic product processing enterprises and workshops which exported1,451 tonnes of aquatic and sea products in the first three quarters of 2013. Many of them were built on a large scale and invested with modern technology that helps bringing high economic profit.
The town has four large hubs for trading seafood so it often becomes animated in the early or middle of each month when offshore fishing boats return from the sea. To further develop the economy, the town has also invested to develop the trades of processing shrimp, drying fish, repairing boats, making ice and weaving nets. The town has planed to develop the trade villages into cooperatives which can provide stable jobs for 10,000 labourers.
Together with investment in traditional trades, the town has paid much attention to upgrading and building roads and the infrastructure and creating favourable conditions for investors. Since the route of Ca Mau-Doc River was put into operation, it helps shorten the time of travelling of the locals and facilitates the transport of products from Song Doc Town to Ho Chi Minh City and other provinces and vice versa. Apart from its strengths in marine economic development, Song Doc has a great potential for tourism development with a beautiful sea estuary which is combined with the tomb area of Ba Phi and Hon Da Bac Tourism Area to form an interesting tourism complex. It is an important premise to promote the multi-facial development of the town in the future.
The town of Song Doc has undergone a great positive change and played a central role in the economic development of Ca Mau Province and in the western region of the South.
The locals in Song Doc annually organize the Nghinh Ong Festival from February 14-16 of the lunar calendar to pray for good weather and luck for off-shore trips. During the festivals, a series of unique rites are held, such as drawing eyes on ships and launching ships.
Story: Son Nghia – Photos: Nguyen Luan, Du Minh Chien