Cham Island Hoi An (Quang Nam) is a pristine island cluster, a rendezvous for summer visitors. Here, you will be immersed in the romantic sea space, experience impressive cuisine, etc.
Overview of Cham Island
Located in Tan Hiep commune, Hoi An city, Quang Nam province, Cham Island (Cù Lao Chàm) is the “pearl of Quang Nam,” attracting domestic and international tourists to explore and experience. The Island consists of 8 large and small islands, surrounded by diverse natural ecosystems, mountains, forests, and sea views in a harmonious combination.
This place has been a major trading port and fishing grounds of the Kingdom of Champa since the 15th century, located on the international road of silk, aroma, and ceramics. With rich flora and fauna and historical sites hundreds of years ago, Cham Island is recognized by UNESCO as one of the world’s biosphere reserves.
From Hoi An Town, take a boat along the Thu Bon River, turn the wave to Cua Dai, you will see Cham Island hidden with enchanting beauty. It is a tropical paradise with rows of curved coconuts, turquoise waters, white waves patting the sand, and sparkling sunlight.
A day in Cu Lao Cham will give you interesting experiences such as floating on the river, exploring ancient relics, imprinting the Champa culture as well as understanding more about the lifestyle, ways of life of people in the sea.
The ideal time to travel to Cham Island
March to the end of August every year with beautiful weather, warm sunshine, peaceful waves, calm sea, is an opportunity for you to explore Cham Island freely. The remaining months of the year often have storms, rough seas, which is not suitable tourism.
Especially on the Mid-Autumn Festival, you can combine to explore Cham Island with the ancient town of Hoi An shimmering with festive light. Besides, if you go in the fourth lunar month, you will be able to participate in the anniversary of the nest or the fishing festival, cultural and spiritual activities preserved by the people of Quang for many centuries.
Moving to the Cham Island Hoi An
To get to Cham Island Hoi An, you need to be at Cua Dai port or Bach Dang wharf (Hoi An ancient town). From Cua Dai port, it will take you about 20 minutes to dock in Cham Island if traveling by canoe. Round trip ticket for the day about 450,000 VND / person.
Meanwhile, if traveling by wooden boat, it will cost you about 100,000 VND, starting from Bach Dang wharf in the ancient town of Hoi An. On the 2-hour journey to the water, you will be watching the impressive scenery along the way. They are rustic fishing villages, beautiful landscapes and charming blue sea looming in the distance …
Where to stay on the Cham Island, Hoi An?
Cham Island, Hoi An is still quite wild, not much impact on tourism services. It focuses mainly on homestays, instead of luxury hotels and resorts. Here, you can relax at the homestay located at Ong beach, Lang beach, and Huong beach. The average room price is 50,000 – 100,000 VND / person or 150,000 VND / 2 people.
Besides, if you love the open space, nature, you can choose to camp overnight on the beach. Pristine Bai Beach, with clear water, is an attractive place to stay. Also, Ong beach, Xep beach, Huong beach are even camping sites to attract tourists.
What to eat at Cham Island, Hoi An?
It is famous for its fresh seafood, processed by people right after fishing. Here, you can find many delicacies such as squid, sea urchin, abalone, stone crab, etc. Tan Hiep Market is famous for many delicious, nutritious, cheap seafood. For you to choose and satisfy your taste buds.
Fresh squid exposed to the sun is a gift that attracts foodies. Besides, stone crab is a precious specialty, everyone wants to taste it when coming to Cu Lao Cham. Stone crabs eat the grass on the mountain so the meat is firm, sweet, bold, without the fishy smell.
In addition, forest vegetables, including 16 kinds of medicinal plants, growing wild in the foothills are also natural products in Cu Lao Cham. Early in the summer, you can follow the locals’ harvest and processing of wild and unforgettable rustic vegetable dishes.
What to play in the island?
If you like backpacking, you should rent a motorbike and wander around every corner of the Cham island, Hoi An. Cham ancient wells, marine museums, Hai Tang pagodas are places to try, for those who love to explore and learn about history and culture.
Also, Cu Lao Cham owns many beautiful and pristine beaches such as Bai beach, Xep beach, Bai beach, Ong beach, Huong beach, etc. You can stop, admire, immerse yourself in the fresh water in the Beach.
Also, don’t forget to hire a fisherman’s boat, take a stroll around the island by sea, fish and watch the coral. Cu Lao Cham sea water is famous for being green, not too deep. Therefore, you can dive to watch the coral, admire many types of colorful marine life on the ocean floor.
Yen Island – a place to raise natural bird’s nest, giving specialties of Cu Lao Cham, a place not to be missed. Here, you can see firsthand the vertical cracked rock, with the bottom flooded with sea and strong winds, each flock of birds nest to nest and lay eggs.
Some notes when experiencing on the island
Cu Lao Cham is a large biosphere reserve, so you need to pay attention to environmental protection when exploring the island. Bringing nothing but photographs, leaving nothing but footprints is a civilized act to preserve the ecosystem as well as protect the landscape on the island.
|The island prohibits visitors from carrying plastic bags as well as the act of breaking coral and bringing it back to the mainland. Photo: Bdeviaje_.|
In addition, you should prepare a full range of beachwear such as hats, sandals, glasses, sunscreen, anti-seasickness drugs, insect repellents (if you intend to camp) …
Electricity on the island is usually not available during the day, only at night so you should bring a backup charger for camera equipment, phones to facilitate sightseeing, taking photos …