Cham Island

Cu Lao Cham is located in Tan Hiep island commune, Hoi An city, Quang Nam province. In 2009, Cu Lao Cham was recognized by UNESCO as a world biosphere reserve (Cu Lao Cham Marine Park). It's became an attractive destination for visitor. Cham island is like a rough gem undiscovered. Let's explore the Cham island travel experiences below.

When is the best time to visit Cham island?

For areas like Cu Lao Cham, the best time to have a full travel experience is from March to August. At this time, Cu Lao Cham is very quiet, peaceful, suitable for together you and your family schedule to explore this interesting land. In other months, the sea often has storms, big waves. Do that boats are not allowed to go to sea and the islands will be almost isolated, so it is not interesting to visit Cu Lao Cham at that time.

For travelers who want a trip combining Cham Island and Hoi An ancient town. Especially on the lunar full moon days are the most wise choice. At that time, Cu Lao Cham was beautiful in heart and Hoi An shimmering, sparkling in the lanterns and poetic flower festivals. Sure that your holiday in Hoi An will be more memorable ever.

If you are interested in traditional and folk festivals here. You can arrange a time to Cu Lao Cham on festivals. Such as: Fishing Bridge Festival (March - April or April Lunar Calendar) , The death anniversary of Yen's Nest (September, October, March of the Lunar Calendar).

How to go to Cham Island?

To arrive in Cu Lao Cham, tourists must search for transportation to Da Nang or Hoi An. Then from Da Nang to Hoi An after that from Hoi An to continue moving to Cu Lao Cham.

Transportations:

1: Planes

Hoi An City is located in Quang Nam. But the airport closest to Hoi An is in Danang. Air tickets to Danang are numerous. Such as: Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar or Vietjet Air flights to serve your trip. From Da Nang airport to Hoi An, you will take about 40 minutes to go with a distance of 30km. You can choose to rent a private car at the airport or taxi with relatively high price to Hoi An. Or a more economical way is to take the bus number 1 from Danang bus station to Hoi An bus station. However, to get the best health and state to move to the next destination, taxi or airport car is still a good choice.

2: Train

Currently there are many trains with the route Hanoi - Da Nang or Saigon - Da Nang with prices from 400,000 to 1,200,000 depending on the type of seat. It takes about 14 - 20 hours to travel from Hanoi or Saigon to Da Nang, so if you are not in good health or motion sickness. You should find the suitable and convenient transfer for yourself. And to move from Da Nang station to Hoi An you also have different options. Such as bus, taxi, bus or motorbike.

3: Coach

When traveling from Hanoi to Da Nang there are many car brands you can choose. Such as Vu Loc, Van Khoi, Kim Lien, Camel Travel,... with prices ranging from 310,000 to 350,000 VND. For tourists traveling from Saigon to Da Nang city, bus fares range from VND 350,000 to VND 400,000 with many car companies to choose from.

Transportation from Hoi An to Cham island

There are two types of transportation to Cham island are canoes and wooden boats

1: Canoe

If you want to save more time for your trip. Canoe is the best transportation to Cham island. Because your journey takes only 20 minutes to reach the destination. The price when using a canoe is quite high: 150,000 VND / person but very suitable for those who like thrills, rushing on the sea with high speed. There are many day trips from Cua Dai wharf in the day. You can buy tickets at the point of sale or agents in the old town.

2: Wooden Boat

Wooden boats have cheaper tickets but travel at a slower pace. It's suitable for those who like to feel floating at sea, watching the landscape. You should arrive at Bach Dang wharf at 7am or Cua Dai wharf at 8am to buy tickets. Wooden boat ticket price is 50,000 / person for Vietnamese and 100,000 / person for foreign tourists. If you bring a motorbike, VND 30,000 / vehicle. Afternoon train departs at Cu Lao Cham wharf at 13 o'clock.

Sightseeing in Cham island

1: Bai Ong beach

This is the most popular beach among the beaches in Cu Lao Cham. Bai Ong is located near Cu Lao Cham pier also close to Bai Lang area. It is home to the most developed services with restaurants, hotels and other travel services.

2: Lang beach

This is a fishing beach, not a tourist beach. Coming to Bai Lang, you will find labor paintings of fishermen here, where fishing boats are close and undulating along the waves. From wooden boats to the small basket boat beautiful stand on the blue background of the sea. Lang Beach has a bridge as a place to gather of canoes and tourism. Facing the sea is a primeval forest with a very dense tree density, seen from afar as a huge, fresh primeval vegetation.

3: Bai Chong

Bai Chong is one of the most beautiful beach in Cu Lao Cham. Bai Chong's nature features fine white sand, clean beaches, smooth green vegetation with natural gaps flowing down from the mountains to create interesting rock formations.

Because many tourists choose Bai Chong beach as a place to relax, tourism here is also highly appreciated and developed. Hostels, restaurants, resting places, fresh water baths, etc. are all built to cater to the needs of your travel need.

4: Bai Huong

This is not an ideal beach for swimming because there are many boats here. But if you are seafood lover let come here for the fresh one.

5: Bai Xep

Bai Xep nature brings a wild, rustic beauty. Not as famous as Bai Chong, Bai Lang, Bai Ong, ... but Bai Xep beach gives a good impression of the gentle little waves, beat the banks and beautiful coral beaches. Bai Xep is not invested in tourism because this is the main place for tourists to dive to see the coral. Normally, tourists coming to Cu Lao Cham often go to see the coral here first and then visit the beaches for swimming and relax.

Attractions and historical sites should visit

1: Museum of Cham island

This is the first stop when Canoes have just landed in Cu Lao Cham. After floating on the waves for a few tens of minutes, the sign "Welcome Cu Lao Cham" appears before the eyes as a warm welcome of the people here. Inside the house is a welcome sign with Cu Lao Cham Marine Museum.

The museum is divided into two main parts: The first places the Sa Ban to reconstruct the entire terrain with different islands in Cu Lao Cham. Here visitors will hear the explanation of the formation history as well as the structure, life, people here.

In the second part of the museum is a showcase of marine life specimens being preserved in Cu Lao Cham. Such as Crab Stone, Sea Turtle, Coral, Lobster, ... In addition, the room also displays tools concerning the daily life of fishermen here. Thereby we can understand more about the lives and labor work of the people in Cu Lao Cham.

2: Ancient Cham well

It is the only freshwater well on the same island, as evidenced by the fact that people dig wells in other places and find no source of fresh water. In 2006, the ancient Cham well was classified as a national monument. Cham ancient well has been a unique cultural symbol of the people here. There are many interesting "secrets" about the ancient well being revealed.

3: Hai Tang Pagoda

It is famous as a very sacred place, a place of worshiping Buddha combined with a holy place to meet the needs of the islanders. The pagoda was built in 1758 at the foot of the western mountain of Hon Lao Island, has long become a must-visit place when traveling to Cu Lao Cham.

4: Tan Hiep Market

Tan Hiep Market is located close to the jetty next to Bai Lang. The outstanding products here are fresh seafood, forest specialties and souvenirs for tourists. Tourists coming to Cu Lao Cham definitely have to visit here.

A special feature of this market is "The only market without plastic bags". According to a marketer, people in the village did not use plastic bags to pack things but instead used newspaper and notebook paper to pack into bags. This is a beautiful image, a powerful effect of the no-plastic bag campaign launched in 2008. From an island with a lot of garbage, plastic bags along the coast. Now, every citizen Cu Lao Cham is conscious of not using plastic bags.

5: Yen Ancestor Temple

The Yen Ancestor Temple is located at Huong beach, Cu Lao Cham. It's built in the early 19th century to worship the ancestor of the profession of Yen and the gods of the profession of Yen. The reason for this special occupation in Cu Lao Cham is that it is the only place in Quang Nam province where the birds nest.

Activities in Cu Lao Cham

Watch the corals

Cu Lao Cham Island is home to many beautiful and extremely diverse coral species and variety. Visitors to Cham island World Biosphere Reserve will have the opportunity to experience walking under the sea and watching corals. The place with the most corals in Cu Lao Cham is Hon Dai with large rocks, stacked together to form a solid rock revetment.

There are two types of coral viewing in Cu Lao Cham: shallow and deep dives. Tourists will be fully equipped with life jackets, snorkel, diving. With the form of shallow diving, visitors will be able to observe corals at a depth of 3m, just face down to the surface of the water to be able to admire the colorful underwater paintings of the sea.

For those who want to experience the feeling of being more real and more adventurous. You can choose the form of deep diving with a depth of 6m above sea level. Each person will have an accompanying guide and be taught the necessary signaling in case of an underwater incident.

Go around the islands by boat

With the system of beautiful islands and beaches. Youcan choose to visit Cu Lao Cham by boat. Enjoy the feeling of nature embracing yourself and relaxing in the fresh, pleasant atmosphere.

Going to Yen Island

Cu Lao Cham is known as the land of the birds nest. If Khanh Hoa is a Yen country, then another place associated with this bird is Cu Lao Cham. Bird's nest island is dubbed the kingdom of birds nest.

What to eat in Cu Lao Cham?

Stone crab

Rock crab is a prominent specialty in Cu Lao Cham that any tourist wants to try. Why is rock crab so special?

Abalone

Abalone is an extremely rare type of snail, very nutritious, delicious and can be processed in many different ways.

The note when traveling in Cu Lao Cham

Snorkling in Cham Island

Attention to environmental sanitation: People here attach great importance to protecting the environment and marine landscape, so tourists coming here must also keep the habit of not littering indefinitely, limiting their use. use plastic bags, limit littering on the island.

Do not break the coral when visiting: In order to preserve and preserve the landscape and natural resources, you should experience the preservation of this natural resource when watching coral reefs activities. often damage corals or bring corals to the mainland as a souvenir.

Electricity on the island is only available at night: During the day in Cu Lao Cham, there is no electricity in many places, so prepare a flashlight, power bank or compact lighting device with you in case you need to use it!

It's great for

  • Solo traveler, Young people, Family with teen

Boat trip to Cham Island is one of the best day trips in Vietnam offer by Origin Travel. Hope you enjoy trip very much.

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