Used to be a local shelter for people in wartime, Cam Thanh Coconut Village is now one of the must-visit destinations in Hoi An ancient town, where you can learn authentic local life, their agriculture, fishing and handicrafts, yet participating in a fun experience with bamboo boat ride.
What to expect to visit Cam Thanh Coconut Village.
Located only 5km from Hoi An’s Old Town, you can paddle or take a car/bus to Cam Thanh Village. Cam Thanh Village has been planting nipa palms to protect itself from the floods of Thu Bon River, as well as storms in moonsoon seasons. The forest shelters the whole village, provides ingredient for handicraft making and helps create a stable income for the locals. The nipa palm forest is full of bird, fishes, etc. and hence, Cam Thanh Village became one of the sources for fresh seafood, vegetable, and rice for the whole Hoi An.
Thanks to its location, Cam Thanh Coconut Forest is a private mangrove waterways, making it great location for developing guerrilla warfare. In the war time with French colonials and American, Hoi An committee had chosen this place as a revolutionary base to fight against the enemy with many resounding victories.
Nowadays, Cam Thanh Coconut Village is getting more famous as an extra, eco-tourism option along lantern villages, silk goods, timber furniture and pottery of the quaint town Hoi An.
Visitors can pedal along 5km of winding flat roads around the tranquil village, and get away from the major tourism hub of Hoi An. Under the shades of nipa palms, visitors can explore the wetland ecological system in coracles, the ever traditional means of moving around or natives, crafted of woven bamboo. Joining some hand-on activities such as farming or fishing will make such an interesting day for visitors.
The best way to explore the palm forest is to ride basket boat. The Basket Boat is known locally as “Thung Chai” and is very popular among the local fishermen in the central regions of Viet Nam. The local fishermen really like to use it because it is very mobile and convenient, as it can easily transport people from their big boats to the land. Furthermore, the fishermen use it to catch fish with the fishing net and to carry oil, wood, food and other things they might need while fishing. The shape of the Basket Boat is to be re-tarred every 6 months, depending on how one much care one puts in using it. The safe capacity is normally 5 people per Boat (4 guests + 1 rider).
It will certainly be a lot of fun, with loads of spinning around as the boat will madly go round and round and round.
Besides, you will be recieved handcrafted gift made of coconut leaves from the basket boat riders such as: ring, watches, glasses ect. You can also make some DIY items under their guidance.
There are also alot of fun activities in Cam thanh Village such as ” Dap xe cau khi”,
In Cam Thanh, there are plenty of restaurants offering cooking class. They combine between eco trip and cooking tour. Tourists will have more interesting day and save time here.
Best time to visit Cam Thanh Coconut Village ?
+ February to April: At this time, Hoi An Weather is perfect for any outdoor activities with cool temperature, low humidity.
+ May to July: This is about to end the dry season in Hoi An, the weather is suitable to visit Cam Thanh Coconut Village and have a perfect beach holiday with warm weather.
You can also visit Cam Thanh Coconut Village in August, when you can have chance to see coconut forest in the ripen season.
You should not visit Cam Thanh Coconut Village as well as Hoi An from September to November as it is in rainy season, the water level is high and typhoons and floods might happen anytime.
How to visit Cam Thanh Coconut Village?
It takes only 10 minutes from Hoi An Center to Cam Thanh Coconut Village. You can ride a bike or take a bus to get there.
Go straight on Tran Hung Dao Street, then turn to Tran Nhan Tong street. You will see Cua Dai Bridge, it is a sign to know that you are only 500m to Cam Thanh Coconut Village.