Cam Thanh Coconut Village Hoi An: All You Need to Know
Cam Thanh Coconut Village or Bay Mau Coconut Jungle (Vietnamese: Rừng Dừa Bảy Mẫu) is now an urban ward of Hoi An Ancient City. It is getting famous to be a new sightseeing and ecotourism village for all travelers who want to discover the rest part of Hoi An by bicycle and motorbike. There are many nice traditional houses for visiting, travelers have a chance to join these activities under guideline of local people.
History of Cam Thanh Water Coconut Village:
Cam Thanh Coconut Forest, known as Bay Mau Coconut Jungle has been rising for 200 years. The number of coconut, which was brought by southwestern immigrants, completely match the favorable soil and water conditions of the central area. From just a few hectares, the coconut bushes have naturally grown right into a forest with a complete space of over 100 hectares.
From generations to generations, the coconut forest is the home to numerous aquatic species. It has protected Cam Thanh villagers from waves from the sea and safeguarded the world biosphere reserve Cham Islands.
Those who visit Cam Thanh for the first time, the impression is hard to fade most certainly the forest of hundreds of hectares of coconut. It stretches near Cua Dai and give an impression as Mekong Delta in South Vietnam. The only difference between them is perhaps the means of transport used. In the Mekong delta people travel on wooden boats, while visitors use basket boats (Thung chai) to go to the coconut forest in Bay Mau forest. It is exciting while sitting in a basket boat weaving under coconut trees. You will also see the beautiful scenery of a rural water region makes visitors feel interesting this place.
What is more interesting while sailing to enjoy the fresh nature? You can have fish swimming, above the ropes, nesting birds. Some people like to walk in small way to feel fresh air or visit the village traditional coconut.
Cam Thanh village was the shelter for local people and soldiers and nowadays this place is famous for providing the most seafood products for this area. The forested area has been reduced to 58 ha, but the nipa palm is still prevalent. Coming Cam Thanh village, you will have a chance to learn some traditional fishing techniques and how to paddle the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats while exploring the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war.
Best Things to Do in Cam thanh Coconut Village:
- Exploring Coconut Jungle of Cam Thanh
Tourists have chance to explore the wetland ecosystem in coracles and learn about the daily life of Vietnamese fishermen, their families and their community. Join local fisherman on the river and enjoy hands-on experience of round net or cast net.
- Riding on the Back of the Buffalo:
When you reach Cam Thanh village already, you should try the have a buffalo riding around the village to see the beautiful of this peaceful one.
- Try the farming to be a local farmer:
Let make an interesting experience at this village by being a local farmer. You can step your foot into the field, be a local farmer and grow rice, catch fish on field. It will be a memorial time while you visit Cam Thanh village.
It can be said that for all visitors, especially foreign tourists, it is very interesting to have a chance to visit Cam Thanh eco village, to do farming, pick vegetables, catch fish, plow and even ride buffalo in the field.
- Riding on Round Bamboo Basket Boat:
Especially, tourists will know how to ride a basket boat. Rowing basket boat through these small and beautiful channel, guest come to inside of the water coco palm forest, see these coconut tree growing together and get some water coconut fruit.
- Try Cooking Class to Cook Local Food:
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.
How to get to Cam Thanh Water Coconut Village?
It’s about 7km from Ancient town to Cam Thanh. You can ride bicycle, take a motorbike taxi or private car from Hoi An Ancient City.
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