Discover Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An
Most travelers, who are visiting the city of Hoi An, might only be aware of its ancient town. Although these buildings have become popular destinations for a lot of tourists, there is another side of Hoi An only a few know of. Located 20km from the Cua Dai harbor lies Cham Island, or more locally known as Cu Lao Cham. This group of 8 small islands do not only capture Hoi An’s sunnier side, but it is also part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
When people think of the word “beach”, their minds will quickly piece together an image of their ideal sunny sanctuary. Once visitors take their first steps on the sands of Cham Island, they will experience that and much more. Unlike most beaches, Cham Island perfectly mixes the mystifying treasures of the deep with the lush wildlife of its forest. Both lovers of the sea and explorers of the land will definitely find something in the lines of their interests. Visitors, who have had experience diving and snorkeling, may want to take their gear and marvel at the hidden wonders of the deep. For those who love to rough it out, on the other hand, they will discover the scenic view atop the island at the end of its provided hiking trail. Travelers are more than welcome to sit back and relax, and enjoy the numerous local seafood cuisines, making the Cham Islands the go-to paradise in Hoi An.
Trip Guru would like to advise future travelers to be aware of their actions and surroundings. It is always in your best interest to leave the place looking the same way you have entered it, so do your best to not produce a lot of waste and pick up after your messes. These islands have become Hoi An’s most precious treasures and must be treated and used correctly.
There is only one way to get to Cham Islands and it is via the waters. If you are traveling on your own, Trip Guru suggests that you take a taxi to Bach Dang pier and ride a boat. The boats usually depart at 7:30 AM and tickets cost around 44,000 VND.
What our experts tell about this experience.
Some girls aren’t into hiking but when I was in Cu Lao Cham, met a girl who was. We were both at the beach enjoying the sun and swimming. Started chatting and went into hiking conversation. The next day we met up and shoe showed me on some really cool trails. The wild life here is beautiful. We saw this one blue bird, it was so exotic like and beautiful! We both forgot to charge our phones and was in bad luck with having dead batteries so no picture could be taken. After the tiring but very exciting trail I took her out for dinner and the seafood here is also pretty sweet!
I like snorkeling my boyfriend likes hiking. So even not being able to do the activity together this island was just right for us. As I went to the depths of Cu Lao Cham with a few friends my boyfriend went hiking with some new friends he met at the restaurant we were having breakfast at! It was a great little beach for me and my boyfriend told me that the hiking trails were quite the jungle as well! In the evening when we got back together we had some really good seafood that was quite delicious! Good trip it was indeed!