Central Vietnam has recently become a haunting destination for Vietnam private tours thanks to its variety of landscapes, culture, and cuisine. Interestingly, the famous tourist attractions in the Central are located quite close to each other, thus making traveling more convenient. If you take a trip to Danang & Hoi An, don’t forget to pay a visit to Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island) – a hidden charm on the nearby ocean.
Where is Cu Lao Cham?
Cu Lao Cham belongs to Tan Hiep Commune – a part of Hoi An. The islands are nestled 15 km far from Cua Dai, consisting of 8 small islands and islets. Cham Island has been designated as a UNESCO World Natural Reserve thanks to its breath-taking seascapes and rich bio-ecological systems.
Best time to travel to Cu Lao Cham
Between March and August is said to be the best time to take Vietnam tailor-made private tour to Cham Island. At that period, it is warm with dazzling sunshine and calm waves. The rest period of the year is not recommended because there is a high possibility of storms and the island might be isolated.
If you want to both visit the island and admire the lantern night in Hoi An Ancient Town, go on the full moon or on the first day of the lunar month. But please notice that the 14th lunar night will be much appealing than the 15th one.
For those wanting to experience the traditional cultures of the local islanders, travel in festival times: Cau Ngu Festival on the 3rd & 4th day of the 4th lunar month or the death anniversary of Yen ancestors on the 9th & 10th day of the 3rd lunar month.
How to get to Cu Lao Cham?
From Hoi An, travelers taking Vietnam private tour need to get to Cua Dai Pier to buy the canoe ticket to go to the island. The departure time is from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. It would take around 20 minutes to get there.
Another means of transportation is the wooden boat, which only costs you only $1.5/person and $4 when bringing the motorbike along.
Regarding traveling on the island, the most common means is the motorbike. You can bring your motorbike along or rent one at any hotels or hostels on Cham Island. The price is from $4 – $10/day depending on the brand.
To pay a visit to the nearby islands, travelers need to take the canoes or tenders. All the boats offer coral-reef-watching services.
What to do in Cu Lao Cham?
Cham Island holds an irresistible beauty with several attractions that could easily capture visitors’ heart. Let’s see the must-do activities for a 2-day-1-night trip in this wonderland.
Dive to watch coral reefs
As a World Natural Reserve, Cu Lao Cham possesses an exceptionally diverse ecosystem. The surrounded sea is home to different marine species of significant biological and ecological value. Especially, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful places to watch coral reefs in Vietnam. The transparent sea water has made it ideal to dive and witness the beauty of these colorful coral reefs.
There are also other fascinating recreational activities like swimming, kayaking, water-skiing, boat racing, etc.
Visit the famous cultural attractions
Cham Island is also a great destination that culture lovers should not miss in their private tours in Vietnam. Here situate many worth-visiting destinations like Cu Lao Cham Museum, the 200-year-old Cham well, Hai Tang Pagoda, and the temple of the ancestor of oat-producing career. Those places are believed to be very sacred. Many people from other regions come here to wish for a happy and successful life.
Get closer to the local life
A trip to Cham Island also enables visitors to get a deeper approach to the rustic life of the ingenuous islanders. You can choose to stay with them in their houses to observe their daily life as well as sample the rustic yet delicious seafood dishes of the locals. Also, travelers can pay a visit to Tan Hiep Market to see how a trading day is like and to buy home some specialties as souvenirs for your family and friends.
Cu Lao Cham is undeniably an untouched paradise in this world. It would be a big loss if the itineraries of your Vietnam private tours do not include this island. Rest assured! The pristine beauty of nature and the friendly smile of the locals here will totally satisfy you.