Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham) travel guide (Last updated on Jan 8, 2020)
Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham), Tan Hiep, Hoi An, Quang Nam, 15 km from Cua Dai Beach. There are 8 islands: Hon Lao, Dai, Mo, Kho Me, Kho Con, La, Tai, Ong. Many visitors after visiting the ancient Hoi An popular, often to the island to enjoy the natural beauty of nature. In 2009, Cu Lao Cham has been recognized by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve in the world and gradually became an attractive destination in the heart of domestic and foreign tourists. Let’s explore the Cu Lao Cham travel experience through below article compiled by Go Explore Vietnam team:
Best time to travel to Cham island
The best time to visit Cu Lao Cham is from March until August. At this time, the calm sea, sunny weather is very suitable for exploring wild beauty and experiencing activities. Travel here in other months, the sea of storms, waves, small boats are not allowed going to sea and the islands are isolated so you should not go at these times.
And if you want to combine the discovery of this pristine island with the sight of Hoi An ancient lantern on your trip, you should choose the time to arrive on the middle lunar month. Then Hoi An old town will be lit with many lanterns with many different designs, many colors. While the weather in Cu Lao Cham will be very beautiful, it will be an unforgettable memory when you arrive here.
How to get to Cham Island
Cham Island is an isolated island so to get here you have to go to Da Nang airport, then from Danang city, you move to Hoi An ancient town and from here you can move to the island.
Come to Da Nang
Hoi An city is about 30km away from Da Nang International Airport (this is the nearest airport so you can move to Hoi An the most convenient way). If you travel from major cities with airports in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City. You can book airline tickets of airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar to Da Nang. From Da Nang International Airport you can rent a private car or taxi from the airport to Hoi An.
From Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City there are trains to Da Nang station with the price from 400,000 VND – 1,200,000 VND / person depending on seat class. Travel time is about 14 to 20 hours. And from Da Nang station, you will also have many options to go to Hoi An such as bus, passenger cars, taxi or rent a motorbike.
When traveling from Hanoi to Da Nang, there are many car companies you can choose from with prices ranging from 310,000 to 350,000 VND. With the tourists traveling from Saigon to Da Nang city, the fare is about 350,000 – 400,000 VND.
From Danang to Hoi An
By 2015, the tourist bus service to bring guests from Da Nang to Hoi An was be opened at about 25,000 VND / ticket/way. The first departure starts at 5:30 am and the last one ends at 17:50 daily with the route from Da Nang Bus Station – Hoi An Bus Station.
It is a convenient way to get to Hoi An quickly and safely. The price is about 350,000 to 450,000 VND/ transfer.
You can rent a motorbike from Danang and go to Hoi An very easily. It would be very suitable for travelers to explore and try new experiences.
From Hoian to Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island)
At about 150,000 VND / person and in about 20 minutes you are in Cu Lao Cham. You can buy tickets, find out more information at ticket outlets or agents in Hoi An ancient town.
Wooden boat fare is 50,000 VND / person for Vietnamese and 100,000 VND / person for foreign tourists. If you bring a motorcycle, 30,000 VND /moto will be applied. Morning departure from Bach Dang wharf at 7:00, Cua Dai wharf at 8h00, afternoon departure at Cu Lao Cham wharf at 13h00. This transport is slow.
You can rent a motorbike to explore the island for about 80,000 – 100,000 VND per day.
You can also rent boats to explore the island for about 500,000 – 1,500,000 VND
Where to stay? Nice and good Homestay in Cham island
Currently, on the island there’s only homestay service, a room for two people costs about 150,000 VND. Also, you can camp right on the beach, you can rent a campsite for about 150,000 VND / night.
Places to visit Cham Island
Xep beach is a prime spot for scuba diving tourists. Normally, when you come to Cu Lao Cham, you will see the coral here first and then will visit the beach for bathing and relaxation.
It is one of the beautiful beaches in Cu Lao Cham with fine white sand, fresh sea. There are many tourist services such as guest houses, freshwater bathrooms, restaurants… catering to the needs of tourists.
Chong Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cu Lao Cham. Nature beaches are prominent with fine white sand, fresh beach, green vegetation with natural slurry poured from the mountain down to create the rock with interesting shapes.
This is the most tourist beach in Cu Lao Cham, located right next to the pier. With clear blue water, stretches of white sand. After swimming, you can relax under the coconut leaves and enjoy the fresh air here.
Cu Lao Cham Marine Museum
It is a place to display samples of marine life in Cu Lao Cham such as sea turtles, coral, lobster … There is also a gallery of tools related to the daily life of the people. Through this, we can understand more about the life and work of the people in Cu Lao Cham
Ancient Cham Well
The only freshwater well on the island, you can also try water here if you want.
Hai Tang Pagoda
The temple was built in 1758, famous as a sacred temple extremely sacred. A place to visit when traveling here.
Tan Hiep Market
Tan Hiep market is also called the Cu Lao Cham market, located right next to the pier. Here you will find a lot of fresh seafood from the boats of the people here, seafood specialties, souvenirs … At very reasonable prices, you do not need to bargain too much when buying stuff here. In addition, the special point of this market is not to use plastic bags to pack to protect the ecological environment here.
The experiences should try when coming here
See the coral reef
When you come to Cu Lao Cham you will have the opportunity to experience walking under the sea and watching the coral. The fee for diving is 150,000 – 400,000 VND / person.
Explore the island by motorbike
At a price of 80,000 – 100,000 VND / day, the motorbike is a great way to explore the island. You can go up the high hills where you can see the whole island will give you a sense of excitement.
This is a boat that is very familiar to fishermen and it is used in daily fishing. And the boat ride on the creek will certainly give you an unforgettable feeling.
Some other travel experiences should be noted
- Pay attention to environmental sanitation, do not throw waste indiscriminately.
- Cham island is also known as the Biosphere Reserve of the world so activities that are intrusive to the natural resources here are not allowed.
- It should be prepared for the sea such as hats, sandals, glasses, sunscreen, insect repellent …
- Carry full identification documents.