Hoi An Coconut Village

1 Day Hoi An Coconut Village Itinerary- Explore Hidden Gem

If you plan to travel to Hoi An, you probably have heard of Hoi An Coconut Village. Let me share with you all the secret tips to enjoy the best of what this charming Cam Thanh Village has to offer as someone who has been there for a few times.

Where is Hoi An Coconut Village located?

Many people think this coconut forest is located somewhere in the Western region of Vietnam. However, it’s actually situated in Vong Nhi Village, Cam Thanh Commune, just 3km southeast of the ancient town center of Hoi An.

Unlike the ancient vibe of Hoi An’s old houses with moss-covered walls, Cam Thanh Village showcases the wild, lush scenery of the Southwest region. Pristine green coconut forests surrounds both banks of the river – this area used to be a base for the Vietnamese army and people during the resistance period.

Below is the information about Bay Mau Coconut Forest Cultural and Historical Relic Area:
Address: Vong Nhi – Cam Thanh – Hoi An
Email: khudulichrungduabaymau@gmail.com
Hotline: 0985.402.302
Website: www.rungduabaymau.vn

Opening Hours & Ticket Prices:

The coconut forest opens from 7 AM to 5 PM daily to accommodate visitors. This timeframe allows you to thoroughly enjoy all the attractions at a leisurely pace. You can purchase tickets directly at the counter upon arrival. The entrance fee is 30,000 VND/person. While the 30,000 VND entrance fee is quite affordable, basket boat fees can vary from 150,000 – 250,000 VND per boat depending on the vendor. My advice is to buy a package combo that cover both entrance and activities for better pricing.

The ideal months to visit are February to June when the weather is pleasantly dry and cool. This is the perfect weather to explore the coconut forest and enjoy outdoor activities.

May to July is the peak summer season, especially for local Vietnamese tourists. While it’s hot, this period allows you to combine your coconut forest tour with the magical lantern festivals in Hoi An’s ancient town.

Usually, people tend to avoid August to November due to rainfall, but the cool breezes through the forest brings a different feeling. I’d advise avoiding November and December as this is the peak rainy season with possibility of storms.

What to Wear & Pack:

Since most activities are outdoors on the water, you should choose lightweight and comfortable clothes. Its convenient for the basket boat ride and joining games. Shorts, t-shirts and casual dresses work well. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen or hats, sunglasses and sunscreen if visiting in summer. The summer season can be burning hot. Don’t forget to bring your passports, camera/phone.

Getting To Hoi An Coconut Village:

If you start from Hoi An, it’s just a short drive. If you drive a motorbike, first, follow Tran Phu St to Nguyen Di Hieu, then turn left on Tran Nhan Tong until reaching Cua Dai Bridge.

From Da Nang, you can either take the route via Dragon Bridge to Cua Dai. Or go through Ngo Quyen – Ngu Hanh Son to Hoi An first before proceeding to the coconut forest.

Motorbike rental (100-150k/day) is the cheapest option and it allows flexibility for solo travelers. If you don’t know the way, simple just catch a taxi (Grab) or private car. This option is more convenient a big group, though it’s more pricey than motorbike.

For budget-conscious solo travelers or couples starting from Da Nang, you can take advantage of the public bus system. You can catch bus line 01 from the city center bus station – buses run every 30 minutes for only 20,000 VND per trip. Do note that you’ll need to transfer to another bus once reaching Hoi An bus station to get to the coconut forest area.

For those staying in Hoi An’s ancient town, cycling is an excellent choice since it’s just 3km away. You can rent a bicycle (around 40,000 VND/day) and pedal through charming backroads while taking in the fresh air and natural scenery along the way.

Must Do Activities At Hoi An Coconut Village:

Upon arriving at Bay Mau, the real fun begins with a ride on the iconic basket boats! Your experienced boatmen will row you along the river, gliding past green coconut palms on both riverbanks. It’s such an authentic Vietnamese experience. A key highlight is witnessing the mesmerizing basket dance performance. The performances showcasing boat rowing skills are simply captivating. You can also join fun games and activities tailored for different ages.

Don’t miss the opportunity to craft unique souvenirs from coconut leaves like rings, hats or animal figurines. The locals are happy to teach you this traditional skill. Back on land, don’t forget to visit the eco-tourism area which offers many entertaining folk games like boat racing, fishing, pot smashing, tug-of-war and balance biking to try your hand at.

1 Day Hoi An Coconut Village Itinerary- Explore Hidden Gem 1

Accommodation:

To fully experiencing the local life, I’d recommend staying overnight at one of the garden motels. This allows you to experience activities like night shrimp catching with the villagers.

If you’d like to fully immerse yourself in the local life, consider an overnight stay right in Cam Thanh village area. A few charming options include:

  • Lakeview Villa (Group 6, Thon Thanh Nhut, Cam Thanh)
  • An Villa (Vong Nhi, Cam Thanh)
  • Coconut Hamlet Homestay (DX18, Cam Thanh)

Of course, you can also choose to stay in the heart of Hoi An’s ancient town like Hoi An Chic Hotel, Homestay Nha Bong 2, Green Apple Hotel etc. If preferring Da Nang’s city for the night life, Raon Apartment & Hotel, Essenza Hotel & Spa and the budget-friendly Duong Gia Hotel are great options.

What to try at Hoi An Coconut Village

When it comes to tasty local dishes, definitely try the grilled fresh fishes from the coconut forest rivers such as succulent mackerel, pomfret, stingray and more. The banana flower salad, tossed with shrimp and herbs, is a refreshing traditional delight.

Hoi An Coconut Village

For sweet treats, don’t miss the coconut water sweet soup made from the local coconuts. It’s such a cooling, nourishing dessert on hot days.

Or if you prefer signature Hoi An dishes, you can try dishes like cao lau noodles, mi quang, banh beo and the iconic tiny green banana leaf cakes (banh it la gai).

The grilled coconut cakes are another must-try with crispy, aromatic discs made from fresh coconut.

What to buy

If you are looking for craft or souvenirs, don’t forget to look out for the beautiful coconut leaf creations like rings, hats and animal figurines handmade by the villagers. For other handicrafts, you can visit Hoi An’s town to collect unique items like lanterns, pop-up cards, embroidery pieces and more.

 As an experience travelers, I’m thrilled to share my perfect itinerary for an unforgettable day exploring the enchanting Bay Mau Coconut Forest.

Suggest 1 Day Itinerary At Hoi An Coconut Village

Morning:

After breakfast, make your way to the coconut forest in Cam Thanh commune. Upon arrival, purchase your tickets and stroll about 200 meters to the basket boat docks. This is where the real fun begins!

Do a bamboo basket boat tour as your boatman rows past towering green coconut palms lining both banks.

Next, you’ll disembark at the large beachfront area to witness lively cultural performances. Prepare to be amazed by the dazzling basket dance, where skilled performers rhythmically rock the baskets, their oars moving in mesmerizing choreography. You may even spot a demonstration of traditional net fishing techniques right on the river.

Midday:

As the temperature gets hotter, retreat to one of the thatched bamboo-and-coconut-leaf huts or nearby restaurants to refuel with a hearty lunch. Local specialties like grilled river fish, banana flower salad and refreshing coconut water sweet soup are not to be missed!

Afternoon:

After resting, you’ll continue your journey by partaking in classic games and activities at the eco-tourism area. From boat races and fishing contests to blindfolded pot smashing and tug-of-war, there’s something fun for everyone!

Spend the remaining hours leisurely strolling amidst the coconut groves. Then, hop on a boat to return to either Da Nang or Hoi An’s ancient town.

For those craving more cultural immersion, I’d highly recommend spending the evening hours exploring the lantern-lit charm of Hoi An. You can also visit the iconic Japanese Bridge, shop for souvenirs, and savor delectable street foods. Alternatively, head back to Da Nang to experience the city’s lively nightlife scene.

Conclusion

I hope this gives you a taste of the many delights awaiting at Hoi An Coconut Village! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any other questions as you plan your amazing Vietnam adventures.

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