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Review of Cu Lao Cham – World Biosphere Reserve

Cu Lao Cham
Cu Lao Cham – Source: Internet

UNESCO designated the Cu Lao Cham island cluster as a world biosphere reserve in 2009. It is home to up to 950 aquatic species. Tourists are drawn here by the unspoiled nature and peaceful and romantic fishing villages. Cu Lao Cham tourism offers visitors interesting experiences such as fishing with fishermen, coastal camping, scuba diving to see corals, enjoying fresh seafood… Let’s explore the attractions. This destination’s undeniable!

Location

The island cluster of Cu Lao Cham consists of 1 main island and 8 surrounding small islands. This is an island with an area of ​​about 15km2, in the territory of Hoi An city, Quang Nam province.

The distance between Hoi An and Cu Lao Cham is approximately 20 kilometers. The distance will be approximately 45 kilometers (including land and sea).

Because it is still unspoiled, this place has quite a rich ecosystem. This location was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2009. Since then, this island cluster has been licensed to exploit and promote tourism.

Weather conditions – The best time to travel

According to the review experience of Cu Lao Cham by many tourists, you should travel to this island cluster in the range of March-August every year. This location has warm sunshine, a calm sea, and little rain during this season, so you can enjoy activities such as swimming, scuba diving, and playing in the sea…

In the remaining months, this island cluster often has storms, rough seas and large waves, so there are usually no boats to take tourists to the island.

Cu Lao Cham ticket price

Entrance ticket: 70,000 VND/person;
Ecological fee: 20,000 VND/person.

In addition, visitors must purchase a ticket to travel from the mainland to the island. The cost of your ticket will vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose:

Cano: The ticket price is about 200,000 VND/person. Canoeing is ideal for those who enjoy the sensation of strong surfing; the journey time is only about 20 minutes.

The ticket price for the wooden train is approximately 150,000 VND for Vietnamese and 200,000 VND for foreigners. If you bring a motorcycle, you must pay an additional fee of 50,000 VND per car. Wooden boats are not suitable for people who get seasick and travel at a slower pace than canoes.

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Impressive tourist attractions on Cu Lao Cham island

What’s so beautiful about Cu Lao Cham? It is famous for its unspoiled natural landscape with green mountains and forests, long white sandy beaches, clear water and rich flora and fauna. Let’s discover which place is known as the “Pearl of Quang” which has outstanding attractions:

Eo Gio Cham Island

Eo Gio
Eo Gio – Source: Internet

Eo Gio is located in the east of Cu Lao Cham island cluster, about 3km from Bai Lang residential area. This is a destination that visitors can hardly ignore if they want to find a place to catch the sunrise or watch the sunset. Eo Gio is surrounded by green mountains and a vast, endless sea and sky. This place is like a city wall, protecting fishermen from the sea.

More than 200 years old well of the Cham people

The 200-year-old well has the characteristics of an ancient Cham well, located in the residential area of ​​Xom Cam. With four sides of the sea, this is the only source of fresh water on the island that is not contaminated with salt or alum. Local people say that drinking well water can cure seasickness or pray for luck and give birth at will. Therefore, this place has become an attractive attraction when visitors come to this beautiful island.

Hai Tang Temple

Hai Tang Pagoda
Hai Tang Pagoda – Source: Internet

Hai Tang Pagoda is located at the foot of the western mountain of Hon Lao, overlooking a large field. Despite its harsh nature, the pagoda has remained intact for hundreds of years. This sacred ancient temple has become a symbol of the island, entering the subconscious of the people here. Coming here, you will learn more about history, worship Buddha, visit pagodas, pray for peace and keep your mind pure.

Blue beaches

Bule sea
Bule sea

Visitors will certainly not be able to “hold their hearts” before the beautiful beaches in Cu Lao Cham:

Ong Beach: Owns a long stretch of fine white sand, clear blue sea, straight coconut trees and green sea water spinach beds. Coming here, you can swim in the sea and participate in games such as parachute, tug boat, motorbike on the sea,…;

Bai Xep: This is a beautiful, pristine beach with clear blue water. It has the most beautiful coral reefs in the sea of ​​Cu Lao Cham;

Bai Chong: There is a fine white sand beach, straight rows of coconut trees, diverse polymorphic rocks stacked like symbols of husband and wife, yin – yang,…;

Bai Huong: This is a pristine fishing village, located at the foot of a deep green natural forest. This is the ideal place for visitors to explore the life of fishermen and enjoy fresh seafood.
3.5. The road of cornflowers

Cornflowers here bloom most in late summer – early autumn (around July – August). In the blooming season, walking along the streets of Bai Lang, Bai Xep, and Bai Huong, visitors will be able to see the cornflowers in full bloom. Despite the harsh rain and wind, the field corn trees still stood strong like the resilient will of the people in the Central region in the face of rain and challenges.

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Tan Hiep Market

Coming to Cu Lao Cham, visitors should not ignore Tan Hiep market located right at the pier. Coming here, visitors can choose to buy dried seafood, delicious fresh seafood and unique souvenirs from seashells, snails, and rocks,… Seafood at the market is cheaper than the mainland because they are sold locally. Local fishermen catch and sell on the spot.

The Temple of the Nest Craftsman

The Temple of the Bird’s Nest is a large-scale architectural work, ranked as a national relic in 2006. The temple is located on a sand mound next to Cay Cua, in Bai Huong. On the 10th day of the third lunar month every year, the sacrifice ceremony to the ancestors of bird’s nest exploitation is solemnly held at the temple, praying for the development of the swiftlet industry. Visitors can visit this place on this occasion to better understand the unique beliefs of the people here.

Activities and experiences worth trying in Cu Lao Cham

What is extremely attractive in Cu Lao Cham is that there are many interesting recreational activities such as:

Snorkeling to see the coral reefs

The attraction in Cu Lao Cham comes not only from the beautiful natural scenery, and fresh air but also from the biodiversity. Therefore, diving activities to see corals and marine life here always attract tourists.

The most interesting coral reef diving activity is around noon, when the sun is high, the sun will shine down to the bottom of the sea. The kingdom of aquatic animals such as seaweed, coral, sea creatures, … will appear vividly in front of visitors. Tourists will be overwhelmed by the beauty of the seabed ecosystem here.

Diving
Diving – Source: Internet

Diving into the sea to see sea creatures

By joining the seabed walking tour, you will be able to see and explore the vast aquarium. Visitors do not need to wear fancy tools such as oxygen masks, gas cylinders, or prostheses, … but just wear an oxygen supply hat and follow the instructions of the guide to be able to go safely. undersea set. The beauty of colorful coral reefs, playful fish, … will bring you moments of relaxation and comfort.

Camping on Cham Island

If you spend the night in Cu Lao Cham, you can rent a camping tent to sleep at the beach. Around 9-10 pm here often take place fun activities, exchanges, and campfires. At night, you can lie down and watch the starry sky – a wonderful sight that we will hardly see in the city. Those who have been here and experienced these interesting things will often never forget it.

Fishing with fishermen on the island

Fishing is also a very interesting activity, loved by many tourists when visiting this island cluster. Visitors will discover the peaceful beauty of this place by boat, learn about the life of fishermen in the sea and enjoy fresh and clean dishes,… caught by their own hands.

Explore the primeval forest

After playing with the waves, you can explore the primeval forests and rugged ravines here. When following the trails to climb the mountainside, you will be immersed in a green space, and enjoy the beauty of forest orchids,… Visitors can also visit the Stone stream, stream. Sweet, dreamy love.

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