Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands)

Location: Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands) is situated in Tan Hiep Commune, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, about 20 kilometers off the Cua Dai coast.

Characteristics: It consists of eight islets set as an arc, very close together: Hon Lao, Hon Kho Me, Hon Kho Con, Hon Tai, Hon Dai, Hon La, Hon Mo and Hon Ong, serve as a protective barrier for the ancient town. The area is renowned for its beauty, clean and vast biodiversity with pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water.

According to archaeologists, Cu Lao Cham first settled there 3,000 years ago and established business contacts with external countries some 1,000 years ago. The islands was more well-known when Hoi An - one of the most ancient cities of Southeast Asia has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999; the Cu Lao Cham Natural Reserve was set up in 2003 and the national sea reserve was  found here in 2004 - the second island reserves in Viet Nam.

 

The first was the Mun Islet reserve in Khanh Hoa Province - established in 2001. However, the green Cu Lao Cham seem to really awake as suddenly receive hundreds of visitors every day after UNESCO recognized the islands as a global biosphere reserve in 2009.

 

The reserve includes 165 hectares of coral reefs and 500 hectares of underwater plant life. They are also home to 947 aquatic species. The islands are also considered as one of the few places in Viet Nam that still has a large area of vegetation and a wide range of rare and endangered animals. The protection of the environment and the natural habitat of rare and precious species of fauna and flora here are paid more and more special attentions.

 

 

Cu Lao Cham has still preserved many architectural constructions which date back to the 18th - 20th century such as the shrine dedicated to Than Yen Sao, built in 1843 at Bai Huong and Hai Tang Pagoda, built in 1753 on the western hillside of Hon Lao.

 

Activities for Visitors

Various tourist activities are offered to meet almost all demands of tourists. Visitors can relax, go hunting, fishing even fishing octopuses... Visitors also have chances to view the sea swallows' nests clinging to the towering cliff. Especially, tourists can admire the beauty of coral by diving. The best season for diving is the summer (from June to the end of August) when sun light is strongest. Cu Lao Cham is popular for its seafood and delicacies (octopuses, lobsters, fish's fin, abalone, kaki, cholonia's eggs, birds' nests...) and fascinating souvenirs (pearls, conches, tortoise-shells...).

 

How To Get There

From Cua Dai coast, after about 20 minutes by hydrofoil or 25 to 30 minutes by high-speed canoe or if someone want to enjoy the enormous of the beautiful view from tourist boat, it will take about 60 to 90 minutes depend on the weather, travelers will reach Cu Lao Cham, where possess abundant in tourism potential.

ALBUM
WHERE TO STAY
Ancient House Resort

Add: 377 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3923 377

Chan Thanh Hotel

Add: 01 Le Dinh Thanh St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3666 188

River Beach Resort

Add: 5 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3927 888

Athas Hotel

Add: 30 Doan Duy Tu St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3666 222

Hoi An Beach Resort

Add: 1 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3927 011

Song Ngoc Hoi An Hotel

Add: 12-14 Huyen Tran Cong Chua St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3666 886

Almanoty Hoi An Resort

Add: 326 Ly Thuong Kiet St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3666 888

Hoi An Trails resort anh spa

Add: 276 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3923 999

Hoi An Hotel

Add: 10 Tran Hung Dao St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3861 445

Boutique Hoi An Resort

Add: Group 6, Tan Thinh Block, Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 393 9111

Lantern ( cu An Phu ) Hotel

Add: 288 Nguyen Duy Hieu St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3914 345

Belle Maison Haddana Hoi An Resort &spa

Add: 538 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3914 444

Mercure Hoi An Hotel

Add: 321 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3923 777

Riverside Resort Hoi An

Add: 175 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3864 800

Muong Thanh Hoi An Hotel

Add: Au Co St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3666 999

Indochine Hotel

Add: 87 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3923 601

Lotus Hotel

Add: 330 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3923 357/ 3923 770

Hoi An Silk Marina & Spa Hotel

Add: 14 Hung vuong St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3963 399

Aurora Riverside Hotel

Add: 242 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3924 111

Thuy Duong 3 Hotel

Add: 92-94 Ba Trieu St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3916 565

WHERE TO EAT
Heaven Garden Restaurant

Add: 235 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3858 826

Blue Dragon Restaurant

Add: 46 Bach Dang St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3910 742

Hai Café Restaurant

Add: 111 Tran Phu St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3863 210

Bo Bo Restaurant

Add: 18 Le Loi St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3861 939

Rice Drum Restaurant

Add: 75 Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3862 999

Inflame Club

Add: 53 Nguyen Phuc Chu St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3929 333

Seedlings Restaurant

Add: 41 Nguyen Phuc Chu St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3921 565

Morning Glory Restaurant

Add: 106 Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 2241 555

Mango Mango Restaurant & Lounge Bar

Add: 45 Nguyen Phuc Chu St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3911 863

Ngoc Tuyet Restaurant

Add: 43 Tran Hung Dao St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3936 146

The Cargo Club

Add: 107-109 Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3911 227

Mango Rooms Restaurant & Café

Add: 111 Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3910 839

Banana Leaf Restaurant

Add: 84 Bach Dang St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3861 346

Huong Que Restaurant

Add: 21 Bach Dang St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3623 777

Fullmoon Towns Restaurant

Add: 101 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3923 922

Ancient Faifo Restaurant

Add: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3917 444

Brother's Café Hoian - Bar & Restaurant

Add: 27-29 Phan Boi Chau St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3914 150

Bao Han Restaurant

Add: 17 Cua Dai St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3501 440

Zera Seamile Restaurant

Add: Lac Long Quan St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3911 911

Van Loc Restaurant

Add: 27 Tran Phu St., Hoi An City

Tel: (84-235) 3861 212