If you visit Hoi An for a short time and don’t have time to go far, visiting Cam Thanh’s seven-acre coconut forest is the ideal choice. Because the seven-acre coconut forest is only about 7km from the center of Hoi An town, it only takes a few hours to visit the coconut forest.
There are two ways to reach the seven-acre coconut forest by road and by river, but by road is the most convenient way. Because the distance is quite short, you can rent a motorbike in the center of Hoi An and then go straight to the coconut forest. On the way, you can meet many people offering tour services.
If you are going for the first time or want to spend time just relaxing and enjoying, you can definitely try their service. These people will lead you to the place, help you buy sightseeing tickets (VND 30 thousand) and arrange a boat for you. The price of a basket of two-seat boats ranges from 100 to 120 thousand VND (can be negotiated in advance), depending on the high or low season.
Usually, the weekend is crowded with tourists, the price of the basket boat will be a little higher. Note that each basket can only carry a maximum of 2 guests, so if you go alone, you will still be charged the full price of a basket.
The second way to reach the coconut forest is to follow the river. If you go this way, you will start from the boat station on Bach Dang street, right near Hoi An market, go down to the east about 5km to arrive.
What’s in Cam Thanh’s seven-acre coconut forest?
First of all, it is impossible not to mention coconut. Climbing on the basket boat, you will see thousands of trees that stop the water, growing in clusters, green and cool. Following the boatman’s oars, you will be able to glide through each clump of coconut trees, watch the clear water, watch the small creatures move under the coconut tree. Each boatman is a professional guide, the ladies and gentlemen will give you a lot of information about this place.
Along the way to visit the coconut forest, there are many activities for you to see and directly participate in. Those are the heart-stopping acrobatic boat dances, or the basket boats performing music, then the fishing performance, singing and singing from Quang …
At each of these places, the boatman stops for about 10 minutes for you to enjoy. In addition to some entertainment programs arranged by the state to serve tourists, there are also private activities, if you visit, you can leave a little tip for them.
The most suitable time to visit the coconut forest is around the 8th lunar month. At this time, the coconut water is in the ripe season, you can enjoy the delicious coconut rice sprinkled with sesame. It is advisable to avoid going in November and December, which often leads to high rainfall.
Not only are the guides dedicated, the boatmen are also skillful artisans, they often make funny jewelry such as hats, glasses, bows made of coconut leaves for guests.
In general, the tour to visit the seven-acre coconut forest is only about 2 to 3 hours for the entire time to travel from the center, visit, take photos, and rest. In addition, the cost of going to the coconut forest per person is only about 100 thousand, so if you are bored of the old town center, the seven-acre coconut forest is really a place you can refer to.