Only 1,5 hour ferry ride or 20 minutes speed boat from Hoi An, Cham islands constitute a group of 8 small islands offer many sandy beaches, beautiful corals, palm trees, forested hills and sea. The best place in Vietnam for diving or to relax and get away from your busy life or from tourism…
In 2009 Cham islands was recognized by UNESCO as world Biosphere Reserve and became famous. Today many domestic and internal tourists come to here for the daily tour, snorkeling, swimming, diving…
But if you want to experience a truly Vietnamese life style, seeing things as a local islander, where unspoiled by development and where the pace of life is as it always has been, you should stay for a night doing home stay in a small fishing village: Bai Huong.
There are two ways to go to Cham Island, or by public ferry or by speedboat.
The daily ferry leaves from Hoi An old town on An Hoi, at the end of Nguyen Hoang Street (near the Vinh Hung Resort) at 7.00 am and the tourist price is is between VND 100’000 and 150’000 per person/way. If you prefer to go by speedboat you can arrange it through a tour operator in Hoi An. All boats arrive in Bai Lang.
From Bai Lang you can whether take a motorbike driver to Bai Huong, the cost is about VND 100’000 per driver or the small local ferry for VND 30’000, just ask for the boat to Bai Huong. However the homestay family will be pleased to pick you up in Bai Lang to make it easier for you to find the small ferry and all together you will go by ferry to Bai Huong. There is no extra charge for the pick up, but you have to pay for your ferry ticket.
To go back to the mainland from Cham island you can take at about 8.30am the small ferry to Bai Lang (VND 30’000 per person) and then wait for the big ferry which leaves at about 11.30am and arrives in Hoi An at about 1.30-2.00pm in the old town
And very relaxing
Please note well, the weather can change very quickly in South East Asia and depending on the weather and sea conditions the boats sometimes can not go to the island. Therefore there is always the chance to get stuck on the island. We are not taking any responsibility in these cases. However the homestay families offer 50% discount on the room night for who is stuck on the island.
Please note well: The local authority does NOT allow Chinese and Hong Kong passport holder to overnight on the island. Thanks for your understanding.