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Cu Lao Cham - a beautiful island with various wild animals

Cu Lao Cham Island has wonderful sand beaches, forested hills and the sea. With primitive

landscape, the island is ideal for camping, swimming and scuba diving to enjoy the corals

and beautiful marine life…

The large island consists of eight islets, 12miles off the coast from Hoi An Ancient Town.

Cu Lao Cham Island has wonderful sand beaches, forested hills and the sea. With primitive

landscape, the island is ideal for camping, swimming and scuba diving to enjoy the corals

and beautiful marine life.

At the summer, if you reach for the island by normal boat, it takes 2 and half hour, but only

30 minutes by speed boat. There are 10 guesthouses for tourists who don’t want to spend the

night in a tent on the beach. Transport from the mainland to the islet is quite comfortable.

Cham islands are supposed to be the first place where Cham people landed, coming from

Indonesia (small monuments, dikes and basin to grow up rice on terraces are hidden in the

forest, 17th century pagodas and small temples in the two villages). Therefore, being well-
known since earlier Cham domination (from 4th to 14th century), the island became one of

the main port of Champa Kingdom.

The island is a place where shelter for value swallow birds. The natural vegetation of the

islands is lowland evergreen forest, that is natural with a lot of woods and rare animals.

 

Cu Lao Cham is also home to salanganes, birds whose nests have long been considered

a delicacy by aristocrats and the wealthy. The nests may cost as much as US $4,000 per

kilogram. In a beautiful day, tourists are able to see cliffs where salanganes build their nests

and talk with salangane-nest takers.

Around the island has a lots of color corals under the water. Situated in a salty-water area,

this square-bottom well, amazingly, provides clear fresh water all year round. Enjoyable

extras include white-sand, pristine beaches and captivating attractions evocatively named

Bai Ong, Bai Bim, Bai Chong, Bai Bac, Suoi Tinh, Cau Mo, Suoi Ong and so on, where

tourists can relax, go hunting, fishing even fishing octopuses.

Visiting Cu Lao Cham, you also have chances to view the sea swallows' nests clinging to the

towering cliff. Cu Lao Cham wins kudos for its seafood and delicacies (octopuses, lobsters,

fish's fin, abalone, kaki, hind, cholonia's eggs, bird's nests) and fascinating souvenirs (pearls,

conches, tortoise-shells).

Moreover, you can take a tour to Lang beach for seeing some interest places as such Au

Thuyen-a shelter for boats at bad weather, a 100-year Tay Tang Pagoda remarking the

Puddhism that came here for long time ago, Ong temple - a place worshipping a big fish

burried here.

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