For those who love countryside, Cam Kim island shouldn’t be missed in Hoi An. It’s a peaceful, non-touristy river island surrounded by the Thu Bon river that is not far away from the Ancient town. Here, rural villages are embraced by rice fields and vegetable, fruit gardens. Until 2016, there was no bridges which connect it with the city, making it nearly isolated. Local people had to use boat to come to the other side. This isolation fenced urban extension and tourist developments from Hoi An. By that, traditional ways of life, culture, belief and crafts are well preserved. Today, travelers around the world like to go to Cam Kim island to know about these authenticities.
This article provides everything visitors need to know about Cam Kim island, the second largest river island of Thu Bon river. The famous carpentry village of Hoi An is here.
Table of content
- 1 What is Cam Kim Island?
- 2 How to Get to Cam Kim Island
- 3 What to See and Do in Cam Kim Island
- 4 Cam Kim Island Bicycle Tour
- 5 Other Islands in Hoi An
- 6 Cam Kim Island on Google Maps
- 7 Related Posts
- 8 Kim Bong Carpentry Village in Cam Kim Island
- 9 Thanh Ha Fish Market: The Nearest Fish Market of Hoi An
- 10 Da Nang International Airport: Terminals, Transfers, More
- 11 The Best Time to Visit Hoi An
- 12 The Bamboo Circus Show (Teh Dar Show) at Hoi An Lune Center
- 13 Cycling in Hoi An: Rental, Where to Cycle and Tours
- 14 Getting from Hue to Hoi An: Which is the Best Way?
- 15 The Official Da Nang Travel Guide [MUST READ]
- 16 Cam Kim Island: The Peaceful Countryside of Hoi An
- 17 Cua Dai Beach: The Famous Beach of Hoi An
- 18 The Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An Old Town
- 19 My Lai Massacre Village (Son My Memorial Site) in Quang Ngai
- 20 Bach Ma National Park: Hiking, Trekking in Da Nang and Hoi An
- 21 Hoi An Wet Season: What to Do in Hoi An When It Rains?
- 22 Thanh Ha Terracotta Park
- 23 Vinwonders Nam Hoi An Theme Park (formerly Vinpearl Nam Hoi An)
- 24 Am Phu Cave Complete Travel Guide
- 25 Hoi An or Hue: Which is Better?
- 26 The Official Hoi An Travel Guide (MUST READ)
- 27 The Hoi An Market (Hoi An Central Market) Complete Guide
- 28 Hoi An Memories Show: The Best of Hoi An Impression Theme Park
- 29 Hoi An Bridge: Famous Bridges in Hoi An
- 30 How to Get From Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary
- 31 Hoi An’s Chinese Assembly Halls and Chinese Temples
- 32 Hoi An Walking Tours: Heritage, Foods, Photography & Locals
- 33 Hoi An Self Guided Walking Tour (Hoi An By Yourself)
- 34 How to Visit Golden Bridge Vietnam
- 35 Unique Experiences in Hoi An and Why?
- 36 An Bang Beach: A Guide to Hoi An’s Best Beach
- 37 Experiences in Hoi An: Get Insight Into Hoi An’s Local Culture
- 38 Things to Do in Ba Na Hills Besides Golden Bridge
- 39 Hoi An Nightlife: What to Do in Hoi An At Night?
- 40 Hoi An Countryside: Villages, Rice Fields & Tours
- 41 How to Get to Golden Bridge From Hoi An
- 42 Hoi An Entrance Fee: Old Town, Golden Bridge, My Son, More
- 43 Hoi An Airport: Everything You Need to Know
- 44 Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride on Hoai River
- 45 Hoi An Private Car and Driver
- 46 What to Do in Hoi An Ancient Town
- 47 Da Nang and Hoi An Itinerary for Visitors Staying Overnight in Hoi An
- 48 Hoi An 3 Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for 3 Days in Hoi An
- 49 Hoi An Free Things to Do: Budget Travel in Hoi An Vietnam
- 50 Hoi An One Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for One Day in Hoi An
- 51 Hoi An Half-Day Tours: Guide to Half Day Trips From Hoi An
- 52 Hoi An Day Tours: A Guide to Best Day Trips From Hoi An
- 53 Hoi An Beach: A Guide to All Beaches in Hoi An Vietnam
- 54 Hoi An Food Specialties
- 55 How to Get From Hoi An to Da Nang
- 56 Hoi An Cheap Things to Do: All Solo Travelers Need to Know
- 57 Hoi An Best Things To Do: Recommendations from Local Experts
- 58 Hoi An Things to Do: All What Can You Do in Hoi An Vietnam
- 59 Hoi An Things Not to Miss: A Guide to Must Do in Hoi An
- 60 Hoi An or Da Nang: Which is Better?
- 61 Hoi An Pottery Village: A Guide to Thanh Ha Pottery Village
- 62 Hoi An Ancient Town Tour
- 63 Hoi An Old Town Ticket: Price, Sellers, Included Sites, More
- 64 My Son Sanctuary Tour
- 65 Hoi An Lanterns: Festival, Making Class, Where to Buy, More
- 66 Hoi An Best Area to Stay: Guide to Where to Stay in Hoi An
- 67 Hoi An Weather by Month: Guide to Hoi An Monthly Weather
- 68 Hoi An River Cruise: Guide to The Best Boat Tour in Hoi An
- 69 Hoi An Old Town Boats: Guide to Boat Rides in Hoi An Town
- 70 Hoi An 2 Day Itinerary: Traveler Guide to 2 Days in Hoi An
- 71 Cham Island Hoi An
- 72 Hoi An Basket Boat Ride
- 73 Hoi An Coconut Village: A Guide to Cam Thanh Coconut Village
- 74 Hoi An Cham Temples: My Son Sanctuary & Quang Nam Temples
- 75 How to Get from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An
- 76 Da Nang to Hoi An: Best Da Nang Airport Transfer and More
- 77 Hoi An Tour Guide: How to Find a Private Tour Guide in Hoi An
- 78 Hoi An Ancient Town Attractions
- 79 Hoi An Old Town Map
- 80 Tra Que Vegetable Village
- 81 Hoi An Lantern Festival
- 82 Hoi An Night Market: A Thing to Do in Hoi An at Night
- 83 My Son Sanctuary Travel Guide
- 84 Hoi An Old Town Unesco World Heritage – Hoi An Travel Guide
- 85 Featured Tours and Experiences
- 85.0.1 Da Nang Day Trip from Hoi An with Local Food Lunch
- 85.0.2 Da Nang Night Tour from Hoi An with Local Food Dinner
- 85.0.3 Hue to Hoi An Private Car Transfer with Sightseeing (and Vice Versa)
- 85.0.4 Hue to Hoi An Motorbike Tour (and Vice Versa)
- 85.0.5 Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour from Hoi An or Da Nang
- 85.0.6 Full Day My Lai Massacre Tour with Lunch
- 85.0.7 Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills Night Tour
- 85.0.8 Golden Hands Bridge Tour In Sunrise or Sunset (1/2 Day)
- 85.0.9 Cam Kim Island Bicycle Tour From Hoi An
- 85.0.10 Cham Island Tour From Hoi An (Group Tour)
- 85.0.11 Cham Island Tour From Da Nang (Group Tour)
- 85.0.12 Hoi An Vegetarian Food Tour
- 85.0.13 Hoi An Evening Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 85.0.14 Private Hoi An Basket Boat Tour (Shuttle Bus, Bicycle, Bike)
- 85.0.15 Half-day Am Phu Cave Tour (Private)
- 85.0.16 Hoi An Countryside Tour (Bicycle, Car, Electric Shuttle)
- 85.0.17 Da Nang Tour Package From Singapore
- 85.0.18 Hoi An Evening Tour From Da Nang
- 85.0.19 Hoi An Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 85.0.20 My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Old Town Tour with Thu Bon River Cruise
- 85.0.21 My Son Day Trip From Hoi An including Marble Mountains and Basket Boat
- 85.0.22 Half Day Hoi An City Tour With River Cruise
- 85.0.23 Son Tra Peninsula Tour with Marble Mountains (Private/Small Group)
- 85.0.24 Hue Day Trip From Hoi An with Hai Van Pass, River Cruise & Lunch
- 85.0.25 Hoi An Ancient Town and Countryside Tour (Bests of Hoi An Tour)
- 85.0.26 Hoi An Tour From Da Nang Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 85.0.27 Hoi An Day Trip From Da Nang (Marble Mountains, Basket Boat, Old Town)
- 85.0.28 Da Nang City Tour From Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 85.0.29 Hoi An City Tour with Lantern Class, Lantern Boat, Night Market & Local Food Sampling
- 85.0.30 Marble Mountains, Basket Boat Ride & Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour
- 85.0.31 Marble Mountains & Golden Bridge Day Tour with Buffet Lunch
- 85.0.32 Marble Mountains & Monkey Mountain Tour (Half-day, Private)
- 85.0.33 Private Golden Bridge Sunrise Tour (Half-day, Optional Lunch)
- 85.0.34 Hoi An Ancient Town & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 85.0.35 My Son Sanctuary & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 85.0.36 Private My Son Sanctuary Sunrise or Sunset Tour
- 85.0.37 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Countryside Experience With Local
- 85.0.38 Full Day My Son Sanctuary & Hoi An Countryside Tour With Local
- 85.0.39 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Coconut Village Experience
- 85.0.40 Son Tra Peninsula, Marble Mountains and Hoi An City Tour
What is Cam Kim Island?
Cam Kim island is a non-urbanized river island to the south of Hoi An ancient town. It covers an area of 15km2, corresponding Cam Kim and Duy Vinh communes. This is known for serene pieces of countryside with Vietnamese villages, rice fields, fruit gardens, coconut forests, craft communities and waterways dotted with fishing nets. Local people here have been living by unchanged lifestyle and cultural traditions. Besides farming, many households make something to improve the income, such as rice papers, noodle sticks, sedge mat, rice wine, bamboo sculptures. Wood carvers in Kim Bong carpentry village of Cam Kim island are owners of intricate wooden constructions in Hoi An old town world heritage.
The best way to explore Cam Kim is by a bicycle. Although it’s not difficult to have a self-organized ride around it, a guided cycling tour is still recommended. With a local guide, travelers will cycle on backroads and peaceful laneways, and see hidden gems along the route. Furthermore, he/she takes travelers to the house of local families, to know about their life and join hands in their work.
How to Get to Cam Kim Island
Car, Taxi and Electric Shuttle Bus
Thanks to the new Cam Kim bridge (inaugurated in 2020), Cam Kim island is accessible by cars. From Hoi An centre, travelers need to go westwards to Thanh Ha pottery making village and then across the bridge. Kim Bong Tay road leads further inside villages and their surrounding rice fields.
From the Ancient town (the Protestant church), the distance to the new Cam Kim bridge is 2 km. It’s 6 km and 9 km from An Bang beach and Cua Dai beach respectively. Taxi fare is metered, around 15,000 VND. The price of the electric shuttle bus is little different, and it depends on number of passengers and the distance. Under 5 people, travelers pay the same to group of 5.
To get a taxi from the town to the island, it’s not difficult, but the way back, it’s needed to wait to get one. Telling local people to help when don’t know how to call a car. For that reason, we advise booking a private car to go anywhere with a fixed cost (and the driver is always there). Contact us in whatsapp +84968009827 or email@example.com for further assistance.
Motorbike and Bicycle
If enter Cam Kim bridge by a scooter or bicycle, travelers have two options: Cam Kim ‘iron’ bridge and the new Cam Kim bridge. Each has their own pros and cons.
From Hoi An center (or Hoi An old town), the Iron bridge is nearer than the other. So, travelers will ride or cycle in a shorter distance, and definitely time is saved. But this bridge is potentially dangerous because the surface is quite slippery and has bumpy metal pieces. When it rains, it’s rainy or during high traffic hours, those who have not much experiences or skills may not keep a safe ride until the end. Please be aware and careful! Many people like to walk because Cam Kim metal is not too long (only 600 meters).
The new Cam Kim bridge is better for safety. It’s a modernly designed contruction with an own lane for bicycles and motorcycles. Its width and surface quality are good enough for all ages, experiences and skills. From the town, travelers need to go on Hung Vuong St until seeing a traffic light (under the bridge, by entrance of pottery making village). After that, turn right, turn left and ride over the bridge to Cam Kim island (Triem Tay village in particular).
Boat Ferry to Cam Kim Island
Travelers can get to Cam Kim island by boat from Hoi An ancient town. It’s needed to go to Bach Dang pier (near the Central market) first and here, boat ferry is mostly available in the morning. The fare is around 20,000 VND per person. It’s possible to bring the bicycle in the boat, with a small extra fee. The ride is only 10 minutes long. After landing on the island, visitors have the chance to visit Kim Bong carpentry village and learn about a local traditional handicaft.
From the lunchtime, it’s more difficult to see the boat ferry. Instead, people have to pay for a private boat to reach Cam Kim island. The price is from 200,000 VND.
If aim to explore Cam Kim island by a bicycle, using a boat ferry ride to Cam Kim island makes the trip shorter and more interesting. We recommend riding to the island by the Iron bridge (from An Hoi island) and back to the town by boat later. A boat is always there (locals call ‘Cam Kim pier’ or ‘Kim Bong carpentry village pier’). Don’t forget visiting the carpentry village!
What to See and Do in Cam Kim Island
Kim Bong Carpentry Village
Kim Bong village is the most famous village in Cam Kim island. Here, traditional handicarft in wood carving and boat building have existed from 16th century. Local artisans constructed the Japanese covered bridge, wooden temples and houses in the Hoi An ancient town. Today, the next generations assist the government to restore and preserve these cultural heritages. The village is accessible by all road vehicles and the boat.
If plan to go to Cam Kim island, Kim Bong carpentry village is a must see. Visitors will see artisans at work, a variety of products, shops and have a chance to join hands in local daily work. For further information, please browse https://centralvietnamguide.com/kim-bong-carpentry-village.
Tra Nhieu Fishing Village
Tra Nhieu fishing village is in the westernmost tip of Cam Kim island. Local people here are fishermen who catch fish in Thu Bon river or the sea. To see ther boats, their daily life and work, travelers should to go to the dock (location on Google maps: 15°51’24.1″N 108°20’57.4″E). Fishing nets are also set in nearby waters, and that’s great to photograph. By the dock, there is a boat-like temple where people worship the whale and pray for bumper harvests of fish.
Tra Nhieu Coconut Forest
The coconut forest of Tra Nhieu fishing village is untouched and not affected by tourists. Here, a basket boat ride is also available in which travelers go along a peaceful river lined by lush palms. The boat is exclusive to the Central Vietnam region. Contact us in whatsapp number +84968009827 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book this experience. It’s definitely not chaotic and noisy like the one in Cam Thanh village.
Between villages of Cam Kim island, there are extremely large and breezy rice fields with farmers and water buffalos. Two crops here yearly, one in the spring and one in the autumn when it’s sunny. While going cross on peaceful roads through these paddies, travelers can smell grassy and sweet fragrance when the rice is ripe. It’s interesting to see locals harvesting and processing the rice (such as packing, sun drying), raising ducks or burning the straw later. Good-quality rice in Cam Kim island is the favourite for chicken rice makers in Hoi An old town.
Rice Paper and Noodle Maker Houses
Islanders use the rice they grow to produce rice papers (both fresh and dried) or noodles (Mi quang noodles). Visitors can visit a local family to see how they make them traditionally and join hands later to make the first rice papers ever. Fresh rice papers will be placed on bamboo trays later to dry in the sun or be cut to have noodle sticks for cooking. In Cam Kim island bicycle tour, this experience is included, and more than that, the host family also prepare a noodle dish for the guests.
Sedge Mat Maker Houses
Local inhabitants of Cam Kim island make colorful mats by sedge – a grasslike plant grown in swamps. Vietnamese people will use the mat for sleeping, sitting in daily meals or drinking tea with the guests, or eating in a party with friends. Absolutely, artisans collect the sedge and process them by hands once use them to weave the mat. Stages to complete one mat are told by the guide in bicycle tours to Cam Kim island from Hoi An. Like rice papers making, the family members are happy to show and teach the new comers their work. This experience is unseen in any classic tours and trips around the city.
Cam Kim Market
Although small, this market still is interesting to visit and see local products and photograph. It’s within Kim Bong carpentry village and not far way from the boat station where boats from the town dock.
Cam Kim Island Bicycle Tour
This is the best tour to Cam Kim island, a non-touristy countryside. From the beginning to end, it shows the authentic life and work of local inhabitants. After meeting with the guide, travelers will cycle across an iron bridge to land the island and then through transquil villages, rice fields, vegetable and animal farms, and go pass by temples, fishing dock, street markets. From place to place, backroads where traffic is minimum or dies are chosen to make sure that travelers can avoid the noise and pollution. Of course, stops to take photos and see exotic things are possible.
Different from other trips, Cam Kim island bicycle tour introduces travelers local families. In each household, the guide will tell stories about their daily life, work and culture. In one house, family members show the guests how to make fresh rice papers and noodle sticks. A delicious noodle dish cooked by the mother is given later, called Mi quang noodle. In the other houses, the mother and the daughter produce sleeping mat by sedge, or the father cristyllizes the rice wine. All of them are happy when foreign friends join their work, and to teach how to do it right.
In the end of the tour, Kim Bong carpentry village and a boat ferry to get back to Hoi An may be in the itinerary. See full details in Cam Kim island bicycle tour.
Other Islands in Hoi An
An Hoi Island
This is another river island of Thu Bon river, but smaller than Cam Kim island. Its area is 2,5 km2. It’s home to fishing villages and today, the busiest night market – the Hoi An night market, Nguyen Phuc Chu pub street, or the Hoi An lune center for the performing arts. The Hoi An ancient town world heritage is just opposite to An Hoi island, and the border is the Hoai river.
Cam Nam Island
Cam Nam island is a long river island southeast of Hoi An ancient town. It’s connected with the rest of the city by the Cam Nam bridge spanning the Thu Bon river. This is home to nearly 6,500 inhabitants who are farmers, fisherman, and small business owners. The specialty food here is hen xao – ‘the stir-fried baby clams’ eaten with rice crackers and anchovy sauce, or che bap – ‘the corn sweet soup’. Baby clams are catched in neaby waterways and the corns are growned in fertile mudflats along the southern edge of the island.
Cam Nam means ‘the wealthy land to the south’ in Vietnamese language.
Not far from Hoi An, Cham islands is a group of 8 islands and islets, including Hon Lao (largest), Hon Dai, Hon Mo, Hon La, Hon Kho Me, Hon Kho Con, Hon Tai and Hon Ong. All of these feature a rugged, rocky coastline with small white-sandy beaches, forests on the top, and surrounded by coral reefs. The archipelago is designated as a national marine park, and a Unesco world biosphere reserve in 2009 thanks to its rich biodiversity. Read more details in our comprehensive guide to Cham islands in https://centralvietnamguide.com/cham-island-hoi-an/.
Cham islands is popular for day trippers. They will reach this archipelago and back to the mainland by speedboat. Activities are visiting the main village (seafood market, temple, well, museum, etc), seeing the underwater life by a snorkel, relaxing on the beach or playing water sports (usualy optional). Lunch is served in a beachfront restaurant. See more information in Cham island tour from Hoi An.
Beside that, for travelers who love diving or sea trekking, Cham islands is also ideal during the summer (estimated February to September).
Con Hen Islet
Con Hen islet or ‘the Clam islet’ is a small island on Thu Bon river, between the city and Cam Nam island. Its name links to local tradition in collecting baby clams and cook a specialty dish later. Today, it turns into a complex of an amusement park (called ‘Hoi An impression theme park’), a resort, and an outdoor amphitheather for ‘Hoi An memories show’ – Vietnam’s largest art visual performance. The show price is from 600,000 to 1,200,000 VND. Contact us in whatsapp number +84968009827 or email@example.com to get a cheaper price and receive E-tickets immediately.
Go Noi Island
This is the largest river island of Thu Bon river but least known by tourists. Travelers who cycle or ride the scooter through it to escape the bustle and bustle, on the way from Hoi An to My Son. It’s hometown of many national heroes in the French and American wars. Local specialty is the voal meat which is used to make ‘be thui’ (the roasting voal wrapped with rice papers and veggies, anchovy fish sauce as dipping sauce).