Bay Mau Coconut Forest - The Mekong in central Hoian
Traveling to Hoi An, visitors not only get to be discovered the world cultural heritage with peaceful old town, but also have an opportunity to experience fun and exciting discoveries in Bay Mau coconut (nypa fruticans) forest, also called " The Mekong Delta inside ancient town’s heart".
In the past, this nipa palm forest really became a safe haven where conserve revolutionary forces of Hoian and was a “pedal” for our military to sorties to Hoian inner, making many glorious victories. Today, Bay Mau coconut forest is not just a valuable special history relic, also a unique ecological area with submerged forest system and charming landscape. This is also the residence, habitat place of many species of value marine animals, especially species of shrimp, crab and mollusks. The seagrasses are the place of habitat and catching bait of many seafood species. These mangrove ecosystems also act as a bio filter machine, accumulation and decomposition of waste, purify water source before returning to the sea.
Arriving Bay Mau creek palm forest, visitors can’t be not surprised from the immense endless nipa palm and low-roof houses made from entirely nipa palm. What's more interesting, while boating on the canals to enjoy pure nature, below are fish swimming around, above are reefs of nipa palm trees, storks nesting.
Especially in this tours, people living here will bring tourists to visit, discover this nipa palm forest. According to statistics, Cam Thanh commune now exists more than 20 households involving in this work. This is a form of tourism based on community and brings sustainability. People here still join in daily production with their profession, at the same time, when visitors come, they offer basket boats and direct visitors to explore the forest. And they can survive with this "secondary job”.
Read more about Hoi An
- Kim Bong Village - The Long-Standing Carpentry Village of Hoian
- Thanh Ha Pottery Village - 500 Years Old Handicraft Village of Hoian
When to visit Bay Mau coconut forest
If you come to Bay Mau coconut forest in the morning, you can choose to visit the coconut forest right away or relax and visit in the afternoon.
However, we recommend you to visit the coconut forest at around 4pm. Because this is a time when the sun is not too harsh and the wind is very cool and pleasant. If you go in the morning, your tour is only about 30 minutes and cannot explore every corner of the coconut forest. In addition, you can also watch the sunset on the river that is really beautiful and peaceful.
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