Bay Mau Coconut Forest

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Sasha1236
Singapore, Singapore81 contributions
May 2017 • Family
Instead of joining tours which are charging way to much, you can just grab a cab where pretty much every household living there provide the one hour coconut tour. Depend on your bargaining skills each boat (fits two person) goes at about 200,000-300,000VDN per boat. After the tour you can then request for the locals to book a cab for you to return back.
Written June 4, 2017
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Klara H
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
We went here as a group (9 people) for a basket boat tour and food, The group included people from 8-68. It was fantastic and everyone had a great time. The basket boat tour had a bit of everything: hand made jewelry and head pieces made from coconut leaves, crab fishing, paddling (if you wanted to), men showing what they could do with the boats, songs etc. Then we had delicious food at the restaurant. Ask for the squid, it is amazing. We have been in Hoi An for 6 weeks now and this is a highlight, I am so glad we met Trang and Vinh who made everything so easy. We are going back to do the bicycle and cooking tour asap. We will do the boat tour again when other friends come. It is worth just going for the food and the view from the restaurant. Great prices. You can plan your own tour (from Da Nang or Hoi An) or go for a package. Don't forget the squid (even if you don't like squid, you will like this)!!!
Written December 30, 2016
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CapeTraveller111
Cape Town Central, South Africa99 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Go (with an open mind) if you have time to kill in Hoi An, but it's not a must-have.

The boat ride spends less time serenely paddling through palm mangroves and more time watching dance performances on floating platforms and in other boats on the water. There are somehow massive speakers wired into the mangroves that periodically blast out Gangnam Style at full volume.

Note you also have to pay an entrance fee to enter the village, over and above the cost of the boat ride. At the time of visiting, the road to the south & parallel to the main coconut village road, was not charging an entrance fee and boat rides were the same price.

We cycled there from Hoi An in under an hour. We also tried cycling around the area but sadly failed to find any idyllic vistas of mangroves or bucolic countryside.
Written May 7, 2019
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Helena N
203 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
It's quite far to ride bicycle from Hoi An Ancient town to this area (45-ish minutes). So it's better just to take a taxi or moped in my opinion. It's very interesting to ride the basket boat through the coconut forest. But the disco music for group tour is way too loud. I hated it. It will be much much better if there is no music or loud cheering and we can enjoy the basket ride peacefully. You don't need a tour to get here. Just get a taxi/moped to this location and pay 150K per boat for 2 people.
Written June 9, 2018
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nightowl60
Milwaukee, WI43 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We were lucky to go out with an older oarsman who entertained us with singing; pointed out places for photos; showed us how local people catch crabs in the water coconut groves; and generally communicated (without any common language between us) that he enjoys his job and likes meeting visitors. He was one of the nicest people we met in Hoi An (and we were lucky to meet friendly people everywhere). The place is an easy motor scooter ride from Hoi An; tour groups also go there in buses, but if at all possible, you want to be there when tour groups are not.
Written June 3, 2018
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Norippp
25 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We really enjoyed riding a bamboo basket boat!
The fee was expensive than I had expected. We paid 400000VND per person 1hour.
At first I thought that’s a lipoff...
But It was actually a lot more fun than I expected. We were fully satisfied.
They entertained us very much.
They knows how to show tourists a good time.
Written May 16, 2019
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Lius86
London, UK14 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Hi there,
We spent 4 days in Hoi An and on our last day we decided to rent a motorbike and visit this place.
We took a boat with a local tour operator (eco something). The tour operator was good, unfortunately the place is a crazy tourist trap completely ruined by management.
All eastern tourists where going in massive groups with super loud music (gangnam style music type)with local guides dancing in those boats at 8-9 am for tips.
There is a nice sign saying that music or any loud device is forbidden, but apparently the guides don t care about that.
Funny enough the same sign states that you should not touch the coconut plants even though all those eastern tourist were getting of the boat and taking selfies with those trees destroying a good amount of leaves in order to get in the perfect spot.
We had to ask our guide on the boat to bring us back after 30 mins as we had enough.

Very bad experience, much better just enjoying the beach or the town.

Written May 1, 2019
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ajfvr
Singapore, Singapore61 contributions
Apr 2019
We decided to take the free hotel bicycles to ride the 6km or so out to the coconut forest. Once you get close you will see there are lots of places on the water offering coracle rides. We got hassled by a few people but picked one place which looks ok and negotiated 150k for a family of 3. The ride was fun with a crabbing line for my daughter and the oarsman was good at spotting crabs so we caught a few. Along the waterways, it was largely very peaceful. Some reviews mention loud music and we did hear some very loud music - why do people think this is even remotely acceptable? However, we were far enough way most of the time that it didn't really bother us. I guess it depends on the operator you use and the route you take.
Written April 14, 2019
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Bulbul
Mumbai, India217 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
This, I would say, was one of the best attractions. It was peaceful, noisy and fun. 😊 I was surprised that a lot of tourists I met did not have this on their list of attractions to cover. I experienced Halong Bay, Trang An, Night Cruise… but, Coconut forest is a different category. You need to go here either by motorbike or taxi. You can ride a bicycle as well if you are sporty. The forest is around 7-8 km from the old town.
You cannot reach here by simply using GPS. You will find some places liked coconut village, coconut forest homestay, etc. in the google maps. You will need to ask people there and go deep in the lanes. Fortunately, the second lady that I asked the directions turned out to be the one operating the boat tours. I followed her motorbike and reached the starting point. The rates that these boat owners will quote is exorbitant, something like 200000 VND for 45 minutes to 1 hour. I bargained and did it for 120000 VND per person. You can always ask for an extended time in the waters if it seems difficult to bring down the price. In any case, you should have the extras for the same price or the same for a lesser price 😊
You will find yourself sitting in the round shaped bamboo boat, which is the main differentiator. The rower will take you through the beautiful narrow path of, what they call ‘forest’. It is charming and soothing. The rower, after 15-20 minutes, will then take you to the noisy center. You will see a fisherman casting the fishing net in the most stylish way and hauling it in. He will then give a chance to the tourists to do the same for some 50000 to 60000 VND. On the other side, you will see a man whirling his boat at the same place rapidly. Oh! It was so engaging, not for the faint-hearted though😉
Tip your rower as the place is visited by fewer tourists as compared to other attractions.

One tip here - Your rower will give you a sudden surprise by rapidly circling the boat the around. Sorry for spoiling the surprise, but you might as well tell the rower in advance not to do that. If you are not prone to vertigo etc., don’t miss the fun!
Written April 29, 2019
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Ian M
San Francisco, CA58 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is a fun tour just outside Hoi An, with an opportunity to go out on the river in a conical boat and see some beautiful coconut forests. It takes some serious skill to steer and paddle these boats; after a dare from our boat guy, I tried, and failed miserably.

Only gripe is that the river was crowded with a large number of korean tourists part of a large group playing very loud K-pop music, but we were able to steer around them with enough distance to still enjoy the experience.
Written April 7, 2019
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