Hoi An Basket Boat Experience

Thetraveljunkie.org – Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is famous for its charming ancient city. There are so many things to do and see. Since arriving in Vietnam, We were looking forward to trying out a basket boat (Thung Chai) tour, an activity where you can explore the river and learn about local fishing and crabbing.

We jumped into a car to Cam Thanh Village, which is about 4 km from Hoi An Ancient Town. When we arrived, our guide gave us grasshopper rings and flower rings, made from the coconut leaves.

After we were seated, we were ready to sail! Our guide was an old-age women who paddled us along the whole way. The boat ride is about 1 hour long in a loop, and one boat can fit maximum 3 passengers including the guide. The water is very clear and we saw many fish in the water.

Our guide could not speak English, but she was able to use body languages and some keywords. She had such a great sense of humor, and was constantly laughing.

We moved on along the river, enjoying the beautiful nature. Then we came to the last activity: crab fishing! We watched our guide pick up a fresh clam from the water and hang it on a hook. Then she paddled us close to a water-pandan tree and tried to catch a big crab! It’s unbelievable, “holy crab”! We came from Indonesia to Vietnam for crab fishing in the river haha.. What a creative tourism! We love Vietnam,

After they got the crab to show us, they released it back in the river where they belong. At first we thought they were going to eat them!

Finally we got back to the pier. We enjoyed this activity.

Stay tuned for more of our adventures in Vietnam.


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