Cam Kim Island in Hoi An Vietnam

Cam Kim Island can be visited by taking a ferry from the pier just to the east of the market along Bach Dang. Departures are frequent — a lot of people live on the island and this is their only way to and from Hoi An town.

Once you get off the pier on Cam Kim, follow the pier road and turn right to find the wood-carving shops, with artisans at work and merchandise on display. It's a part of many guided tours, and a fun place to visit on your own. Each shop has its own unique style so you'll benefit from seeking out more than one, especially if you're planning to buy. There is some virtuoso wood carving on display here, which is not to be missed.

If you bring along a bike or a motorbike, you're in for a treat. Cam Kim is a beautiful, rural island that is almost completely free of tourists. There are plenty of picturesque pathways to explore, along with some amazing bamboo bridges (nicknamed monkey bridges). They look rickety, but they are strong as can be, and yes you can ride a motorbike across them. Some of the larger ones charge a toll, which should be about 2,000 VND but expect to pay a little more.

We wish we could give you a detailed itinerary, but the best of Cam Kim Island is incredibly difficult to experience without a guide. If you're interested in a very unique and enjoyable daytrip, we recommend you take a guided bike tour: try Sleepy Gecko or eaven and Earth Tours.

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