As a pleasant interlude during your stay with La Siesta Resort why not take a trip to the fascinating Cam Thanh Coconut Village, or Bay Mau as it is sometimes known. The village was of strategic importance during the Vietnam (American) War as it provided shelter for both local people and soldiers. Today, it is an important provider of fish and other seafood products to the area.
In addition, the village is at the center of a water coconut ecosystem forest which has been in existence for 200 years. The trees were brought by western immigrants, and are perfectly suited to the soil and water found in the area, and the climate. Tourists can explore the numerous waterways, traveling in a coracle – Vietnam’s unique bamboo basket boat – steered by local people, and enjoy the beautiful, peaceful scenery.
You will have a chance to learn about the daily lives of the fishermen and their families, possibly helping to catch fish or tend the crops growing in the surrounding area. The local restaurants offer cooking lessons to those who would like to try their hand at Vietnamese cookery. For those who fancy something slightly different, why not take a water buffalo ride around the village.
You will enjoy your visit regardless of the time of year but the 8th lunar month is considered as one of the best times to come here. This is when the water coconuts are ripe and you can enjoy drinking the delicious juice and picking coconuts from the low lying branches as you pass by on the water.