Cam Kim Island, Hoi An - review by Rusty Compass
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Cam Kim Island, Hoi An

| 22 Apr 2018
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Our rating
22 Apr 2018

Cam Kim Island is a beautiful slice of rural life a short ride from the centre of Hoi An. It’s a great place for an early morning or late afternoon cycle. Note that there is now a bridge to the island (since 2016) and the local ferry service is no longer in operation.

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Prior to 2016, Hoi An's Cam Kim Island could only be accessed by ferry from the old town. A bridge now connects Cam Kim with Hoi An and the wonderful old local ferry is no more. Don't despair though, Cam Kim is still a nice place for a leisurely cycle - though it's noticeably busier than it was just a few years ago.

The video we shot (above) shows Cam Kim in 2012 when it was connected to Hoi An by ferry. Our more recent video (below) from 2018 includes Cam Kim in our recommendations for cycling ideas. For more on cycling in Hoi An, check out our recommendations here.


Rural scenes, rice paddies, villages and quiet roads are the big draws of Cam Kim. While cycling in Vietnam usually involves nerve wracking encounters with large trucks and straying cars, Cam Kim’s roads are mostly traffic free, flat and relatively safe.

Cam Kim is also famous for its wood carving. You’ll likely be invited in for a look as you ride past the workshops in Kim Bong village that supply carvings for shops in Hoi An.

The bridge to Cam Kim is located at the south western end of An Hoi on Nguyen Phuc Tan St.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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