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Tam Hai Island, Quang Nam

| 15 Sep 2021
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Tam Hai Island, Quang Nam
50kms south of Hoi An near Tam Ky
15 Sep 2021

Tam Hai Island is a small island of fishing villages, palm tree shaded lanes and a picturesque estuary around 50kms south of Hoi An. It's a sweet remote spot away from Hoi An crowds where you can get a little taste of Vietnamese coastal life. There's a simple resort of bungalows on the island too.

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Tam Hai Island is an option for travellers looking for something different to do from Hoi An. The small resort on the island, Le Domaine de Tam Hai is a pleasant base for your forays into fishing villages and local living.

The island is small and can be easily explored in a day on a bicycle. Kayaking to nearby beaches from the resort is also enjoyable. If you have motorbikes with you, you can use the island as a base for exploration of the coastal country and pretty beaches further afield. This area still sees remarkably few tourists.

Tam Hai Island
Photo: Mark Bowyer Tam Hai Island



Where to stay on Tam Hai Island

Le Domaine de Tam Hai is the only accommodation option on Tam Hai Island. It was created more than a decade ago by a passionate French couple - perhaps a little ahead of their time.

The setting's lovely and the bungalows comfortable. There's a good pool. Other resort features like restaurant and service are simple but a good fit for the island vibe. Don't expect anything too fancy. This is a special little place though. Caroline was managing during my stay and she was fantastic at ironing out any bumps. Leave your 5 star sensibilities in Hoi An. They wouldn't be a good fit for Tam Hai anyway.

Le Domaine de Tam Hai Resort, Tam Hai Island
Photo: Mark Bowyer Le Domaine de Tam Hai Resort, Tam Hai Island


Bungalow - Le Domaine de Tam Hai Resort, Tam Hai Island
Photo: Mark Bowyer Bungalow - Le Domaine de Tam Hai Resort, Tam Hai Island


The pool - Le Domaine de Tam Hai Resort, Tam Hai Island
Photo: Mark Bowyer The pool - Le Domaine de Tam Hai Resort, Tam Hai Island


Getting to Tam Hai Island - Plane, Trains, Buses, Taxis

Despite being small and fairly remote, Tam Hai has pretty good connections to the rest of Vietnam. Remember that to get to the island you'll need to take a ferry from one of the ports that serve the island. Chu Lai Airport is close by - around 10kms from Nui Thanh Port and connects to major cities in Vietnam. Flying in or out of here may make sense if you're flying in or out of Hoi An.

If you're coming in by train from Tam Ky Station, the ride is under 30kms by taxi to Ben Pha Tam Hai.

Buses and taxis are also available from Hoi An. Best place to arrive from the north is Ben Pha Tam Hai.

If you've booked a room a La Domaine de Tam Hai, you can check arrival arrangements with the resort as they also arrange pickup from the port in addition to the normal ferry services.

You can take your own bicycles and motorbikes on the ferry.

The Tam Hai Ferry
Photo: Mark Bowyer The Tam Hai Ferry


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