Locally known as “Thung Chai”, the basket boat is a favourite with local fishermen in central parts of Vietnam. It is a great way to see the local way of life along the peaceful rivers on the Vietnam family tour. They are very mobile and great at transporting people from a large or static boat to the mainland. Plus, the basket boat is a useful tool to help catch fish and is easily spacious enough to accept the fisherman’s supplies, such as food, wood, oil, nets, etc.
A basket boat tour in Hoi An is a very interesting and unique way to really see the authentic way of life of the locals while travelling on the river. This tour is great for both the young and old travellers on the Vietnam travel packages and is certain to be a fun experience for the entire family to enjoy. But, the basket boat isn’t the easiest thing to control and takes a bit of tuition and practice to properly control.
Enjoy a cruise along the river in a basket boat
Visit local villages and meet the locals to learn more about rural life, culture and daily life
Get a close up view of the stunning scenery on the Thu Bon River
Fish the local waters for shrimp
Enjoy tasting the local cuisine
Once the basket boat tour is underway and exploring the Thu Bon River, there are plenty of sights to witness from the river and this gives a perfect moment to take the memorable photos. Most of the tours include visiting a fishing village to meet the locals, as well as visiting the lake of shrimp and the water coconut palm. Plus, it gives a perfect opportunity to attempt the traditional fishing practices with the local people. Later in the day, there is the chance to try some of the local food while on the boat.
In addition to enjoying the local sights on the Vietnam tour, it is also possible to hear stories and learn about the Vietnam War with parts of this region used as a shelter for soldiers and local people during that time.
Basket boats are safe to travel on the rivers and have a safe load capacity of about 5 passengers in total (1 guide and 4 guests). A typical 3 to 6 hour basket boat tour in Hoi An costs in the region of $30 to $58 and varies with the distance travelled, places visited, and services provided.
A well organized day-trip on Thu Bon River in Hoi An on a traditional bamboo basket boat is a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy a day of stunning scenery along the river while experiencing the rural lifestyle and helping the local fisherman cast their nets. Plus, this type of tour can also include a bicycle ride to a nearby herb village on the outskirts of Hoi An. This is a great place to see the scenery of farming life with private gardens tended by the local farmers.