to Bay Mau Coconut Village
Mau Coconut Village in Cam Thanh Commune, Hoi An City, has
been recognized as a tourist destination by Quang Nam
Province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The
village is well-known for being an important historical
relic as well as a craft village where many houses are built
from coconut leaves.
Five years ago, most villagers quit their age-old job as
houses built with coconut leaves seemed to be out of date.
People then preferred the modern, brick-and-mortar houses.
Recently, there has been a change in people’s preference for
house designs when new beach hotels and resorts built in the
area have a rustic and close-to-nature look. Therefore, the
village’s craft has been revived. On Tuesday, people of all
ages and genders in the small village know the craft and
earn a living from it.
In the first lunar month of every year, young men rush to
mountains in Quang Nam Province to buy bamboo for house
building and bring them back to the village via the Thu Bon
River. To make the bamboo durable and solid, and to maintain
its original color and reduce the chances for pest
infestation, men have to know how to process them properly.
One of the steps in the process is to soak the bamboo in the
river water from eight months to two years before they are
ready for use.
Coconut stalks are another important building material.
Villagers go into dense coconut groves to find good, mature
stalks and drag them back to the village. Then they will
split coconut leaves into two parts before drying them under
the sun. Sometimes, villagers have to split leaves and
stalks and then dip them in water so that they will not be
decayed. The process of treating leaves and stalks is very
important, requiring carefulness, patience and dexterity
from the villagers.
Thanks to the craft, villagers’ livelihood has been
improved. Coconut leave cutters receive about VND50,000 per
day. Coconut pad weavers can earn from VND50,000 to
VND80,000 an hour. Those stronger and more skilled in making
decorated coconut pads can get from VND1.2 million to VND1.6
million per month.
When coconut houses come into vogue, many households can
earn about VND4 million a month. Consumers have a strong
like for Cam Thanh water coconut products as they meet the
standard of solidity, color and beauty and they have
impressive models. Some resorts’ investors also ordered
coconut houses for their resorts in areas such as Mui Ne and
Not only famous for the craft, Cam Thanh is also well-known
for the spectacular Bay Mau coconut forest which attracts
many eco-tourism lovers and enthusiasts. Many travel agents
also offer tours to the forest, the most highlighted of
which is offered by Khoa Tran Company that allows travelers
to take a glimpse of the forest, visit the craft village,
learn more about the local daily life and have the
opportunity to clean up the environment. The tour now
involves many foreign tourists.
Local authorities also launch short training courses on
tourism and local tourism potential for villagers.
Therefore, they now know how to welcome tourists, conduct an
ecotourism tour, and promote their craft products. The
village’s authorities are planning to build a tourist
reception center and develop a website to promote local
products and provide tourist maps.
Coming to the village, tourists also have a chance to
discover an old, important military base.
.: quangnamtourism.com.vn :.