If you visit some of Vietnam’s coastal areas, you may have noticed something a little unusual about the beaches: hemispherically shaped boats weaved from bamboo called ‘Basket Boat’, ‘Round Boat’ or known locally as ‘Thung Chai’ or ‘Basket boat’. Very mobile and practical, they can easily ship people, fishermen use them to catch fish and to transport goods. Built with bamboo strips, these boats are coated with a resin made from coconut oil, tar or fiberglass and becomes waterproof. With a regular renovation, they can last for decades!
A basket boat ride is a crazy fun!
If you want to have fun and have unforgettable experiences while discovering Vietnam, then the basket boat ride is for you. Hoi An and its surroundings are ideal places to experience these boats or to see craftsmen at work. When you arrive in the city of Hoi An you can not miss the organized boat tours along the Thu Bon River or the 7-hectare tours of coconut aquatic woods, where you can discover an almost intact ecosystem, fish some crabs in creeks and see the exploits performed by the local rowers.
The little story…
According to the legend, the ‘Bateau Panier’ dates back to the French colonial time and was created by Vietnamese fishermen to avoid paying the tax imposed on boats by the French. Their clever plan seems to have worked, these domed boats are now part of the Vietnamese landscape and heritage!