Spreading your heart to the wings of swallows

By Do Huan – Minh Hai |

(QNO) - About 20 minutes after leaving Cua Dai port by express boat, the tourists step up Cham Island. After visiting The Marine Preservation site to understand about the history and culture of this peaceful and attractive  sea – island, walking around the village and the small market to buy local special products and souvenirs, all visitors begin a new discovery: visiting swallows’ nets. This is a new tour of Hoi An Tourism which will bring “hard to forget” experiences to visitors.

To Vo cave - one of 8 caves have the most beautiful landscape.
To Vo cave - one of 8 caves have the most beautiful landscape.

The express boat leaves Bai Lang (Lang Beach) toward Bai Huong. The first place to be chosen for sightseeing is the temple “Ancestor of the Salangane Exploiting Occupation ”. The stories about the history of the salangane exploiting occupation, the Ancestor temple and forefather who built the villages in the old time brought sentimental tones to the tourists, especially the moral philosophy of compassionate life and kind treatment of the island residents.

The unique structure in the swallow cave.
The unique structure in the swallow cave.

Leaving Bai Huong village, the tourists come to To Vo cave to explore the life of the swallows. The sky, sea and mountains seem wheeling in the thousands of swallow flying and the visitors were attracted by the images of the swallow eating, “spitting out the white silk” and making their nets.

On the way to swallow cave.
On the way to swallow cave.

The stories about the filial love, the process of bearing, giving “sweet honey” to the human life of the swallows, the salangane exploiting job and the nutrition of salangane…made tourists hard to leave the caves. Then, the visitors have an opportunity to drink a cup of swallow eggs alcohol or a little of fresh nourish salangane right here.

Experiencing swallow caves.
Experiencing swallow caves.

When the sun rises high, the boat turns back to Bai Huong – Bai Lang for sightseeing Hang Tai -another full of obstacles swallow cave. This cave has given the highest output of salangane of Cham Island. The visitors can watching swallows, swim, dive to contemplate the colourful world of coral.

Since August 2013, Hoi An Tourism official introduce new tourist product: Exploring  two swallow caves To Vo and Tai of the Cham Island World Biosphere Reserve. After taking a famtrip to these two swallow caves, all representatives of many travel and tourist companies in Central Vietnam were very happy and pleased. They said that “it was an interesting and attractive tour for both domestic and oversea tourists”. With a sightseeing ticket of 50,000VND, a tourist can dive to contemplate the colourful world of coral, explore two swallow caves to understand about the daily life of this bird as well as of the swallow keeping persons, visit and pray at the temple “Ancestor of the Salangane Exploiting Occupation”.

At noon, the boat runs to Bai Ong (Ong beach) or Bai Chong (Chong beach). The lunch on the islands is  the “banquet of the sea” with  many specialties of Cham island: forest vegetable, crabs, abalone… Before going back Hoi An ancient town, the tourists can have  a sound sleep under the green coconut canopy. Leaving Cham island, all tourists feels happy and promise to their heart to go back with the swallows soon…

The temple of the “Ancestor of the Salangane Exploiting Occupation” where you can understand about the salangane exploiting job.
The temple of the “Ancestor of the Salangane Exploiting Occupation” where you can understand about the salangane exploiting job.
Presenting about the salangane exploiting job.
Presenting about the salangane exploiting job.
Buying products made from salangane.
Buying products made from salangane.
Birth season of swallow.
Birth season of swallow.
Beginning the salangane exploiting season.
Beginning the salangane exploiting season.

By Do Huan – Minh Hai