The ancient town of Hội An is famous for its lovely antique buildings, pristine beaches, and great food culture. But after you’ve explored the town’s Old Quarter and had your fill of signature dishes such as Quảng noodles or cao lầu, Caman Village is a destination we recommend checking out.
Located on the outskirts of Hội An, this garden café/event venue offers a verdant space to relax at, and plenty of workshops to learn more about Vietnam’s culture. Let’s have a look:
Past the rustic-looking gate with a thatched roof, you’ll find yourself in a spacious yard with gardens growing a wide variety of plants, from rosemary and thyme to mint and artichoke.
At the center of the yard is a roofed section that serves as the venue’s main space. Here, you’ll find long tables and rattan chairs to sit at, as well as a counter to order food and drinks.
Surrounding this main space are several cottages designed to resemble traditional Vietnamese country houses, equipped with old-school furniture. Some of these also come with their own unique décor. For example, one recreates a tailor’s shop, with a sewing machine, colorful fabrics, and other tailoring equipment.
Outside, a crystal clear pond covered in lotus leaves, and colorful flowers blooming next to stone paths between the gardens serve to complete the rustic picture.
For spontaneous visitors, Caman Village runs a regular café with food and drinks featuring organic ingredients from their own gardens. The butterfly pea tea (VND40,000, ~USD1.70), for instance, comes cool and refreshing, with a pleasant aroma.
Image credit: CAMAN Village
You can also find here processed tea leaves, artichoke syrup, and mứt – a Vietnamese snack made from dried fruits and plants, with prices ranging from VND100,000 (~USD4.26) to VND150,000 (~USD6.39). They make for nice gifts for family and friends at home.
Image credit: CAMAN Village
That said, we highly recommend contacting them ahead of your visit to arrange a workshop for VND250,000 (~USD10.64) per guest. There are several workshop options to choose from. You can learn to make Hội An’s signature cao lầu noodles, or try your hands at cooking bánh xèo – Vietnamese pancake with shrimp, meat, and bean sprout fillings.
The workshops also include a free tour of their gardens, where you’ll get to water the plants yourself.
Hội An offers no shortage of awesome cafes and hangout spots, but Caman Village is among the more unique ones we’ve seen. It offers a glimpse into the Vietnamese rural life, not only in its décor, but also in the many fun culture-centric activities visitors can experience here.
Address: 01 Nguyễn Thành Ý Street, Cẩm An Ward, Hội An
Opening hours: 8am-5pm, Daily
Contact: 0905 512 511 | CAMAN Village’s website
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Cover image adapted from The Smart Local Vietnam and CAMAN Village.
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