Rustic beachfront backpacker
In contrast to the bustling development around Hoi An’s popular historic centre, it’s amazing that on the town’s star beach there’s communal living to be had at a prime seaside location.
Shaded by a swathe of (yes, you’ve guessed it) coconut trees, Under the Coconut Tree is home to cool wooden and tile ancient houses clustered around a solidly built communal dorm featuring 200-year-old timber.
It’s got all those rustic touches an earthy beach-bum backpacker will love: well-cared for bamboo and thatch huts, rattan walls, outdoor showers and a shady bar/hangout area to relax. To be clear, there’s no view of the ocean or beach, but it’s a short walk down the lane.
Taking up the centre position is a huge open-air dorm house featuring solid wood bunks. Each comes with lockable under-bed storage, a light, two power outlets, a mosquito net and cotton bed linen. Roll-up windows and large ceiling fans keeps a slight breeze circulating, while a screened off ensuite bathroom houses five private toilet and shower stalls. The big open space keeps everything airy. The trade off is that there’s not much protection from the noise, nor is there much privacy between the bunks.
If you’re in need of privacy then splash out on a private room. Don’t expect too much -- it’s still quite rustic. Within the bamboo walls you get a bedside table, window, mosquito net, fan and an ensuite bathroom. What used to be a smaller five-bed dorm has been converted into a family room decked out with antique furniture, fans, polished timber floors, electricity and ceiling fan. WiFi is available, however, breakfast and bicycle in not included in the room rate.
Under the Coconut Tree is found in An Bang’s cluster of cottages and homestays. When you arrive to An Bang’s main parking via Hai Ba Trung Street, head left, down the road behind the beach. Look for the signposted narrow lane. There you will arrive at their reception/restaurant/lounge.
Under the Coconut Tree is the best backpacker option for An Bang Beach, and an attractive alternative to staying at a cramped, forgettable hostel in town. It would be easy to imagine a tiny community of backpackers strolling down the sandy lane to the beach and bonding over a few beers. Not surprising, this place is popular so book in advance.
Address: An Bang Beach, To 7 Hamlet, Cam An Ward
T: (235) 651 6666; (0168) 245 5666 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º20'12.61" E, 15º54'51.12" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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