Cham Island's first guesthouse of quality
Opened in early 2016, Hammock Homestay is the island’s first guesthouse of a quality and calibre backpackers in Vietnam are accustomed to.
It’s a purpose-built, two-storey building and the rooms are narrow, yet have all you need: a bed decked with clean white sheets on a proper mattress, mosquito net, bedside table with lockable cabinet, a wetroom bathroom with cold-water shower, sink, toilet, mirror, towel and a few hooks. Get a room at the front for direct access to the front balcony. There’s also a fan, which thanks to 24-hour electricity these days, can be used at night.
Hammock Homestay is located in the main village of Bai Lang. It’s 300 metres from the big jetty – disembark, go right and follow the road along the water before turning left into one of the village’s narrow laneways. Call the owner in advance and she can pick you up from the boat. The place is good value considering it’s the island’s best option.
There’s a bicycle free for guests to use, good for a couple of the nearby beaches but difficult for anything further – you’ll really need to get a lift on motorbike or hire a boat. Give them enough notice and the owners can provide you with home-cooked meals, a good idea when it comes to dinner as most outlets shutter up early. They made us simple but delicious mi quang noodles. A heartier meal with meat, rice and vegetables can be prepared for 120,000 dong.
The owners are friendly, albeit pushy -- inevitably there’s a referral to a friend’s Hoi An tailor shop or hotel. They also happen to own Cham Restaurant with a tourist setup on Bai Chong Beach.
Address: Thon Bai Lang, Tan Hiep, Cu Lao Cham
T: (0976) 605 750; (093) 599 9101;
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º30'25.38" E, 15º57'25.67" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan private bathroom||300,000 dong||300,000 dong|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||380,000 dong||380,000 dong|
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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