Island Smiles for the mind, body, and soul
Come to Cham Island to escape the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, and even Hoi An!
Stay in our homestay to experience the real Vietnam. Take a step back from the pampered tourist-trail by enjoying a rustic setting in an authentic fishing village.
At Island Smiles we offer a serene homestay environment tailored to your mood and requirements.
Special yoga retreats and Wellness tours connect with nature to harmony mind, body and soul.
Enjoy local food and be as lazy or active as you want by relaxing on the beach or taking a snorkeling or fishing tour.
Important notice: There are no ATMs on the island.
At the present time it is the local authority policy that Chinese or Hong Kong passport holders cannot stay overnight on Cham Island. This is a government decision and is not an issue the homestay can be held responsible for.
Phone: 098 2857517
How to get here:
Take the slow boat from 18/8 near by Marina resort (Hoi An) 7:00 a.m. or Cua Dai quay 8:00 a.m. Or, if you can’t wait to get there, there’s always the speedboat. Contact us for booking assistance.
You will be met at the jetty and then transfer to a small boat or Motorbike for the picturesque journey (25 minutes) to Bai Huong village.
Room and rates:
Double room, shared bathroom, = VND 300 000 per night two people.
Double room, private bathroom, = VND 400 000 per night two people.
Breakfast & coffee =VND 40000
Lunch = VND 70 000 – 100.000VND per person.
Dinner = VND 70 000- 100.000 VND
Our meals are traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Vegetarian meals are available (please inform us at time of booking if there are any specific dietary requirements).
Sunrise Fishing with a local fisherman (net) – subject to availability. Morning from (approximately) 5:00 a.m = VND 200 000
Snorkeling = VND150 000
Sunrise on the boat =VND 150000
Island + Village Boat Tour VND 220,000
Afternoon fishing (rod and line) from approximately 2:00 p.m. = VND 150 000
Meditation with the monks in the pagoda 7pm. Donations appreciated.
Cooking class – forage for vegetables in the hills around the village = VND 150 000
Short trek to the hills to watch sunset = VND 120 000
Evening boat trip during sunset – with dinner on-board = VND 250 000 per person. (We can arrange romantic dinners for two – just let us know in advance).
without dinner = VND 150 000
About Cham Island:
Cham island is in fact a group of eight small islands recognized as a global Biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The islands offer sandy beaches, beautiful coral reefs, and palm trees. Beautiful hills and blue seas combine to make the islands a paradise location.
The journey from Cua Dai Quay on the mainland at Hoi An takes only twenty minutes by speed boat (1.5 hours on the more sedate and more romantic slow boat).
Let’s put your busy life aside to enjoy nature at its best with beautiful sea breezes and sunshine.
About Island Smiles homestay:
Located at Bai Huong village, Tan Hiep commune, Island Smiles homestay is overlooked by hills and is adjacent to the sea. It is only 70m to the Bai Huong sandy beach where coral reefs can be found at low tide. In addition, there are colourful fish, crabs, and marine seaweed.
The local residents here are warm and friendly. They enjoy a sedate pace of life and create an unhurried, very relaxed village atmosphere.
Island Smiles Homestay is the childhood dream of a local girl, a perfect place where our friends from all over the world can experience the real Vietnamese lifestyle. Enjoy local flavours and take tours accompanied by residents to experience the true culture of Vietnam. Then let your heart rest as you relax at the end of the day.
Special A fairy Mama Kim you will meet here with her warm heart and never made your stomach feel sad by her cooking and look after it .
I was born in Bai Huong village, where I grew up in a place with a very small school and limited medical facilities. During my childhood I spent all of my time in this small village, so did not have the chance to meet visitors to Vietnam from other countries. In those days, I had little idea who they were!
When I entered secondary school I had to leave my parents so I could live in Hoi An with my grandparents near Cua Dai beach. After school every day, I would eat a snack on the beach and listen to English being spoken. I was very curious and wanted to learn to speak with visitors to Vietnam. I thought learning another language would be a great opportunity to make friends and also help my family economically by establishing a homestay on my home island.
It is also a advantage natural home town to build the yoga retreat for nourishing mind body and soul.
A plan I have is to give island children the chance to take classes with a foreign teacher in order to learn English.