Cham Islands Homestay

Karma Waters Cham Islands Homestay

Karma Waters Cham Islands Homestay

We invite you to experience Vietnam on an authentic level with a Cham Island Homestay on the beautiful Cham Islands in Hoi An, Vietnam.  The area is also home to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You will be staying in the private homes of the Bai Huong Tourism Cooperative members and accompanied by an English-speaking local guide.


Cham Islands Homestay

Karma Waters has partnered with the Bai Huong Tourism Cooperative. We do our best to ensure responsible tourism and share the experience of local life in Vietnam with our guests.  The cooperative strives to assist the local people and their environment.

Cham Island homestays are in private homes in Bai Huong village.  The village is population is 500 persons. It is a close knit, family like community. You can participate in preparing and cooking meals and other local activities.  Some of Vietnam's best beaches are on Cham Islands.

We recommend volunteering at least 30 minutes daily to teach/tutor English with the host family. This is easily done via patient casual conversation. You will also learn about Vietnamese culture, community, religion and environment and perhaps learn some Vietnamese.

We hope you are open to experiencing Vietnam on this local level which we believe can best be found by participating in the homestay program.

Best season for Cham Island Homestay

December through April is the best season to visit Cham Islands and Bai Huong village. There are few tourists and the area is quiet and relaxed.  During this time passage by boat is difficult due to rough seas, see details on transportation. You will have great opportunities to relax and explore.

May through August is spring then summer, seas are calmer but tourism is much higher and may impact your experience.  The river/ocean inlet is relatively calm and the weather is normally hot without monsoon rains. This is the ideal season for all types of water sports on Cham Islands.

Recommended Homestay & Itinerary

We suggest a minimum two nights & three days allowing one full day in Bai Huong village. Our English-speaking guide is included and will accompany you to assure you have a wonderful experience.

Day 1:

  • Depart from Hoi An for Bai Huong, Cu Lao Cham
  • 8 am depart by boat from a hotel
  • 10 am arriving Bai Huong, meet host family
  • 12 am lunch with host family & rest time
  • 2 pm snorkeling by boat to Hon Tai island
  • 6 pm dinner with family (option cooking class)
  • After dinner free time (option volunteer teaching English)

Day 2: Trekking to Bai Lang main village

  • 6:30 am breakfast
  • 7:30 am 2 hour casual walk on small tarmac road to Bai Lang largest village in Cu Lao Cham, visit Hai Tang temple & other village highlights
  • 11 am return by boat or by motorbike to Bai Huong
  • 12 am lunch with host family & rest time
  • 2 pm Bai Huong village tour and visit Temple
  • 4pm swimming or snorkeling
  • 6 pm dinner with family (option cooking class)
  • After dinner free time (option volunteer teaching English, etc.)

Day 3: Return boat trip to Hoi An

  • 7 am breakfast
  • 8 am hiking to mountain in Bai Huong
  • 12 am lunch with host family & depart for Hoi An
  • Arrival Karma Waters Hoi An latest 4 pm. Guide returns customer by taxi to hotel in Hoi An

Maximum Group Size

A maximum of eight guests per night are accepted in our Homestay program.  A maximum of two guests + two children can share rooms inside a home. This small group size ensures that tourism is sustainable and does not significantly affect or change the host family, community, village, or the environment.

Our Guide

Nguyen Thi Anh Nguyen “Annie” is a Vietnam licensed Tour Guide since 2012.  A graduate of Danang University with English as a Foreign Language.  When not our guide she is the manager of the Karma Waters Vegan Restaurants in Vietnam.

Prices & Booking

Before you book, please read our additional notes and policies.

Rate per person per night (based on minimum 2 persons sharing room)*:

2 days 1 night US$150
3 days 2 nights US$230
After 1 night each additional night US$80
1 week 7 days 6 nights special price US$500

For rate for rough Winter December - April please contact us with your inquiry.

*Infants sharing bed with parents free of charge. Children up to 12 years old 50% discount sharing room with parents.


Cham Islands Homestay Includes

  • Pickup and drop off at hotel in Hoi An
  • Boat trip to/from Cham Islands
  • Snorkeling gear and lessons
  • Local village discovery trip
  • Vietnamese food gathering, preparation & free cooking class
  • Marine Park & fees
  • English speaking guide for full introduction
  • Daily activities (to be determined with you and the household)
  • 100% Vegan food prepared by you and the family
  • Private shared room by up to two guests with mosquito nets
  • Room fans (for the Summer nights)
  • Western style bathroom with showers

Note: Daily rate does not include

  • Personal expenditure
  • Additional activities on the island
  • Non-vegetarian meals
  • Beverages
  • Any other service not mentioned in the included list

Activities provided by Bai Huong Tourism Cooperative

There are activities and services available in Bai Huong village that we do not provide or include in our rate. These activities and services must be arranged & negotiated by the customer.

Host families provide the following activities - please pay direct to the Cooperative:

  • Free cooking class
  • Fishing trip with local fishermen 250,000 VND/ trip
  • Boat trip 150,000 VND/ hour
  • Village discovery tour 80,000 VND/ trip
  • Bamboo round boat 80,000 VND/ hour

Departure Place & Times from Hoi An

We arrange pickup from a hotel in Hoi An at the latest 7.45 am for a 8 am departure returning by 4 pm (depending on weather conditions). Rate includes drop off at a hotel in Hoi An.

Boat voyage takes approximately 2 hours each way or by speedboat 30 minutes (operate in Summer only). We will confirm vessel used.

Location and Map

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands) fishing village of Bai Huong (population 500) on the largest island of Hon Lao 9 nautical miles East of Hoi An river-ocean inlet.

Cham Islands Homestay Gallery