homestay highlight: Rice Field Homestay in Hoi An, Vietnam

My second stay in Hoi An, Vietnam, proved to be creative magic, thanks in large part to being in cute and quiet accommodation that felt luxurious and private without being isolated from the city and its happenings. 

Upon arrival at the airport, I was picked up by a private driver with a sign and delivered promptly to the Rice Field Homestay. Hanh, a Hoi An local, greeted me at the gates of her and her husband, Mike's home with ice cold water and a smile. The next morning, during my home-cooked breakfast, I met Mike and felt the same warmth and casualness from him that I felt from Hanh. Instantly, it felt more like home than a homestay. With no shortage of accommodation options in Hoi An, why stay at Rice Field Homestay? 

well, Let me tell you...

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LOCATION //

Rice Field Homestay is ideally located just outside of Hoi An city in Cam Chau district. The property has scenic views of the rice fields, as its name suggests. It's an easy 10-minute bicycle ride and 5-minute motorbike journey to the center of Hoi An and old town. Mornings spent riding around the rice fields are some of my favourite Hoi An memories-- me alone with the water buffalo and the rice farmers hanging out in a sea of green. 

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AMENITIES //

Rice Field Homestay offers free high-speed wireless internet, complimentary bottled water, air conditioning, and a flatscreen television equipped with satellite. Staying at Hanh and Mike's also means starting the day with a delicious breakfast comprised of fresh, seasonal fruits, coffee, orange juice, toast, and eggs cooked to order. Every room has its own en-suite bathroom that houses a shower with proper water pressure {hallelujah, amen}. 

My room had a balcony, which I took full advantage of during the few thunderstorms that gifted my stay late at night. I enjoyed cycling around the beach to my favourite coffee shop in the morning, writing and exploring in the afternoon, checking out the lanterns of Old Town in the evening, and watching the rain from my balcony at night. 

On top of everything the property itself has for you to enjoy on site, Hanh and Mike offer help booking tours and excursions around Hoi An. Mike and Hanh sorted out my driver to Tam Thanh Mural Village which made my day out completely free from stress. They also can help you order food to be delivered, something that came in handy for me during a serious thunderstorm that lasted an entire afternoon leaving me stranded and in need of Indian food.

Hanh and Mike can easily sort you out a bicycle since it's the cheapest and easiest way to get around town without paying for a Grab and or experience on a motorbike. 

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ATMOSPHERE //

Mike and Hanh have created a space that makes you feel right at home from the very beginning. Rice Field Homestay's location in the rice fields guarantees peace and quiet. I left my curtains open and woke up every morning with the sun feeling fully rested. I'd saunter down the stairs to the kitchen where Hanh and her three pups would eagerly greet me. Hanh would insist on serving me breakfast; true Vietnamese hospitality. I'd brush my teeth, hop on my bicycle {which you can hire for USD $1 per day from the property} and head into town with my camera and writing assignment for the day. Starting the morning slowly, in such a serene space put me in the perfect headspace for the day ahead. My lavender bedroom had me dreaming sweet dreams when I finally hit the hay. 

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VALUE FOR MONEY //

Homestays are a great, affordable option for upgraded accommodation that's a bit more private and personal than the backpacker hostels in the area. Rice Field Homestay offers privacy with all the comforts of home and all the perks of a hotel without a hefty price tag.

other bonuses //

There are three small dogs on the property that contribute to the overall perfection of this little homestay! All of them are friendly and adorable.  

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WHERE TO BOOK YOUR STAY //

You can book your stay with Hanh and Mike through the Rice Field Homestay website {here} or through AirBnB. If it's your first time making an AirBnB booking, use my code for a $40 discount!

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Rice Field Homestay, but all my opinions are my own and my experience is expressed authentically.