A fusion of ancient Hoi An architecture, modern amenities and idyllic setting.
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Parties/events allowed - small dinner parties; BBQs etc. are OKsmall dinner parties; BBQs etc. are OK
Smoking allowed - No smoking inside anywhere please - outside onlyNo smoking inside anywhere please - outside only
Max guests: 5
- Quiet hours from 10pm till 7:30am the following morning. Please turn off ACs and fans, close all windows etc. when away Smoking outsise only
Must Dos in Hoi An close to Casa Rio (see details below):
1. Hoi An Ancient Town (2 km)
2. An Bang Beach (3.5 km)
3. Cua Dai Beach (1 km)
HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
The "Old Town" is the UNESCO World Heritage Site that first put the town on the international travel map. It is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a small-scale trading port active the 15th to 19th centuries which traded widely, both with the countries of Southeast and East Asia and with the rest of the world. Its decline in the later 19th century ensured that it has retained its traditional urban tissue to a remarkable degree.
The town reflects a fusion of indigenous and foreign cultures (principally Chinese and Japanese with later European influences) that combined to produce this unique survival.
Technically speaking, to enter Hoi An Ancient Town you need to buy tickets. Fear not, it is rarely policed but if challenged, just buy them. You only need tickets to enter specific heritage sites. If you are there just to look around, or for shopping or dinning, simply tell the ticket-peddlers that you are not entering any heritage sites.
If you DO want to check out the heritage sites (which we recommend you do, at least a few), the main sites requiring a ticket include::
- Chinese Assembly Halls (highly rated) : Especially the Fujian and Cantonese Halls
- Japanese Bridge: Perhaps Hoi An's most famous landmark, built in 1593
- Quan Cong Temple and its adjacent pagoda, founded in 1653
- Tran Family Chapel: Containing elements of both an old house and an ancestral shrine
- Museum of Folf Culture: Featuring local dress, tools, crafts, ceramics and more
- Museum of Hoi An: Detailing the stories of Hoi An's original settlers and history as a prominent trading port
- Tan Ky Old House: One of the finest examples of traditional architecture in Hoi An
There are two main beach areas in Hoi An: Cua Dai and An Bang. Generally speaking, An Bang is the more chic and “western” beach, with more selection of restaurants, beachside cafes etc. Surfboards and/or boogie boards are available at some locations for rent (e.g. Salt Pub, Kahuna).
Cua Dai Public Beach / Coconut Beach (1.1 km from Casa Rio): Lounge chairs are available with purchasing a drink and/or food. There are a few friendly and quaint restaurants – and the area is particularly popular with Vietnamese tourists as well as locals.
Cua Dai Hidden Beach (1.2 km from Casa Rio): More off the beaten path, and quieter choice for the Cua Dai side is the “hidden beach” beside Victoria Hotel. Not a lot of food options, but there will be friendly vendors offering coconut juice, beer, soft drinks and some snacks. If you want a choice table or lounge chair, then you will have to buy a couple drinks (inexpensive) from the closest vendor (try the fresh coconut!).
This is an excellent destination for Casa Rio guests to pack the backpack cooler with ice packs, and snacks and drinks from home. As with anywhere beachside, you are free to go on the beach and just set up a blanket etc.
An Bang beach (3.4km from Casa Rio): Hoi An’s trendy, chilled out and internationally famous beach is a must visit in Hoi An. Morning until 1 or 2 pm tend to be the quietest times, but it varies among the different beachfront eateries. Sunrise yoga is popular (Casa Rio Guestbook includes full details). As with Cua Dai, bicyclists are asked by local authorities to pay a “parking” fee from bicycles of usually 10,000 - 20,000. Be aware some of the more unscrupulous may try to get 50,000 VND or more.
What we like:
Vietnamese: Red Dragon; Red Bridge; Little Menu, Noodle House; Hoa Hien; Mai Fish; Son Hoian (walking distance)
Seafood: Beach Village Restaurant; Tuyet Seafood; Mai Fish
Pizza/Italian: Good Morning Vietnam; Luna d’Autumno; Driftwood Cafe
Japanese: Samurai Kitchen; Hoshigami Sushi
Burgers/Western: Circle Café; Jim’s Burgers; Burger Craft; Dingo Deli; 3 Dragons
Craft Beers Tap House; Hoi An Beer House
Sports Bar: 3 Dragons
An Bang Beach Scene: Salt Pub; Soul Kitchen; Shorehouse; La Plage; Soul Beach
Fine Dining / Gastronomy: Thirtyseven; Mango Mango; Highway 4; Aubergine
Café/Coffee: Mia Café; Espresso Station; U Café; also Truc Quyen Coffee (VN style) is in walking distance to Casa Rio
Taxis and Grab can fully access Casa Rio, and the hosts will provide all required information and app details etc. Casa Rio provides complimentary bicycles (2), which are indeed the best way to get around and explore Hoi An...with the beach only 1 km away and Old Town just 2.5 km (around 10-15 minutes on bicycle). We are happy to help arrange additional bicycle rentals for your stay (and/or advise on trusted, quality bicycle tour companies).
- english, Vietnamese
About Keith Symington
We are Keith and Huong, residents of Hoi An since 2013. Keith is a marine conservation and fisheries management consultant, originally from Toronto, Canada. He has worked in Vietnam since 2004 with WWF and other organizations. Huong is from Haiphong and owner/designer at Villagecraft Planet, a fair trade textile company specializing in eco-friendly materials. We have two wonderful daughters (born 2009 and 2014). With Casa Rio, we wanted to create a holiday space for kindred spirits, based on our own impressions of what makes a great holiday home. We think Casa Rio is a perfect Hoi An home base for many varied travel styles - from travelling families to solo adventurers and everything in between. We are always available and happy to share with you our tips and suggestions. We are also at your service in designing personalized itineraries incorporating environmental tourism, cultural heritage, wellness and other specialized themes befitting the unique interests of our guests.
Keith Symington purchased this House in 2018
Why Keith Symington chose Cam Chau
When we first stepped through the gates of this property we loved it immediately. We were intrigued by the striking originality and traditional design, and of course the idyllic setting on the river. Having resided in Hoi An for some time, we knew the property was inside a section of Hoi An zoned for protection (largely due to the flood-mitigating functions of the Do River), and therefore would not be subject to the kind of rapid over-development seen in other picturesque locations around the town. The peacefulness and serenity of this little stretch of laneway along the river seemed really quite remarkable...no cars, bikes or horns. Ahhhhh......... We recognized this was a hidden gem, and after purchasing the property began planning and implementing what would be a nearly two-year renovation process - including a completely new back section with spa bathroom and modern bedrooms, full restoration work on the wooden house, custom carpentry, open-air kitchen with peninsular bar, custom interior design, traditional artisan soft furnishings and fabrics, and other renovations. For the exterior, both the front and back yards were completely re-landscaped with gardens, lawn, flowers beds, fruit trees and other plants seeded and raised. It was a true labour of love! In September 2019 our private house by the river - Casa Rio - was ready with open doors to receive travelers from all over the world.
What makes this House unique
We think a few unique benefits set Casa Rio apart: - Ideal location situated in between the Old Town (2.5 km) and beach (1 km) ... a lovely and off-the-beaten-trail haven to come home to after busy days touring around the town, beaches or other sites; - Unparalleled peacefulness in a section of Hoi An that is zoned for environmental protection; - A focus on "the little things" and pleasing amenities, from luxury features like a spa bath and highest-quality linens, to conveniences such as washing machine access, strong (free) wifi, stocked food pantry, and fully equipped kitchen, to safety features (First Aid kit; extinguisher and smoke alarm etc.); - Guests receive a complimentary food and bevergae basket... to help them get settled in until they can shop themselves; - Two bicycles are available on-site (complimentary), and we can easily arrange for additional rentals as required; - We support guests with extensive guidance on local markets, grocery shopping, home delivery services (i.e. fruits, vegetables, restaurants) as well as any and all advice on Hoi An activities, beach scene, town scene, sightseeing, shopping, restuarants and bars - Guests receive the entire house... no shared areas or confinements. It's all yours!