Travel like a local by spending a night at homestay

Many travelers who travel in Vietnam wish to spend a few nights in homestay to be closer to the daily life of local during a trip to Vietnam.

In fact, spending the night at the inhabitant does not only mean “sleeping”. Above all, it means taking time to meet, observing and soaking up everyday life or even sharing a meal with local people. You will have the opportunity to discover their way of life, their tradition, almost unchanged for centuries and especially to learn to cook Vietnamese specialties.

But before deciding to spend the night with the inhabitant, it’s necessary to understand well that you will encounter while sleeping in a traditional house. Some maybe satisfied with this comfort, and the others may complain about lack of conformity. This is why if you decide to experience the night at the inhabitant in Vietnam.

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It should be noted that:

  1. Normally, there are wooden houses, bamboo most often on stilts depending on the area. In most cases, houses are on stilts accessible by stairs. This is the way of life of high mountain minorities in order to avoid the risk of floods and aggressive animals. The large room uses the common area. These houses are more or less decorated, more or less “beautiful” according to the ethnicities and the social level of each family.
  2. You will be welcomed by the guests. The family kitchen itself, you obviously have the opportunity to attend the kitchen and participate if you want. This is definitely an opportunity to learn to cook the dishes of Vietnam and you will have the joy of eating with the family. Normally, we sit in a circle, sitting on the floor to share the meal with the host family. Depending on the house, the seasons and the families, it may be that the meal is taken elsewhere, such as under the house on stilts, we sit together around a table on chairs.
  3. The bathrooms are outside the house. They are quite basic but practical for the basic minimum with a shower and toilet. They are titled and most are equipped with an electric water heater.
  4. You will sleep in the main room all together on soft bunks with mosquito nets, and blankets in winter that are made available to everyone.
  5. Due to the language barrier and the cultural difference, a guide remains indispensable as an interpreter who will accompany you and help you to contact them. Your stay will be richer and more interesting.
  6. Where do you find this type of accommodation in your Vietnam tour?

In Vietnam, you can easily stay and sleep at: Mai Chau, Nghia Lo, Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Bac Ha, Ha Giang, Ba Be and Ben Tre.  

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