We were welcomed into the stilt house by the family Cuong, of White Thai ethnicity, who immediately served up tea and cakes. Very friendly family that did all that was necessary for a lovely stay in their home. The big problem that we and the six other people staying here was the cold and draughts during the night. Rice matting and a thin mattress doesn't keep out the cold from below, but that is a minor gripe for me personally. The food was good and breakfast also. A folklore evening was arranged in the other large room for usn before getting our heads down.
Sleeping in this type of house is almost like being in a tent, you hear all the noises around the house, from the cat nosing its way around to the goats doing their thing in the stable next door. All very basic, but that's part of the adventure.
This is the only nice hotel style accommodation in Mai Chau. For those who still want to enjoy the local life out there and the comfort of western standard in room, Mai Chau Lodge resort is the place.
This little resort is very nice with friendly staff, the services are good and the room is local-friendly-style.
Mai Chau Lodge resort offer some weekend package for customers with shuttle bus transfer from Hanoi too.
I booked an overnight homestay with Kim Cafe.
My homestay was a house on stilts. The owners were very welcoming, and friendly. The young owner was pregnant, her mother and father lived there as well.
Your bed is mattress on the floor, you also have a quilt, and a mosquito net. They supply towel for shower (our handtowel size)
For meals, they bring out low tables with the food on it, (plenty of choice, and a lot too much).
You sit on cushions around the table with crossed legs.
The choice of drinks was beer and water which you paid for.
As usual in Vietnam, drinks are not included in the price.
At meal time, we shared in a potent shot of wine, 40% alchohol. Afterwards we moved to another table for green tea.
Breakfast was outdoors, underneath the house.
My experience at this homestay was an enriching and enjoyable experience.
In the White Thai village, seeing the daily happenings of thai life. A very nice setting.
Treking up in Mai Chau is a great experience, I had the fun job of filming for Buffalo tours up there. After a long days hike we got to the small village where we where to spend the night, food was cooked over the fire and with lots of rice alchol (we brought our own beers as there are no shops as such there), one of the best meals I have had, confimed by one of the group who is one of the top chefs in Hanoi.
After the entertainment, which the whole village turned up for (well all the women and kids, reckon the men got a night of) they roll out the matress and hang mossie nets, good nights sleep apart from Wayne snoring. The weird thing was the silence (apart from Wayne!) it's hard to find when you live in Vietnam cities.
Homestaying always means basic accommodation. If you're too used to luxury , then this might not where you can stay for the night since amenities are just roll-out mat with mosquitoe net, "DBL" is separated by sheets of clothes.
Basic. But the thing is they are very clean!
Current price at US$ 10/person including 1 dinner + 1 breakfast.
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