You will eat, sleep and learn about living activities at residents’ homes where you come during your homestay tours. This kind of tour is for those who like discovering, experiencing and learn about customs and practice of various cultures.
You will feel like returning to nature and experience interesting things of simple life. Homestay tourism has developed in Mai Chau of Hoa Binh northern province, Buon Me Thuot in the Central Highlands, Sapa and some provinces in the Mekong River Delta.
Mai Chau, about 135 kilometres from Hanoi and about 60 kilometres from Hoa Binh town, the capital of Hoa Binh province. From Cun Mount Peak, you can have an overview of Mai Chau set in green valleys and stilted houses of ethnic minority people. The stilted houses are quite large. They are roofed with palm trees and their floors are made with bamboo. Tourists will stay at one of these houses.
In Mai Chau, you can join trekking tours around villages and exchange with ethnic minority people through festivals with traditional dances and gong music.
In the Mekong River delta, homestay tour is also one of tourists’ favourites. Mr Ngyen Minh Quyen, head of the inbound section of Ben Thanh Tourist Company said: “Before, when talking about homestay, travel companies used to organise tours to Mai Chau in Hoa Binh. Now, travel companies often choose the Mekong River delta to introduce to tourists.
The reason is that tourists have more information about this region and they particularly like learning about life of residents in the river region. They like travelling by boat, calling at handcraft villages, doing the garden work and making cakes with the locals.”
The Mekong River delta promises to be an attractive place for a large number of tourists in the future. Homestay tours in the river delta are suitable for tourists who do not have much time to travel.
Homestay tours are not new but you should discover yourselves.
You can design these tours by yourselves or ask the Vietnam homestay specialist at email@example.com
Homestay travel Tips:
How do I prepare before going to the homestay?
First off, you should go for a few walks before going trekking as it will help you get your legs back.
Gifts to bring to the homestay?
For the homestay, there is not much preparation. Making sure that you have packed everything you need to make your stay more confortamble is most important. Bring a small bag with the clothes change of clothes. You should bring something warm, as the nights will cool off, sometimes dropping as mush as ten degrees. Other things you might want to bring with you are a mirror, toilet paper, your favorite tea or snack, flashlight, and a book.
Further preparations to make your stay even more special would include learning a short song to sing after dinner. It is a cultural tradition to sing after dinner, and if you start off by saying you would like to sing a song, then all the better. You can bring gifts for the homestay owner, things like pens, pencils, and books. Other great things to bring with you to the homestay, and all over asia, are pictures of your home, you and your family. The pictures always become a great conversation piece.