Hi guys, I'm Danh, 25 years old. I am now living with parents in a 3-bed room (website hidden) father is a lecturer at College of Economics & my mom is a typical housewife. This is our first time to host. We have 1 extra room for rental:
+ Bathroom (with shower only - no bathtub)
+ Free Wifi
+ Cable TV
+ Free water
The house is close to (of around 10-20 minutes of bike drive)
+ Tan Son Nhat International & Domestic Airport
+ China Town (a must-visit)
+ Local open market
+ Dam Sen Water Park (one of the biggest water park in Vietnam)
+ Supermarkets + Hung Vuong Parkson (shopping mall)
If you prefer quiet place to stay, our room is definitely a match. We're around 30-40 minute drive to the central districts by motorbike ($4-5/person) or $8-10/cab (4-7 person max).
I hope I have given you some info. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
My wife and I enjoyed our stay with Danh & his parents. This was their first time receiving home-stay guests, but thye carried it out as though they were experienced hands. Danh and father both work, so it was Danh’s mother Lai with whom we had most contact.
Danh speaks English, but his parents do not. Despite this language barrier, with aid of Internet translation and good will on both sides, we communicated enough to start to build a relationship with her, she helped us in many ways, and was very kind to us. She took us to her local market, where she chose ingredients to make a great Vietnamese meal that she then created and served to us!
Danh and one colleague each took one of us as rider on the back of their motorbikes and drove us one morning into central Saigon in the rush hour, a 30 minute journey! After a terrifying start, we both enjoyed that experience, joining in the mega-river of motorcyclists pouring into the Centre.
The room (and the house overall) is very comfortable and new, and Lai prepared good local breakfasts for us each morning. The house is in District 8, closer to the airport than the city centre. A correct taxi from house to centre or vice versa costs about 120,000dong (just less than 5euro), and took between 15 and 30 minutes depending on time-of-day and traffic. (A correct taxi is from 2 companies, one whose taxis are all green, the other whose name I forget, phone numbers of these companies are (phone number hidden) and (phone number hidden) – each taxi has the phone number prominently written on the outside. These taxis “always” use their meters, and don’t try to rip off foreigners!).
We had some good local experiences in District 8 that we would never have had in the centre of Saigon, including a local food market, local cafes, and a bar selling the cheapest beer in Saigon that we found (10,000dong - that’s 40eurocents - for a cold bottle of Saigon!). In the bar, we were maybe the first foreigners ever, and that caused a bit of a stir and some rounds of beer received and offered – very sociable!
There are hotels available in central Saigon for the same or cheaper when taxi fares are taken into account. But in any hotel, you do not get the same opportunity to integrate with a local family, enjoy the benefits of a home rather than hotel room, and to learn much more about the daily lives of a local family. Not sure such central hotels would be anywhere near as clean, equipped, and comfortable!
One advantage of taking a taxi each morning is that you arrive fresh at your desired destination – if you lived in a central hotel, you would more likely walk there, and would most certainly not be fresh and dry when you got to your destination!
Thanks to Lai, Nam, and Danh for much more than a bed and breakfast.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.