Welcome to Saigon and our home in District 1! Our central location means access to all the sights, and a cool rooftop garden set back from the busy street to come home to. You'll discover great restaurants and cafés right along our street!
We are a Vietnamese - American couple who are living in Saigon to do development work. We work with tuberculosis patients in the slums, as well as building compost plants for urban waste. Our house is eco-friendly, with recycling and composting (but yes, you still have an AC). It's a simple, cheerful, Vietnamese-style vertical house with a ground, first, and second floor. The rooftop hangout is on the third floor. (No elevator - your legs will thank you for the workout!)
We have two available bedrooms - one on the first floor and one on the second. Both rooms are fully furnished with a queen bed, armoire, desk, book shelf, fan, and an AC unit. We have enough TV's to furnish you with one, if you so desire. For now, they've been left out of the way. Both rooms are well-lit with windows for natural light, but the room on the second floor gets the most light with its french doors opening onto the terrace.
Each room comes with it's own private full bathroom (sorry, only showers, no bathtubs). The first floor room has an en suite bathroom with a geyser for hot water. The second floor room has a separate bathroom, but no hot water (not that you ever need it in this heat)
- bottled water, tea & coffee
- fresh towels & sheets
- high-speed wireless internet (we have a fibre optic connection).
If you really love the outdoors, you can also use our tent to sleep under the stars on the rooftop. We highly recommend trying this on the cooler (non-rainy) nights to catch more of the breeze.
The common areas of the house are a fully furnished living room, dining area, kitchen, rooftop and laundry room.
Anything we have in the kitchen is yours to share. Tiffany often gets in the baking mood and will supply copious amounts of German 'Bauern Brot' or banana bread on a whim.
An enormous washing machine and an iron are also yours to use. (Sorry we hate doing laundry and ironing, so you're on your own here. There is also a laundromat down the street, if you prefer that method.)
We've also put together a guide book to some of the more local spots for everything from the best food joints to where to find the cheapest draught beer to where to shop for affordable original artwork for friends and family back home.
We're happy to share with you anything we know or own to make your stay a memorable one!
Interaction with Guests
We are donating 25% of the room rate to tuberculosis treatment for slum residents who often have to stop working when undergoing the aggressive course of antibiotics. That means, for each day you stay with us, you are replacing one days' lost wages for some of Saigon's poorest tuberculosis patients.
The house is located centrally right in District 1, but on a small street set back off the main road. The neighborhood is very local, complete with winding back alleys, aunties gossiping over their soup bowls, and a fabulous local lunch cơm tấm place that is so good it completely sells out by 12:15.
We've had friends visit for the weekend, and literally eat every meal within a 5 minute walk from our house, because this is really where some of the best food in the city can be found.
Saigonese flock from around the city to our Quan 94 crab restaurant, as well as a soup stand serving Vietnamese crab udon (bánh canh ghẹ). Great gỏi cuốn is sold at the Hoang Ty down a back street. The famous bánh cuốn Tây Hồ is down the street in the other direction. A wonderful vegan restaurant, the Loving Hut, is right next door. Tasty bún bò Huế is a 5-minute walk south of us. (This lady started as a small stand and now seats nearly 50 breakfasters in there at a given time.) Delicious phở gà can be had in the little Da Kao market behind our house. This is also where you can buy local fruits, veggies, and even check out a popular ice cream joint in the evening. If you crave some Korean, the Topokki restaurant on the corner is great value for your money. Every night, young people fill the seats at the popular ốc đêm pop-up restaurant that serves grilled snails and other finger foods with ice cold beer.
Even tourist favorites such as Phở Hòa, 5Ku, Tib, Anthony Bourdain's 'Lunch Lady', Mây and Cục Gạch Quán are all within a kilometer's distance
And all that is not to put to shame the little sidewalk cafés as well as other trendier coffee shops that line our street.
Launching out from this location is the best thing about this place. You can easily stroll down to the central part of the city and catch the sights such as the Notre Dame, opera house, the post office, and art galleries on Dong Khoi.
Getting over to Ben Thanh market and the backpackers district will take a little longer - plan for a 30 minute walk, or a 5-minute taxi ride for $2.50 (50,000 VND).
We are a 2-minute walk from two bus stops that will also take you either in or out of downtown.
If you need to park a scooter or motorbike, we have secure and ample parking. There is also a spare bicycle available for a spin through town.
Other Things to Note
We hope we can make your stay one that will help you fall in love with the city as much as we have!
Just bring a curious mind and a hungry belly and you're guaranteed to thoroughly enjoy your stay in Saigon!
In case you're wondering about other odds and ends:
- smoking is allowed on the rooftop or terrace
- pets that know how to control their natural urges reasonably well are welcome
- singing in the shower and other artistic pursuits are encouraged
Tiffany and Luan are the best. We had a blast staying at their place (old AND new) and squeezing in hangouts together -- despite the chaos of moving week, they were incredible hospitable. Their neighborhood tips and central location made Saigon the perfect entree to our month in Vietnam. Thanks, guys! Hope to see you in Chicago in a few months!
The listing description was 100% accurate and the neighbourhood was very central, friendly, and safe, with plenty of places to enjoy great food! Tiffany and Luan were kind and thoughtful enough to prepare maps and recommended places to try, as well as inviting me to spend time out with them and their friends and sharing details of their important work in Vietnam as well as their experiences of life both in Vietnam and before they moved to HCMC. They also repeatedly asked me to let them know if i had any questions that they could help with. I had a great (if short) time in Saigon, and they were a large part of what made that a wonderful experience!
Tiffany and Luan were fantastic hosts.
Before we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, they gave us a lot of useful tips including how much to pay for the taxi and which taxi company is safe.
Our flight was delayed and Tiffany called us to check if we were ok.
Their house is beautiful, the bedroom very cosy with an awesome rooftop.
They had everything ready for us, they gave us a map of the city and recommend an excellent restaurant. They were also on standby to help us in case there was a problem. We still remember their words "just give us a call and we'll deal with it".
Tiff and Luan were the perfect hosts, there place is a sanctuary, especially after a long flight and weird time differences!
Perfect balance of hosting and hanging out with privacy and solo time. Their place is clean and secure, fresh filtered water in the room and air con for the muggy nights. I would recommend anyone stay with them, they'll make you feel at home in Saigon :)
Tiffany and Luan(and Dido) are great host. They are so kind and helpful, fully support our travel. Their advices were much helpful. Really thanks! I and my father entirely enjoyed the stay. Among all, dinner with them was perfect. Luan took us to local restaurant and ordered variety kind of dishes. That time was full of joy:)
Their home is not that far from the city center and the room was clean and had everything we need. So cozy house with great host. I definitely recommend staying here.
It was really great to arrive in Saigon and have sound advice on where to go when I got off the plane - the welcome and hospitality were more than I'd hoped for and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the garden get-away!
Luan is very friendly and helpful, we felt very welcome for the 2 short days we stayed there. The apartment is lovely, and the room was comfortable and had air conditioning, a water cooler and a fan. The rooftop terrace was awesome, and we enjoyed watching the storms roll in over the city whilst having a few beers!
Great room, lovely host and lively area. Would recommend staying here!
Though we both love the outdoors and being in nature, we've spent the last decade living in some of the world's largest cosmopolitans. If we're meeting you on airbnb, we're probably either offering you a room in our urban Saigon home, or inquiring about a visit to your home out in nature where we can escape the city bustle.