The host canceled my reservation 62 days before arrival.
The host canceled my reservation 5 days before arrival.
The host canceled my reservation 2 days before arrival.
These are great people, but unfortunately my ignorance of the Vietnamese language made it impossible for me and they to be able to have a meaningful exchange of information and ideas. Ngyuen (the son) who is fluent in English was tied-up with some big projects at work. I could tell his parents were great people who did their best to make me feel at home. They knew more English than I knew Vietnamese, but not enough to close the gap.
Notwithstanding the language gap, I feel I was able to see how a typical Ho Chi Minh City family lives and got to share some delicious meals prepared by Nguyen's mom. We didn't need language to enjoy each other's company.
Their home is comfortable and located in District 8 a little away from the city center, but for 30 or 40,000 VND (about $2 U.S.) you can get a ride on a motor bike into the central area in about 10-15 minutes.
I believe that Nguyen under normal circumstances would have been able to bridge the language gap.
Some things in life you anticipate will be good, and then they turn out several dimensions above what you thought they would be. This is one of them. In a quite local cul-de-sac a few hundred meters from the main drag (which is just over the river ... less than 10 mins walk), you will be treated to genuinely warm hospitality. Your room is on the top level, private with Asian bathroom, table, fan, ample lighting and air, and free WiFi!!
Quang and his family welcome you into their family; his Dad makes awesome morning coffee and I enjoyed great times and food during my stay.
This is not accommodation for a 'hotel' traveller, but for a hostel or backpacker journeyer you will be assured of a 'local' experience, genuine hospitality and many memories of the real Ho Chi Minh. As the title says - Accommodation and Cultural Exchange.
Getting a bus from the station/stop over the river is dead easy to all of the attractions (cost 4 Dong); and approx 10 mins either way to Notre Dame or the Chinese Market. Better still, Quang will provide you with a laminated cheat sheet for getting to/from your digs.
Although it is not exactly in the city center, the family is very welcoming and the house is really clean. We slept in a bright bedroom with a small balcony and two windows, a bathroom and a fan situated on the second floor of the house. We experienced the non touristic Saigon.