Homestay in Vietnam
Embrace culture & tradition
Live like a local with the locals
A Vietnam homestay vacation is a unique opportunity to experience a way of life we almost never get to see on a vacation. Hotels offer you a place to stay and enjoy the local area, but they do not offer you a true insight into cultures and traditions. Hotels cannot offer you the personal touch a homestay vacation will leave you touched with.
Homestays offer true exposure of the country and area you choose to spend your valuable vacation. It's your chance to become familiar with local lifestyles, learn the language and immerse yourself in the local culture of the country.
Homestays give you the opportunity to stay with a local and share their homes. In many cases you will be cooked for and attentively looked after by your host.
In some homes you may have space to relax and enjoy life in a local home. Imagine waking in the morning in a home where you are offered a traditional home cooked breakfast, followed by a walk around the local area, greeting other people and feeling part of a community.
Each homestay can be tailored to your specific needs. Homestay's can be escapism from the normalities, your chance to obtain wisdom about the culture and leave the country feeling like you got to know it's people.
Vietnam homestay vacations have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, with more tourists looking to take some time away from the familiarity of hotels and generic accommodation.
In Vietnam you have the option to stay in a diverse range of locations for your homestay.
Imagine a homestay in a family home located on a rice terrace nestled in the rice paddies, sit down in the evening and enjoy sipping locally made rice wine whilst taking in the peaceful views around you.
You could choose to stay within the hustle and bustle of a city, experience city life and walk the unknown wonders pf the city with your local hosts. See sights other tourists never get to see and really feel like you are getting to know the culture.
Eat from the best street food places, walk the best night markets and end the evening chatting and enjoying time within another culture.
You may even get to take part in a local festival or tradition, many festivals include traditional dance and food, with the entire village or community taking part. in Vietnam hosts are always attentive and will ensure you are well looked after and feel part of their celebration.
What should you be prepared for with a Homestay vacation?
• In some cases the hosts may speak very little English, it's polite to try and learn a few simple words (Please, thank you, goodbye), don't forget it's also a chance for your hosts to improve or learn English too.
• Be prepared! Depending on where you choose to stay you may not have the comforts a hotel can offer you. WIFI will almost not exist in rural locations, WC facilities maybe located outside and you maybe sleeping on a wooden bed without a thick mattress. All of these elements only add to the true homestay experience.
• Rural locations may mean you will have limited transport and you can guarantee nightlife will be quieter too. Food will be prepared on an open fire, villagers will walk around in traditional clothing and sanitary facilities will be simple. Although none of this is a bad thing to escape everyday life, we know it's why people choose something different from the normalities of their usual vacation.
• Choose to stay in a more 'touristy' village and homes will be newer and some will offer WIFI. Food will traditionally be cooked in the kitchen and the village locations are notoriously easier to get too. Sanitary facilities will be similar to western styles. Although this type of homestay is still a true experience the atmosphere is not as traditional as you would see in a rural village.
• Tourist area Homestay's offer you the hustle and bustle of a city or larger town. Homes are typically brick built, will have heating and most will offer WIFI and internet access. Many people find staying in a busier area gives them less of a 'real' experience, but if you still want to access tourist areas easily, staying closer to a city can be a great idea.
• Homestay hosts love to cook for their guests and you will be treated to local, traditional food. You maybe eating rice grown in local paddies, locally grown vegetables and fresh seasonal spices. Imagine sitting around the table with a local family and enjoying a freshly prepared traditional meal, it's a true insight into Vietnamese life. You may even get to learn how to cook traditional food too.
Vietnam homestay tours will really open your eyes to how people live and for you to learn about different cultures. Rural villages are often an eye opening experience for many, you get to see how people live so well on very little and they still go out of their way to make sure you are well looked after.
Using a well recognised Vietnamese tour guide like Vivutravel to book your homestay vacation tour will ensure you are not only well looked after, but you can tailor make your vacation to suit your needs.
If you want peace and tranquility of a rural village or the hustle and bustle of a city or town, Vivutravel will find the right homestay hosts for you. Hosts who will embrace you into their home, culture and family life.
A Vietnam homestay vacation really is a spectacular way of seeing the country and experiencing a new and amazing culture. You will feel welcomed, safe and relaxed in the company of your homestay hosts.
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