We stayed in Xuan Mai I hotel for one night.
The hotel itself was ok, kind of what is expected for a budget hotel in Vietnam. Cleanish, had AC but we got stuck next to a guy with his tv blaring all night so didn't get much sleep.
We got talked into buying trips from the hotel, and please don't do it. You can get them much cheaper elsewhere.
We took a 4 hour sunset boat trip along the river, this was pleasant. We also did a 4 hour trip the following morning to see the floating markets. Apart from the markets being a bit rubbish the boat driver kept getting lost, farting and crashed into a tree! We were told we would have an English guide to explain things but this did not happen.
We also took the homestay trip. This cost us a whopping $70 each. We were told we would get a private car with a tour guide. We would go to villages to see incence getting made and also tofu. We would get a ferry over to the homestay, then we could hire bikes, we would get a cooking lesson, have dinner, accomodation and breakfast.
The trip to the ferry, had the car not stopped would probably have taken about 45 mins top - they tell you it is 2.5-3 hours. The tour guide was a hyperactive 21 year old girl who kept taking our photos to put on facebook. Her English was very good, it was just unfortunate we couldn't really understand what she was saying.
The incence factory was not working that day as it was raining so we got to stand in their garden and watch them playing cards, getting eaten by mozzies and trying to interpret what the guide was saying.
The tofu factory was better, at least we actually saw something for 10 mins!
We arrived at the ferry, saw $10 each getting passed to the homestay guy then getting abandonned and not being sure what was going on.
The homestay was great, good value for money(if you had actually paid $10). The beds and bathroom facilities were good and clean. The accomodation is basic, kind of dormatories seperated by bamboo walls and curtains. Each bed has its own mozzie net and there are fans, it was quite warm through the night. The dinner they provided was lovely - a real feast, and breakfast was also good. The cooking lesson did not materialise. They have loads of bikes to use and could not do more to help you to pump up the tyres, etc.
There was also a guide at the homestay who was lovely, very helpful.
In summary, I would reccomend a homestay as part of your travels but organise it yourself - don't get suckered in by the sales people at the hotel! I still cannot believe we paid that much - Never again!
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