We travelled as a couple with 3 kids - 9,11 and 1.5 yrs. We stayed in the Stilt house which is a tribal communal house on raised platform retrofitted with glass windows and air cond. It was wonderfully decorated with tribal paraphernalia. The beds were placed on the carpeted floor and each sleeping space partitioned off by curtains from the next so be warned - there is very little privacy! Fortunately we were the only group there at that time so we had run of the house. Bathrooms (2) are off to one side and is fitted with glass shower area, WC and very clean. There are other living options in different types of houses. Check out their website. And the dining area is a 200 yrs old wooden church transplanted from another town beam by beam! Fans of architecture will have a whale of a time here although purist may turn their noses at the haphazard way these buildings have been set next to one another. I am just glad I don't have to trudge through the whole of Vietnam to see these.
This place is priced to include 3 sq meals, various activities and guides. We only had to pay extra for the drinks and the laundry. Overall, it worked out to be a very cheap luxury stay. And the staff did their outmost to see that we had all that we needed. Communication in English can be a problem but that is the case in most places in Vietnam.
Our aim was to learn more about rural Vietnam and its people and it was achieved here. And the great thing is after a day of trampling in dirt paths and occasional mud, we come back to clean beds, warm baths and a good meal. Food served is traditional Vietnamese but they did make a batch of fries for my kids who had fast food withdrawal.
Note this is not a resort even though it is decorated like a resort. Don't expect butler service, there is no activity after sundown and no bar. Only beer and limited wine. Service is provided with a lot of sincerity and that is something I appreciate.
On hindsight, the countryside in summer is not a great place to bring a toddler but we survived and now the locals have a new phrase - Crazy Tourists! - after my cycling tour with a hatless toddler in a child carrier (she had refused to wear a hat!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you really care about Vietnamese culture and want to experience yourself the life of a traditional Hanoian, this is really the tour you can not afford to miss. Here comes a uniquely exciting tour for you to explore the true beauty of ancient Hanoi.A perfect place for family stay, weekend holidays and anyone who is in a big love with countryside and wants to get a real taste of Vietnam rural daily life and culture.Moon Garden HomeStay is located in Ky Son Village, Xuan Son Commune, Son Tay District, Hanoi, Vietnam. It is 55 km far from Hanoi Center and 4 km from Duong Lam Ancient Village and Mia Pagoda. There are two types of wooden houses in which:- 4 Ancients Wooden houses which are elegantly and comfortably restored with 8 rooms privately. - 1 Wooden House on Stilt - a Pile dwelling, typical house restored elegantly and comfortably which is a shared big house of 9 shared rooms. ... more less
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