I still can't recall how I found Rip Tide when I was searching for accommodation in Nha Trang - maybe it was meant to be!?! Anyway I have been to Nha Trang before and wanted something different to the normal touristy hotel. What I found is an absolute gem. The house is tucked away in a wonderful local neighbourhood where you get lots of smiles from the locals. Especially from a lady who sold me a 7000 dong bottle of water. I thought I gave her a 10000 note and told her to keep the change - I later realized it was 100000. Every time I walked past her face lit up...anyway the rooms are very comfy and have AC and TV. Walking distance to amazing restaurants and a 5 minute taxi trip to tourist area. Our host Mai made us feel like family. She cooked a beautiful breakfast for us every morning and is simply a beautiful interesting woman who can't do enough to make your stay enjoyable. The roof is a great spot for a beer and to listen to the local unique noise of the neighborhood. The highlight of the trip was a one day motorbike tour that the owner Owen had organized for us prior to arriving. One of the most enjoyable days I have experienced traveling. During the tour i somehow ended up at a wedding reception in a remote village. Before I new it, i was on stage in a beer drinking competition, while dancing, in front of 200 clapping guests. Just one highlight of many. Anyway take a chance and stay here. I hope to be back. Thank you Mai.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riptide Homestay is a unique accommodation offering western comforts and security away from the tourist areas in a local Vietnamese neighborhood near the University with excellent street foods and seafood close by. It is a short walk or bus ride to the beaches, downtown, and the Thap Ba mud baths. The main tourist area is easily reached by bus or taxi. We offer a stay in "Real Vietnam" ... more less