I have already reviewed Dats Heavenley Homestay in the Sapa trecking as the Heavenley Homestay was not up at the time of our stay but I had to do another for the homestay itself.We stayed with Dat in Dec 2011 for 1 night.We were lucky to have had him as our guide provided through our hotel for the 3 days we were in Sapa.He gave us lots of options as to how we wanted our stay to go in Sapa.He asked us if we would like to stay at his newly opened homestay or at the Red Dao where all the tourists stay for their homestay.We decided to stay at Heavenley Homestay and it was the best thing we could have done.On the day of the homestay he asked us whether we wanted to go the more scenic yet longer route or the same route taken by the tourists.Of course we decided on the scenic route.Just a work of caution.If you are lacking in fitness or have bad knees then maybe think twice as you are taken up and down hills,through rice fields and villages.Amazing views but a hard slog(well for me it was) but well worth every groan.The homestay was beautifully designed and very clean.The village around it not so much.Downstairs Dat lives with his wife and two kids(maybe more now).Upstairs there are 4 rooms and a living area and a balcony overlooking the village.Thin mattresses and gorgeous warm quilts which are needed in the 0 degree temperatures.Western toilets which are brand new and all soaps,shampoos and toiletries provided so you dont need to carry lots of luggage with you for the stay.We took jumpers and toothbrushes basically for the night.Food was amazing as Dat has trained as a chef.Plenty of it and of excellent quality.After we had trecked the 12kms to the Black Mong village ,Dat took us to the Red Dao where the other homestays are.There were pool tables and a bar so if that is what you are looking for then stay there.The Red Dao village was worth the visit which is 7kms from Heavenley Homestay and an easy walk.Very touristy but we enjoyed it.I couldnt recommend this place highly enough and it was the highlight of our 3 week trip to Vietnam.
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- ***Please send booking requests or questions to : datsapa at gmail*** Welcome to Heavenly Homestay, which offers you the chance to stay in the middle of a rural village in Northern Vietnam, surrounded by beautiful fields and interesting local culture.We organise all aspects of your stay here, providing fresh, local food (including cooking lessons if you wish!) and guided tours of the local area, as well as further afield. You can also, like past visitors, choose to get involved with the local community, including teaching English to children from the village, and even farming with locals! ... more less
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