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Ms. May Kieu's Homestay
Ranked #31 of 152 Sapa B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 3, 2014

My homestay visit with Ms. May Kieu and her family was for one night on 19th March, 2014. I took the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Kai and then jumped on one of the many minivans for the 35km. ride through the mountains to Sa Pa.
Once in Sa Pa, I was met shortly after by May Kieu's husband who picked me up on his motorbike and drove me back to their village home in Ta Phin.
After showing me my room, we went on a hike through mountain ranges, up valleys, down ridges, and into a cave. It was an adventure, not for the weak but a rare opportunity to see the sightlines from a villager's viewpoint.
Once back at the homestay, I was welcomed by May Kieu and her two wonderful children Tay and Dee. We had a hearty homecooked meal and got to know each other a bit better. After dinner, May's mother prepared an herbal bath for me. The process was interesting to watch but even better to partake in. It was totally relaxing and good for the body and soul, I was told.
My room was comfortable and clean. The family was more than obliging to help make my stay enjoyable.
I would recommend this homestay for those who want to experience something out of the ordinary, to live with a Red Dao family and at the same time, see how they live. There are a lot of traditions and customs that they adhere to, so one must be respectful of their ways and at the same time, learn about another culture steeped in tradition and history.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

We stayed with May Kieu and her family for three days in June 2013. She looked after us well, serving a selection of delicious meals, some of which we enjoyed helping her prepare for (a great way of learning how to cook vietnamese dishes!) During our stay we accompanied May Kieu into the woodland area to collect 13 plants for a herbal bath- definitely give this a go! She and her husband's two beautiful children were a lot of fun. The scenery is absolutely stunning, and trek to the city of Sapa is a great activity, (however the rain prevented us from doing this). The bedrooms were extremely comfortable, with spacious mosquito nets fitted. May Kieu introduced us to many other locals, all of whom were friendly and welcoming. This homestay was fabulous and very affordable, couldn't recommend it more!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

During the cold month of January I stayed with May Kieu and her wonderful family for two nights at their homestay in the small village of Ta Phin which is approximately 8km north of Sapa. I was welcomed into the family home and from the very start made to feel like part of the family. During my stay there we did many things including, exploring the local cave which goes on for miles, take a trip up the mountain to collect plants for a lovely herbal bath, and take a hike from the village to Sapa, walking across paddy fields and through tiny villages.
May Kieu cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day and even though I don't eat meat she was really obliging in meeting my dietary requirements. The portions were always huge, more than I cold ever eat and the food delicious. In fact her spring rolls are the stuff of legend and when washed down with copious amounts of rice wine ensured a very contented evening.
I would definitely recommend a stay at May Kieu's place to anyone who wanted to experience a piece of the real Vietnam. It's perhaps not for people who can't stand to be away from a television for any great deal of time or want five star luxury, but if you're one of those people you're probably not reading this review anyway. I might have only stayed there for two nights but the memories of the warmth and kindness showed to me in Ta Phin will last a lifetime.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
1  Thank Matt D
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

I've stayed with May Kieu and her family three times on trips to Ta Phin. The rooms are a nice size, the beds are comfortable and the food is delicious. Her family is also very welcoming. It is always very relaxing to stay here. The location is excellent. It is a little removed from the main village square where tourists get dropped off and picked up so it is much quieter. Still the walk to the square is no more than 10 minutes. If you want to learn more about Yao (Dao), May Kieu and her neighbours are very keen to talk or you can take a stroll around the village and see what people are up to. This is definitely a great place to stay if you want to get a feel for life in a Yao (Dao) village!

Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Stayed for 2 weeks in Taphin at Ms May Kieu's homestay. The village is truly rustic and the scenery is breathtaking! May Kieu's family is super friendly and you meet many of the locals through them. Her home is very comfortable considering how primitive the village is. We really enjoyed the private bedrooms, a real shower and a flush toilet. The meals were delicious and our walks to the village square, fun and interesting. Ms. May Kieu's family made us feel very welcome and treated us like we were part of the family! They are wonderful people and we cannot wait to go back! A unique and enjoyable experience. We recommend it to anyone who is looking to enjoy a stay off the beaten path!

Room Tip: The rooms are large and fairly private
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

Stayed with May and her family for two nights, the food was amazing and we could never finish it all. May has decent English and you also spend time with her sisters who also speak quite good English. In the days we were there we did around 9 hours trekking with variable difficulty, learnt to embroider and explored a local cave that rivalled phong nha. It's in a good location, ta phin, it's a smaller village away from the busier tourism areas.
Would recommend to anyone and everyone.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 14, 2016
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  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Ms. May Kieu's Homestay

Address: Village of Ta Phin, Unit #4, Sapa, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Lao Cai Province > Sapa
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Ranked #31 of 152 B&Bs / Inns in Sapa
Price Range: $3 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
I would like to welcome you to our friendly village of Ta Phin, 17 km northeast of Sapa, which is alive with the daily life of the Red Dao, Black H'moung and Kinh people. My family is of the Red Dao Hilltribe people. We would like to welcome you to our home so you can enjoy the cultural experience of learning about the many hill tribes. We have 3 comfortable home stay rooms & a new 3 piece bathhouse. ... more   less 

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