I stayed with Mrs May Kieu's family for three nights in early May 2014. There is a tendency for there to be large bunkhouse style home stays in Vietnam and I was looking for something more authentic. I found it with May and here family who were very warm and hospitable. The house is just outside of the village and nicely placed to be quiet and yet not far from center. I was picked up by May in Sapa and perched on the back of her scooter for the short journey. She showed me around the village and the school. Her family are delightful once they get over their shyness. I asked if she could find interesting people who were willing to be photographed. This turned out to a great adventure since sometimes after a short chat I was able to set up my photograph and on other occasions chased out of the house with a big grin by an 80+ year old grandmother. The rooms were fine and the food excellent. I enjoyed the steam of village people who passed through the house since some came for a chat, others for a free meal (she's very generous), and others to sell textiles. The herbal bath was fascinating to watch and relaxing.
- 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