This homestay is a quirky place, but it allows backpackers to experience Hoi An’s picturesque countryside while being conveniently close to An Bang Beach.
It has new dorms and one of the best value private rooms within reasonable distance to An Bang.
To get to An Bang, you’ll take Hai Ba Trung Road and just before you reach the coast, the road runs right through Tra Que Village, an isle known for its many vegetable gardens and farms. Happily situated in the eastern tip of the isle is Nhu Que Vegetable Village Homestay and when we arrived, we found the owners busily shelling heaps of peanuts. This village is very much about growing good things to eat and earthy folk will love the sight of everyone industriously tending to their plants or harvest.
The quirkiness comes from the two very different types of accommodation to choose from: either a private room in the new, bland modern three-storey home or a dorm in a very charming traditional style building. The small private rooms are your typical Vietnamese guesthouse room, with air-con, WiFi, small flatscreen TV, table, chair and a sparkling tile wet-room bathroom with hot water shower. It would appeal to flashpackers.
The dorms have more character, atmosphere and are a great price. The wooden building, which is adorned with lanterns, has wooden doors, large windows and two rooms, one with five beds and the other with three. When we visited in May 2016, the building and the furnishings were all new, including the brand new mattresses still wrapped in plastic. There was an attached outdoor bathroom with shower, also brand new. The dorm is kitted with fans, electric plugs but no lockers. It’s not as if this place will be hopping with guests though. The family doesn’t speak English and for now, this homestay flies under the radar.
The room rate does not include breakfast. We spotted some bicycles so An Bang Beach and its many eateries are a good option for food, otherwise it is a 4.5 kilometre journey to the town. If you want a lively crowd or don’t want to wake up to the sound of roosters in the morning, this is probably not the place for you. Budget traveller who enjoys rural scenes while being an easy bike ride to the sea, Nhu Que Vegetable Village Homestay is the spot.
Address: Tra Que Village, 2 km south of An Bang, Cam Ha Ward, Hoi An
T: (0905) 460 258;
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º20'32.54" E, 15º54'10.76" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled||180,000 dong||180,000 dong|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||400,000 dong||400,000 dong|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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