Hideaway by the canal
Set on the south side of An Binh Island, Ba Linh Homestay has a collection of smart, brick finished rooms in a longhouse style set-up.
As with the nearby Phuong Thao Homestay (they are perhaps 100 metres apart), Ba Linh is not on the water, but rather on the off side of a dike lining a canal. This means there are no water views (though boat trips and other such activities are still available).
Rooms were simple but well–presented in a longhouse set-up, each with their own bathroom—a rarity among the An Binh homestays. The rooms are brick finished but absolutely devoid of decoration—a bit of a curious choice. When we arrived we couldn’t find any staff (nor guests) whatsoever, but the rooms were all open so we took a poke around.
As with Phuong Thao there is a large restaurant area and plenty of hammocks laying around, and we imagine with both of these places (as with most of the homestays) custom is irregular—deserted one day, then jammed the next when a group arrives.
Like Happy Family Homestay, these two are quite isolated, and without your own transport, you’ll feel a bit stranded—if you’d prefer to be able to walk into the village, then consider Nam Thanh Homestay. Of the two, we thought the rooms at Ba Linh were considerably better than those at Phuong Thao. Both are listed on most online booking agents.
Address: 95 An Thanh, An Binh, Vinh Long
T: (0270) 385 8683;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º59'4.56" E, 10º16'11.69" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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