Bai Xep’s mid-range option
Haven was the second place to stay to appear on Bai Xep and true to its name, this five-room guesthouse is a little beachfront haven for travellers in need of a little more comfort.
Haven is now under the same ownership/management as the adjacent Big Tree Backpackers and Bistro, with all of the activity, dining and operations happening there rather than in Haven’s reception/terrace. It’s now a very quiet, unmanned spot, ideal for some alone time. If you need any service or help, you have to head to Big Tree.
There are upstairs or ground floor rooms and those with the veranda/balcony are the best as they have the sea view, to be enjoyed on the chair outside or from behind the glass double doors. If you tire of watching the sea, the room is equipped with a flatscreen TV. Rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, the terracotta tile floors, white walls, bamboo towel rack, wicker furniture and blue curtains giving a beachy feel. The king size bed with comfortable mattress is a treat, as well as the quiet air-con, WiFi, large drinking water dispenser, included breakfast and beach towels.
There were quite a few minor quibbles during our stay, mostly related to maintenance and upkeep. Our bathroom tap had muddy water for a couple of days and each time we had to let it run for several minutes before it cleared. The shower drains slowly, flooding the entire bathroom quickly. Also, at this price point, some light daily housekeeping and better attention to detail would be appreciated—the rinse off pot in front of our room hadn’t been changed in a long time and we had to point out the flourishing mosquito larvae to the staff.
The local staff are sweet and cheerful—top marks to them for making the extra effort to walk you to the main road, keep you company and ensure you get on the right bus. And if you’re feeling social, hungry, thirsty or all of the above, Big Tree Backpackers is two steps away.
Overall Bai Xep is a relaxed place and if you can relax, overlook the faults and the slightly overpriced deal, then Haven is a lovely abode to fall asleep listening to the waves.
Address: Bia Xep, Ghenh Rang, 10 km south of Qui Nhon
T: (098) 211 4906;
Coordinates (for GPS): 109º13'52.36" E, 13º41'8.34" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|720,000 dong||720,000 dong|
|Superior double room|
Veranda and a sea view
|850,000 dong||850,000 dong|
|Deluxe double room|
Large private balcony and sea view
|1,000,000 dong||1,000,000 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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