I have no words to describe this amazing family. I was couchsurfing in Hoi An with a host who I was very uncomfortable with. On my first night there I was infested by cockroaches while sleeping on the floor in a room with no fan and windows. I decided to walk down to the beach the following day, about 6km and think about what I should do. I rented a bike from the beach and headed back to the room, packed my stuff, left and got myself a nice room around 2km from the beach. I was welcomed by this non English speaking Vietnamese family who I had to google translate everything to manage to communicate with. At first I wasn’t feeling that well as it was really hard to communicate with, but as the evening came up I was dragged into the kitchen and found a nice meal waiting for me at the table. Although they couldn’t mouth one single English word, they still tried to make conversation with me. The following day I was woken up by the mother at around 11am and got once again dragged into the dining area, and found another huge meal that can easily feed 3 people waiting for me right there at the table. The previous day I had mentioned the word An Chay which means vegetarian in Vietnamese, so they knew well what they should prepare, and it was some of the best food I had ever had yet in Vietnam.
The following day I wanted to book a bus ticket to Nha Trang and they couldn’t understand well, so when the van to take me to My Son Ruins for the day arrived, they asked the driver to translate for us. They immediately called their son who came in the evening to help me sort things out. He apologized since he wasn’t there during the day as he and his sister had to be out of town for personal reasons, and he also explained how usually the whole family is there and spends time with guests especially for cooking classes and going to the market together. I explained that it was all good and I really appreciated their help even if it wasn’t the appropriate time for them to continue with guests. My final day there before I departed to Nha Trang, I was woken up by the daughter and told me that they had prepared for me another meal free of charge since I was going on a 12 hour night bus trip.
I would recommend anyone to pay a visit to this lovely family while staying in Hoi An. My experience there took a sharp turn from hell to heaven. I would love to pay them another visit myself and I regret the fact that I had to leave there very early as I still got much more places to visit before my visa here expires I will leave the address and photos below.
Flower Village Homestay
Hoi An, Vietnam
75 Le Thanh Tong, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Cam Chau