Hiep’s family have been farmers for generations. He now lives with his parents and grandparents as it is traditional.
Hiep and his wife both work on the farm and do embroidery during their free time. Hiep also has a part-time job as a cook in a local restaurant, but it does not provide enough income on its own. From time to time, Hiep’s parents, (aside from working in the fields) provide tours at Tam Coc’s “terrestrial Halong Bay” scenery thanks to the sampan they own.
One day, as we were talking about the idea of developing tourism in Tam Coc while improving local families’ lives in a café, Hiep told us he was interested. He invited us to visit his house, a beautiful one in the countryside with a modern style, popular among farmers in Vietnam. At first, we were not expecting to see the house that we saw.
We were impressed by the size of it and by the rice fields surrounding the land. There is a courtyard at the front of the house and a fish breeding complex nearby which is essential for three main reasons. The first one is that it provides fish for the whole family, the second one is that it brings freshness to the house, the third reason is that, according to Vietnamese beliefs, a fish breeding center will keep evil spirits from coming into the house. Vegetable gardens and an orchard surround the house. As a result, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding rice fields on the second floor.
After several visits there, we thought that Hiep and his family were very hospitable and kind so that they would be perfect hosts. Indeed, they are always happy to explain their daily life to visitors and are proud of their country and village.
At Hanoi Voyages, we genuinely want to improve local farmers’ lives. By bringing guests to stay at their homestay. Hanoi Voyages ensures that Hiep’s homestay always has a steady supply of customers, all eager to explore a more relaxed pace of life in the countryside. Discover a different side to modern Vietnam, and be welcomed into Hiep’s family!