In October, every talk is all about Ha Giang. You can describe it, yes — rolling hills, dark mountains, black rock, deep green foliage, terraced fields, winding roads, alpine furs, adobe houses and especially the buckwheat season. However, your Vietnam Holiday deals will be incomplete if you miss the chance to choose a homestay in Ha Giang.
1. Culturally richer experiences
There is no better way to get an inside understanding about a culture than living with locals. When choosing a homestay in Ha Giang, you will immerse yourself into the culture of ethnic people, witness how they live on a daily basis, how they communicate, celebrate and dress up. They are all the things every traveler hopes for.
2. You don’t feel lost and lonely in a new place
Locals in Ha Giang are very friendly. Want to spend someday in one’s house? Just ask, they will let you in immediately. Likewise, the friendliness of Ha Giang people also makes you feel like visiting an acquaintance from another community and culture. Therefore, it gives you the comfort of both a hotel and a home.
3. “Real” traditional foods
This is one of the most important aspects for any travel-lust because you get to eat what the local populace eats on a regular basis. In hotels, the food you get is usually not as bona fide and regional since it is typically westernized to suit the fundamental taste of visitors.
They’re cheaper when compared to the experiences and services they offer. Hotels can get pretty damn expensive and if they’re the low-priced ones, they are usually not too clean and hygienic.
5. A home-stay, on the other hand, gives you personalized services.
Hotels tend to be highly professional with high-end managers, reception desks and too many visitors. If you need some tailored adjustments in the stuff you like to eat, it’s easy to work that out. You are treated as guests, not as clients.
6. Living in a homestay is cool and different.
Living in a hotel is sometimes too commonplace and boring. One of the finest aspects is that they generate income for the local people and you’d feel good for having done something for the natives of the place you’re travelling to. It’s a fruitful effort towards the direction of eco-tourism.
7. Living with locals lets you become familiar with a place on an altogether different level.
You can sit with the family and talk with them for hours. They can also help you with regional knowledge of things and places. Moreover, they aren’t tied up with organizations or companies that might try to con you. In fact, your host can assist you in finding fair-priced deals for all the activities you look forward to doing.
8. Being a part of the number of travel stories
Guests are treated as family and thus are invited to various family functions and local ceremonies. You’d actually make much more memories while residing in a home-stay than you could have imagined whilst staying at a hotel.
9. A refreshing return to simplicity
As someone always says “Our life is frittered away by details”. That means the more you have, the more you have to worry about. It seem to be that the modern life with accustomed to cable TV, mattresses and air-conditioning makes people forget how much we don’t really need any of it. You will be amazed at how happy you are when there is only a hammock on the porch to lie on, a dinner in a circle on the floor or some homemade “ruou” (rice wine).
10. Instructed by best tour guides
One of the things any traveler fantasizes about is trekking in the majestic but dangerous mountains in Ha Giang. However, everything will go easy in case you are instructed by a local people who you live with. They will instruct you to pass through small rickety villages, stare down at immense valleys, and watch the scenery change.