Vietnam ‒ a land of astonishing natural beauty and cultural complexities. From its dynamic megacities to hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is without a doubt both exotic and compelling. This fascinating country has drawn travellers from all around the world, be it to gaze over the charming seascape of limestone islands from the deck of a traditional junk in Halong Bay or to fill your stomachs with traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
As a better way to gain an authentic insight to the local culture, homestays with ethnic residents have been gaining popularity amongst travellers where they would be sharing absolutely everything with their hosts.
However, it has been a challenging run for homestay hosts. Though travellers were up for putting up in homestays for the experience as compared to hotels, the homestays that were available were too basic. To solve this issue, Bui Thi Nhan, with over 15 years’ of experience in the tourism industry have started running tours into Vietnam’s remote northern parts since 2012. Her focus was on sustainable journeys and homestays formed an integral segment of this experience.
Nhan took a year to carry out research, conversing with other tour operators, tourists as well as communities, and was determined to put plans in place so as to elevate Vietnam’s homestay landscape. Together with her team of three, Nhan set up Ecohost, which aims to help communities set up their homestays. As they often have limited experience in marketing and selling their products, homestay communities would be able to uniformly package and present their homestays. The website would also provide travellers with a convenient way of booking an accommodation. Ecohost is currently working on plans to connect with online tour operators and more homestays to collaborate with and more options would be available for travellers in the near future.
If you’re heading to Vietnam for your next trip, get started on your own homestay experience by browsing through what Ecohost has to offer.