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Report #11 - A real homestay in Phan Thiet

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Report #11 - A real homestay in Phan Thiet

Next installment of my reports (I think it is time to remove the label JB...)

As I am posting the reports seperately here is a list of the entries so far:

JBR 10:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293…

JBR 9:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293…

JBR 8:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g214…

JBR 7:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g214…

JBR 6:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g214…

JBR 5

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g214…

JBR 4:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g214…

JBR 3:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g151…

JBR 2:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293…

JBR 1:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293…

After visitng Hanoi and HCMC, and the fantastic trip to Ha Gaing and Cao Bang province it can be very difficult to for any new places to live up to that. But somehow it did. It was actually one of my favourite experiences in Vietnam so far.

So where did I go? Phan Thiet.

Most tourists heading to that area visit Mui Ne or Ham Tien. When I left HCMC by bus I actually didn't know excatly where I was going. The reason for that was that I was invited to visit to a friend's family. I only knew it was in Phan Thiet, and it was a homestay. Most people know that this phrase has different meaning in Vietnam.

In that case, a homestay really meant a homestay. I stayed at the home of a family, and not a touristy homestay. Located on a tiny road, surrounded by dragon fruit plantation, no A/C, no real bed but one of these hard Vietnamese wooden platfrom thingies. But the three nights there were just amazing. While I visited some areas there like the sand dunes, passing Ham Tien and Mui Ne on the way to Hon Rom beach. But the highlight was spending time with a large family of a friend, feeling like a guest and not as a tourist. I know you have to be very lucky to experience something like that - it is a priviledge. And as a result I see these three days really as one of my highlights of all my travels in SEA. And it showed me once again why I love visiting Vietnam, and while I constantly return whenever it is possible.

This is a slightly different report - maybe not a lot that could be helpful with recommendations and advise - but still, I thought it would be a nice thing to share a different story of Phan Thiet.

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1. Re: Report #11 - A real homestay in Phan Thiet

The uncle removed the scorpion from the bottle?

lamkem.net/cach-ngam-ruou-bo-cap-bo-duong-du…

Haha, just kidding.

I don't think he used scorpion as an ingredient for the wine.

But then again, who knows.

It's Việt Nam.

Great read, Stefan.

Cheers,

John

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2. Re: Report #11 - A real homestay in Phan Thiet

Great read, mate!

And what a fantastic experience it must have been.

So real and authentic. Just brilliant!

But you did have me scratching my head for a minute with this -

"So I was sitting near the beach with great people, drinking cold beer and eating nice food while the sun was out – at 11pm."

Just blame the beer. ;-)

Cheers mate,

Scott

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3. Re: Report #11 - A real homestay in Phan Thiet

Haha, I noticed the 11 P.M. thing, too.

But who cares.

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4. Re: Report #11 - A real homestay in Phan Thiet

Great JBR Scotsman! very envious that you were able to do a real homestay, best thing about travelling I reckon if you ever have to good fortune to experience it.

Those dragonfruits look awesome!! hoping they are in season when we go next year. I love that stuff but costs a fortune here in Australia :(

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5. Re: Report #11 - A real homestay in Phan Thiet

The hard thing about fruit in Vietnam is that there are years in which the price is so low, growers may even lose money.

Look at this price :

thanhnien.vn/kinh-doanh/thanh-long-mien-tay-…

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6. Re: Report #11 - A real homestay in Phan Thiet

2000 dong a kilo !! last time I bought one from the local Asian greengrocer and it's costing close to 50k dong per dragonfruit!

Hope I do hit the right season for it. SEA fruits are awesome - dragonfruits, rambutans, mangosteens, jackfruits.

And this is why I stack on the kilos when I go anywhere nears SEA :(

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7. Re: Report #11 - A real homestay in Phan Thiet

How about 20K VNDong for a dozen of grade 3 coconuts (at the orchard) or 40K for the top grade in the Mekong.

…zing.vn/20000-dong-12-trai-dua-xiem-ben-tre…

Hey, at least the late Coconut Monk looks slim on his coconut diet.

…vietnamnet.vn/fms/…

Scotsman, you could come and take over his shrine and religion, haha.

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John

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8. Re: Report #11 - A real homestay in Phan Thiet

What an enjoyable read Scotsman, and a wonderful experience for you!

One's first stay in a Vietnamese home is always the one remembers most and remains the most special. Fortunately mine didn't involve scorpions. :-) But not seafood either as the village was inland between Hanoi and Bat Trang, and the main cash crops were guavas and herbs, so nowhere near as exotic as dragon fruit.

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9. Re: Report #11 - A real homestay in Phan Thiet

Mmmh, it seems I got confused with an A and P. Well - it has been corrected. Even in Vietnam the sun is not shining at 11pm!!!!

And John - the scorpions were not eaten. They were only used as football to kick them away from the day, and then used for target practise with a brick. There was nothing left of them to use for food or drinks.

And the prices for fruits is very low - but 2.000 Dong per kg is terrible. I think we all are always happy that food is so cheap in Vietnam (and not just delicious) but we easily forget that with the money the farmers etc are not earning a lot - if at all.

Linda: I am sure you will find plenty of fruits there. I love dragon fruits and rambutans (preferring the sweeter version), so enjoy the healthy diet ;)

CB, you are right. Such a visit is something very special. And at the time I thought I might not return, even though I had to promise to do so. And 4 month later I was back, and it was so great to be there again - meeting more of the family. Even the baby remembered me for some very strange reason. I just arrived, he looked at me and stretched his little arms out straight away, so i could take him. And they really try hard to teach me some Vietnamese with limited success (though the 6 year old boy manage to trach me counting to ten (he learned to count to ten in English). So there is still hope!!

So yes, I feel very happy that I was able to experience it, and would not change that for anything in the world. You never know - I might return there for a third time in the future.

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