Wow! What a week! I stumbled upon Haven Guesthouse's web site by chance and I'm so glad I made the effort to rearrange my bus tickets so I could get there. Rosie and Huw, the two Aussie hosts go to great lengths to make every guest feel at home. I stayed in the 7-bed dorm for eight days and I couldn't be more pleased with my experience. The dorm was the nicest I have yet to stumble upon in all of my travels. Extremely comfortable matteresses, cold air conditioning and fans, secure cabinets for your valuables, and a spacious ensuite bathroom (with hot water!) all for a very affordable price. The atmosphere of Haven is welcoming and relaxing with comfortable lounging areas spread throughout the small property, each with its own stunning view of the sea. Waking up to gorgeous ocean sunrises and the sound of the surf crashing on shore cannot be beat. Each morning began with a hearty and delicious breakfast that often included fresh tropical fruit, pancakes, eggs, fresh baguettes, oatmeal, yogurt, coffee, tea and more. The amazing breakfasts are included in the price of your stay and you can opt to join Rosie, Huw and the other guests for a home-cooked, family-style meal in the evenings. Even after a week of staying there, the meals offered didn't repeat and I was very pleased with the variety of fresh Vietnamese, western and international offerings. Lastly and most importantly, the village and the beaches surrounding Haven Guesthouse make for quite the escape from the tiring tourist trail. There is relatively no tourism in the village, so you're never pressured to buy souvenirs or services. You can go into the village to purchase a locally made lunch or simply interact with the friendly and very curious locals. Overall, I am extremely pleased with my stay at Haven and I was very sad when it came time to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Haven Vietnam is a small friendly beachfront guesthouse and bar with stunning views. Off the beaten track and perfect for relaxing and time out after visiting the busy tourist destinations. Delicious and filling breakfast included in tariff, delicious lunch and dinner menu at Big Tree Bistro next door, sunset cocktails. Comfortable king-size beds and spacious ensuites. Four double rooms and one family room (double bed and two bunks). Come and feel a part of our Vietnamese and Australian family. Come as our guests, leave as our friends. ... more less