Maison Hai Ly,
Our Sumptuous Homestay Garden-Villa in Ha Noi


    Mrs. Hai Ly, one of the partners of Oriental Bridge, offers you a magnificent homestay, her own garden-villa located in a chic district just across the Red River, reputed for its many famous Vietnamese artist residents.

The calm and quietness of the countryside in a small peninsula between the Red River and the Duong River 15-min drive from Old Hanoi.

 


  The villa, 80 m² of sheer elegance, is an extraordinary exact replica of a 18th century Hoi An house, dismantled and reassembled in a beautiful 350 m² private flower garden.

It includes a huge room of extreme beauty, with varnished wood posts and beams and a full-length glass front opening on the garden, which combines an immense living-dining room and an open kitchen. In the back, a very elegant bedroom and bathroom (shower).
 
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  The utmost care has been taken in the decoration, supervised by a French architect-decorator : the large room is in wood and stone from Thanh Hoa, used since centuries, in particular for the building of the Imperial Mausoleums of Hue, the floor in Colonial Style tiles, and the bedroom/bathroom floor is in beautiful blond wood; antique furniture and antiquities complete the décor, including a magnificent bronze Buddha.  


The equipment is au par with the design and decoration : combined air-condition/heat system in each room, a beautiful Chinese wood stove in the living room, and an elegant glass shower.

Oriental Bridge offers to his guests all the services expected from such a villa :
  • Possibility of traditional Vietnamese meals upon order in advance
  • Bicycles for short rides in the surrounding countryside (pagodas, rice fields, small markets, etc.)
  • Taxi service to the center of Ha Noi
  • Laundry service
  • Cooking classes in the villa or at the famous Chim Sao restaurant in Old Ha Noi.

Rates are quite reasonable for such superb quality: $90 for two guests, $15 per extra person (one adult or two children maximum), including a delicious breakfast prepared by the owner’s family.


French Guide du Routard 2013, page 147:

In the eastern suburbs of Hanoi, on the other side of the Long Bien Bridge, about 15-mn drive, in a countryside district inhabited by a lot of artists. At the bottom of a garden, a superb wooden house, dismantled, re-assembled and equipped, and which counts one bedroom only (glass-wall bathroom). Guests thus enjoy the entire 80 m² (720 sq ft). Full comfort despite the venerable age of the walls, and a true modern and completely equipped French kitchen opening on the living room. Terrace, free bicycles, meals on request, guided excursions, cooking lessons, etc. True countryside luxury in Hanoi !


La Maison Hai Ly
Address : No. 8, 437 Ngoc Thuy
Long Bien – Ha Noi
Tel. : (84) 902 19 09 07
Email :infoorientalbridgetravel@gmail.com


Maison Anh Ngoc, our homestay in Old Hanoi


Ideally located in a small building close to St Joseph's Cathedral, Maison Anh Ngoc consists on the ground floor of a beautiful gallery of paintings and a kitchenette. An elevator takes you to the first floor, where there are two guest bedrooms, one with a double bed and a beautiful suite of two double bedrooms, both with bathroom, air conditioner, ceiling fan and fridge.


     


The delightful lady-owner prepares you a breakfast on request (or you can do it yourself) and, for the main meals, the restaurants abound nearby: on the square of the cathedral, the excellent Mediterraneo, one of the best establishments restaurants in the city, the charming little La Place, its balcony overlooking the square and its delicious Franco-Vietnamese cuisine, as well as many street restaurants, and, a 5-minute walk away, the famous Pho 10 and its choice of a good twenty pho all better than each other. Nearby, rue des Routards Pho Huyen is full of small restaurants and bars at low prices. One of Hanoi's best guesthouse addresses!

Very reasonable prices for all these qualities: 350,000 VND for the room, 700,000 for the suite, breakfasts not included.


Maison Kieu, our homestay house
in Tam Coc (Ninh Binh / Halong-Bay-on-Land)


    A truly exceptional guest house for two reasons: it is situated in a quiet maze of narrow streets in the middle of the old village of Van Lam, commonly known as Tam Coc, and the fact that one of the two structures is a very old house similar to those of the famous ancient village of Duong Lam (Mong Phu). Tam Coc is famous as the "capital" of the Halong Bay with its limestone peaks rising from the rice fields, for the wide variety of sites to visit (boat trips on rivers, temples and pagodas, Hang Mua peak, ancient capital from Hoa Lu, Phat Diem cathedral, etc.), and for the activities of the locals, rice growing and especially embroidery whose village is a big center in Vietnam.

The village is located at the edge of the Red River Delta and the mountains of North-West Vietnam, 8 km from the city of Ninh Binh south of Hanoi (3 hours by train, two and a half hours by the new highway)


 



  The house consists of two buildings overlooking a large courtyard filled with bonsai. On the left, a very old structure unique to Tam Coc, with old doors, beams and wooden pillars, all similar to the old pagodas of the region; it is the living room, with fireplace and a small adjoining room.

The house has 2 bedrooms: a large one located in a small building separate from the old house, and a small one in the old house, each with an outdoor bathroom. The meals, prepared in a traditional way by the lady of the house, Mrs. Khuyen, are served in the old house or under the pergola of the garden.

   


Price per person in dollars : $ 15 breakfast included. Dinner $ 10.