Sanh Thuan homestay is named after the owner’s children, Sanh and Thuan. The owners, Mr. Duong and Ms. Hoa, are very friendly and welcoming. They are also farmers, cultivating maize, cassava and bamboo. Their eldest son Sanh used to work in a number of locations in Vietnam, but has now returned to his home to develop his skills and capacity to support his parents in managing their homestay.
Sanh Thuan homestay is located close to the main road in Ke village and beside the Ke spring. The stilt house was renovated in January 2015 and is capable of accommodating 10 people. Sanh, who has been trained in cooking and hospitality, is very excited to be participating in the project. He believes that the energy, landscape and hospitality of the local people are the perfect mix to develop CBT in Da Bac as a means of sustainable poverty alleviation.
“I felt challenged in the early stages of the project due to the inexperience of my family in the hospitality industry. However, we have learnt a lot through training, interaction with experts and study tours”. ” – Mrs Hoa
They are now better equipped and feel relieved due to the support from other members in the community when catering for large bookings. Sanh expects that the model of CBT will benefit their standard of living, but also preserve traditions and customs of the Muong ethnic group.