After graduating from college and working at a bar in Hoi An,
Phan Mai Thien Tam decided to start out on her own.
Tam, 24, got the idea to start a homestay service after going on trans-Viet Nam
and trans-ASEAN bike trips.
With her own money, she rented a full house in an alley on Hoang Dieu Street in
Tam and her friends decorated the house in a freestyle manner and called it "An
The two-storeyed building, which is isolated from most of the noise in city’s
downtown area, offers three rooms for short vacationers in Da Nang.
“We intentionally set up a self-service at An Nhien-Homestay so that guests can
feel like they are at home. Visitors can share kitchen, washing machine,
bathroom and dining room with the hosts at their price,” Tam said, adding guests
could put whatever they want for using these services.
“I don’t care how much they pay for what they use during their stay here, I just
offer them a homely space when visiting Da Nang, a free and relaxing time.”
Tam, known as Ha Di on her Facebook, said she started the business to do
something that made her feel free and helped others feel the same.
The three-storeyed building, which was rented from a family living far away from
Da Nang, has seven rooms, including double-rooms for couples and family rooms
for four people with prices of between VND300,000 and 400,000 each day.
“I founded the service as my favourite start-up businesses, allowing tourists to
explore real life in Da Nang. Visitors can design a vacation that helps them
immerse with locals and enjoy local cuisine. They can also cook their meals with
fresh fish and farm produce from a market near An Nhien Homestay,” Tam said,
adding that the home has two rooms where four-member families or a group of six
She said guests themselves clean the rooms, wash their clothes and cook their
“It’s like their home. They come and go as they like. Security in the living
quarter is quite good, and the home is a registered business,” she added
Tam said the An Nhien Homestay can host 20 visitors at a time in its seven
She said she does not spend much time at the house, because guests do everything
The Da Nang native also employs students to take care of the house, offering
them free accommodation.
“I’ve studied in college and understand the difficulties of students living away
home. I employ them to work at the house as a chance for them to practise a
vocation and pick up some life skills before graduating from college,” she said.
“Students also get a little money from my home service’s profit every month, and
that should help them with small expenditures, since accommodation at the house
is free,” Tam said.
Tam has opened a new homestay service on Mai Xuan Thuong Street in Thanh Khê
District near the city’s bus station and airport, offering six rooms that can
accommodate 30 travellers.
Tu Thanh Binh, 22, a student of the Duy Tan College in Da Nang, said he was
employed as a manager in the new-opened An Nhien-Hippy home.
“We are a group of five students including three managers and two staffs. We
assign each other work and studying schedules. When I was away in college, other
managers will take care,” Binh said.
Binh a native of Binh Dinh Province, said employees at the An Nhien-Hippy enjoy
group work and free accommodation, and get a little money from the home service.
“The temporary job helps us grain real life skills and practice. It also saves
money for us with free accommodation and shared cooking. All of us clean the
house, decorate it and host BBQ and music parties on the weekend for tourists,”
“The new home offers more choice for tourists as it is located in a residential
area with many restaurants, markets and shopping centres. We have bikes for rent
and links with travel agencies, booking centres and eateries,” he said.
The student manager said the home is just 500m away from the coast, so guests
can enjoy the sea and its breeze after a short walk.
“It’s cheerful home for young hippy types in Da Nang at reasonable cost.”
He said the Hippy house has a room for couples with VND350,000 (US$15.5), while
a room for four costs VND400,000 ($17.7).
Laurent, a tourist, said about her time at the An Nhien Homestay: “If you are
looking for a great and relaxing spot in the middle of Da Nang, this is the
place to go. Just a few steps from the busy city you will find this beautiful
house with the great hosts – they will immediately make you feel at home and
will help you with any questions you may have during your stay. I strongly
recommend you to stay here if you’re in Da Nang.”
Another visitor, Till, said: “What a nice house in the heart of Da Nang. I could
not imagine a better homestay. It’s quiet and has a wonderful terrace where you
can enjoy eating outdoors or just have a cup of coffee.”
Homestay service is the latest hospitality sector entrant in the coastal city,
following investors pouring funds into international standard hotels and
“I plan to open more such places in quiet streets near the beaches of Da Nang
and the tourism hubs of Hue and Nha Trang,” said Tam.
“I just want to create an easy choice for tourists when they come to Da Nang, as
I have experienced in my own bike trips in ASEAN and Viet Nam. The opportunity
to stay in a safe and peaceful house in Da Nang would lure more tourists to the