Special Joel and Angie

At lunch time after work I went home and met a couple having known that they just came back from outside while waiting for the room to be made. He is English and she is Korean-American living in Hong kong. The girl looked secretive and the man looked more open with excellent English ☺ He has a sweet voice too and she seems still secretive behind her sun glasses. We upgraded room to Charming Deluxe room as a gift for their honeymoon vacation. And our stories begin from that…They booked for staying 3 nights and ended up with 12 nights (01Aug-13Aug) then they decided to find the way back to Hoi An for another 6 night stay ( 28Aug to 03Sep) after their vacation to Hue- Quang Binh- Ninh Binh- Hanoi- Halong-Bay. We cannot say thank you enough to Joel Manley and his wife- warm heart and smart Angelina Shin Manley for the fabulous time we had together and for their love for our family and Hoi An. And we know they will come back to Charming Homestay in a soonest day.


Tra Que Vegetable Village- a must to go place when you visit Hoi An

There is a place in Hoi An where I can find myself relaxed the most and always recommend our homestay guests to go there. At this place, farmers from generation to generation for hundred years have grown the wonderful tasty and nice smell vegetable and herbs. The special thing here is local farmers don’t use any chemical for the vegetable. They use alga/ seaweed from the river nearby the village as a fertilizer. Another special thing and also the most important thing is about the land there -It is very fertilized. For the same seeds if you grow at another place what you can get after that is not as sweet, fragrant and tasty like that. Tra Que vegetable is nice of course but for me this is the place where you can feel your life very peaceful.


  • Time:The best time to visit this village is in the early morning at around 6:30am(the earlier the better )and the late afternoon around 05:00pm.
  • How to get there: by bicycles, 2.5km from our homestay. So on the way to go to An Bang beach you will see a signboard named Tra Que Vegetable Village on the right, turn right to the alley and you will easily find it. Distance from the village to An Bang beach: 500 metes.
  • I can take you there for free in my free time and I love to do that.

In our memory

Thank you very much Megan Hardesty & Ryan Matthews from www.cohicatravel.com for staying with Charming Hoi An homestay during a one year worldwide travelling and be our friends. We miss the time with you. It was so lovely. Still very impressed with our time visiting to a local house and learn how people make Hoi An lantern, rice wine and grow pigs. And I also miss the interesting chat with you over a coffee about growing up, living, dating and doing business in Viet Nam



A privilege of being a host


Having guests staying at your house for us is a wonderful experience. “The world is coming to you”- Jan said and that is true. We can meet, talk and share culture, ways of life together with people from different countries right at our house and it is fantastic. I can see the happiness of my mum on her face and smile, in everything she does for guests though she cannot speak English. And I also can meet up with a lot of people with beautiful character and warm hearts to know that the world is very colorful and worth living