Travel With Kids: At Home At Hoa’s Place

A Week long stay at Hoa’s Place on China Beach in Vietnam

While in Vietnam we were fortunate enough to discover the very friendly Hoa (pronounced H-wa) and his family run hotel. It’s located a few hundred metres from China Beach (near Danang). What makes Hoa’s so special is a great community feel that envelops you and seemingly everyone that stays there. Certainly part of this, is that it attracts travelers looking for a community feel, but Hoa and his merry band take that spirit and run with it. The fridge is help yourself and every night there’s a family dinner where the tables are brought together,  plates and plates and plates of food are spread around, and everyone serves themselves. We had one of the more expensive A/C rooms which came in at a whopping $11 a night.

Fellow travelers hanging out and swapping stories about their journeys. And the boys got to learn a few new versions of poker too.
In the restaurant, eating and drinking.

If we couldn’t find the boys they were probably watching TV with the owners of the hotel.
The children sitting with the family.

The Gang! Hoa and his family and friends. Note the Teamwork principles espoused by his staff. (T-shirt)The best hotel in Vietnam.

Breakfast and pajamas at Hoa’s Place.Breakfast at the hotel.

The daily routine: hit the beach.
The kids swimming at the beach.

11 questions and comments

  1. Monna McD

    What a beautiful post about a genuinely cool place to stay in Vietnam. Everyone in the photos looks so happy! In just five weeks, we are travelling to Vietnam for the first time; we’re going to Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An. I would definitely consider this lovely spot although, in April, I’d splurge for a room with air conditioning.

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  2. Nora

    Hello, how did you get there? i mean trasportation, i know you can get to danang by train from hoian and then to Hoa´s? Thanks

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    1. David Post author

      Hi Nora.

      Yes, take the train from Hanoi to Danang. (Try to get a seat on the left hand side of the train so you can see the stunning views of the coast between Hue and Danang.) At Danang, you can either get yourself to the bus station – about 2km from the train station – and catch a local bus to Hoi An. Ask to be dropped at Hoa’s Place. If the bus driver doesn’t know where that is, ask to get out at Marble Mountain and then ask directions from there. It’s a short walk from the road to the hotel in either case.

      The other choice is to take a taxi directly from the train station. This could cost 10x as much as the bus – depending how much they rip you off.

      Good luck.

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  3. Shannon in China

    We are Americans with a 4 and 6 year old currently living in Southern China and traveled Thailand last year. We are looking for a trip in February and next July. We have been thinking about Vietnam. We aren’t quite as adventurous as you and don’t want to trek all over the country, but are looking to stay 3 weeks. We were thinking Mui Ne for 1 week, and possibly China Beach for a week and we don’t know where else. At Hoa’s Place, weren’t you worried about crime, child abduction etc. being so close to Panang? I’ve heard Panang is really seedy and dangerous for kids… any thoughts on this? Or advice on 3 places you would go if you were going to spend about 5 or 6 days in 3 places? Also, thanks for your blog! It’s great to find detailed info.

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    1. David Post author

      Hi Shannon. If i were to recommend 3 places to visit in Vietnam they would probably be Hanoi, Hoi An and Hoa’s place (for some beach time). A sidetrip to Halong Bay for a day or two is also a highlight for many people. Danang is not the nicest of towns but Hoa’s Place is far removed from that scene. Mui Ne is a great destination but doesn’t have as nice a beach as the China Beach area.

      As for child abductions I’m not very familiar with the statistics for Vietnam but I’m sure — like most places — the chances of that happening are very remote. And on the rare occasions that it does happen it is probably the poor and disadvantaged that are targeted and not the (relatively) wealthy foreigners that visit the country.

      Hope that helps.

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  4. Sandy from Tokyo

    Your blog is very helpful, thank-you. My husband and I are planning a trip to Vietnam next month. Hoa’s Placs sounds perfect. Do you have any contact info for him? Also if you have any recommendations for side trips in that area, I would be interested. Thanks for your help!

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  5. Lyndel

    Yes, I too would like to get in contact with hoa. I am also wondering what time of year you were there…. Looks like good weather. For us, it would be September– do you know if the rains will be much of an issue for this region then?

    Thanks so much!

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    1. David Post author

      We were there in August and it was great weather. The rainy seasons starts in Danang in September but doesn’t hit full force until October, so you might be OK.

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