Tonight we enjoyed the experience of going to a middle class Vietnamese family home and enjoying their hospitality for dinner and conversations about our respective cultures and thoughts and beliefs,
I found the Hanoihomevisit link on the hanoikids website and booked a few weeks before coming to Hanoi. It sounded like an admirable project and a good idea. We were picked up by 2 student guides, 1 who created the program, 4th Year Business student Wee (forgive my spelling), along with 1st Year finance student Ha.
It was quite a drive in the evening traffic and the home was up an alley/lane off a narrow street near a canal.
The home and family were thoroughly modern and delightful. It was a privilege to be welcomed to their home. The mother, appeared to have no english, father was at his weekly table-tennis, but the 2x children there for pre dinner & dinner who were uni students spoke english well and were keen to practice. Mother participated actively using family and guides to translate.They were also very keen to convey their sincere family values and spiritual beliefs.
We were taken on a tour of the 4 story home and then dined with the family and guides for a slap-up dinner of all the family specialities, which were truly delicious and mostly never heard of by us as regional to the family roots.
After dinner we moved to the living area for coffee and more lively conversation. Other family members returned home from their work and sport and we had many happy snaps before the arranged taxi to take us and our guides back to our hotel.
It was a window into the family life of a upwardly mobile, loving and friendly family. Highly recommended if you wish for another view of Vietnam not readily available to an average tourist. The guides were also lovely as well and our conversations during the taxi rides were really interesting.