We stayed 3 nights at Zizi's and Lily's homestay and it was really an amazing experience.
Away from the touristic Sapa town we had the chance to experience the rural life in Sapa.
Lily and Zizy come from the Hmong ethnic group and they know and share their knowledge about culture, food and traditions of their people.
Extremely generous, helpful and kind they try to offer the best to their guests.
They organize amazing treks for all levels and as they did with us they customized one trip just to fit our needs, because we were there to make a film.
If you want a lovely mountain experience with locals then is absolutely recommended!
I cannot speak highly enough of Zizi, Lily and the entire team at Zizi Homestay in Sapa. They welcomed us to their lovely wooden, two-storey home in a small village outside of Sapa town. The taxi from Sapa took about 30 minutes and cost us 180k Vietnamese Dong the first time and 230k the second time.
The homestay itself is lovely, beautiful wooden houses overlooking rice fields with chickens, dogs and the cutest baby pigs wandering around the patio and outside areas.
We stayed 3 nights in a private room with a good mosquito net and nice pillows. They also had a power strip in our room which was a huge help with charging all of our devices as we were there to make a film.
The price/value for money were outstanding. Nice cold beers cost about 25k (~$1) and the absolutely delicious group dinner was ~$4 per person, per meal and included many different dishes of local food each night.
Zizi and Lily are so generous. They took the time to show us how the Hmong indigo batik fabric is made and then, to my surprise, Zizi made our piece into a beautiful bag for me and presented it as a birthday present the night before we left!
Lily took us to her parents' village many kilometers hiking away so we could experience village life and film it for our project.
They offer many different options of things to do, from hikes and treks to trips to markets and more.
The bathrooms are shared but the hot water is good! The coffee is delicious and Zizi, Lily and Quynh all speak good English. They even taught us some words in Hmong!
This is not a place for people who have mobility limitations because there is a nice hill climb to reach the house. Nor probably for people who require 5 star creature comforts. However if you want a real, beautiful, memorable and special experience in Northern Vietnam, book a stay with Zizi!
We booked a 3 days 2 nights package with ZiZi as our Tourguide. On the first day we hiked from Sapa to ZiZis Homestay and were lucky with the weather. On the second day we should change the Homestay, but the weather changed overnight (normal for that kind of area), so we decided to just go on a easier route with ZiZi again and come back to her HomeStay in the afternoon. On the next day we hiked back to Sapa where we got to the bus back to Hanoi. Everything excl. drinks was included, so we got breakfast (I strongly recommend the pancakes with banana!!!!), lunch and could participate on the family dinner. ZiZi is one of the best chefs around and everything tasted delicious. Also the hiking tours were perfectly organized. Even boots were provided for the muddy tracks.
If you choose to hike to the place, they will pick-up the big luggage from Sapa, so you can walk without backpacks.
It was just a great time there!
Visited here after a week in Hanoi and wanted a taste or rural Vietnam and some peace and quiet, this is certainly what we got! The homestay was very welcoming set in an idilic location near Ta Van (200,000 VND taxi from
Sapa) with beautiful views of the surrounding rice paddies. The hostel is set on a working small farm with chickens, piglets, pigs, dogs and buffalo whom are all very friendly! We stayed in the 8 bed dorm which was clean and comfortable. For the 2 nights we stayed we ate the home cooked dinner for 80 VND which was delicious and there was plenty of choice, the free breakfast was again delicious with good choice. We did a trek one day with Zizi which was very informative and picturesque - would deffo recommend. As you would expect on a home stay you are surrounded by the family and their lives do not stop because you're there so expect to be woken early morning by the mopeds and piglets...but this is all part of the experience!
I enjoyed the environment and friendly atmosphere although it was a hard climb of an uphill to reach the destination in the middle of the night. Zizi and her family wee absolutely amazing and they will very much welcome you into their homes with their adorable dogs and puppies. Cats too! The variety of food cooked for the family dinner is well-served and delicious. You could eat as much as you like while socialising with other tourists. The accommodation is quite simplistic and you can’t expect much but definitely worth the stay! Can’t wait to come back :)