Our Story - Mr Linh's Homestay

A baby impatient to meet the world, Mr Linh was born in the shade of a tea bush on a cool, misty November morning. He had a hard-working but idyllic childhood cutting grass for his grandfather's buffalo and working in the rice fields of Phu Tho Province. As Linh grew up, so did his curiosity for the world, bringing with it the ambition of becoming a tour guide. He dreamed of meeting people from all around the world and connecting them with the beautiful landscapes and cultures of his country. At the age of 19, he took his first footsteps in following his dreams, and he travelled to Hanoi to study tourism at university and learn English. As well as being a dedicated student, Linh worked hard to fund his studies, working in local restaurants and as a builder and welder, which gave him invaluable experience when it came to setting up his homestay. During his time at university, Linh decided to get away from the hectic city and travelled to the sublime shores of Ba Be Lake where he was met by the vision of two spirits who would change his life. The first was the spirit of Ba Be Lake and Ba Be Park who captured his dreams, and the second, a beautiful Tay girl, the Green Fairy, who captured his heart. He first saw her on the calm lake waters in a dug-out canoe, her long dress almost kissing the water. He was captivated by her, and he could see her charm and beauty reflected all around in the stunning surroundings. He knew from that second that he would dedicate his life to this woman and build a home and future for them in Ba Be. Fuelled by love and passion for his new home and wife, Linh started planning his dream venture, requesting permission from the government to start a tourism business in Ba Be National Park. His aim was to begin a tourism organisation which not only shared the beauty of Ba Be with the rest of the world but also supported the local community. Ba Be Lake, the heart of Ba Be National Park Saddened by the overdevelopment and loss of culture seen in some of the most popular tourist areas, Linh vowed not to become part of this. With this is mind, and with the help from the local community, he began planning his homestay. He chose the perfect place, nestled peacefully between the mountains and lakeshore of Ba Be National Park, surrounded by the soft sounds of nature. Linh understood the importance of building a homestay that was faithful to the traditions of his culture whilst also providing top quality for his customers, and after meticulous planning, he had the perfect design. The frame consisted of 36 columns and 72 beams, each made from a single tree, topped with a palm roof. The use of top quality natural materials results in a house which complements the beautiful natural surroundings. In the traditional style, the house is built on stilts, with the sleeping area upstairs and the dining area downstairs. Typically, Tay houses have a large, communal sleeping area, however, Linh understood that this may not be to everyone's tastes. In the homestay, the sleeping areas have been separated to offer some privacy. All of the rooms have been designed with comfort and beauty in mind to reflect the gorgeous setting. Each room has a lovely comfortable bed, elegant bamboo furnishings, air conditioning and of course, a mosquito net to keep out any unwanted visitors! Linh decorated the homestay in the traditional Tay style along with his favourite photographs and artwork which he curated to give people an insight into Vietnam's rich culture and history. As he put the finishing touches to the homestay, Linh felt pride in what he had accomplished but most of all, excitement for what was to come. With his dream homestay complete, Linh now had to build his perfect team of local people to help him in building his business. The idea of family is extremely important to Linh, a concept which extended beyond blood ties to include all those who treated him as a brother, a son and a friend. This was, in part, because of his own experience; he had been lucky enough to experience the love of many mothers who had taken him in as a son and nurtured him. It was this that led him to the idea of creating a family team with his younger brother Nam, their father Loc and two local Tay people Trung and Vong. Mr Loc giving an early driving lesson to guests After a long career in the army, Loc decided to join his son with his business and help him manage the homestay, ensuring all of the guests get a true experience of Tay hospitality. They receive the support of two skilled and passionate local women, Trung and Vong, who look after all of the guests by making sure the homestay is kept in fantastic condition and preparing delicious feasts of local food. This close-knit, family team are exactly what Linh had wanted for his homestay. He was happy knowing his guests would be welcomed into the family, and he loved knowing that by building his business, he was helping local people build a better future for themselves. To spread these benefits amongst the community, Linh uses all local produce in the restaurant and hires local guides and staff in the internationally licensed Ba Be Tourism Centre. The guides use their expert knowledge and love of Ba Be to arrange exciting kayaking and trekking trips within the park. Mr Linh with Les Petits Voyageurs preparing their expedition to Lo Mo cave Linh experienced great growth in his business but also a saddening loss in his personal life. This time of grief and transition led to him becoming even more determined to provide a better future and inspiration to his young son. Linh's ambitions grew once again, this time leading him back to Hanoi with his brother Nam. As a way of making Ba Be more accessible, Linh opened the Mr Linh's Adventures tourism office in the heart of the Old Quarter in Hanoi. Even Linh, who lived on ambition and adventure, couldn't imagine just how big his dreams would come to be. Mr Linh's Homestay in Ba Be National Park The business took off, with everyone believing in Linh's vision as much as he did, and he was soon offering tours to other parts of Vietnam, adding more destinations each year. Although his business was growing a great speed, Linh did not forget his ideals of showing people the authentic culture of Vietnam whilst giving them a unique and unforgettable trip. Now, just ten years from when he left Ba Be to study in Hanoi, Linh and his amazing team take people to the most remote areas, all across Vietnam. Year after year, as Linh's dreams grow, so does his business, with plenty more to come.

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How to get to Ba Be Lake

How to get to Mr Linh's Homestay in Ba Be lake
1. Private car transfers
Mr Linh's Adventures can organise private car transfers from Hanoi to Ba Be NP from US $110 for 7-seat car (one way). Please contact us via our hotline number: (+84) 98 6016 068.

2. Shuttle bus Hanoi - Ba Be National Park
Mr Linh's Adventures can support you in booking your seat in the local shuttle bus from US $15 per way and per passenger. Meeting point and off near Ba Be Lake.
Bus price: US $15/person/way

Schedule:

Hanoi - Ba Be National Park (5 hours)
- Pick up: 12:30 PM at 204 Tran Quang Khai Street, Trang Tien Ward, Hanoi
               04:00 PM at 204 Tran Quang Khai Street, Trang Tien Ward, Hanoi
- off: 05:30 PM at the North wharf of Ba Be Lake*
               09:00 PM at the North wharf of Ba Be Lake*
 
* From the wharf you can call your homestay or hotel host to come and pick you up by boat or motorbike to get to your accommodation.

Ba Be National Park - Hanoi (5 hours)
- Pick up: 06:20 AM at North wharf of Ba Be Lake
               07:40 AM at North wharf of Ba Be Lake
- off: 11:20 AM at 204 Tran Quang Khai Street, Trang Tien Ward, Hanoi
               12:40 PM at 204 Tran Quang Khai Street, Trang Tien Ward, Hanoi
 
Call us: +84 9 860 160 68

3/ Local bus
 
(The bus operators will make every effort to operate according to published schedules. However, the travel route can change depending on local conditions.)
My Dinh Station (10:00 AM) - Cho Don Town (04:00 PM) - Bo Lu Village (05:00 PM)
You should get to MY DINH BUS STATION at 09:30 AM and look for a local bus (Thuong Nga company) to CHO DON TOWN. This can be found at gate no.33. This is the only one that will take you directly to CHO DON via THAI NGUYEN CITY, # 29B11637, leaving at 10:00 AM.
Another minivan from the same company will take you to Ba Be lake-shore (Ba Be Tourism Centre).

From Sapa
- Sapa, Lao Cai Station (05:00 PM) - Thai Nguyen in a sleeping bus (06:00 AM) or Bang Lung (10:00 AM)
- Buy a ticket for the night bus to Thai Nguyen from Lao Cai Station.
- Buses usually stop every 1 or 2 hours. They are sometimes chilly with A/C.
- Arrive at Thai Nguyen bus station at 06:30 AM the next morning (you can get breakfast at a local restaurant).
 
NOTE: There will be many cars or local buses at the bus station saying 'Ba Be' and they will try to persuade you to use their transport.  However, they will not take you to all the way to Ba Be National Park but only to Cho Ra town which is 20 km short of the park and then you'll have to hire a motorbike to the park or pay a substantial extra bus fare.
The bus that will take you all the way to Ba Be National Park is a white one THUONG NGA #20k8496. It departs at about 08:20 AM. This bus should take you to Cho Don Town where you will transfer another bus before you are let off at Nam Cuong Market, about 2km from Ba Be Tourism Centre.

From Cao Bang
Cao Bang (07:00 AM) - Phu Thong Town (11:30 AM) or Bo Lu Village (02:00 PM)
- At Cao Bang bus station, look for a bus to Thai Nguyen or Hanoi. However, please ask the bus driver to let you off at Phu Thong to catch another bus to Ba Be (Cho Ra).
- From Phu Thong there are buses to Cho Ra every hour.
- At Cho Ra look for a “Xe Om”, (a motorbike taxi) that will take you to Bo Lu village (Ba Be lake-shore).

From Hagiang
Ha Giang (06:00 AM) - Bo Dau Town (01:00 PM) - Cho Ra Town - Bo Lu Village (motorbike taxi)
 

MAP OF BA BE NATIONAL PARK
 

Our Story - Mr Linh's Homestay

A baby impatient to meet the world, Mr Linh was born in the shade of a tea bush on a cool, misty November morning. He had a hard-working but idyllic childhood cutting grass for his grandfather's buffalo and working in the rice fields of Phu Tho Province. As Linh grew up, so did his curiosity for the world, bringing with it the ambition of becoming a tour guide. He dreamed of meeting people from all around the world and connecting them with the beautiful landscapes and cultures of his country. At the age of 19, he took his first footsteps in following his dreams, and he travelled to Hanoi to study tourism at university and learn English. As well as being a dedicated student, Linh worked hard to fund his studies, working in local restaurants and as a builder and welder, which gave him invaluable experience when it came to setting up his homestay. During his time at university, Linh decided to get away from the hectic city and travelled to the sublime shores of Ba Be Lake where he was met by the vision of two spirits who would change his life. The first was the spirit of Ba Be Lake and Ba Be Park who captured his dreams, and the second, a beautiful Tay girl, the Green Fairy, who captured his heart. He first saw her on the calm lake waters in a dug-out canoe, her long dress almost kissing the water. He was captivated by her, and he could see her charm and beauty reflected all around in the stunning surroundings. He knew from that second that he would dedicate his life to this woman and build a home and future for them in Ba Be. Fuelled by love and passion for his new home and wife, Linh started planning his dream venture, requesting permission from the government to start a tourism business in Ba Be National Park. His aim was to begin a tourism organisation which not only shared the beauty of Ba Be with the rest of the world but also supported the local community. Ba Be Lake, the heart of Ba Be National Park Saddened by the overdevelopment and loss of culture seen in some of the most popular tourist areas, Linh vowed not to become part of this. With this is mind, and with the help from the local community, he began planning his homestay. He chose the perfect place, nestled peacefully between the mountains and lakeshore of Ba Be National Park, surrounded by the soft sounds of nature. Linh understood the importance of building a homestay that was faithful to the traditions of his culture whilst also providing top quality for his customers, and after meticulous planning, he had the perfect design. The frame consisted of 36 columns and 72 beams, each made from a single tree, topped with a palm roof. The use of top quality natural materials results in a house which complements the beautiful natural surroundings. In the traditional style, the house is built on stilts, with the sleeping area upstairs and the dining area downstairs. Typically, Tay houses have a large, communal sleeping area, however, Linh understood that this may not be to everyone's tastes. In the homestay, the sleeping areas have been separated to offer some privacy. All of the rooms have been designed with comfort and beauty in mind to reflect the gorgeous setting. Each room has a lovely comfortable bed, elegant bamboo furnishings, air conditioning and of course, a mosquito net to keep out any unwanted visitors! Linh decorated the homestay in the traditional Tay style along with his favourite photographs and artwork which he curated to give people an insight into Vietnam's rich culture and history. As he put the finishing touches to the homestay, Linh felt pride in what he had accomplished but most of all, excitement for what was to come. With his dream homestay complete, Linh now had to build his perfect team of local people to help him in building his business. The idea of family is extremely important to Linh, a concept which extended beyond blood ties to include all those who treated him as a brother, a son and a friend. This was, in part, because of his own experience; he had been lucky enough to experience the love of many mothers who had taken him in as a son and nurtured him. It was this that led him to the idea of creating a family team with his younger brother Nam, their father Loc and two local Tay people Trung and Vong. Mr Loc giving an early driving lesson to guests After a long career in the army, Loc decided to join his son with his business and help him manage the homestay, ensuring all of the guests get a true experience of Tay hospitality. They receive the support of two skilled and passionate local women, Trung and Vong, who look after all of the guests by making sure the homestay is kept in fantastic condition and preparing delicious feasts of local food. This close-knit, family team are exactly what Linh had wanted for his homestay. He was happy knowing his guests would be welcomed into the family, and he loved knowing that by building his business, he was helping local people build a better future for themselves. To spread these benefits amongst the community, Linh uses all local produce in the restaurant and hires local guides and staff in the internationally licensed Ba Be Tourism Centre. The guides use their expert knowledge and love of Ba Be to arrange exciting kayaking and trekking trips within the park. Mr Linh with Les Petits Voyageurs preparing their expedition to Lo Mo cave Linh experienced great growth in his business but also a saddening loss in his personal life. This time of grief and transition led to him becoming even more determined to provide a better future and inspiration to his young son. Linh's ambitions grew once again, this time leading him back to Hanoi with his brother Nam. As a way of making Ba Be more accessible, Linh opened the Mr Linh's Adventures tourism office in the heart of the Old Quarter in Hanoi. Even Linh, who lived on ambition and adventure, couldn't imagine just how big his dreams would come to be. Mr Linh's Homestay in Ba Be National Park The business took off, with everyone believing in Linh's vision as much as he did, and he was soon offering tours to other parts of Vietnam, adding more destinations each year. Although his business was growing a great speed, Linh did not forget his ideals of showing people the authentic culture of Vietnam whilst giving them a unique and unforgettable trip. Now, just ten years from when he left Ba Be to study in Hanoi, Linh and his amazing team take people to the most remote areas, all across Vietnam. Year after year, as Linh's dreams grow, so does his business, with plenty more to come.