We finally made it here after a 3 month delay due to forgotten visa & conflict of schedule, but Heaven doesn't disappoint! Perhaps because of our long standing reservation, we were given the coveted upstairs room at the main house of the compound.
To call it the main house does not do it justice. It's more like a small hundreds-year-old temple, made of solid wood, in the traditional Vietnamese style. Downstairs of the house is the common area or the gallery, every corners filled with the owner's paintings, drawings, and sculptures.
Upstairs is divided into one spacious bedroom with a platform bed overlooking the carved wood windows & alcoves of sitting areas with traditional Vietnamese furniture & more paintings & sculptures. The main house is not equipped with air condition but has plenty of fans to keep cool.
The ground of the compound is lush with tropical plants with lots of places to explore - different path leads you to a more conventional guesthouse, a fully livable tree house, a grassy area with platform day beds, and a cobble-stoned courtyard with a pigeon shack; a favorite of my 5-year-old child.
With the exception of the conventional guesthouse with its ensuite bathroom, all accommodations have to use the outhouse/bathroom, located at the back of the main house. The steps down from our room to ground floor is manageable (my child really likes using the ropes to get down) but treehouse guests need to use caution on the steep staircase.
The compound is managed by the capable & friendly housekeeper & her little helper of a guard dog, moon. I wish there was more information about the history of the compound; I bet it has a truly amazing story to tell.
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