Spend two nights in Thái Nguyên to relax a bit after the
The Nam My Van Homestay and booking.com
Nam My Van Homestay is in a small lane down from the main street. No way you would wander down that lane and find that homestay by yourself. They have a 9.1 rating by now on booking. Usually, they are really good booked and very happy to have this biz on the side.
Mitsos told me the other day in Surat Thani how bad booking and such sites are for the small people. But here I sit and this guy was so happy. He could not have
Also, last winter when I was in Indonesia I stayed a few days with a family that converted the family house into a hotel. He told me that before booking only rich people could afford to open a hotel. Or you had to be lucky and your hotel was in the street that became the main tourist area to have enough customers. Like Khao San Road in Bangkok a long time ago. But now he said I can open my own place here and people come and it is far from the city center.
I asked a few more of the small place owner and they all said the same. We have no idea how to find customers if we would not be on these big booking sites. I guess every medal has two sides and sometimes it is good to see the other one as well. Of course, Mitsos does not really agree with me here. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
On the Road again
I drove 214 kilometers in 6 hours and 31 minutes with gas and food stops.
Went back to my old Guesthouse No 24. Boy, this place changed a lot. The upper part of the village where the guesthouse
More information on Pom Coong and Guesthouse No 24 in this blog post from last year.
Dinner on the other side of the Street
The Lao Loop
Wanted to do the Lao Loop the last two years but it was gray sky for most of the time so I skipped it. Which was a
This year I went and I left the Canon in the bag and took only 3 pictures with the iPhone.
There was nothing interesting left to share :-(
I drove 237 kilometers in 8 hours, 7 minutes with gas and food stops.
If you are in the area do a loop on the QL15 C and swing on the DT432A. Should be much nicer.
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