Hoa’s Place has been running for more than 20 years and is still in the same (almost) location, serves the same food and provides the type of same basic accommodation that it did 20 years ago. Of course it is still run by Hoa and his lovely wife Giao who are so friendly and helpful.
On first arriving at Hoa’s it may come as a surprise to learn that quite a few people choose to spend so much time here, a couple of days or even a couple of weeks. And even more people still return here again and again, what is it that draws people here?
It’s not the menu, the selection is small and the food is tasty, especially Giao’s famous spring rolls. It’s not the accommodation which is cheap, from $10 a night, but very basic. It’s not the spectacular beach, Non Nuoc Beach is 100m from Hoa’s doorstep and is usually deserted and peaceful. It’s not the cheap beer, I’m not sure the beer prices have changed in 20 years.
The answer is simple, it’s the atmosphere, Hoa has created a vibe all his own and it attracts other people who want share and enjoy this atmosphere and “take it easy” as Hoa will tell you time and time again. Hoa’s Place is super laid back and relaxing. Coming here after a few days in Hoi An is a welcome change, no hassles, nobody trying sell you a new suit.
The Marble Mountains are only a ten minute walk away and are great place to get some exercise exploring the caves and temples. Getting lost in the caves makes it easy to see how the North Vietnamese could have a hospital here, right under and American Military post during the war.
Most people spend their day at Hoa’s wandering between the beach and Hoa’s Place, sunbathing, reading, swimming or chatting to Hoa and other travellers. It is a great place to share information and to make new friends, expats in the area also make it a regular stopover on the way to Hoi An or Danang.
This article has been updated from the original article published in 2011. In 2015 Hoa’s place was knocked down and he quickly re-built just 100 metres away on a brand new and wider road. His neighbours were also relocated but new accommodation next door to Hoa’s will be available from May 2016. Up to date photos are coming soon.
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