We live in Vung Tau, Vietnam, a seaside resort where many Saigon dwellers visit during the weekends. By Vietnamese standards , Vung Tau is a quite town compared with Saigon or Ha Noi. Our home is located 7 minutes stroll from Front Beach a very nice area to walk in the evening and enjoy the cool breeze.
The house is a three story building, with most of the living taking place on the first two (2) floors. It's in an "L" shape configuration, and has a paved courtyard at the front, with potted plants and a few climbing vines spreading out over the pergolas. The greenery gives the house a sense of nature and provides screening from the lane. We are not on the main street, were set back away from all traffic and have full security features on all doors and windows including alarms.
There are two (2) large supermarkets close by and a small (like a 7/11) which sells a good range of Australian products. Of course there are the usual Vietnamese markets, the closest one being a mere 200 mtrs away around the corner. You wouldn't know it was there unless you looked. Tip - You can get the supermarkets to deliver your groceries.
We have hosted many visitors, so we are well aware of some of the issues that come up when visiting Vietnam. Quite honestly, we have found the best way to handle things (primarily because of language difficulties) is for our visitors/guests to tell us what they want to do, and allow us to organise it - even if we're in a house swap, we can use skype for communication.
Many visitors don't realise the way the personal networking "works" in Vietnam, but the degree of help visitors receive is abundant. Our visitors will have Chi on "skype" to organise every requirement: Example - Booking a bus to Saigon and return - Booking a car and driver for either day trips or more - and we have many English speaking friends who will pop in from time to time to make sure our visitors are okay. These friends will also be your emergency numbers, in case you need anything.
The home will also have a cleaner come 2-3 times a week so you can relax and enjoy yourselves! All bedrooms with air conditioning. Unlimited WIFI, smart TV and a pair of scooters for your use but you must be EXPERIENCED as this IS Vietnam.