An is a young man who has lived all his life in Phong Nha village. He has studied Tourism at Da Nang University, and is currently studying English at Hue University.
An and his family, like lots of others in the village have explored many parts of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park and know the jungle well. An has helped the British Caving Expedition find and explore new caves since 2012. An’s uncle Ho Khanh discovered the world’s largest cave in 2009. In 2014 An worked as a porter helping to take small groups of tourists into Son Doong Cave. This year An is working as a guide assistant, with Oxalis Adventure Company, helping the guests to explore the cave.
Last year An’s father decided to help him with his plan to open a homestay. The whole family and many friends and neighbours have been involved in the project. An’s father designed the unique wooden stilt house, the only one in Phong Nha. Set in the family garden, the result is a beautiful room in which to enjoy a visit to Phong Nha.
Behind the house is a pepper plantation, and banana trees. Chickens and their chicks roam about the garden. Local flowers including orchids grow here. The area is very peaceful, and you can enjoy views of the mountains, local life, and the sunset from your balcony.
Helping An to run his homestay is his sister Ai. She has a degree in accountancy, and can speak English. Ai will cook delicious breakfasts for you.