Room is spacious, nice setting. The staffs were helpful and spoke English well. I had a nice local dinner with other guests. There's a balcony where we had some tea after dinner. Such a cool idle place to chill. The view is not as nice as in Pac Ngoi but they had kayaking offers and some adventurous tour in Ba Be National Park. Worth to stay 1 - 2 nights.
I had a great trip to Ba Be National Park with my friend and luckily that we chose to stay at Mr Linh’s homestay where made our trip completely enjoyable. I love the ambience as well as decoration. Rooms are clean and smell good, staffs are friendly and helpful. My room overlook to the lake and I had enjoyed reading book in the very early morning. It’s really a perfect place for relax and explore the local life. Will be back soon and highly recommend to my friends.
The accommodation was comfortable and in a very nice setting. Unfortunately our hosts were not very welcoming or helpful. On arrival we were presented with a quarter of a glass of water with an insect in it. The manager was quite rude, would not hire out bikes to us (despite several very nice bikes being available), switched the AC off in our room without asking us and took sheets from our beds before we had checked out of the room. Despite arriving by Mr Linh's shuttle at around 12.30, on requesting lunch at 1.25pm, we were informed that they were no longer serving. We had to push very hard to get any food, even though we were informed that there were no nearby restaurants. The same happened again at dinner that evening. We were visiting as independent guests (not on a tour), and those on tours were treated very differently.
There are many other homestays and a few places to eat in the nearby village - these would be much better for independent travellers as Mr Linh's seems to only cater well for those on tours. Also, of note, Ba Be Toursim Centre is run by Mr Linh & sells his tours only.
I stayed at Mr. Linh's for two nights at the beginning of October. The humidity level was very high at the time, so having the air-con in the room was a big plus. The food was also very good, but the friendliness of service was limited. The staff could make a bit more of an effort when taking orders for drinks, but instead came across as highly unmotivated. The main thing I didn't like was that the bathrooms were quite dirty. They are shared amongst everybody and didn't seem to be cleaned very often.
The other issue is that the homestay is rather difficult to get to by car, at least at the time I visited. The roads were rather bad due to landslides, so the alternative was to go by boat. If I visited the area again I would try to find a place that is better accessible by road.
Myself and my two grown up children had 2 nights and 3 days at Ba Be National Park, staying at Mr Linh's Homestay, which was really comfortable and everyone was very friendly and welcoming. The food was good, and the visits to various points of interest on the way to and from, and throughout the National Park was excellent. I would very much recommend it. Our tour guide was Mr Thank (spelling?) Minh who speaks very good English, and he went out of his way to adjust our itinerary to suit our needs, and even went to get us items of food / drink that we wanted to try. He was really good, very knowledgeable and very kind. No fridge in bedrooms, have cupboards but no wardrobe, no window, no sink in room. Hot showers (if too many people have showers straight after each other, may run out of hot water). Have a shared balcony outside the bedrooms overlooking the lake, and a sitting area downstairs for socialising with the other travellers, the tour guide and the boat and bus driver. Take insect repellent. Beds have mosquito nets, and there is air conditioning as well as fans in the rooms.