Be it rain, shine, lighting or typhoon, the Lung Cu Flag Tower is always a commanding presence at Vietnam’s northernmost tip.
The soaring 30m-high flag tower stands over 200km north of Hanoi in Ha Giang, a province known for its dizzying ethnic diversity and ribbons of road that coil around jagged mountains.
Beneath the flag tower, a bellowing jumble of red and yellow, rests the tiny village of Lo Lo Chai, a picturesque settlement with only a handful of earthen houses.
They are connected to the road by a tight network of lanes wide enough only for bicycles and motorbikes.
Homestay with a view
And on a small hill with panoramic views of the flag tower perches an unlikely inn for adventurous travelers: Homie Homestay.
“Our story began in 2017 during a Ha Giang trip with Volunteer for Education to find a new project destination,” remembers Home Homestay founder Nguyen Huyen Phuong.
The 33-year-old Hanoian was immediately taken with the village, which was overshadowed by the flag tower and overlooked by passing visitors.
But she soon realized the potential of offering a charming homestay in unique surroundings at a beloved landmark.