Thinking you’ve become a connoisseur of the flower town, Kafka On the Edge – a homestay and “home of two anonymous lands in Da Lat” – will show you the opposite.
When a homestay has chosen for itself a literary name, in general, both the house and the owner will be as gentle and poetic. At first, I thought “Kafka On the Edge” also followed this homestay model – but I was wrong… a bit big!
Impressed by the name Kafka By the Edge (whose original is Kafka By the Sea by the writer), I was interested to ask about the person behind this seemingly interesting roof. At first, the two co-founders Quyen Van (1994) – “territory number 1”, and X – “territory number 2” seemed a bit hesitant for fear of being tricked by me! But, after understanding my “pure” purpose when coming to the homestay, the two of you immediately “revealed” as funny, open-minded young people who are somewhat cute when telling the story behind Behind the house is cinematic and lyrical, in contrast to the silly but funny conversation of the two owners.
Hello Quyen Van, when did Kafka On the Edge “hello yard”?
Well, I just returned to Dalat for 3 months when this house fell from the top, because I didn’t intend to do it in the first place. Previously, I had time to live in Da Lat and work as a homestay, so this time it took me only 2 weeks to complete Kafka On the Edge and open from 11/18. The first group of guests stayed 1 week later.
Let us show you around the house, introduce you while walking?
The main reason for this story: Why did you choose this funny name?
In fact, if anyone reads this name and recognizes it for the first time, then they must know the book “Kafka by the Sea” by writer Haruki Murakami. This is my favorite author and many people.
I believe that whoever comes to us because they realize that similarity will also have the same thought and insight (I don’t know how to translate into Vietnamese properly). From there, they will be connected with each other, at the “gathering point” which is Kafka On the Edge with us!
Kafka by the Sea (2002) is a novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami – the author of many famous works such as Norwegian Wood, Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Listening to the Wind Sing… The excellence of this work for which he was awarded the Franz Kafka Literary Prize in 2006.
Can you share more about the homestay? Location, room type… for example?
Regarding the location, my home is literally on the side of a cliff, so the address is not easy to find by google map. So there are both advantages and disadvantages: The rare tranquility located in an area quite close to the center (2km) is exchanged for a hard-to-find address. The nominal address is 72 Ngo Thi Nham, ward 4 (Type the name on google map, do not type the address).
Regarding the number of rooms, my house rents out the whole apartment, has 3 rooms in all and can accommodate up to a group of 7-8 friends, there are retail rooms for groups of 4 (attic) and 2 people. There are no dorms and single-person rooms.
I invest the most in the “song kitchen” space so that you can cook comfortably (something I always dream of when traveling). In addition, the house has everything so that you don’t have to go out to buy anything for your daily needs.
My house has a car for rent, with enthusiastic support from the car owner if there are any problems when moving. Well, the 3 bedrooms at my house honestly don’t have a view. But because it is located on the side of a cliff, it is also possible to see the view of Du Sinh hill (which is the highest hill in Da Lat) but not as close as in the street.
I must admit the house is very pretty Do your two sons do it all with one hand?
The two of us do it all by ourselves, from electricity and water to painting and decorating.
About the main audience, I think For a group of friends who have gone to Da Lat “so much to the point of boredom” and want to change their taste – there is no better choice than Kafka’s house. Partly because I understand Da Lat, partly because I also travel a lot, so I understand you guys too, haha.
From the day it was put into operation, what time do you usually receive the highest number of visitors?
Actually, it’s quite fortunate that since the day I opened, there have been quite regular customers (other guests must be sorry because they ran out of rooms). And because the house can only accept a maximum of 7-8 friends, I cannot receive more than this number. After all, this is just a small house to connect to (laughs).
Do they share with you what they like about the homestay?
From what I heard, it seems that you guys really like the kitchen area, and the very cinematic slope in front of the house.
In addition, I have a list of interesting places that you can go with the Kafka code book that you have not mentioned. I must commend that my guests are quite cute, everyone has their own interesting stories in Da Lat.
What about you, what are you most proud of about Kafka on the Edge?
It is true that I am proud of this house, but I don’t know how to answer when asked why. Maybe the house is beautiful, I am proud of the beautiful house, and the spirit of it – warm, mysterious and soulful – we think?
What will make the homestay different and worth choosing compared to the common ground in Da Lat?
I think, each homestay will have its own interesting point (word of mouth, but true). My house is for 2 types of people: One is a lonely group going together, the other is a group that has gone to Da Lat to have nowhere to go, yes: I will have a place. secret for you to come!
Thank you Kafka home team for the above sharing. Wishing you will not be as clumsy as the name, but always a solid “anchor”, connecting like-minded souls and a peaceful stop for those who have wandered back to the “sad city”.