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Where to stay in Ben Tre

Ben Tre

While there is an adequate selection of accommodation in Ben Tre town, many independent travellers choose to stay in a homestay on the southern side of the Ben Tre River where they can better appreciate a more rural, canal–side experience. If booking a homestay be sure to clarify what is included in the price as some include two meals, others only breakfast.


11D, Group 3, Nhon Thanh, Ben Tre
US$10 to 20

Ba Danh Homestay

11D, Group 3, Nhon Thanh, Ben Tre T: (0989) 217 902 badanhhomestay@gmail.com

Homestays don’t get much more remote and isolated than Ba Danh Homestay, so if you’re looking to drop off the map in what feels like a remote area, then this is well worth a look.

Chilling out at Ba Danh Homestay.

Chilling out at Ba Danh Homestay. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The set–up is a good deal simpler than at Ben Tre Farm Stay, with all the rooms in a large wooden longhouse building, with the shared bathrooms and showers set at the far end of the building. Lodgings are plain but comfortable and we had a decent night of sleep here. We were the only guest, so it was especially peaceful and quiet in the evening, but it can get busy here. We should note the bathrooms (cold water shower only) were not spotless.

The highlight is a large canal–side restaurant, where you can set up right by the canal and watch it all slide by. The restaurant itself is little more than an open sided shed (it gets very hot in the afternoon when the sun belts in) and certainly the owners would not need to make too many changes to make it considerably more homely.

Lodgings are simple.

Lodgings are simple. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Should the restaurant area not be to your liking, there are also plenty of hammocks strung around the accommodation area. There is free WiFi throughout.

The food here is good and well priced, and one of the reasons they have a large restaurant area is because small organised groups sometime stop by for lunch. Once you have something to eat, you’ll see why. The friendly family who run the homestay can also rent you bicycles and scooters and organise affordable boat trips in a sampan. It is quite difficult to find—call them before for a pick–up if you don’t have your own wheels.

The house canal.

The house canal. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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Walk–in rates: 14US$—14US$
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GPS: 106º23'37.47" E, 10º13'14.4" N

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144 Hung Vuong, Ben Tre
US$20 to 50

Viet Uc Hotel

144 Hung Vuong, Ben Tre T: (0753) 511 888 infobentre@vietuchotel.net http://www.hotelvietuc.com

Easily the flashest digs in downtown Ben Tre, the eight floor Viet Uc (Vietnam Australia) Hotel is the towering edifice on the river a little to the west of the market.

Great views by the river.

Great views by the river. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Rooms are immaculate, and we mean immaculate, and the views over the river and the surrounds are easily the best in town. Along with the great views, air-con, LCD TV, mini-fridge, safe, hairdryer, free WiFi and a desk are standard throughout. We found the staff to be professional and helpful, happy to give us a walk through the hotel.

The hotel appears to attract a more business–orientated clientele and these views and better standards do come with a price tag to match. You’ll be paying close to triple (depending on the standard of room you choose) what you would pay at the nearby Hung Vuong.

Rooms are modern and comfortable.

Rooms are modern and comfortable. Photo: Stuart McDonald

If you’re comfortable in a modern hotel style property and are hankering over an elevated view, then the Viet Uc is really hard to beat. You’re also just minutes walk from the museum and Ben Tre market. Do shop around for a competitive rate online.

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Walk–in rates: 650,000 dong—1,200,000 dong
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GPS: 106º22'29.79" E, 10º14'4.88" N

Cai Suc Bridge, #3 Commune, Ben Tre
US$10 to 20

Ben Tre Farm Stay

Cai Suc Bridge, #3 Commune, Ben Tre T: (0903) 857 607 ducthai1971@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/mekongfarmstay/

One of the larger homestays in the Ben Tre area, sprawling Ben Tre Farm Stay delivers the goods for people looking for comfortable though not totally isolated canal–side digs.

Our humble abode for a night.

Our humble abode for a night. Photo: Stuart McDonald

As the name suggests, the grounds do appear to be part farm, with you needing to duck through an orchard of sorts to reach some of the rooms, but there are also plenty of small ponds, canals and running water, a rudimentary playground and salas and hammocks dotted around the place to aid in your relaxation needs.

The centrepiece is a large modern restaurant area, where reasonable Vietnamese set menus are available for lunch and dinner. You do need to let them know you will be wanting dinner as otherwise, as happened to us, you go out to ask after food and the restaurant had largely shutdown!

Simple but clean.

Simple but clean. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The accommodation options are a glad bag of elevated concrete chalets, a wooden bungalow (which we had), both with private facilities, and dorm beds. Everything is spic and span—indeed out sheets were wrapped in plastic when we arrived, and rooms come with mosquito netting—you will want to use the net as the mozzies are vicious. There is free WiFi throughout.

Ben Tre Farm Stay can also arrange a raft of activities, including boat trips, and they can also supply both bicycles and motorbikes for hire, should you want to roll into town, which lies about a twenty minute bicycle ride away.

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Walk–in rates: 13US$—33US$
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GPS: 106º22'27.74" E, 10º13'5.27" N

151C My An C, My Thanh An Village, Ben Tre
US$20 to 50

Ben Tre Oasis Hotel

151C My An C, My Thanh An Village, Ben Tre T: (0275) 246 7799 contact@bentrehoteloasis.com http://www.bentrehoteloasis.com/

Ben Tre Oasis is a Kiwi-run hotel on the southern bank of the Ben Tre River that delivers quality rooms and services at a midrange price.

Slight chance of Kiwi ownership.

Slight chance of Kiwi ownership. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Rooms are set in a three story building, set just back from the south side of the Ben Tre River. The ground floor includes a small awning–covered rectangular swimming pool, the cafe area and a few rooms, with more rooms are in the floors above. It is this ground floor area you’ll most likely encounter the Kiwi owner and his team of friendly staff, who were happy to show us through a few of the rooms.

The tile-floored (and partially–tiled walled) rooms are clean and come with comfortable beds with real bedding—the various bed covers making it feel more like a homestay than a small hotel. Bathrooms are clean, though well aged. Facilities include air–con, free WiFi, complimentary water and breakfast is included in the rates. All rooms are non-smoking.

Perfect for Goldilocks.

Perfect for Goldilocks. Photo: Stuart McDonald

By Ben Tre standards, the rooms are perhaps a little pricey, but the facilities are good and if the price fits with your budget, this is a solid choice. The owner is a generous and knowledgable guy who can advise on activities in the surrounds. Both bicycles and motorbikes are available for rent and boat trips can be organised here. We were quoted slightly less for a room as a walk-in customer compared to what was available through online agents.

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Walk–in rates: 28US$—48US$
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GPS: 106º21'53.91" E, 10º13'45.41" N

148 Hung Vuong, Ben Tre
US$10 to 20

Hung Vuong Hotel

148 Hung Vuong, Ben Tre T: (0753) 822 408

If you want to stay on the river, on the Ben Tre side of town, the dated Hung Vuong Hotel is the most affordable option.

Dated in pretty much every way.

Dated in pretty much every way. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Rooms are set in a couple of floors above the ground floor, where you’ll find reception, a small travel agency and a souvenir shop. As with everything here, the rooms are dated, but they are no great shakes. Sizing is decent for the money and the views over the river are pleasant, but the beds are hard and the fittings are old, dating the room considerably.

The double room we were shown had a couple of chairs and a table (though not a desk), TV, minibar and a decent view over the river. It also had a door which we thought led to a veranda but it was locked and off–limits—a curious arrangement. Other rooms though do have a balcony and are worth the extra money.

Rooms are of a decent size though.

Rooms are of a decent size though. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Rates make this cheaper than the Oasis, so a good option for those on a budget wanting a river view. Staff can arrange scooter hire if you need to get some wheels. If you have the money though, and want to stay in town, the Viet Uc is a better option in pretty much every way.

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Walk–in rates: 280,000 dong—350,000 dong
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GPS: 106º22'24.52" E, 10º14'3.97" N

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