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Where to stay in Sa Dec

Sa Dec

The accommodation scene in Sa Dec is a bit peculiar, with a bunch of pretty non–offensive but forgettable mini-hotels on the outskirts of town, a solid 15–20 minute from the river. We were only able to find one downtown place to stay, which, while simple, is our pick of the bunch. Another option is to stay in a homestay among the flower gardens on the other side of the Sa Dec River.

04,06,08 An Duong Vuong, Sa Dec
Under US$10

Thao Ngan Hotel

# 04,06,08 An Duong Vuong, Sa Dec T: (02773) 774 255

The glistening Thao Ngan Hotel sits right in the centre of things in downtown Sa Dec, flanked by the central market on one side and, just a block away to the east, the Sa Dec River and the bustling market which runs along the riverside.

Hard to miss.

Hard to miss. Photo: Stuart McDonald

While the mini hotels on the edge of town may offer a few more creature comforts, the rooms here are of a good size and more than comfortable enough for a night or two. Both the rooms we were shown had a two–tone mint hue to them with green drapes and frilly curtains, which made them feel slightly darker than they really were. The bed was simple, with fewer frills than the curtains and just a base sheet, but it was clean.

Facilities include a desk, WiFi throughout, stocked minibar and air-con, and the shower was good and hot. Extremely limited English was spoken at the downstairs reception, but they were friendly nonetheless. At 250,000 dong, this struck us as very good value and the location is excellent.

At the time of writing (mid 2018) the hotel could not be booked online, but they have three floors of rooms so we guess it is rarely full—just show up or perhaps get someone to call to make a reservation (if you can’t speak Vietnamese). Recommended.

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Walk–in rates ( dong): 250,000—250,000

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GPS: 105º46'3.58" E, 10º17'29.2" N

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43, Tan My hamlet, Sa Dec
Under US$10

Flower and Frog Homestay

# 43, Tan My hamlet, Sa Dec T: (0918) 645 390

If you’re primarily in Sa Dec to see the flower gardens, then rather than stay in town, why not stay in the gardens themselves? If that appeals, then the Flower and Frog Homestay might be just what you are looking for.

Within one of the private rooms.

Within one of the private rooms. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Set a roughly 15 to 20 minute scooter ride from downtown Sa Dec (assuming you know where you are going!), the homestay sits on the bank of the Mekong River and is surrounded by the market gardens that make Sa Dec so famous. Accommodation comes in the form of a handful of private rooms with shared bathroom facilities and an enormous mattress on the floor dorm which is a great deal when empty but not quite so hot when at capacity with 20 people.

The homestay also has a very large restaurant which looks out over the Mekong which would be a very comfortable spot to while away a few hours in the afternoon with a cold drink. Bicycles are available (ideal for a rambling ride around the gardens) and they can sort you out with a scooter if desired—we’d lean towards the latter if you are planning on spending a bit of time in town.

The homestay is more like a large guesthouse than a home, and will appeal to those looking for simple lodgings in a relaxed low key environment. It is located about one kilometre north of the main ferry crossing across the Mekong—if you are looking for it, continue past the ferry, stick to the road right beside the river, and the homestay will come up on you left.

At the time of writing there was a second homestay a couple of kilometre’s north of Flower and Frog, called Maison en Bambou Phone—Le Vent which had very positive online reviews and is worth considering, but the property was unfortunately locked up when we visited in August 2018 so we were not able to take a look.

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Walk–in rates ( dong): 150,000—550,000
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GPS: 105º45'32.06" E, 10º18'53.67" N

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468 Nguyen Sinh Sac, Sa Dec
Under US$10

Minh Dien Hotel

# 468 Nguyen Sinh Sac, Sa Dec T: (0939) 861 579

The Minh Dien sits about a fifteen minute walk to the west of the Sa Dec River on Nguyen Sinh Sac, amongst the further out of a clutch of hotels which start with the decrepit Bong Hong, and include the Phuong Nam (a not unreasonable alternative to the Minh Dien).

Quite spacious and really clean.

Quite spacious and really clean. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Stay here if you want a bright and very clean room which felt brand spanking new (at least it did in mid 2018 anyway!). While the hotel is just a couple of stories high, the rooms run back from the street and as the hotel itself is set just a little back, the rooms are quieter than you may expect. Ours was fully fitted out with minibar, air-con, LCD TV and a spotless bathroom with a piping hot shower. There were small touches, like the decorative wall tiles behind the bed, that distinguish here from some of the other minihotels on standby in Sa Dec.

Family–run, the son speaks quite decent English and can arrange scooter hire for a reasonable 100,000 dong per day and he also helpfully pointed us to a few spots to eat at. In the unlikely event this hotel is full, a 100 metres or so down the road towards the river sits the Phuong Nam which is a good back-up and also has a comfy ground floor cafe. While our first choice in Sa Dec is the Thao Ngan, either of these other two are an adequate choice, and, if you have your own transport, the distance from town doesn’t matter so much.

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Walk–in rates ( dong): 250,000—250,000
Book online: Booking
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GPS: 105º45'34.19" E, 10º17'25.63" N

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