One of the more popular homestays
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.
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!
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.
Address: Cai Suc Bridge, #3 Commune, Ben Tre
T: (0903) 857 607;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º22'27.74" E, 10º13'5.27" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||US$13||US$13|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||US$23||US$23|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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