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Nguyen Shack

Rustic retreat

10 km south of Can Tho city centre, Cau Ong Tien, Thanh My T: (0292) 628 8688

Nguyen Shack

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Located 10 km from Can Tho city centre, Nguyen Shack is a rustic backpacker retreat turning what’s normally a quick Mekong Delta pit stop into a relaxing holiday.

Surrounded by farmland and built along a river, Nguyen Shack takes full advantage of the water as the main lounge/dining sala and all accommodation have deck space, hammocks and river views, a Southeast Asia backpacker’s holy trinity. Count on a few hours spent sprawled in a hammock staring at the water.

No shortage of hammocks.

No shortage of hammocks. Photo: Cindy Fan

As you can probably surmise from “shack”, the accommodation has been built with natural materials such as bamboo walls, thatch roof and flagstone or plank floors. This is the simple life after all, with a few thoughtful perks like electricity for fans, a plug, bamboo clothes rack/shelf, drinking water from a large dispenser, mosquito net and windows. However, expect a cold shower.

The bungalow with private bathroom is close to the main house while the single large bungalow containing the dorms and rooms with shared bathroom are across the suspension bridge and down a grassy path. The obvious downside to having dorms and rooms contained in one hut is the noise—you’ll hear every cough, sneeze and snore—though hopefully you’ll have already become acquainted with each other on the enormous communal deck.


Taxi! Photo: Cindy Fan

Nguyen Shack is pricey for what is offered, especially for the private rooms. Remember to factor in the cost of getting to and from the place and the meals. And while we appreciate the rustic feel, we do think the clutter could be tidier and they should be more diligent in cleaning up after the friendly dogs.

However, it is an experience akin to being on a rural Mekong island. They can of course arrange tours for the floating market departing from Nguyen Shack by boat and they offer other low key activities such as bicycle or food tours. Overall, it really is about chilling out.

Simple bedding, mozzie nets, a fan and more hammocks.

Simple bedding, mozzie nets, a fan and more hammocks. Photo: Cindy Fan

Nguyen Shack is about a 15-20 minute drive from the city, off of main highway 1A. From Can Tho bus station, it’s about 80,000 dong for a meter taxi or 50,000 dong per person for a xe om. From Ong Tim Bridge, follow signs to Nguyen Shack. Beware of other accommodation with similar sounding names.

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Walk-in rates at Nguyen Shack

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
162,000 dong
200,000 dong
4-bed dorm
Dbl fan share bathroom
450,000 dong
560,000 dong
Dbl fan private bathroom
990,000 dong
1,240,000 dong
Triple fan private bathroom
1,170,000 dong
1,460,000 dong
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 162,000 dong, high season 200,000 dong. Notes: 4-bed dorm
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 450,000 dong, high season 560,000 dong. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 990,000 dong, high season 1,240,000 dong. Notes: Bungalow
Room: Triple fan private bathroom, low season: 1,170,000 dong, high season 1,460,000 dong. Notes: Bungalow

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Where is Nguyen Shack

Nguyen Shack
10 km south of Can Tho city centre, Cau Ong Tien, Thanh My
T: (0292) 628 8688
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º45'48.67" E, 9º58'34.65" N
Room rates: US$10 to 20

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