The real deal
Set on Cu Lao Gieng (Gieng Island) on the Mekong River, actually in the neighbouring province to the south of An Giang, Happy Homestay offers the real deal of a simple and authentic Vietnamese homestay in a modern Vietnamese home.
Run by the affable Truc and her family, expect welcoming hospitality in a simple lodging, and they were not exaggerating when they called it “happy” Truc and her mother (who is an excellent cook—try her frogs) have an infectious laugh! The lodgings are very simple—there are two fan-cooled rooms available, each with a barred window, a double bed and mosquito net. The warm water shower and bathroom is shared. Bicycles are available to have a pedal around the island and Truc is a good guide, happy to take you to see the pagoda, a convent, the cathedral and the main market, but you can just as easily ask for a bicycle and go exploring by yourself.
Happy Homestay will appeal to those looking to get out of the Delta cities and seeing a more back to basics local scene. If you have the time this makes for an excellent overnight stop between Cao Lanh or Sa Dec and Chau Doc. Or from Cao Lanh a visit to the island makes for a good day trip—see our sights section for details.
To reach here, if coming from Chau Doc or Long Xuyen, hop off the bus at the Rach Soi ferry landing. Then get the ferry across the river, walk north for perhaps 100 metres and then take a right, walking for about two kilometres (or just get a xe-om from the ferry landing). The homestay is not signposted, but if you are walking around here, everyone will know where you are headed! If coming from Cao Lanh, get a xe-om to the Kinh Ngang ferry landing, which will take you south to the island. From here though it is quite a longer walk to the homestay, so a xe-om is a good idea.
Address: Cu Lao Gieng
T: (16) 4990 1862 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º33'41.28" E, 10º26'15.2" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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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