A decent spotless option
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).
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.
Address: 468 Nguyen Sinh Sac, Sa Dec
T: (0939) 861 579; (02773) 861 579;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º45'34.19" E, 10º17'25.63" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||250,000 dong||250,000 dong|
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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