Stay among the gardens
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.
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.
Address: 43, Tan My hamlet, Sa Dec
T: (0918) 645 390;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º45'32.06" E, 10º18'53.67" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled|
20 person dorm
|150,000 dong||150,000 dong|
|Standard double room||320,000 dong||320,000 dong|
|Family room||550,000 dong||550,000 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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