When the Mekong River enters Vietnam, it splits off into a complex delta system. The Mekong Delta is the large region southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, where the Mekong’s waterways flow in hundreds of directions, in paths wide and narrow. Thanks to the wet climate, the Mekong Delta region is fantastically lush, with bright green rice fields, vibrant flowered plants, and fruit trees everywhere you look.
For a relaxing stay amidst the wonderful people, animals, and flora of the Mekong region, choose Phuong Thao Homestay in Vinh Long. Only a few hours’ drive from Saigon, this charming and inexpensive accommodation (rooms range from 14 to 22 USD) set along the riverbanks is an ideal spot for taking in the wonders of the Mekong while getting some excellent R&R.
Enjoy the serenity of a quiet village
The homestay, which is more like a bed-and-breakfast, is situated on a small patch of land mere steps from the water. The only noises are those of roosters crowing, ducks quacking, crickets chirping, and the occasional hum of a passing boat’s engine. In addition to the ultimate peace you’ll find rocking in the homestay’s many hammocks or simply following the cute ducklings around the property, there are also free bikes available that enable you to explore all the serenity this remote island has to offer.
Keep in mind: when I say remote, I mean it. The Wi-Fi connection is shoddy at best, and phone service was next to nothing. This is my idea of peaceful travel, but I know it’s not for everyone, so be sure to tie up any loose ends before spending a couple of days in Phuong Thao’s peaceful, disconnected haven.
A perfect jumping off point to explore the Mekong region
Also nearby are coconut candy factories, where you can see the sweet, sticky candies being made and taste one or three in the process; a brick factory, where bricks are made from the river’s thick mud; and expansive rice fields perfect for a midday romp.The Phuong Thao staff will arrange a private or small group boat trip with stops at these highlights through the region, offering an intimate encounter with local life.
Charming service at a low price
Though the rooms are bare bones and the bathrooms shared (note: I usually avoid shared bathrooms, but this homestay’s were in great condition, and the shower under the stars was the perfect extra touch), the staff at Phuong Thao Homestay treat you like royalty. The best part? The food, delicious local specialties like fried elephant ear fish and savory crepes, cooked to order in the homestay’s small kitchen.
Phuong Thao Homestay is the ideal peaceful getaway
The slow pace of Delta life makes the region, in general, a perfect respite from Vietnam’s bustling cities, and the Phuong Thao Homestay provides a quiet oasis from which to take it all in. Eat incredible local dishes, kick back with a Saigon Special in one of the homestay’s countless hammocks, and tuck in early for a heavenly night’s sleep, the whir of crickets lulling you into slumber.
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