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“Small Hotel in Good Location”
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Bich Duyen Hotel
Ranked #31 of 458 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
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Brighton, Australia
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“Small Hotel in Good Location”
Reviewed 11 March 2009

We have just returned from 1 month touring Vietnam and Cambodia which included 4 nights at the Bich Duyen in Saigon (HCM).
As with all our overseas travel, we always choose our accommodation by reading the reviews on Trip Advisor, and to date we have not been disappointed.
The Bich Duyen was a small hotel in a very quiet location in a very busy area of HCM (it was located down a small lane). It was walking distance to most things and very convenient to the markets and parks, although probably a little far out from the Notre Dame, Post Office and all the main sights, but we managed to walk everywhere we went without a problem.
Just one word of warning about making a booking at the Bich Duyen (which does not have it's own website and you have to book through a booking agency). The only double room that appears on the Booking Agency's site was a Standard Double Room, but be warned this room is terribly confined. Just prior to our departure from Australia, we became aware of larger rooms being available upon request. We emailed the Bich Duyen to request a larger room, and unfortunately he could only upgrade us for the last 3 nights of our stay to a Superior Double Room. Well thank goodness he did, because our first night in just a double room was shocking. The room was so small (barely enough room to walk along one side of the double bed) and you can imagine with 3 large cases, how cramped we were and there wasn't even a window on an external wall. The Manager, Chanh was wonderful and apologized, but said he has tried very hard to get the booking agency to alter the form on the website, but nothing ever happens. However, Chanh did as he promised and moved us into a Superior Double Room for our last 3 nights. As I have said, it is a very small hotel, I think just 3 rooms on each floor, and our Superior Double was up on the 4th floor (no lift) so was not something to look forward to after a lot of walking during the day in the sweltering humid weather. Just make sure you ask for a Superior Double Room and not a Standard Double Room.
The only other comment I have is that the breakfast was "just average". You got the choice of Omelette OR Bread and Jam, but we just said we wanted both. I guess you just get spoilt when you go to hotels that give you a wide choice or a buffet, but then again you have to consider that this hotel was very reasonably priced, so we shouldn't have expected a better breakfast!!!
The service is great and Chanh was there all day every day and offered assistance wherever necessary and spoke good English.
Internet was provided in the foyer free of charge.
We would recommend this hotel for your stay in HCM.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2009

Cheap and cheerful, with a good location if you want to be in the heart of things, but not so great if the only locals you want to meet are the ones offering marijuana and "ladies" (probably only a problem if you're a man and on your own like I was), the Bich Duyen is good value at $18 a night for a double room with ensuite, wifi, and satellite TV. The staff are incredibly helpful and will take care of any ongoing journeys or trips you want to take without, it seems, adding anything extra to the price. It's a little rough around the edges, so try to avoid taking a room without windows (they smell of damp) and be prepared to wait a few minutes for the water to heat up each morning.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled solo
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Kuala Lumpur
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2009

My hubby & I stayed in the smaller room @ USD18/night with basic room items - bed, tv, fridge, cupboard & attach bathroom. The room is small so you'll end up opening most of your things on the bed as there are minimal floor space.

If you're particular about sleeping comfort, please bring along your own pillow (they're lumpy for us).

Our room did not have a window and we got a smell trapped in the room.

Shoes are not allowed to be worn in the place to keep it clean. In total 5 floors & no elevator so you better be ready to hike up those steps!

All in all, a cheap & clean place for accommodation but do not look for too much comfort.

  • Liked — Hee/Hii was very helpful staff
  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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North Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 February 2009

What a great find!!! Exactly what we need after a month of travelling. We stayed in 2 rooms for 3 nights in January 09 and really enjoyed our last hotel in Vietnam. Each room had a double and single bed.
Chanh was wonderful - always so happy and helpful. We had some laundry done and it was returned the same day. We had to change arrival dates and deal with a flight delay and an early morning departure -- he took care of us with pick-ups and drop-offs which were hassle-free and less costly for us, compared to the place we stayed on our arrival.
The location is very central, as it is situated an easy walk to the markets, tour shops and many great food places. Being in an alley-way, behind the main road we found it fairly quiet compared to other cities.
The rooms were of a good size, spotlessly clean with windows, air- conditioning, fridge, TV, and a great bathroom with a showerscreen (not many seen in Vietnam) and with good water pressure. All this at a family affordable price - we wished we could have stayed longer !

  • Liked — Clean and comfortable, friendly staff, central location, free internet access
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2009

Based on other positive reviews here on tripadvisor, I booked 4 nights at this modest tourist hotel starting 24 December 2008. While "modest", I'll go 5 stars because this hotel probably ranks as best in class.

Booking with manager Chanh over email was painless and when I landed at 23:00 the driver that he had booked was there as promised.

Funny, as we got further into downtown (around midnight by then) the traffic was absolutely frenzied and the taxi was surrounded by "Honda Om" scooters with riders waving flags and honking. After 4 or 5 attempts to get through clogged intersections to this hotel on the south side of a large east-west park, the driver threw up his hands, pulled up on the sidewalk, motioned for me to sit tight, and dialed his cell phone. 20 minutes later, a scooter pulled up and it was Chanh. He handed me a helmet, grabbed my bag, and off we went on the most exciting 30 minutes I have ever had on a motorized vehicle.

(It turns out that Vietnam had just beaten Thailand in football and the whole town was partying.)

Bich Duyen might disappoint anyone looking for 4-star accomodation, but it was clean, well sorted out, and Chanh was a fantastic resource.

Note: this city starts shaking at 6AM, so if you want to sleep in maybe you DO want a room without a window!

  • Liked — Awesome manager and staff
  • Disliked — Little bad to say -- early AM scooter noise for sure, but part of the neighborhood
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled solo
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Cambridgeshire
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Reviewed 18 January 2009

Stayed for 3 nights in Dec 08.
Was sent an email about 3 days before we arrived from Chanh welcoming us in advance and once again confirming reservation. He also offered to arrange for a taxi to collect us from the airport, which we accepted (making life so much easier after an 18hr flight!).

Hostel is great, as everyone says Chanh is fab, always happy and at reception. He is a wealth of knowledge and really helpful.

Room we had was on the 2nd floor, a double bed with a single bed. Fridge, TV, Fan, 2 windows(!) and bathroom. Everything was very clean, rooms were service everyday.

Good location to everything and there are loads of tour companies around the corner if you want to book to see the ChuChi tunnels - about $6 for a halfday trip.

If we return to Saigon we'll def stay again.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2009

I booked 3 nights at the Bich Duyen hotel at the beginning of january, and it was my first port of call in Vietnam. I'll be honest with you, it's OK, nothing more nothing less. From some of the reviews left on trip advisor you'd think it was plated with gold?!

We stayed in a very small double with no windows (which i was informed of when I booked), at $15 a night. This includes a breakfast of omlette, bread, juice and tea. The room was simple, compact and clean. We also had a fridge, aircon and hot water in our tiny bathroom. You also get free internet downstairs in the lobby. Our room was on the first floor so when the staff get up, so do you! At least if you're awake by 6am you can make the most of the city before it gets too hot!

As for the manager Chanh, (as you will probably read again and again), he is the hotel's best asset. He is friendly and a good source of reliable information. He also seems to be present in the lobby 24/7 and will wait up and let you into the hotel after hours. You can orginse tours and buses through the hotel, but you'll get cheaper deals if you go through the likes of Sinh Cafe which is just around the corner.

All in all I'd say that this hotel is a good budget starting point for your Vietnam adventure, due to it's staff and location rather than the accommodation itself.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noise - yes i know it's central Vietnam but most of it came from inside the hotel!
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank Grassy_Lemon
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Property: Bich Duyen Hotel
Address: 4 283, Pham Ngu Lao | 1 District, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#12 Romantic Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#17 Family Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bich Duyen Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bich Duyen hotel is located in the heart of the Backpacker area, quiet, clean air, 5 minutes walk to Ben Thanh market, tour booking, shop, bank, park etc. all within walking distance. We serve free breakfast, tea, coffee, pineapple juice and we have high speed internet. Reception staff warmly welcome guests like family and will give you advice about anything you want to know about Vietnam. ... more   less 
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