From the moment you are met at your hotel in HCMC you are given the feeling of something different. The smiles, the care and the attention to detail is second to none. Enjoy the 2 hr approx car ride to Cai Be where you will be met by your guide who will take care of you your whole stay. If you can request Khoa (pronounced Kwa), as your guide, do so. He is very knowledgable, very welcoming and just a great guy. Sit back and relax on the 10 min boat ride to the Mekong Lodge.
If you want to stay for a short stay on the Mekong, then the 3 day / 2 night package here is the one. Yes it is regimented in the times for meals and tours but you always have time between to relax and do nothing or go for a walk. The new wing has a plunge pool in front of your room so also request one of these. Please keep in mind that the plunge pool is filled with clear and safe bore water from underground and that the water is warm to hot so if you are there in April like us, you get very little relief from the heat. The air con in the room is really cold so that's where you can cool down.
As this is in the middle of the Mekong Delta, it is set up so that you get the whole feel of the place so no TV and no mini bar or coffee/tea making facilities in your room. Nevertheless, the staff will go out of their way for you to get you anything. Free wifi is available in the restaurant but doesn't reach your room but hey, you should be there to relax.
All I can say is that from Mr Tung down to the local workers, nothing is too much trouble and the staff can do no wrong.
If you haven't visited Vietnam before, know this, the beds are hard so get used to it and don't complain. The staff here are only local villagers so treat them the way you want to be treated and finally, tell them if there is something they can improve on as they take your careful, considerate recommendations on board.
Overall, the experience is so good that we will be going again to see our new friends.
Thank you Mr Tung and a big thank you to Khoa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A place for those who love nature and wish to discover a real Vietnam that is left untouched by modernization. Mekong Lodge was built in typical housing architecture in Mekong Delta: bungalows with thatched roofs, complete with private terraces and gardens. A stay at Mekong Lodge to take a pause from busy life, to refresh soul with fresh air and pure nature, and to live like a local without compromising on comfort. ... more less
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