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Sa Dec

 

SA DEC

Tel: 067 + Pop 101,800

The former capital of Dong Thap province, Sa Dec gained some small fame as the setting for the Lover, a film based on the novel by Margurite Duras. Two of the classic French villas used in the film can be seen across the river from the outdoor market area.

Sa Dec is famous for its many nurseries that cultivate flowers and bonsid trees. The flowers are picked almost daily and transported fresh to shops in HCMC. There nurseries are a major sightseeing attraction for domestic tourists, especially around the Tet festival holiday.
Groups doing a whirlwind tours of the Mekong Delta often make a lunch stop here and drop in on the nurseries.

Huong Tu Pagoda

Thu Huong Tu Pagoda ( Chua Co Huong Tu) is of classic Chinese design. A bright white statue of Quan The Am Bo Tat standing on a pedestal adorns the grounds. Don’t confuse this place with the adjacent Buu Quang Pagoda. which is somewhat less glamorous.

Nurseries.

The nurseries ( Vuon Hoa) operate year round throgh they are practivally stripped bare of their flowers just before Tet. You’ve welcome to have a look around, but don’t pick any f

lowers unless you plan on buying them. Photography is permitted-indeed, the flower farmers are quite used to it.

The nurseries dont’ belong to one person. There are many small operators here, each with a different speciality. The most famous garen is called the Tu Ton Rose Garden, which has over 500 different kinds of roses in 50 different shades and colours/

Uncle Ho Statue

We’re not being facetious-they really do call it’uncle Ho statue” . Ho Chi Minh didn’t live in Sa Dec, but his father did. To commemorate this bit of historical consequence, a large statue of Ho Chi Minh (But not his father!)

has been erected a few kilometres west of town. You’ll need a motorbike to get out there, as it’s probably too far for a cycle, unless you have a lot of time and patience. The statue is along the route to ther nurseries. So you can take in both sights on the same journey.

Place to Stay

Not many foreigners overnight in Sa Dec because nearby Cao Lanh, Long Xuyen and Vinh Long all tend to Siphon off the tourists. Still, Sa Dec is a pleasant, if not very exciting, place to spend an evening

Nguyen Phong guesthouse ( tel: 866515 A10 Tran Hung Dao, rooms with fan/air-con US$5-8) is very basic, but it’s the cheapest option in town.

Sa Dec Hotel ( tel 861430; Fan rooms US$10, air-con rooms US$ 15-18) has long been the main tourist accommodation in the area. All rooms have bathtubs.

At the time of writing, the new Bong Hong hotel ( Tel  861301, 80D Quoc Lo) was nearly complete, and looks posh from the outside. Rates should be in the US$ 20 to US$ 30 range.

Place to Eat

Thuy: ( Tel: 861644, 430 Hung Vuong str) is an other local eatery worth trying. The food is also good, but the bizarre facial expressions on the fish in the big tank are even better

Cay Sung ( Tel: 861749, 437 Hung Vuong str) is next door to Thuy and also has respectable Vietnamese fare.

A bit further south on Huong Vuong str. are a few good noodle shops

Getting there & Away

Sa Dec, localed in Dong Thap Province midway between Vinh Long and Long xuyen, is accessible by bus, minibus and car/

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