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“great service, great price, rural atmosphere”

Thao Nhi Ecological Tourist Graden
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Thao Nhi Ecological Tourist Graden
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“great service, great price, rural atmosphere”
Reviewed January 11, 2012

Before the modern bridge (2009), connecting Ben Tre and My Tho, this guesthouse was situated perfect for tourist arriving in Ben Tre, because the questhouse is nearby the old ferry dock, and from the ferry it was only ten minutes walking. Nowadays, if you use public transport, from Ben Tre main bus station to the guesthouse is around 10 km. But, if you call the guesthouse, they will pick you up for free. Even better, let them talk with the bus driver, and they pick you up from the nearest bus stop. The questhouse rooms are simple, ranging in price from 6 dollar to 20, depending on if the room has airco, windows, hot water. Don't expect any luxury. The guesthouse is somewhat remote from the small village, surrounded by canals and coconut trees; the atmosphere is just peaceful and rural, very relaxing. We found it a very nice contrast to Vietnams bigger cities and crowded tourist places. They organize tours through the Meking Delta. We did a small tour by boat, which was ok and typical vietnamese. Prices for the tours are higher then mass tourist deals you get in Ho Chi Minh, ofcourse, but you get a personal tour with private local guide(s). The food is nice, and the elephant ear fish is famous. The menu does not always contain prices, but prices are suited for backpackers, and tea is for free, always, including the tea you get on arrival. One of the other reviews says that you have to be careful not to pay too much; we did not recognize that at all and were pleasantly surprised with the bill. On check out we got a free bottle of water for in the buss, and a hug, where else do you get that? Bicycles are for free as well, including a map, and it's lovely to cycle through the rice and coconut fields. Don't take the main road to Ben Tre though; it's very crowdy and boring. If you want to explore more you can rent a motorcycle as well. So, if you want a quiet place to re-energize and relax, without spending lot's of money for luxury, this is where you want to be.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 12, 2010

Ben Tre is really nice to discover the Mekong Delta, not too far from Saigon and not the most touristic airea. Thao Nhi GH is great because of the peacefull atmosphere 11 kilometers from the city town. The rooms are cheap (we barganed to 7 $ for a twin), the food is great an we did a great tour by bycicle and boat withe Mr Day (try to arrange your tours with him in private as he is less expencive as the trips with Thao Nhi GH).
But watch out for the owner of the GH who tries to get much too much money from every tourist. Before doing any business with him make a clear agreement about the price and pay immidiately or let him make a note withe the correct price. When you eat in the restaurant always ask for the price of the food you get and let hem make a note (there are menus with different prices and even without). Otherwise at the end of your stay he will adapt the amount of ypur account as he likes and you get a really bad discussion when you don't want to pay it all.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 6, 2010

Thao Nhi is a locally owned eco guesthouse in Ben Tre - a very beautiful province in the Mekong Delta. If you want to experience the local life this is a wonderful place - the rooms are basic - but the surrondings / location is absolutely charming with the cannels and the lush greenery. The management is endearing. Thai, our guide, is a local who speaks very good english and is very passonate about sharing his community with tourists. He took us to catch fireflies on the delta, ride motorcycles through the village and catch our dinner - elephant ear fish.
I recommend staying in Ben Tre over My Tho as long as your OK with local standards - otherwise My Tho has some lovely 4 star hotels on the river for those who are more interested in a place with international standards.

  • Stayed January 2010
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Property: Thao Nhi Ecological Tourist Graden
Address: 1 Hamlet, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Mekong Delta > Tien Giang Province > Chau Thanh
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Chau Thanh
Number of rooms: 14

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