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Nguyen Shack Can Tho
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Vienna, Austria
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“Special Place!”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

We stayed here for only one night with our two kids, but it was well worth it! The whole place has a magical, easygoing vibe! Free coffee/tea, fruit and snacks. Our simple bungalow had everything you could need, including mosquito nets, private lav and shower, hammock on balcony to watch the sun setting over the river and rice paddies, comfortable enough beds, well stocked minibar... The kids loved swinging on the several swings in the garden, playing with Cookie the tiny puppy and piglet Bacon (they promised they will never turn him into real bacon!), watching the frogs and fireflies, cycling through the surrounding villages - they had a small bike and a bike with a baby seat! The Canadian / Vietnamese owners have created a very special place, an oasis! We went on the floating market river tour and were able to experience early morning life on the Mekong from the Homestays own boat. We did the cycling tour through the neighbouring villages and loved it, especially lunch in the Buddhist temple! They also organized a good and safe driver back to HCMC for us. Oh yes, the food was really good too! Thank you to everyone at Nguyen Shack for a memorable Mekong River stay!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

I was thinging about not writing this review so that not everyone would find out about this perfect little place on Mekong!But keeping it for oneself would be selfish. It is wonderful: the location, the room, the food and the staff. They helped us with everything including visiting the river. Do not book any other tour in advance, you can take all the tours from the homestay without prior notice (in our case). Thank you again!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kuching, Malaysia
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Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

This rustic getaway on the banks of one of the Mekong's many rivers is a tranquil haven to break up a busy holiday.

Delicious food and wonderfully kind hosts will make you feel right at home.

Mattresses could be improved on, but otherwise 100% for everything else.

Thank you for having us!

Gina and Ian

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

After Ho Chi Minh City's crowd and hectic traffic it was nice to be in Nguyen Shack Homestay's peaceful idyll. Here we stayed for four days in a small orchard. The houses are built of bamboo and consist of a large room and toilet and shower behind a bamboo wall and a curtain. Each house has a terrace facing the river. There we could enjoy the silence watching the elegant, sleek boats that occasionally passed by. On the other side of the river the green paddy fields spread for miles. The only sounds were the wind in the bushes and the river flowing water. The young Vietnamese-Canadian landlord and landlady were friendly and helpful. The food was excellent with delicious dishes and free fruit, water, coffee and tea all day. We had the great pleasure of the guided tour by bike in the neighborhood, a river tour to the floating market in Can Tho and a sunset cruise on the river with dinner visit at the boatman’s family. If you want peace and tranquility in beautiful surroundings and a laid-back atmosphere Nguyen Shack Homestay is the right place.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bussum, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

This place is wonderful. Ok it's basic, BUT furthermore the staff really gives you everything you need or want. I really recommend this place to people looking for the the real view on the Mekhong Delta and who want to explore the live on the Delta.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

All the staff were great - so friendly & helpful. The location is beautiful, right on the river. There's such a nice, relaxed vibe; you could while away days here. The bike tour was a really interesting way to see the local village, and get a bit of gentle exercise in the sun! Free water & tea/coffee, which is a real bonus. Good food. Strong wi fi. One of the best places I stayed in Vietnam. If you're visiting the area, stay here! Just bring a good pair of earplugs if you don't want to listen to karaoke by the locals! But really that shouldn't put you off, it's idyllic…

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Bougival, Ile-de-France, France
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

My English is bad (I'm French) but I will try to explain how much I'm grateful....
Thanks to the whole team for having received us with so much friendship. The place is absolutely beautiful. We have seen in it anywhere else in Vietnam.

You feel like in your home. There is no time retraint: If you are tired you can go to sleep in your bed - or so much better, in your hammock - If you are hungry, there are always some fresh fruits available in the fridge. If you need informations, you have always somebody to talk with (in english and in french). If you just want to take a time in the garden, just ask for a pillow and stay on one of the swing sofas...

If you want to walk, you can ask to take the boat (the is an island that you can only reach by boat!) then a bike. Thus, tours that are suggested by the team are all lovely (We did all). Prices are reasonable and for a few dollars you will be able to meet vietnamese people who just live "normaly"... i.e. you wont disturb them: you just will go visiting them, see what they do, try to speak a little if you want; but they are not here just for you. I don't know if I am as clear as I would like ^^

Rooms are LOVELY. Comfort looks primary but you have hot water, clean rooms and electricity to charge your devices. In fact, I think you feel like a child... Maybe the only bad point would be that if you can't sleep with dawn or morning light, you should take a sleep mask. I was scared by the noise but you can easily sleep (be just aware that sometimes, wild ducks come under you room, on the water, and they like express thereselves from 6 o'clock to 8)

what about the food... cookers are realy gifted! We ate some food we didn't know and we didn't eat anywhere else. Prices are maybe higher than in little vietnamese places, but this is realy good quality and we don't regret having eaten there everyday!

To conclude, I just would like to say that if you go in Mekong Delta, you HAVE to go through Can Tho because this is a typical place. And if you go in South Vietnam without sleeping in the Nguyen Shack Mekong, you realy will miss an especial experience.

For people who don't know how to organize their travel:
we stayed there 3 nights. We arrived from Chau Doc by bus at 7pm, we had diner and sleeped. The next day we did 2 tours: the bike tour in the morning (what we prefered) and the afternoon boat tour (Thank you very much, Phom!). The day after, we did the floating and the landing markets (a must see!). We left at 13pm to take the airplane to Phu Quoc.

I think that staying there 2 entire days is the minimum; maybe staying 3 days would be good to laze (If we had enough time, we would have done it)

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, hopefuly we will meet again in Ninh Binh later!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Nguyen Shack Can Tho
Address: Ong Tim Bridge, Thanh My Area, Thuong Thanh Ward, Cai Rang District, Can Tho 900000, Vietnam (Formerly Nguyen Shack Homestay - Can Tho)
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Location: Vietnam > Mekong Delta > Can Tho
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 73 Specialty Lodging in Can Tho
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Nguyen Shack Can Tho 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Nguyen Shack. The solution to erase the tension and stress of living and to breathe in the freshness of nature while being away from the hustle and bustle of life. It is no secret that the serenity and splendor of nature is a splendid tranquilizer to the tired nerves of ours. Nguyen Shack is a sustainable Eco-tourism in Mekong Delta area offer you 2 boat tours and 1 bicycle tour to discover the local life of Vietnamese in the Delta. ... more   less 
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