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Mangogarden
Ranked #52 of 177 Phu Quoc Island B&B and Inns
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“We loved mangogarden!”
Reviewed January 12, 2011

Ngoc is the lady who runs this guesthouse and she is so lovely - Ive never felt so welcomed and her service was impecible - she couldnt do enough to help us, she was like a mum! Her cooking was absolutely amazing, we ate there every night we stayed there and the prices were cheap indeed. You can hire a motorbike from her which we did for about £7/day. She offers free pick up and drop offs to the beach which is about 15mins stroll away. Mangogarden is tucked away and it makes it so peaceful and quiet which we absolutely loved. Ngoc has two beautiful and very well behaved dogs, Lucky and Jimmy!! 100% recommended for beautiful, peaceful stay.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2011

I stayed here for a week, at US$35 per night, which included breakfast, daily free ride to and from beach on a motorcycle, and free pickup at the airport.

This is large house type hotel, located in the south east side of the island. It is a 15 min. walk to beach, through the jungle. The room was large and the beds were comfortable. The washroom was large and had a bath tub. The whole house is very clean and airy. The grounds are well kept , with many mango trees throughout the property. The front porch is a great place to sip scotch and take in the fresh evening air. The area is very quite, low traffic. It great place to just rest and relax.

Breakfast was delicious. The basic breakfast was fried eggs any style, bread, coffee, fruit. One day, breakfast included was steak and eggs, and it was superb! I ate lunch usually at the beach. If you want dinner at the hotel, you need tell the Manager in the morning. Virtually all ingredients for dinner are purchased fresh each day. All of the dinners were delicious and of good quantity. Dinner prices were in the 100k to 240k dong range, which were reasonable. I did eat at the beach and the food at Mango Garden tasted better and the portion size was larger. The last night's dinner was free, and very delicious, more than I could eat.

The electricity was available from about 4pm, for whenever I got back from the beach, until midnight. The hot water heater for the shower worked by electricty. There is satellite TV. Water was available 24 hours a day.

The service was fast, courteous, and the best I have received in Vietnam. The Manager Ngoc, was always pleasant and extremely helpful.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed November 22, 2010

We moved after 1 night at Mango Garden to a hotel on the beach with 24h aircon. That said, I think if you know what you are getting Mango Garden could easily be a fantastic experience for you and I put our move mostly down to poor research. To avoid you trolling through to find the facts I've attempted to lay out the postives/negatives in a balanced way here.

Positives:
- very sweet owner, she clearly cares about her guests and has many stories of guests who return, people she has helped and quite a few she keeps in touch with. you do feel you are in her home.
- close to (15min walk) to reputedly the nicest beach on the island
- owner will, you aren't obliged to have it, cook dinner for you
- rooms are spacious with a double and single bed and en suite
- owner will organise extras for you eg ride to/from beach for 20,000vnd/pp or pick up from the airport
- if you are willing to hire a moped you will easily get around

Negatives:
- 45min drive from airport - taxi costs 330,000vnd
- 15min walk to beach - in c.30 degree heat and close to 100% humidity
- electricity runs on a generator so only hot water/aircon/electricity between 6-11pm. we found no aircon in this heat/humidity very tough.
- had picked the place, amongst other reasons, for the owner's food reputation, albeit we only had one meal it was only ok and very expensive (280,000vnd for 2 dishes+ rice+drinks)
- elsewhere on the trip guest houses have been clear on the cost of something before doing it for you - I felt slightly misled on costs eg offered to pick us up at the airport which meant i made the mistake of thinking it was free, offered dinner on first night without showing the printed menu with costs on it, fruit at breakfast was extra, offered ride to/from beach but said later what it would cost. ultimately blame myself for not asking but definitely a different approach to what we've seen elsewhere in SE Asia

Again I stress that this could easily be a great place if you are used to this type of accommodation and willing to get a moped or pay to get around and the owner cares more about her guests than any other I've seen. However it wasn't for us and I wish I'd known the above facts before I went and would not have wasted her time or ours.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed October 4, 2010

I am from Canada and never been to Vietnam, let alone a tropical island in Vietnam. Completely out of my comfort zone, you are worried about where to stay, will I feel safe? We arrived at the airport , greeted by a friendly smile, Ms Loc, who speaks great english. She took us to Mango Garden Inn, which is a gorgeous tropical Oasis. Very simple, clean and welcoming. Ms Loc cooked the best home cooked traditional foods, made from the freshest ingredients. Mango Garden Inn was accomodating to our needs and made our stay comfortable, safe & memorable. Ms Loc is a wonderful lady, who is honest and trust worthy, and I believe this is important when you travel to foriegn destinations. We will definatly return to Phu Quoc Island and stay at the Mango Garden Inn!!

Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

If you want an enjoyable holiday on Phu Quoc Island then the Mango Garden Inn is for you. The hostess Ngoc a wonderful lady will take care of you and make sure your stay is as comfortable as can be. Food was excellent hospitality excellent.. Will definitely return again.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2010

If you are looking for a clean, lovely place near the nicest beach on phu quoc island, then stay at Mangogarden Inn. It´s a family run place. The owner is Ngoc, a vietnamese woman and her canadian husband. The rooms have a moderate price. Ngoc knows about the european standard. Everything is very clean and the rooms are wonderful. She cooks the best food we have eaten during our whole vietnam trip. You only have to tell her what you want to eat and she will look for fresh food. She was very friendly and helpful. She organised our boat trip, phone cards and medicine and everything else we asked for. This place made our trip special. We had a wonderful time there. Better stay at this wonderful green oase than in any other hotel on phu quoc!!!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed January 29, 2010

After 4 months travelling in Asia and our last few days in Vietnam we decided to treat ourselves to a few days on Phu Quoc Island. We arrived on Bao Sao beach and contacted Ms Loc - the owner of Mango Garden.Inn who speaks excellent English which was such a help. She picked us up on her motor bike and brought us to her guesthouse set in a garden of mango trees. We had a huge A/C room spotlessley clean to include breakfast. For evening meals we had fresh from the morning market shrimp, crab and squid BBQ - delicious and all home cooked. Ms Loc was like a mum to us and she works so hard. We recommend staying here and is much better than the noisy dirty rooms you can expect on Sao Beach itself. 1st class accomodation with first class service. The beautiful Sao Beach is just 15mins walk from Mango Garden.Inn and there is another beach 200m away. Ms Loc also organised snorkelling trips and ferry rides to the Vietnam/Cambodian border for us. We will be coming back for sure!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mangogarden
Address: Sao beach, An Thoi town, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Kien Giang Province > Phu Quoc Island
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Ranked #52 of 177 B&Bs / Inns in Phu Quoc Island
Number of rooms: 5

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