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The drowsy former capital of Dong Thap province, Sa Dec is a comparatively peaceful city of tree-lined streets and fading colonial villas, ringed with orchards and flower markets. Lining the waterways are flower nurseries you can visit, which are especially popular just before Tet for witnessing a riot of blooms loaded onto boats.

The town's biggest attraction (though it'll only take up about 20 minutes of your time) is the Huynh Thuy Le Old House. This fascinating 1895 riverfront residence of Sino-French design was a setting for The Lover by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Other locations seen in the film include Le's grave and pagoda, and the school where Duras' mother taught.

Best time to visit

Sa Dec Town is in Dong Thap Province, in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. Like other provinces in the Delta, Dong Thap is in the tropical climate zone. There are always two distinct seasons in a year: the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season is from May to November and dry season is from December to April of the following year.

The best time to visit Sa Dec Dong Thap is during the wet season when you can see the nature, the forests, the damps are given life thanks to the rain. Best months to go are September, October and November.

You can also visit Sa Dec during the the traditional festivals such as Go Thap festival, the anniversary of Doc Binh Kieu. By attending these events, you will have a closer insight to the life of the local people and their unique, indigenous local culture.

Check the below table for the general idea of Sa Dec weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 28.6 25.8 23.3
Feb 30 26.7 23.7
Mar 31.3 28.2 25.2
Apr 31.8 29.2 26.7
May 31 29.3 27.5
Jun 30.2 28.7 27.3
Jul 29.4 28.1 26.9
Aug 29.5 28.2 26.9
Sep 29.2 27.8 26.5
Oct 29.8 27.9 26.2
Nov 30.1 27.8 25.7
Dec 29.4 26.8 24.5

Sa Dec’s current weather and 7-day forecast


Here are top things to do in Sa Dec:

Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House

Sa Dec was immortalized in the film The Lover by Jean-Jacques Annaud, based on French writer Marguerite Duras' bestselling semi-autobiographical novel, which depicted her love affair with Huynh Thuy Le, the 27-year-old son of a rich Chinese family, when she was only 15.

The town's biggest attraction (though it'll only take up about 20 minutes of your time) is the Huynh Thuy Le Old House, his family's fascinating 1895 riverfront residence of Sino-French design. Other locations seen in the film include Le's grave and pagoda, and the school where Duras' mother taught.

Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House is a special house which is the harmony of Southern Vietnamese, French, and Chinese architectural styles. For more than 100 years, despite the destruction caused by time, the house remains beautifully intact.

Location: On the bank of Tien River at 225A Nguyen Hue Street, Sa Dec Town, Dong Thap Province

Sa Dec Flower Village

A major thing to do for travelers to Sa Dec is visiting the local flower village. Sa Dec has the largest flowers planted in Mekong Delta region. The village is located by the bank of Tien River - a branch of Mekong Delta - covering an area of 600ha of flowers and ornamental plants. 

But Sa Dec flower village is not your ordinary village. The flowers are not planted on the ground but in bamboo baskets to avoid submersion and the villagers tender these flowers by boating in between the rows. Come to Sa Dec in the blooming season and you will be amazed by the colorful patches on the river. Sa Dec is also famous for its rose garden with more than 50 kinds of roses. 

The best time to visit flower villages in Sa Dec is about 10-15 days ahead of Tet before they are trucked on boats to markets in other places in Southern Provinces.

Tram Chim National Park

A destination for nature lovers to discover - Tram Chim National Park. You're in for one-of-the-kind local biodiversity of flora and fauna with the iconic red-crowned cranes which were once often seen the most in Tram Chim National Park.

There are about 200 species of birds inhabited within the park, some of them are listed in the World Red List of endangered species.

To visit the park, tourists will have to book tours organized by the national park. You can join a group to make it cheaper. A boat ride is about 2 hours and you'll see the birds, the white lotus garden and the beautiful mangrove forest. Best time to visit is in wet season when the water rise and the birds return to the park.

Location: Tam Nong District, Dong Thap Province, Vietnam.

Maison En Bambou Phong-le Vent

Address: Khanh Hoa Hamlet, Tan Khanh Dong Commune, Sa Dec City

Phone: (+84) 93 929 83 88

Price: USD25/bungalow for 2 guests

Maison En Bambou Phong-le Vent is well-known as the Sa Dec’s most impressive homestay with the unique bamboo design. The homestay is nestled right in the middle of the Sa Dec flower village, so it’s fairly remote from the outside. You can find out specialties of the Mekong Delta in this homestay, and there are also many interesting activities to experience, such as fishing, kayaking, cycling around the flower village. The bamboo design looks amazing, and there is a private restroom in your own room.

Keep in mind that there is no air-conditioning in any room of the homestay. The ambiance there is peaceful and awesome for people who love things of the countryside.

Flower & Frog Homestay

Address: 43 Bui Thi Xuan Street, Tan Quy Dong Ward, Sa Dec City, Dong Thap Province

Tel: (+84) 91 864 53 90

Price: VND 600,000/4 guests; VND 300,000/2 guests; VND 150,000/dorm

Flower & Frog Homestay is absolutely ideal to experience the life of local people. Staying there is a chance to soak up the pleasant atmosphere full of flowers. Right when you step to the front of the homestay, it seems that countless colored flowers are welcoming you. Near the homestay is the Tien river, making the scenery around more romantic.

Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House

Address: 225A Nguyen Hue Street, Ward 2, Sa Dec City

Tel: (+84) 27 73 77 39 37

Price: VND 550,000/2 guests

The authority in Sa Dec is currently exploiting the tourism potential of Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House – an exquisite design with many historical values. They have offered homestay accommodation for tourists to Sa Dec. That’s why you should try a homestay experience in the house.

Rose Homestay

Address: 156 TL 848 Khanh Nhon Hamlet, Tan Khanh Dong Commune, Sa Dec City.

Tel: (+84) 27 73 76 55 55

Price: VND 270,000/2 guests; VND 350,000/3 guests; VND 400,000/4 guests; VND 100,000/guest/dorm

Tucked away in the large flower gardens, Rose Homestay looks like a princess protected by pretty flowers. What do think about staying in a place full of flowers? If you love, Rose is exactly the place you choose.

Like other provinces in the Delta, Sa Dec is also known as a paradise for diners, especially who want to try more Vietnamese traditional food. Here are some local dishes that you must experience:

  • Grilled chicken in clay
  • Sa Dec grilled duck
  • Cao Lanh grilled mouse in a terracotta jar
  • Snake sausage
  • Lai Vung fermented pork

How to get to Sa Dec from Ho Chi Minh City

Located just 140 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, Sa Dec may be reached by motorbike or bus. You can take a bus from Phuong Trang Bus Line, Phu Vinh Long Bus Line, or Loc Dien Bus Line at the Mien Tay bus station. The bus runs every hour, and the bus fare is from VND 80,000 – VND 105,000.

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How to get around Sa Dec

Most tourist attractions in Sa Dec are not far from each other, so it’s easy to travel around Sa Dec by motorbike or bicycle.

You can rent a bicycle from Minh Chanh Service – tel: (+84) 793 97 97 89, and address: Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Tan Quy Tay Commune, Sa Dec City, Dong Thap Province.

At hotels and homestays, you are staying in Sa Dec, motorbike rental services are always available. Nevertheless, cycling through village paths is surely more thrilling than you think.

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