This place looked great from the reviews. And the people gave us a lovely warm welcome. However the pool was not able to be used, it had furniture floating in it and lots of insects. The towels were so old they were frayed and the bathroom had the previous occupants soap still in the shower dish. The place needs a refresh. But if you’re looking for cheap and cheerful it works.
We could not have stayed anywhere more welcoming! Ken and Leu are wonderful hosts. As we were only staying one night, as soon as we arrived Leu made sure all our plans for moving on the next day were in place and she booked our pick up minibus for us. Our room was comfortable and we loved the facilities of the pool, hammocks, bikes and bar. All of the staff went out of their way to chat to us and help in any way.We spent a wonderful afternoon cycling around the town and through the beautiful countryside. We took a ferry across to a small island where we supped fresh coconut juice at a homestay- it was so lovely to spend time with the family who lived there. In the evening, when Ken discovered we hadn't yet eaten,he jumped into his homemade electric tricycle, put me on the back seat and with my husband jogging along as fast as he could to keep up, Ken drove through the back country lanes and dropped us off at a beautiful restaurant- can't get better service than that!
When we returned to the hotel we had a lovely time chatting with Ken who is an extremely colourful character- read all about him in his book "Life's an adventure if you chose to make it so!"
The next morning, the beautiful Hong took us on a tour of the Mekong Delta- we couldn't have asked for a better guide: Hong was enchanting,full of knowledge and great fun! We learnt a lot about growing up in rural Vietnam and had a wonderful half day visiting the local area and enjoying some gorgeous Vietnamese food.
We were picked up punctually to be taken back to the bus station where we caught our bus back to Saigon (transfer to the bus station and the 2hr bus journey to Saigon cost £1.40 per person!). We would definitely recommend the Oasis Hotel.
Stayed 4 nights in a 3 bed room, very basic but clean. Fridge, WiFi, AC, fan, shower/toilet, towels (well worn) and the salt water pool is great. The people are what made our visit so memorable- Leu and Ken the owners, Hong the tour guide and the other ladies. Nothing is too much trouble- for example a French guest, David, had a bike accident - they ensured he was collected from hospital, the bike sorted out, made phone calls on his behalf etc. We did a Mekong tour with Hong, used bikes to cycle and ferry across to some local islands. Ken dropped me off to the local blind massage place (highly recommended) and collected me again. 3D Coffee was our favourite eating place within walking distance (try their octopus). Hammocks to laze around in during the day. No tea-making facilities in the rooms and we did pay for the bikes despite being advertised as free. 3 well-loved dogs live at the Oasis too. A truly wonderful stay .......
After many hours of research, we settled on the Oasis Hotel. On arrival, we realised our expectations were way too high BUT ... after 3 nights, we would happily have stayed another night. We settled in and enjoyed what WAS on offer!
The rooms are VERY basic so prepare yourself for that. Aircon worked really well. Beds were comfortable. A shower curtain separating the shower and the toilet would have been good but, oh well! Cleanliness was satisfactory. Our room had a small fridge but no tea/coffee making facilities. A thermos of hot water was given to us on request which was great.
The very clean, deep, cool pool was wonderful! We were in and out of it all the time. We were glad we chose a room on the ground floor, near to the pool. Kids will love it. Smoking was allowed by the pool which was great for those who smoke! We don't.
LOCATION: we estimated a 30 minute walk in to town. It was an easy 10mins on the bikes. It will be much better if you are prepared to get on a bike. They were more than okay. They had gears.
The street is quiet and runs parallel to the river.
There's a 'beauty' salon 2 mins walk away. It was nice to enjoy a manicure and hair wash.
We took the tour that previous reviewers recommended. We've done many tours in Vietnam and this was one of the best. The tour guide, Hong has very good English and this made a big difference as she was easy to understand. If you end up staying somewhere else, I'd recommend trying to get on one of her tours. She indicated that this might be possible. It's surprising that a tourist company hasn't snapped her up!
We saw no other tourists whilst riding around Ben Tre. It's not touristy and that's why we liked it.
In summary, if you want matching sheets and fluffy towels, keep doing your research but if you are looking for genuine hospitality and want to experience rural Vietnam, this is a good choice.
Fish farm was 20km return bike ride.
3D Cafe is very close by and served great food. Always a good idea to eat where the school kids go!
We made quite a detour coming to Ben Tre and were very much looking forward to it. Sidenote: when traveling to Ben Tre from Ho Chi Minh, look up Thinh Phat, they have a bus, mostly used by locals, going there every 30 minutes for 70k Dong per person including transfer from the drop-off point to the hotel. Don't expect much luxury though, but there's airco and wifi! Upon arrival we were greeted by one of the owners who gave a detailed explanation of what to do in the area. She advised us to go to restaurant number 17 (something something garden) but we were much more enthusiastic about number 2, where we went the next day. Our western taste couldn't really deal with the menu at the garden restaurant, but if you are feeling adventurous and in the mood for some snake, frog or dove go here. They do have a good menu for less adventurous people though, so don't be too scared. :-)
The rooms are a bit outdated, but suitable enough for those who don't need luxury. After all, there is so much to do and see in Ben Tre we only used the room for sleeping. During the day there is a nice place to relax downstairs with hammocks and a pool.
We definitely recommend arranging the private tour through the Mekong with this hotel. It was 30 USD per person for the two of us and it was fantastic! When booking here, they will definitely tell you more about it and probably suggest leaving at 8 in the morning, as we did. We hardly met any other tourists, which made the tour very relaxed and peaceful.
Every guest that will stay in this hotel will probably meet Ken. He is one of the owners of this hotel and has a lot of stories to tell about his life. He's an amazing speaker and I really enjoyed chatting with him. He also wrote a book about his life, which I can't wait to start reading!
A very big thank you goes out to Hong, who we were in contact with after our booking and who also was our tour guide. She really made our day during the tour and gave us an insight in her life in Ben Tre.
They also have bikes for rent, which is a perfect way to explore the area. A great insight into the daily life of the people living here. Definitely sit down somewhere to have a cup of coffee and enjoy the smiles of the villagers greeting you!
Lastly, the omelettes for breakfast are amazing. Hong was happy to show us how she made these and I am definitely going to try and create these delicious eggies at home!
So, don't hesitate to book your stay here if you, like I mentioned, aren't set on luxury but instead value a warm smile and caring people. If we ever have the opportunity to go back to Ben Tre I will definitely be staying here again!