A SMALL PARADISE AN HOUR AND A HALF FROM HO CHI MINH CITY
We have heard of The Island Lodge, but we had never been there.
What was our surprise when we arrived on this little piece of island...
Located in My Tho, in the Mekong Delta region, the lodge is about 80 kilometers from HCMC. The road is easy and pleasant since the vast majority of the journey is on the highway.
The lodge is delightful. It is not luxurious, nor ostentatious, but this place tells a story, like its owners. Michel and Françoise opened in 2014 this wonderful place, full of charm and history. For love of Vietnam, they came to settle in the province of My Tho. Michel's grandparents lived in Vietnam from 1925 to 1949 and his father spent his entire youth there. So it was quite natural for Michel to come to live in this country. It was also an obviousness to build this place which is full of history, family anecdotes and period objects.
After being welcomed by Michel and Françoise a delicious welcome drink and some equally delicious appetizers, we can enjoy our room.
This place is overwhelming and full of serenity. The big building is very airy, everything is thought with taste: all the objects, books, newspapers, games... have a history and remind us of Indochina. The view overlooking the swimming pool and then the river is magnificent.
Take time to discover the island: a ride by bike of about one hour and a half where it is impossible to get lost. It is very green, the paths are easy to access, it is a real breath of fresh air when you live in a big megalopolis like HCMC.
It is time to walk in the middle of the orchards, near the river. There is even the possibility to take a ferry! A short break in a local street bar to rehydrate and we are off again.
It will be dark soon and still have not taken a dip in the swimming pool. After the effort, the recomfort: swimming pool, sauna, even a little nap on the deckchair... If you are lucky, the sunset will be beautiful.
A hot shower and it is already time for the aperitif that we take on our terrace near the room. This place soothes us to say the least.
The diner takes place in an immense room full of charm with its soft lighting. Michel and Francoise propose a "barbecue party" all-you-can-eat with meat, fish, and seafood of the daymenu at VND 450,000 (about USD 20).
The wine list is generous and every purse can find its happiness. The digestifs are just as nice, you will find rums made here in Vietnam, Gin and more...
The second day starts around 8:30. The weather is beautiful, we feel quite lucky as in July it is the rainy season in the Mekong Delta. The à-la-carte breakfast is succulent: croissants, homemade jams, bread, fruit juice... The benedicte egg is to die for!
The ride of the day before was so enjoying that it is unanimous, let's continue our exploration of the island! Feel free to visit also the market of Cai Rang. Please notice that the departure for the Cai Rang market is at 5:00 in the morning. The lodge provides a breakfast on the private boat while visiting the market. The return is scheduled at 1:00 in the afternoon.
Before lunch, relax watching the boats go by on the river and dive into the pool.
It is time to go back to our daily life in HCMC... After having experienced it ourselves, we are convinced that you will fall in love of this place which is located only an hour and a half from HCMC.