My normal experience of finding a hostel in Asia involved picking a hostel from Lonely Planet’s Southeast Asia on a Shoestring, rolling up to the place, seeing they were at full capacity and finding another one in the vicinity. And that’s how I came by Madame Cuc’s guesthouse in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
This is one place where I felt like everything was so easy. It has the basic qualities you look for in a hostel – clean, affordable, air con, central location. But what makes this little gem so special is the impeccable service. The staff are just amazing. It’s a family-run place and they just take such good care of you – always warning us against scams, telling us to wear our bags across our bodies in case they get snatched and always wishing us a good day when we left each morning. Just so friendly.
The room also came with breakfast and dinner included. Although this consisted of bread and jam for breakfast and a spicy noodle soup for dinner every night, it still made our lives so much easier.
They also book day tours of the city and longer tours of the Mekong Delta at reception for you.
I would highly recommend this guesthouse if you are in Ho Chi Minh for a few days. But be aware that it is walking distance from the bus station. Don’t let cab drivers con you like they conned me!!