The newest of three branches in Saigon, Madame Cuc’s 184 became our home for three weeks while Iain’s broken arm healed enough for him to carry his backpack further north. We headed straight there once the cast was on his arm, having chosen it over a few other guest houses in an adrenalin-fuelled hour at the hospital. It sounded like the kind of homely place he needed right then. Our corner room was bright and bedroom-like, with pink linen, a cupboard, a fridge, cable TV and an en suite bathroom. The staff cleaned our room every day and made us breakfast, dinner, coffee and fresh lime juice, all included in the room rate. TT, the ever-cheerful manager helped in any way she could. We were even treated to a delicious lunch for being long staying guests; it was at the personal invitation of the elusive Madame Cuc, but – unsurprisingly, I suppose – she did not appear in person and break the spell.
Cost: US$16 for a double room with en suite bathroom, cable TV, fridge, air-con and WiFi. Room rate includes a baguette breakfast, instant noodle and spring roll dinner, and juice, coffee or tea all day.
Finding it: 184 Cong Quynh street, district 1, HCMC. (See map below.)
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