Sa Dec, Vietnam

A river port and agricultural and trading centre, San Dec is a city in the Dong Thap Province located on the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. Before the nineteenth century, it was the capital of Dong Khau Dao, and known as one of the largest cities in the Mekong Delta. It was also the site of an American Swift Boat base during the Vietnam War.

A small, peaceful, sleepy town of tree line streets and faded colonial villas with flower and orchid markets just outside of town. It has a small claim to fame as the setting for “The Lover”, a film based on the novel by Marguerite Duras. Two of the classic French villas used in the film can be seen across the river from the market area.

Things to see and do

* Kien An Cung Confucian Pagoda
* Sa Dec Covered Market
* Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House

General Information

Cruise Season – Oct-Jan
Currency – Vietnamese Dong (VND)
Time – GMT plus 7
Language - Vietnamese
Land area - 58 km2
Population - 152,500
Electricity – All of the following can be used
2 pin Round pins European style
2 vertical Square pins and one perpendicular below British style
2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
International Country Telephone Code - +84

Port location – just over 20km upriver of Vinh Long

Transport links

The nearest major airport is Ho Chi Minh City Airport, a 4-hour transfer from Sa Dec.
Bus service to Ho Chi Minh City