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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mekong Delta Impressions V

Sa Dec and Marguerite Duras

See the locations on Sa Dec Google Map

Mekong at Sa Dec. Picture Francis

Arriving at Sa Dec. Picture deepchi1

Sa Dec is called "little Venice": You will find many narrow canals, old houses and old Chinese Temples. The french writer Marguerite Duras lived here between 1928 and 1932. Her mother ran a school on the corner of Hung Vương and Ho Xuan Hương. Duras had a love affair with Huynh Thuy Le, the son of a wealthy Chinese family, when she was fifteen. This was the origin of her famous novel "The Lover". Tran Thuy Le Antique House at 255A Nguyen Hue Street from 1895 with its elegant French architecture, traditional Vietnamese design and Chinese decorations is open to the public. Read more in an article by VietNews. See the gallery of Christian Lagat and some pictures by Here and There: A Photoblog. And follow this Sa Dec video.

"L'Amant" (The Lover): the famous film after the novel of Marguerite Duras with Tony Leung and Jane March.Picture Lulu

See videos of "The Lover":
Meeting on the boat
Meeting with the girls family
Final Scene

The home of Marguerite Duras in Sa Dec, picture Taekwonweirdo

Tran Thuy Le Antique House, picture lallierdaviesmichele

Inside Tran Thuy Le House. Picture Jean-Claude

Tran Thuy Le House. Picture by Jean-Claude

This school was run by the mother of Marguerite Duras, picture Arnaud

Market in Sa Dec. Picture Taekwonweirdo

More market.Picture alan

Sa Dec has also beautiful pagodas.

Thien Hau Tu Pagoda: Chinese architecture. Inside you discover a white statue of Quan The Am Bo Tat

Picture Petertan

Kien An Cung Pagoda: Built from 1920 to 1924 with elegant Chinese architecture.

Picture Nguyen Ba Qua

Chua Kim Hue:


Picture AnhDanh

Picture AnhDanh

Thánh Thất Cao Đài:

Picture Francis

Phuoc Hung Co Tu: See picture by Ngàn Năm Thăng Long .

Sa Dec Flower Village at Qui Dong::

A forest of flowers of all colors you find in Sa Dec flower gardens, that are specialized in growing flowers and ornamental plants from orchids, carnations and chrysanthemums to medicinal herbs and pines. They occupy 3600 labourers. Read more by vietnam-beauty.com and on roughguides.com.

One of the famous flowers of Sa Dec. Picture AnhDanh

See also the pictures of Sadec Friends

Hotels in Sa Dec:

Bong Hong Hotel: From 16 USD. The "smartest pad in town" according to Lonely Planet.

Huong Thuy: 58 Le Thanh Ton. Overlooking the market. "Perhaps the best value in town" according to roughguides.com

Phuong Nam: 384 A D Nguyen Sinh Sac.

Sa Dec Hotel: From 15 USD. 108/5A Đ Hung Vuong. Read the review of Lonely Planet.

Tours to Sa Dec: In two days from HCMC to Sa Dec and Xeo Quit with Dong Thap Tourist. They also have a tour to Tram Chim National Park. Ben Thanh Tourist at 86 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. From Pnom Penh to Saigon

Read more: On the traces of Marguerite Duras in Sa Dec was Matt Gross, who wrtites in the New York Tiomes about The Saigon of Marguerite Duras
. See pictures of old houses on Sadec Flower_Hoa Sadec

More destinations in the Mekong Delta:

My Tho and the islands in the Mekong
Vinh Long and the orchards of An Binh
Cai Be and its floating market
Can Tho and its floating market

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