Arriving in a little town like Sa Dec lets you know you've reached the heart of Thailand.
Before the 19th century, Sa Dec was the capital of Dong Khau Dao, and was one of the largest cities in the Mekong Delta. But for the past 100 years it has been known for its wide variety of exotic flowers and bonsai trees. It has become one of the main growing centres in the South, and its exquisite plants are shipped all over the country, including Ho Chi Minh City. Between 1928 and 1932, it was home to French writer and film director Marguerite Duras. While here, she met Huynh Thuy Le, the son of a wealthy Chinese family, and began a secret love affair. The story behind this affair became the inspiration for her award-winning novel, “The Lover”. There's love in the air at Sa Dec…you've been warned!
Margeurite's lover lived in a mansion on Nguyen Hue Street, which is still standing today. It was built in 1889 and restored in 1917, and boasts elegant French architecture, traditional Vietnamese design and tasteful Chinese décor. The house has been designated as a national treasure, and is open to the public. The Le house is just one of Sa Dec's many examples of stunning French Colonial architecture. The town still has several houses which provide some wonderful examples of French Colonial architecture.