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Hotel 127

Saigon, Vietnam

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli 

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In Thailand we had heard good things about Madame Cuc from other travelers, so when planning our trip to Saigon, we emailed her establishment at She respectfully and promptly replied, with detailed information answering our questions.

The twenty dollar room rate included air-con, TV, minibar, and ensuite bath, as well as breakfast of fruit, baguette and jam, coffee, tea or juice, fresh fruit throughout the day, and dinner of spring rolls and noodle soup! She also provided pick-up from the airport for a six dollar charge.


Hotel 127

This being our first trip to Vietnam, it was an arrangement we could not refuse. Not having to concern ourselves with airport taxis and other unknowns was a relief, plus the location in District 1 makes most sites easily accessible. This, as it turns out, was an excellent choice.





After retrieving our bags, going though immigration and customs, our driver, Vinh, was there waiting with our name displayed on a large card. Needing to get to an ATM machine, he professionally guided us to one (not such an easy task!) Five minutes later, we were on our way through the maze of traffic, to Hotel 127.


Hesitating to show us our room right away, coffee, tea, juice, and fresh fruit were suggested several times. Lunch was offered as well as spring rolls and noodle soup. Since lunch was provided on the plane, there was no need to eat, however, they were very insistent.  Fresh squeezed orange juice and cold juicy dragon fruit quickly appeared before us. We wanted to get to the room, unpack and relax.  They wanted to feed us, sit, talk, and get to know us a little better!

Then Madame Cuc arrived. With her long black hair, countless glittery rings, bracelets and watch, she commanded a presence. She was proud that her privately run hotels were the first, 12 years ago, to be in this area. Hotel 127 is one of five hotels she runs, so if 127 if full, they will take you to another.


Akaisha with the friendly staff

The room was large, clean and well-lighted, just as described. But the staff is what makes this hotel special. Upbeat, joking with their guests, laughing and professionally taking care of business at the same time, is a talent. They are consistently smiling, and are eager to please. The hotel desk took care of most of our future travel arrangements, including tours, pick up and drop off at the airport. A valuable feature, as it relieved travel stress!


Madame Cuc with Akaisha and staff





Having fruit, snacks and excellent coffee available at any time is also a bonus. After a long day of sight seeing, the burden of going out to find yet another meal is lifted. This makes the family-run operation feel more like a home, instead of a hotel. Plus you can chat with the staff, or meet other travelers to discover future destinations.  

A comfortable hotel with a reasonable price. Highly recommended.

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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