I got a lot of work done at this desk in room 306 of Minh Châu Hotel, Hoà Hưng street in District 10, Sài Gòn. There was a TV sitting there when I arrived, but I got that shifted. I spent fifteen nights here in October, 2013. By the time I checked out, I had another 20,000 words of the book written. Minh Châu is an out of the way hotel. It has quite an odd design with an empty shaft down the middle of it and a somewhat higgledy-piggledy rooftop terrace.
Most importantly for me, it was located on the same street I lived on between 2001 – 2006. Indeed, back then, there wasn’t even one hotel on this street. Many of the same cafes, stalls and market traders were still there. Most importantly, the people I knew were still there.