Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
We found two places to stay in Dak To, but at the government-run guest house near the intersection we couldn't raise anyone to show us a room. That leaves one option and it's not so bad.
Make the best of your short stayKhoi 4 (Route 14), Dak To
T: (050) 831 236;
This family-run place has spacious rooms set around a gated courtyard. Rooms have high ceilings, cheap four-poster beds with canopies, western-style toilets, and optional air-con. Given that visitors ... Read the full review of Ngoc Bich.
Bigger tvs and a better paint-job121 Hung Vuong, Ngoc Hoi
T: (0979) 870 051;
The prices here are slightly higher -- which buys you a bigger TV and a room with a better paint job. The rooms themselves are marginally cosier and cleaner than elsewhere, although we were shown a ... Read the full review of Viet Lao.
Small but acceptable rooms87 Hung Vuong, Ngoc Hoi
T: (060) 832 501;
The rooms here are on the ground floor in the back behind the garage. The rooms are small, but perfectly acceptable -- though not quite as good as at the Dong Duong next door. It depends on what you ... Read the full review of Hoa Binh Hotel.
Worth the money95 Hung Vuong, Ngoc Hoi
This is a vertical, Vietnamese style place -- it seems to be well-run and we thought the rooms were worth the price. They all comes with fridges, TVs, high ceilings, some furnishings, and you can ... Read the full review of Dong Duong.
Accommodation in Dak Glei is very cheap and very basic. There's a place that bills itself as a boarding house across the street from the Tay Nguyen Guest House, but we couldn't raise anyone to show us the rooms on our visit.
Best in townRoute 14, northern end of Dak Glei
T: (060) 833 144;
The best way to get a handle on the quality at the Tay Nguyen is to compare it to the Xuan Hoai next door. The rooms here are bigger, cleaner, and more expensive. But, once you check out the Xuan ... Read the full review of Tay Nguyen Guest House.
a flop houseRoute 14, northern end of Dak Glei
T: (060) 833 361;
Vietnam has khach san (hotels) nha nghi (guesthouses) and nha tro (boarding houses). The latter can range anywhere from decent but humble to skid row quality. The Xuan Hoai is soundly the latter. ... Read the full review of Ha Tro Xuan Hoai.
Most travellers end up sleeping at one of the places on the highway, but there are some better deals closer to the central market.
Recommended for bargain huntersKhoi 2B, Phuoc Son
T: (0510) 881 274;
This place is located near the central market, along the road between the Phuoc Son Hotel and the post office. It looks to be a great budget option but we had few complaints about the rooms. Thin ... Read the full review of Nam Thien.
Our pickRoute 14, Phuoc Son
T: (0510) 881 979;
Not the cheapest place in town, but it has its virtues. They run a small cafe right next door where you can get in on the cheap breakfasts being served up to the Easy Rider patrons, and unlike the ... Read the full review of Xuan Mai.
Not as good as we hopedKhoi 7, Phuoc Son
T: (0510) 881 690;
The Thanh Binh has prominent signage along the highway, so we were expecting something more than we found. It's at the eastern edge of town, which makes for a bad location, and the rooms we saw were ... Read the full review of Thanh Binh Hotel.
Watch out for the morning aerobicsKhoi 5 (Route 14), Phuoc Son
T: (0510) 881 296;
This is the most conspicuous place in town -- right along the highway, just down from the post office. We can't really fault the rooms, which are clean enough for the night -- we found the mattresses ... Read the full review of Phuoc Son Hotel.
A fallback optionKhoi 5, Phuoc Son
T: (0510) 881 641;
This place is located along the road between the Phuoc Son Hotel and the post office. It offers some cheap fan doubles which are equivalent to the ones at Nam Thien down the road, but they price them ... Read the full review of Long Khuong.
We found two options in Hiep Duc -- the Ba Huong is the only one worth considering. There's also a cheap place, the Ky Huong, on the road heading east out of town that's worth checking out.
Not as central, but still good valueRoute 14E, west of town, Hiep Duc
T: (0510) 883 993;
This place has a relatively impressive exterior and a restaurant in the lobby, located along Route 14E where the road through town meets up with the bypass around the outside of town. The rooms ... Read the full review of Ky Huong.
Loads of spaceRoute 14E (local spur), Hiep Duc
T: (0510) 883 621;
This is a friendly, family-run place fifty metres off the main road in back of a field. Everyone in town assumed we were staying here, and they were right. The only other central place -- the Cong ... Read the full review of Ba Huong Guest House.
Not worth consideringRoute 14E (local spur), Hiep Duc
T: (0510) 883 219;
This place is just south of the Ba Huong, and we list it more in the nature of a warning than anything else. It has a big sign announcing its existence, but it's function as anything resembling a ... Read the full review of Cong Doan.
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