Photo: US tank at Khe Sanh.

Accommodation

Dong Ha

Built up around major transport artery Highway 1, Dong Ha is the most convenient base for DMZ sites but it has as much charm as an oversized truck stop. Not surprisingly, this means very lacklustre accommodation – there are plenty of places along the highway but most are old and in a grim state.We did however find three decent hotels that should please most travellers. Note: Highway 1 is Le Duan Street when it goes through the city.


Golden Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
No 297 Le Duan St, Dong Ha
T: (053) 3744 999

Golden Hotel is a new addition to Dong Ha and let’s hope it stays fresh and clean because this is the best (and only) option in Dong Ha for picky travellers on a more modest budget. Rooms are plain yet comfortable, with money and effort put into hotel-type furnishings – there’s the usual desk, inbuilt wardrobe/pantry/minibar and sitting area, as well as padded headboards and bedside... Read our full review of Golden Hotel.

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Muong Thanh Grand Quang Tri Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
No 68, Le Duan St, Dong Ha
T: (053) 389 88 88

Muong Thanh is Dong Ha's highest-rated hotel in terms of stars, but if you have high expectations you’ll be sorely disappointed. However, we noticed outrageously low rates through online booking sites that make it a tempting option. This is the rate we have listed. Muong Thanh is a nationwide chain and while we’ve seen some new and shiny versions (like the one in Dong Hoi), their Quang Tri... Read our full review of Muong Thanh Grand Quang Tri Hotel.

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Thai Son Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
02 Hai Trieu, Dong Ha
T: (053) 3852 181

Located a few steps down a small lane just off main Highway QL1, Thai Son is a guesthouse yards above any other budget accommodation in Dong Ha. New, bright and cosy, this family-owned joint features decently sized rooms with extras such as air-con, fan, mini-fridge, flatscreen TV and big windows that let in natural light (and curtains if you don’t want it). Rooms have a few pieces of... Read our full review of Thai Son Hotel.




Where to next?

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