Photo: Fishing boats at anchor.


Dong Hoi

There are numerous hotels along the main drag through town, all of which suffer a bit in quality due to the loud, honking trucks passing by all day long. North of the Nhat Le bridge, along the west bank of the river, there's a good variety of accommodation and very little traffic, making it a quiet alternative to Highway 1, though it may be harder to find services and places to eat nearby.

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Backpacker - Under US$10
22 Ho Xuan Huong, Dong Hoi
T: (052) 821 851

Just behind the Ke Bang Hotel is a surprisingly good and cheap alternative, the Nam Long. They've invested in some road signs to help you find the place, but that's not reflected in the budget prices -- the rooms here are just as good as what you'll get in the budget range elsewhere, but they also come with good cable and WiFi access. The beds look a little like they belong in a convent, and the... Read our full review of Nam Long.

Ke Bang Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
28 Ho Suan Huong, Dong Hoi
T: (052) 841 063

The Ke Bang (named after the national park where you'll find Phong Nha cave) offers luxury-style rooms at reasonable prices. As with at the Luxe down the road, we found clean, well-equipped rooms, well-decorated and better-than-average tile bathrooms. The whole place smelled as fresh as fall breeze. We wouldn't have been surprised to see three stars hanging above the door, but the rooms here are... Read our full review of Ke Bang Hotel.

Lucky Guest House
Backpacker - Under US$10
28 Luu Trong Lu, Dong Hoi
T: (052) 824 799

We noticed that some western business travellers had singled this place out for a stay, and after we checked it out we could see why. The rooms are clean and spacious, some come with balconies, and the location, on a quite side street just behind the Huong Quynh, makes it a strong choice. There's a cafe right across the street that's good for morning coffee, and a few restaurants quite close by. ... Read our full review of Lucky Guest House.

Luxe Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
Truong Phap, Dong Hoi
T: (052) 845 959

This place along the river, in a tall, conspicuous, modern building just north of the lighthouse, offers a cheaper alternative to a luxury stay at the Saigon Quangbinh. If you can live without a pool, the rooms here are just as good. The decor is in light colours with reddish-brown, hard-wood furnishings that were equal to four-star offerings we've seen elsewhere. And you'll get good cable TVs... Read our full review of Luxe Hotel.

Sun Spa Resort
Toprange - US$50 to 100
Nhat Le Beach, Dong Hoi
T: (052) 842 999

This is Nhat Le Beach's sole resort, a four-star outfit that has staked out a beach head. We imagine that most westerners looking for a beach vacation will make the effort to head further south, where the sand is a bit nicer and there are many more options in terms of accommodation. But if you want to save on travel time or dodge the crowds, this provides a decent fall-back option. Most of the... Read our full review of Sun Spa Resort.

Ngoc Lan Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Nhat Le Beach, Dong Hoi
T: (052) 843 732

This place is just on the far side of the Nhat Le bridge, making it some of the closest accommodation to the decent beach there. In fact, other than the four-star Sun Spa nearby, we were unable to find any other place to stay at all. We can't really rave about the accommodation here, but it's basic Vietnamese guest house fare, and reasonably priced. One of the rooms has an outside bath and is... Read our full review of Ngoc Lan Guesthouse.

Huong Quynh Guest House
Backpacker - Under US$10
18 Quang Trung, Dong Hoi
T: (052) 825 260

We'd recommend not staying on the main road -- the nights are relatively quiet, but you'll be awakened at about 07:00 when the trucks start passing through town honking their horns like crazy. The road itself is a hassle to cross because of all the mixed traffic. But if you do wind up on Highway 1, the Huong Quynh offers clean, well-furnished rooms with Vietnamese-only TVs and a cleaning staff... Read our full review of Huong Quynh Guest House.

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Toprange - US$50 to 100
20 Quach Xuan Ky, Dong Hoi
T: (052) 822 276

This is the local version of the nation-wide Saigon chain. As with most of the others, this place is uninspired but perfectly adequate for the four-star traveller passing through town. It's a safe bet for business travellers and anyone who is looking for an easy stay with no surprises and good service. It's one of the few places in town with an English-speaking staff. The pool here is pretty... Read our full review of Saigon Quangbinh.

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