Photo: Time to eat.

Accommodation

Thanh Hoa

There are quite a few places to stay along the main road through town, but staying along Highway 1 is basically a drag, so we focussed on options off the main road, and found some pretty cool stuff.


Ben Ngu Guest House
Backpacker - Under US$10
5 Ben Ngu, Thanh Hoa
T: (037) 854 704

Ben Ngu Street is home to the 'market of strolling vendors,' and the whole area constitutes a very pleasant place to stay. Situated off the market road, we found this motel-style guest house and wish we'd stayed here on our visit. Clean rooms with a good atmosphere is a quiet, leafy courtyard with ample parking if you're travelling in your own vehicle. The staff were extremely friendly and... Read our full review of Ben Ngu Guest House.

Dai Nam Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
28 Nguyen Son, Thanh Hoa
T: (037) 723 162

Ample singage along Quang Trung makes this place easy to seek out, on a side street to the east. We found clean rooms with soft beds and fluffy bedding, well-furnished with armoires, vanities, green tile floors, and dark wood furniture (of the big and hard Vietnamese variety). There are nice tile bathrooms and a variety of rooms on offer -- we were hopeful that rooms on the upper floors would... Read our full review of Dai Nam Hotel.

Kim Ngan Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
92 Nguyen Truong To, Thanh Hoa
T: (037) 714 223

This clean and pretty place has a second floor reception area (how chic) and is situated across the street from the curious 'Welcome to Thanh Hoa' boat in sitting in the dried up Ho Nha Tho. It's also quite near the town's picturesque Cathedral. The cable TVs get some good English language channels and while it's hard to gauge the staff, who seemed utterly flummoxed by the appearance of a... Read our full review of Kim Ngan Hotel.

Dai Duong Guest House
Backpacker - Under US$10
3/105 To Vinh Dien, Thanh Hoa
T: (037) 754 043

If you get off the train and are looking for a cheap room to collapse into, there's a small collection of guest houses in the neighbourhood behind the Sao Mai Hotel. The location is hardly central, and pretty much any of them will do for the night. We singled out this place, down an alley, because it seemed to offer peace and quiet, but if you look at our other listings, you'll see that you can... Read our full review of Dai Duong Guest House.

Sao Mai Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
20 Phan Chu Trinh, Thanh Hoa
T: (037) 712 888

This four-star place doesn't quite earn its stars, but then the prices are low enough to make up for that. It's located along the road leading to the train station, about 500 metres away. Currently the road is one long construction zone, so it's hard to tell if the hotel will be well-situated or in the boondocks in the future. There is a quiet little neighbourhood right behind the hotel where you... Read our full review of Sao Mai Hotel.




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