Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Plenty of accommodation is scattered throughout Lao Cai, especially near the train and bus stations and near the border. Although you won't find anything outstanding in the guesthouse category, it's mostly adequate and you can upgrade a bit if you need some added comforts.
Well presented340 Nguyen Hue St
T: (020) 383 0074;
The Nest – or Nga Nhi 340 as it's also known – is a good value option directly opposite the train station. Rooms at the front are very large, with three beds – not quite doubles so it'd be a ... Read the full review of The Nest.USD 10 to 20 1 vote Flashpacker
For those in need of comfort48 Nguyen Hue St
T: (020) 366 6222; F: (020) 366 6333
Opened in 2013, the Swiss Belhotel, located right next to the immigration office at the border, is an imposing 186-room offering. We're not sure that Lao Cai was exactly crying out for that many new ... Read the full review of Swiss Belhotel.USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
Good upgrade choice306 Khanh Yen St
T: (020) 3833 666; F: (020) 3830 998
The semi-luxury option in town, Thien Hai is conveniently located next to the train station — look left, you can't miss it — and offers good value three-star hotel standard rooms equipped with ... Read the full review of Thien Hai Hotel.USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
Cheapest beds in Lao Cai15 Phan Dinh Phuong
T: (01678) 323 623;
The smallest rooms at Hai Yen – or the Binh Dan as it also appears to be known -- are some of the cheapest digs in Lao Cai and will do the job for the budget traveller. The rooms are certainly ... Read the full review of Nha Nghi Hai Yen.Under USD 10 1 vote Backpacker
Close to the border35 Nguyen Hue
T: (020) 383 0758; F: (020) 3830 758
In case you arrive at the border to China too late to cross, or if you arrive from China too late to care, there are plenty of places to stay a short walk from the gate. Not that it much matters ... Read the full review of Hoang Hiep Guest House.Under USD 10 1 vote Backpacker
Pleasant location118 Thuy Hoa
T: (020) 3826 806; F: (020) 3826 808
If the budget hotels near the border along Nguyen Hue are a bit too enclosed for your liking, walk a further five minutes or so and check out Thuy Hoa. It's slightly pricier but the light rooms are ... Read the full review of Thuy Hoa Hotel.USD 10 to 20 1 vote Flashpacker
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