Photo: Po Ro Me, Phan Rang.


Phan Rang

While it makes sense to base yourself near Phan Rang's central market, we only found one place to stay there. The rest of the accommodation is one kilometre to the south, past the roundabout.

Fa Ra Guest House
Backpacker - Under US$10
281 Thong Nhat St, Phan Rang
T: (068) 820 641, (0918) 824 133

This is a great little budget place, in good proximity to the bus station and most of the good eats. The staff are sweet as can be, helpful, and they spruce up the rooms daily. The rooms all give on to the internal hallways, so no views, but they're clean, with spic-and-span tile bathrooms, armoires, TVs, and a choice of fan or air-con.... Read our full review of Fa Ra Guest House.

Huu Nghi Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
398 Thong Nhat St, Phan Rang
T: (068) 920 434

This is the place most mid-range hotel hunters in the area pick out. It's not quite as good as the Thong Nhat down the street in terms of the quality of the rooms, but the prices are so much more reasonable it constitutes much better value. The rooms are tastefully decorated and provide a good deal of elbow room, particularly the suites. On-site facilities include steam bath, sauna, massage and... Read our full review of Huu Nghi Hotel.

Thong Nhat Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
343 Thong Nhat St, Phan Rang
T: (068) 825 406

This is one of those places that has two price brackets -- one for Vietnamese and another (higher) for foreigners. The staff are friendly, the rooms are clean and decent -- it's a two star place, and it pretty much feels like it -- you'll get long distance phone access, mini-bar fridges, air-con and aTV for your money. WiFi is also available throughout the building. But the fact remains, you'll... Read our full review of Thong Nhat Hotel.

Trang Ha Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
562-564 Thong Nhat St, Phan Rang
T: (068) 822 606

This is the only place we could find that's convenient to the central market area. The parking-garage lobby didn't bode well, nor did the slightly crusty staff, but we found the interior had a kind of decrepit charm -- four stories of rooms around an atrium with metal grates between floors to prevent people from falling. And the rooms themselves were surprisingly spacious, with high ceilings, and... Read our full review of Trang Ha Hotel.

Ninh Chu

We found some of the most odd, and some of the most worthwhile, accommodation in the region during out time in Ninh Chu. It's a great place to explore if you're looking for a bit of something different and willing to put some effort into finding it.

Huong Bien Guest House
Backpacker - Under US$10
Ninh Chu Beach
T: (068) 873 044

This is the place to stay for budget travellers visiting Ninh Chu beach. The rooms are very clean and well-done up -- an excellent deal for the money. It's got good proximity to the beach and some cafe's and restaurants along the road and is just a stone's throw from the Saigon-Ninh Chu, where you can use the pool and beach for 30,000 VND a day. It's a friendly, family run place that takes good... Read our full review of Huong Bien Guest House.

Tim Paradise Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
58 Yen Ninh St, Ninh Chu
T: (068) 873 096

The Tim Paradise is truly an undiscovered gem. The building is colourfully designed and well maintained, with clean lines throughout, and a three-story atrium at the centre. The pastel purple rooms here were huge for what you pay -- they aren't the 4-star rooms you'll get at the Saigon-Ninh Chu nearby, but homier, with more character, and much, much cheaper. All the rooms we saw had Jacuzzis in... Read our full review of Tim Paradise Hotel.

Hoan Cau Resort
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Ninh Chu Beach
T: (068) 890 077

This resort is set on the grounds of a very trippy, ultra-kitschy, second-rate water park. The villas are circular, in the shape of huge tree trunks, made from cement. It's only really busy July through August, and on major Vietnamese holidays. The rooms here aren't all that spectacular -- not as clean and as well-kept-up as we would have liked, and a bit spare, but acceptable. They are right... Read our full review of Hoan Cau Resort.

Phong Lan Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
74 Yen Ninh St, Ninh Chu
T: (068) 890 027

We found some pretty odd and surprising places on our visit to Ninh Chu beach, and this is one of the oddest. It's set well-off the beach, which seems a bit silly, and the grounds are designed like some kind of Italian palazzo, with foot-bridges crossing a lily-covered pond, converging on a gazebo housing a restaurant in the centre. Around this are five or six buildings, in the same Romanesque... Read our full review of Phong Lan Hotel.

Saigon-Ninh Chu Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
Ninh Chu Beach
T: (068) 876 000

Okay. A 4-star hotel with its own beach, and a pleasant pool, is a good thing. The rooms here are of the expected quality -- comfy bedding, bathrooms with bidets, tasteful furnishings, good amenities. Even the standards are spacious and comfortable. But holy-moly, look at these prices! The fact is, Ninh Chu is mostly a holiday place and doesn't get a lot of year-round business, so you'd think... Read our full review of Saigon-Ninh Chu Hotel.

Hoa Hiep Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
Ninh Chu Beach
T: (068) 873 568

If you absolutely must have the cheapest room in town no matter what the drawbacks, here it is. The Hoa Hiep. The drawbacks include: access to the upper floor via a narrow, rusted-out spiral staircase, cramped rooms, goofy bedding and decor, and crappy bathrooms. On the plus side, the shared balconies are quite good. It's not near the water or anything, but in good proximity to the beach, and... Read our full review of Hoa Hiep Hotel.

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Phan Rang Thap Cham? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.

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