Photo: Dray Nur waterfall, Buon Ma Thuot.


Buon Ma Thuot

The city centres on a roundabout containing a victory monument with an army tank and the main market, just a couple blocks west of there. With so few foreign visitors, Buon Ma Thuot’s budget options leave something to be desired. Rates will especially come as a shock if you’ve just arrived from Da Lat, where a night in a great hostel is only a few dollars. Staying outside of the centre garners better value and most places you’d want to go in the city are no more than a short, inexpensive taxi ride away.

Coffee Tour Resort
Midrange - US$20 to 50
149-153 Ly Thai To St, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 3575 575

Coffee Tour Resort is a hotel that represents excellent value and their 33 clean, comfortable rooms make a good case for staying just over two kilometres from the centre. The standard rooms are on the small side but the amenities and great solid wood furniture more than make up for it. There’s an enormous flatscreen TV, minbar, kettle with free instant coffee and the room even comes with a... Read our full review of Coffee Tour Resort.

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Damsan Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
212-214 Nguyen Cong Tru St, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 385 1234

Damsan has an unusual, over the top exterior that is slightly off-putting. However, the rooms are great for the price. The standard and superior have the same configuration except for the flooring – standard has tile while superior has laminate floors. Both rooms are spacious, get natural light and have a sitting area, box TV, fridge, bedside electrical plugs and table, minibar, kettle,... Read our full review of Damsan Hotel.

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Eden Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
228 Nguyen Cong Tru St, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 384 0055

Eden Hotel is great value if you don’t mind being one kilometre from the centre. Eden’s modest size makes it feel more like a comfortable guesthouse than the typical bland local hotel. Flashpackers will appreciate the bright, clean rooms that are outfitted with a generous amount of furniture such as wardrobe, desk and bedside table. Rooms feature tile floors, air-con, WiFi, a fridge,... Read our full review of Eden Hotel.

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Hai Ba Trung Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
08 Hai Ba Trung St, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 389 9999

Hai Ba Trung is the city’s most upscale place to stay. Opened in 2014, the hotel is glossier and newer than Saigon Ban-Me Hotel. Everything has that fresh new glow and we can only hope the lustre will last. Thankfully the ugly lobby isn’t an accurate indicator of the rooms which have contemporary city hotel style a la Viet. Rooms boasts big windows, carpeted floors, a desk/vanity, flatscreen... Read our full review of Hai Ba Trung Hotel.

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Hung Vuong
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
44 Hung Vuong, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 367 7877, (090) 577 2205

Hung Vuong flies under the radar but it should get some attention. Everything still sparkles at this new skinny local hotel. It’s located in a less busy neighbourhood, yet it is only 400 metres from the central victory monument roundabout and an easy walk to the market. It’s modern, shiny and clean, and the small rooms are decked out with air-con, WiFi, a fridge, flatscreen TV and a tiled wet... Read our full review of Hung Vuong.

Dau Nguon Resort
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Tran Nhat Duat Rd, beyond Ako D'hong village, Buon Ma Thuot

Dau Nguon Resort feels miles away despite being just under three kilometres from the centre. Follow Tran Nhat Duat Street northwest past the Buon Ako Dhong tourist village (you’ll see the traditional long houses) and eventually you will end up at a small pond with brick bungalows on the hillside. When we visited the property was very quiet and after some poking around, we did eventually find... Read our full review of Dau Nguon Resort.

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Ngoc Mai Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
B14 - Duong So 1/Dien Bien Phu St, Buon Ma Tuot
T: (0500) 385 3406, (091) 436 312

Ngoc Mai is the most backpackery joint in Buon Ma Thuot simply because the friendly family know how to cater to an international crowd. Their English is excellent and they are super helpful and happy to dispense advice on how to get to sites, whether you want to rent one of their bicycles or motorbikes, take the local bus or do a tour. They gave us a free handy map of the city and they also sell... Read our full review of Ngoc Mai Hotel.

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Saigon-Ban Me Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
01-03 Phan Chu Trinh St, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 3685 666

It’s impossible to miss Saigon-Ban Me Hotel. The 17-storey building towers over the entire city and it has an unbeatable central location right at the victory monument roundabout, across the street from the church. Despite the cheesy lobby and incredibly slow lift, rooms are of a decent calibre. Rooms are furnished and designed in a typical city hotel fashion, where everything is practical. You... Read our full review of Saigon-Ban Me Hotel.

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Gia Dinh Guest House (Family Inn)
Backpacker - Under US$10
01 Hung Vuong St, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 381 2148

If you are really counting your dong and want a central location, Gia Dinh is the best of the bunch (though Hung Vuong and Ngoc Mai Hotel make a good case for walking a few extra blocks). Gia Dinh has been around for a while and it shows as the rooms are a little worn around the edges. They are quite spacious though, and rooms have tile floor, a beside table, windows, box TV, fan, air-con, a... Read our full review of Gia Dinh Guest House (Family Inn).

My Le C2
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
66-68 Dien Bien Phu St, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 396 9779

The hallways are a bit grim and there’s no English spoken but the rooms are respectable and more effort has been put into them than some of the dismal hotels we saw in the centre at the market. The more expensive rooms at My Le C2 get sunlight from a large window and a balcony. These rooms also come with air-con, fan, flatscreen TV, a minifridge and a few bits of furniture. The wetroom bathroom... Read our full review of My Le C2.

Thanh Binh Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
24 Ly Thuong Kiet St, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 385 3812

There are a cluster of hotels on Ly Thuong Kiet Street in the centre of the city that on the outside seem like backpacker-type places but actually have poor rooms offering poor value. Thanh Binh Hotel is the most decent of the bunch and if we had to, we’d pick it over neighbours Thanh Phat Hotel and Thanh Cong. With Thanh Binh you can look forward to slightly musty rooms with tile floors,... Read our full review of Thanh Binh Hotel.

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