Photo: Early morning on the waters by Chau Doc.


Chau Doc

While there is accommodation out near and atop Sam Mountain, the bulk of guesthouses and hotels are in Chau Doc proper and unless you have a Sam Mountain obsession, town is the better area to stay.

Trung Nguyen Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
86 Bach Dang St, Chau Doc
T: (076) 866 158

Better than clean, the new Trung Nguyen Hotel is a sparkling addition to Chau Doc, with friendly staff that liven up an otherwise soulless lobby that doubles as a Western Union office. The rooms have good views of the market and the balconies are ideal for people watching. The rooms, while a little on the small side, are tastefully presented with faux-Ikea furniture and Vietnamese art on the... Read our full review of Trung Nguyen Hotel.

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Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
Luxury - over US$100
32 Le Loi St, Chau Doc
T: (076) 865 010

Most popular as a weekend jaunt for Saigon and Phnom Penh expats, the ideally-situated Victoria is easily the classiest hotel in town. Set at the junction of the Bassac River and the tributary leading to the Mekong, this is the place to spend an afternoon sitting on your balcony, sipping G&Ts while watching the river traffic. Rooms are exceedingly comfortable, in modern-Asian style, with firm... Read our full review of Victoria Chau Doc Hotel.

Guesthouse Number 6
Backpacker - Under US$10
6 Phan Van Vang St, Chau Doc
T: (076) 867 622

This newest addition to Chau Doc's accommodation offerings has been painted an incredibly bright blue throughout: floors, walls and ceilings have all been daubed. Watch your head as you climb the narrow and tight staircase that winds up through Number 6's many floors. The rooms are standard fare, with fan and air-con rooms the same with an additional charge if you decide to flick the switch on... Read our full review of Guesthouse Number 6.

Song Sao Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
12-13 Nguyen Huu Canh St, Chau Doc
T: (076) 561 776-8

Aside from the Victoria, this is one of the smartest hotels in Chau Doc with spotless rooms in a multistorey building off the central square area. Staff are extremely courteous, though their English swings between fluent and non-existent. The rooms are comfortable, though the second class ones are smaller and do not face onto the square, making the larger first class rooms better... Read our full review of Song Sao Hotel.

Thuan Loi Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
18 Tran Hung Dao St, Chau Doc
T: (076) 866 134

If you're arriving on the speedboat from Phnom Penh, chances are you'll be dropped at the waterfront restaurant of this hotel. Being the only riverfront hotel in town aside from the Victoria, if you want to watch the river scene from your room on a budget, this is your only real option. The air-con rooms are medium-sized with clean, hot-water bathrooms, but the fan rooms are rather stuffy, run... Read our full review of Thuan Loi Hotel.

Hang Chau 2 Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
10 Nguyen Van Thoai St, Chau Doc
T: (076) 865 140

This popular traveller guesthouse has affordable rooms, but newer options are now in town. The room we were shown was stale and stuffy, though the ashtray with six million butts in it may have contributed to the atmosphere. The mattresses are super-soft and the warm-water bathrooms aged but fairly clean. Downstairs is a popular spot for breakfast for travellers who prefer western meals, and there... Read our full review of Hang Chau 2 Hotel.

Hoa Hung Motel
Backpacker - Under US$10
5 Quang Trung St, Chau Doc
T: (076) 866 417

While mainly aimed at Asian tourists and travelling businessmen, the Hoa Hung is a friendly spot with rather kitsch but clean rooms and a popular cafe on the ground floor. While not worth putting at the top of your list, if you're looking for a comfortable hotel off the tourist trail, you could do a lot worse than... Read our full review of Hoa Hung Motel.

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Backpacker - Under US$10
12-14 Quang Trung St, Chau Doc
T: (076) 866 242

The long-running Vinh Phuoc has a popular travel agent and traveller cafe on the ground floor. The rooms are a little worn and overpriced but it is nevertheless a reasonable choice if you're after a basic fan room. If you're keen on air-con, the Trung Nguyen down the road is far better value. The verandas are shared between two rooms, so make sure you keep the door locked if you don't know your... Read our full review of Vinh Phuoc Hotel & Restaurant.

Tai Ngan Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
11 Nguyen Huu Canh St, Chau Doc
T: (076) 866 435

Set next door to the almost classy Song Sao Hotel, the Tai Ngan is a passable budget option with basic but clean rooms. The mattresses are super bouncy but the bathrooms are grimy. For the money, it isn't too bad. A little bit of Engish is spoken and there is a money changing office next door. If you're on a backpacker budget, Guesthouse Number 6 is probably more your... Read our full review of Tai Ngan Hotel.

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Where to next?

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

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