Photo: Big streets, big trees.

Where to stay in Cao Lanh

Cao Lanh

As with many Mekong Delta towns, Cao Lanh has a fair supply of fine but forgettable mini-hotels which are more than adequate for a night or two. We’ve selected two at the more affordable end of the stick, located at opposite ends of the town. If you’d like to spend more, then the Hung Sen and Sao Mai are about as fancy as Cao Lanh gets—they are both business–style hotels, but online reviews are mixed.

8 Van Hoa, Cao Lanh
Under US$10

Lan Thai Ngoc Hotel

# 8 Van Hoa, Cao Lanh T: (0277) 3852871

We stayed at the Lan Thai Ngoc, which rests in the northwestern part of town, and aside from one grievance, it represented solid budget value.

The issue is the hotel sits down an (at the time of writing in mid 2018) unsealed and unlit road in a quiet area of town. While we don’t think Cao Lanh is an especially dangerous place, if you prefer better lit streets, our other choice, the Green Lotus is definitely the better bet.

A typical small Vietnamese hotel.

A typical small Vietnamese hotel. Photo: Stuart McDonald

This issue aside (and it isn’t the hotel’s fault) we found the family to be friendly and helpful—the parent’s English is extremely limited but the younger staff speak a bit more. They can also organise scooter hire for $4 a day and have a couple of maps on hand if you haven’t already picked some up at the tourist office.

Our room was of a good size, very clean with a spotless hot water bathroom (though the hot water took an age to arrive). Facilities otherwise include minibar, air-con, LCD TV and a very, very ... very firm bed. The room was bright and well lit, and though the glass was clouded, plenty of light flooded in. The upside of being on a dark lane is the room was very quiet come the evening.

Take our word for it the beds are firm.

Take our word for it the beds are firm. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Breakfast was not available but there is a pho joint just around the corner on Dang Van Binh which should fill your belly well. The Lan Thai Ngoc is convenient to the many bars, eateries and cafes that fill out much of the northern reaches of the lake area. Overall for the money great value, but some more street lights would be welcome.

More information

Walk–in rates (US$): 11—11
Book online: Agoda | Booking
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GPS: 105º37'53.31" E, 10º27'39.84" N

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217 Le Loi St, Cao Lanh
US$10 to 20

Where Lan Thai Ngoc is convenient to eating and boozing, the Green Lotus (also referred to under its Vietnamese name, Khach San Bong Sen Xanh) is better situated for the bus station, Cao Lanh market and the generally more developed area of town.

Shiny and spacious.

Shiny and spacious. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The four floor hotel felt very new, with bright and very clean rooms, which were spacious and offered quite decent views over the surrounds of southern Cao Lanh. Facilities were simple. The hotel is air–con throughout, with hot water showers (with a glass enclosed shower cubicle), a minibar and a bed side table, but lacked a bedside light (at least in the room we were shown).

The very friendly front desk staffer said there was WiFi throughout, but some online reviews say it can be patchy, so if this is a big deal, check the signal in the room before accepting it (the hotel has plenty of rooms). Aforementioned staff were friendly, though English was limited.

Low on frills high on cleanliness.

Low on frills high on cleanliness. Photo: Stuart McDonald

If you’re just in Cao Lanh for an overnight stay, this is the better option as it is easy walking distance to the bus station and a few eateries. We did prefer though the area up around Lan Thai Ngoc Hotel for the better range of evening eateries and drinking holes—but, as mentioned the laneway that hotel is on is unlit.

More information

Walk–in rates ( dong): 350,000—450,000
Book online: Agoda | Booking
Maps: Apple | Google
GPS: 105º38'25.87" E, 10º27'22.14" N

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Cu Lao Gieng

This island to the south of Cao Lanh is home to a single very friendly low–key homestay which may appeal to those looking for a village homestay affair.

Cu Lao Gieng
Under US$10

Happy Homestay

# Cu Lao Gieng T: (16) 4990 1862

Set on Cu Lao Gieng (Gieng Island) on the Mekong River, actually in the neighbouring province to the south of An Giang, Happy Homestay offers the real deal of a simple and authentic Vietnamese homestay in a modern Vietnamese home.

All the way with Doraemon!

All the way with Doraemon! Photo: Stuart McDonald

Run by the affable Truc and her family, expect welcoming hospitality in a simple lodging, and they were not exaggerating when they called it “happy” Truc and her mother (who is an excellent cook—try her frogs) have an infectious laugh! The lodgings are very simple—there are two fan-cooled rooms available, each with a barred window, a double bed and mosquito net. The warm water shower and bathroom is shared. Bicycles are available to have a pedal around the island and Truc is a good guide, happy to take you to see the pagoda, a convent, the cathedral and the main market, but you can just as easily ask for a bicycle and go exploring by yourself.

Happy Homestay will appeal to those looking to get out of the Delta cities and seeing a more back to basics local scene. If you have the time this makes for an excellent overnight stop between Cao Lanh or Sa Dec and Chau Doc. Or from Cao Lanh a visit to the island makes for a good day trip—see our sights section for details.

Hanging out with Truc.

Hanging out with Truc. Photo: Stuart McDonald

To reach here, if coming from Chau Doc or Long Xuyen, hop off the bus at the Rach Soi ferry landing. Then get the ferry across the river, walk north for perhaps 100 metres and then take a right, walking for about two kilometres (or just get a xe-om from the ferry landing). The homestay is not signposted, but if you are walking around here, everyone will know where you are headed! If coming from Cao Lanh, get a xe-om to the Kinh Ngang ferry landing, which will take you south to the island. From here though it is quite a longer walk to the homestay, so a xe-om is a good idea.

More information

Walk–in rates (US$): 10—10
Book online: Booking
Maps: Apple | Google
GPS: 105º33'41.28" E, 10º26'15.2" N

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