Photo: Chua Chim in Tra Vinh.

Where to stay in Tra Vinh

Tra Vinh

Tra Vinh’s accommodation scene is a bit all over the place. There are a cluster of affordable hotels in the flashpacker bracket within walking distance of the market, of which we have selected three. If you would prefer to spend a little more, then you need to stay on the outskirts of town, in which case the Cuu Long on Nguyen Thai Minh Khai is a reasonable option.

6 Dien Bien Phu, Tra Vinh
US$10 to 20

Duy Tung Hotel

# 6 Dien Bien Phu, Tra Vinh T: (0743) 858 959

While the smallest of the three hotels we list for Tra Vinh, the Duy Tung has easily the most spectacular outlook at it overlooks the maddest intersection in town.

Set by the roundabout on Dien Bien Phu in front of Tra Vinh market, in the evening the roundabout it well lit up and the traffic flowing around it hypnotising. If you’ve ever seen one of those time lapse videos of traffic in Vietnam, this is exactly the type of look out they are filmed from.

Terrific location.

Terrific location. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Family–run, no English is spoken here, but we’ve always found the elderly couple who run the Duy Tung to be helpful and obliging. You’ll invariably find them lounging around the small foyer—there is a small cafe out back who will bring you coffee if you ask.

While there are rooms that don’t face onto the intersection, if you are going to stay here we would definitely vote for one that looks over the roundabout and Tra Vinh market—in the evening the view really is terrific—we dare you to stay and not find yourself playing around with the time lapse features on your camera. Go for a higher floor—the hotel has an elevator.

Now that is a view.

Now that is a view. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Rooms are well sized and very clean—the bathrooms here are of a better standard than ay Gia Hoa 2. Bedding is simple with a base sheet and a synthetic top blanket. Curtains, given the large size of the windows, are a bit thin—we doubt you’ll be sleeping in! Other facilities include a flat screen TV, minibar and a cupboard unit.

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Walk–in rates ( dong): 250,000—300,000

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GPS: 106º20'28.34" E, 9º56'8.52" N

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50 Le Loi, Tra Vinh
US$10 to 20

Gia Hoa 2 Hotel

# 50 Le Loi, Tra Vinh T: (0901) 062 699

While all three of the hotels we mention are very centrally located, we liked the Gia Hoa 2 for being that little bit back off from the absolute centre of town.

Large glass windows let the light flood into the rooms in this bright yellow hotel set at the corner of Le Loi and Le Thanh Ton. Rooms have a small veranda (though often taken over by the air-con unit) and other facilities include a small glass desk, a stocked minibar, an old cupboard, free WiFi (which works) and air–con throughout.

Big and yellow.

Big and yellow. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The rooms are fine—the wallpaper dates them a little and the curtains are a bit ill fitting and miss matched, but these are minor quibbles. Our bed was comfortable, though the top sheet was some synthetic thing which was not at all nice to use.

Bathrooms are dated and a little grubby—our shower taps looked to be about version three in a long line of shower taps, but the water was hot. We’re really not fans of the shower in the bath thing as we’re sure nobody ever actually uses the bath as a bath, but regardless we got clean.

A room with a view...

A room with a view... Photo: Stuart McDonald

Staff swing between chipper and not so chipper and just about no English is spoken, but they can arrange scooter hire (220,000 dong per day). Be sure to check the bike thoroughly before agreeing to take it.

The Gia Hoa 2 is a definite step up from the Tranh Tra and roughly of the same standard as the Duy Tung, but it is certainly quieter than the latter. At the time or writing in August 2018, this seemed to be the only downtown hotel available for online booking.

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Walk–in rates ( dong): 400,000—400,000
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GPS: 106º20'28.39" E, 9º56'11.35" N

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1 Pham Thai Buong, Tra Vinh
US$10 to 20

Tranh Tra Hotel

# 1 Pham Thai Buong, Tra Vinh T: (0294) 625 0657

The Tranh Tra is another centrally located hotel in Tra Vinh, but this one is a bit older school in look and standards.

Being an old school hotel isn’t necessarily a bad thing—the rooms are generously sized for one thing—but otherwise this feels like an 80s property which has had a few coats of paint over the year. The receptionist who greeted us spoke quite reasonable English and walked us through a couple of rooms without complaint.

Central location.

Central location. Photo: Stuart McDonald

As mentioned rooms are of a reasonable size and come with a desk and chair and an old box-style TV. Rooms are air-con throughout and there is WiFi as well apparently. Bathrooms are aged and not looking the best—about on par with the Gia Hoa 2.

One advantage of staying here is they have a tonne of rooms spread across their floors (there is an elevator) so if you’re in town during a festival or conference and hotels are filling up, this is a good bet. Location is excellent—a short walk to the market and there is both a noodle joint and a cafe metres from the lobby.

This wouldn’t be out first choice in Tra Vinh, but it is an inoffensive choice in the middle of town and the rates are not unreasonable. They have quite a confusing price system, take the listed rates as indicative only as we were quoted 340,000 as a walk in—a price not listed at all on their rate card.

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Walk–in rates ( dong): 300,000—440,000

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GPS: 106º20'30.59" E, 9º56'12.87" N

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