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Where to stay in Vinh Long

An Binh homestays

Sitting directly across the river from Vinh Long, An Binh Island is a deceptively large rural, farming island which is home to over a dozen homestays from simple rooms in a house to quite large properties aimed at tour groups. The appeal is the rural vibe and proximity to the river, with boat trips, cycling and scootering around being the primary distractions. While we have a clear favourite, bear in mind it wasn’t practical for us to visit many of the homestays, as most are barely signposted (if at all) and closed when they have no guests. Agents for various properties (don’t worry, they’ll find you) hang out by the ferry crossing from Vinh Long and they can assist if you’re not sure where to stay.

53/4 Phu My 1, Dong Phu, Huyen Long Ho, Vinh Long
US$10 to 20

Happy Family Homestay

# 53/4 Phu My 1, Dong Phu, Huyen Long Ho, Vinh Long T: (0909) 210 177

While very isolated, Happy Family Homestay was our clear favourite on An Binh and we’d head back tomorrow without a second thought—it is indeed family run, and they are one happy bunch.

Shack living.

Shack living. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Set at the far northwest corner of An Binh, Happy Family Homestay was the only homestay we looked at which was actually right on the river—our room, a very basic wood and thatch bungalow, was actually over the water—they only have one of these. This proximity to water alone is a massive selling point, and they have smartly set the main restaurant right over the water.

Most of the rooms are well back off the water, behind the restaurant, the rambling garden, the hammock lounges, the pool table, the sauna and the house (there is more, but you get the idea), in a multi-storey hotel–style building. All rooms are with shared facilities and while the rooms are pretty clean—not immaculate mind you—the bathrooms are a bit of a weak point, and they really need a thorough, very solid sandblasting and polish. The rooms themselves though, are fine. Behind the accommodation is a moderately sized free form swimming pool, again improving the value.

One of the rooms back off the water. Simple fare.

One of the rooms back off the water. Simple fare. Photo: Stuart McDonald

We found the staff to be bend over backwards helpful and very friendly. Food is good, with a wide, though predominantly Vietnamese menu. The restaurant has a row of deckchairs ideally placed to enjoy the sunset with a cold drink right by the river—we loved it.

Though this is called a homestay, it is more of a guesthouse style place—you’re not staying with a family, in their house—if that is what you are after, Nam Thanh is arguably a better choice, but you’ll forgo the river frontage.

Plenty of spots to laze around.

Plenty of spots to laze around. Photo: Stuart McDonald

When we arrived we were the only guest and had the place to ourselves, which was divine, but in season, it can get very busy and we imagine with the swimming pool full of boozing young(er) people, the vibe would be quite different, that said, we thought it was excellent place and great value. They can organise trips to Cai Bae floating market along with trips to fruit orchards and other activities. Bicycles and scooters are available for hire, though do check the scooter thoroughly before taking it.

The homestay is quite difficult to find. Contact them beforehand for instructions or they can pick you up from either Vinh Long or Cai Bae for a not unreasonable fee. Rates listed are what were listed on site, but there is considerable scope for bargaining down and you will find cheaper rates online. Recommended.

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Walk–in rates ( dong): 290,000—840,000
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GPS: 105º59'0.67" E, 10º19'27.76" N

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95 An Thanh, An Binh, Vinh Long
US$10 to 20

Ba Linh Homestay

# 95 An Thanh, An Binh, Vinh Long T: (0270) 385 8683

Set on the south side of An Binh Island, Ba Linh Homestay has a collection of smart, brick finished rooms in a longhouse style set-up.

As with the nearby Phuong Thao Homestay (they are perhaps 100 metres apart), Ba Linh is not on the water, but rather on the off side of a dike lining a canal. This means there are no water views (though boat trips and other such activities are still available).

Smart polished rooms.

Smart polished rooms. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Rooms were simple but well–presented in a longhouse set-up, each with their own bathroom—a rarity among the An Binh homestays. The rooms are brick finished but absolutely devoid of decoration—a bit of a curious choice. When we arrived we couldn’t find any staff (nor guests) whatsoever, but the rooms were all open so we took a poke around.

As with Phuong Thao there is a large restaurant area and plenty of hammocks laying around, and we imagine with both of these places (as with most of the homestays) custom is irregular—deserted one day, then jammed the next when a group arrives.

Like Happy Family Homestay, these two are quite isolated, and without your own transport, you’ll feel a bit stranded—if you’d prefer to be able to walk into the village, then consider Nam Thanh Homestay. Of the two, we thought the rooms at Ba Linh were considerably better than those at Phuong Thao. Both are listed on most online booking agents.

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Walk–in rates (US$): 15—18
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GPS: 105º59'4.56" E, 10º16'11.69" N

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172/9 Binh Luong, An Binh, Vinh Long
US$10 to 20

Nam Thanh Homestay

# 172/9 Binh Luong, An Binh, Vinh Long T: (0703) 858 883

The main advantage of staying at Nam Thanh Homestay is you can walk there (and back) from the ferry landing which is only about 500 metres away.

It is also a slightly more traditional set-up as the rooms (or at least the one we were shown) appeared to be within the family home. It was a very simple room, fan–cooled with shared bathroom facilities and not much else. The family though struck us as friendly and the price was not unreasonable for the standard.

String up a hammock.

String up a hammock. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The location is roughly a 10–15 minute walk from the ferry landing, meaning you are not a captive audience as far as food and drink goes (unlike at the other places we have listed), so this may appeal to some. The homestay grounds are littered with ponds and hammocks and we think it would be prudent to pack some mosquito repellent if you decide to head here. Note, the location isn’t quite as peaceful as some of the others on the island thanks to the scooters whizzing past just outside the gates.

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Walk–in rates (US$): 7—14
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GPS: 105º58'0.06" E, 10º15'53.2" N

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Vinh Long

While most travellers aim for the “island”, a night or two in Vinh Long town certainly won’t kill you, and while we have selected just three, particularly central, properties to recommend, there are plenty of others to choose from.

2 Trung Nu Vuong, Vinh Long
US$50 to 100

Saigon Vinh Long Hotel

# 2 Trung Nu Vuong, Vinh Long T: (0270) 387 9988

Easily the flashest (and newest) digs in downtown Vinh Long, if it fits with your budget the Saigon Vinh Long is really difficult to walk past.

Enjoying prime river frontage towards the western end of Vinh Long, the hotel has at least a half dozen floors of well kitted out modern hotel rooms rising from a multi–floor dining and (we think) convention centre. Rooms are well oversized with enough space for a game of indoor cricket and the views, especially from the higher floors, are impressive. Many of the rooms—not just the pricey “river view” rooms, enjoy an outlook over the river.

The new kid on the block.

The new kid on the block. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Fit out includes a good sized bed (with real linen, reading lamps and bedside tables) a desk and a small lounge set from where to enjoy the view. Rooms are air-con throughout and come with typical amenities including free WiFi and a minibar. The bathroom, like the room, was spotless. The hotel also has a swimming pool, though we were unable to see it.

We found the staff friendly and very courteous (even if they seemed a bit surprised to see us wander in). The location is right bedside the night market, so there may be a little noise in the evening, but we wouldn’t expect it to be too bad. If it fits your budget and you’re comfortable in a large hotel, this is a good option.

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Walk–in rates ( dong): 1,050,000—2,050,000

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GPS: 105º58'8.13" E, 10º15'22.75" N

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50 Nguyen Thi Ut, Vinh Long
US$10 to 20

Loc Phuc Hotel

# 50 Nguyen Thi Ut, Vinh Long T: (0270) 3822 546

The budget Loc Phuc Hotel is set in the northern reaches of town, within easy walking distance of the river, central market and night market and represents good value for Vinh Long.

Rooms are stacked above the reception and lobby which doubles as the TV viewing area for the friendly family who run the place. While the rooms have no river views, ours had a large glass window looking out to the south along with a small balcony (mostly accommodating the air-con unit)—the view was quite respectable for the price.

Comfortable with a green outlook.

Comfortable with a green outlook. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The room was well sized, with a comfortable bed, a slightly flimsy desk by the window, a fully stocked minibar and a LCD TV. There is free WiFi throughout (which worked fine for us) and all rooms are air-con. The hot water shower did the job and the entire offering was sparklingly clean.

The hotel faces onto a string of orchid shops and is flanked by a bird shop, so there is plenty going on, and the night market is spitting distance away. The friendly family who run it speak very limited English but they can rent you a bicycle and organise motorbike rental if you’re after your own wheels. In the unlikely event the hotel is full, the Khanh Quynh Hotel is just around the corner on Hung Dao Vuong and is a reasonable, though we think older, alternative.

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Walk–in rates ( dong): 300,000—400,000
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GPS: 105º58'15.4" E, 10º15'23.32" N

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2 Phan Boi Chau, Vinh Long
US$20 to 50

Cuu Long Hotel

# 2 Phan Boi Chau, Vinh Long T: (0270) 382 3656

Long a mainstay of the Vinh Long accommodation scene, the venerable, watermelon green Cuu Long Hotel was in surprisingly good condition and, with an excellent location, represents a slight step up from the Loc Phuc.

Green and shiny.

Green and shiny. Photo: Stuart McDonald

This is not a new hotel and while they’ve done a remarkable job keeping the property habitable, it isn’t as clean as the Loc Phuc nor anywhere near as shiny as the Saigon Vinh Long. Nevertheless for the money, especially once the river views are considered, this is worth considering.

Rooms are well–sized with heavy drapes to keep out the morning sun and perhaps some of the racket from the boats and traffic. Walls are wallpapered (which always strikes us as an odd choice given the climate) which gives the room a more dated feel, as does the furniture and the bed side lights. The whole place is fairly dated—just not in a premium red wine kind of a way.

The staggered balconies are large and not dominated by an air-con unit, though unfortunately, at least in the room we were shown they were unfurnished and a bit dirty. Rooms have air–con throughout and WiFi is standard. The rear wing is cheaper but doesn’t enjoy the river frontage—go with the river view if you choose to stay here.

Rooms are somewhat dated.

Rooms are somewhat dated. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Popular with tour groups at the more affordable end of the spectrum, Cuu Long Hotel will do the job and we found the staff to be friendly and helpful. Request a room on a higher floor to enjoy a better view (yes there is an elevator). If you’d prefer to spend a bit more, head straight to the Saigon Vinh Long, it is just a few minutes away on foot.

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Walk–in rates ( dong): 490,000—660,000

Maps: Apple | Google
GPS: 105º58'19.77" E, 10º15'28.66" N

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