Photo: On the canals near Vinh Long.


Vinh Long

Vinh Long has quite a good selection of hotels, but many are well away from the river and market area -- if you're going to stay in Vinh Long, you may as well be near the action. Backpackers need look no further than the Phuong Hoang 1 & 2, while flashpackers and those on a more midrange budget should be more than comfortable in either the Van Tram, Anh Hong or Cuu Long.

Cuu Long Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
1 1 Thang 5 St, Vinh Long
T: (070) 823 656

Vinh Long's flashest downtown digs, the three-star Cuu Long, has two separate locations, one a midrange affair and an older rundown property on the river. The latter is far cheaper, but seems to be always full -- even when it is obvious nobody is staying there. If you do manage to score a room, ask for one on the upper floors which have commanding views of the river. The newer wing has large,... Read our full review of Cuu Long Hotel.

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Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
1/2 Duong Hoang Thai Hieu
T: (0703) 912 590

Located just around the corner from Phuong Hoang guesthouse, this generic hotel offers 30 rooms set in two wings. Rooms are spacious, clean and come with modern furnishings that include hot water, fridge and LCD TV. The rates are much cheaper than Cuu Long, starting at 200,000 VND. Several of the rooms in the higher floors come with a balcony. Unfortunately the view is wasted on the facade of a... Read our full review of Hotel Anh Hong.

Phuong Hoang 1
Backpacker - Under US$10
2H Hung Vuong St, Vinh Long
T: (070) 825 185

Easily the best backpacker option in Vinh Long, the Phong Hoang 1 has splendiforous rooms, very well sized and spotlessly clean. There is an itemised list of rooms in the front area. The ground floor room has a bathroom big enough to sleep a family of four. This place has very friendly English-speaking staff and is very backpacker orientated. A short walk from the centre of the action, this is... Read our full review of Phuong Hoang 1.

Van Tram Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
4 1 Thang 5 St, Vinh Long
T: (070) 823 820

More of a minihotel than a guesthouse, the Van Tram has six rooms. The doubles are really spacious and could comfortably sleep four or more, making this an ideal choice for families. Rooms come with semi-soft beds, heavy curtains, fridge, TV and air-con along with very clean hot water bathrooms. While the front-facing rooms have great views of the river, you’ll have to contend with the... Read our full review of Van Tram Guesthouse.

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An Binh homestays

Bay Thoi
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Binh Thuan II Hamlet, Hoa Ninh Village
T: (0703) 859 019

Set on the north of the island, this sprawling property takes a different approach from other homestays in the area and separates their rooms from the central building, where the family sleeps. All rooms come with fan, single or double beds with bedding, mosquito net and a single towel. While the walls aren’t so thick, they do run up to the roof which gives these rooms less of a cubicle feel to... Read our full review of Bay Thoi.

Nam Thanh Homestay
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
172/9 Bing Luong, An Binh, Vinh Long
T: (0703) 848 883

Only 300 metres from the ferry crossing, Nam Thanh has 10 rooms that vary from singles to triple dorms. The rooms are clean but sparsely decorated and don’t have that Pham Ngu Lao ghetto feel of other homestays in the area. The rooms also have an inordinate amount of electrical outlets so if you have brought tons of electronic equipment, this is the place for you. All rooms come with fan,... Read our full review of Nam Thanh Homestay.

Ngoc Phuong Homestay
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
118C/10 Bunh Luong, An Binh, Vinh Long
T: (0703) 950 857

Owned by the same family running Ngoc Sang, this homestay is more atmospheric with a creek that runs down the side of the property. There is the obligatory chillout area complete with hammocks. All rooms come with fan, single or double beds with bedding, mosquito net and a single towel. The central rooms are the oldest and can be stuffy so ask for the much more spacious rooms in the back.... Read our full review of Ngoc Phuong Homestay.

An Binh Homestays: An introduction
Backpacker - Under US$10

An Binh Island homestays are a great alternative for those looking to stay in Vinh Long for a night. Meandering paths through lush greenery and waving children on bicycles await travellers willing to make the journey by ferry across the river to get here. While formulaic in what they offer, homestays give travellers a great opportunity to check out a slice of provincial life. While originally... Read our full review of An Binh Homestays: An introduction.

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Where to next?

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

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