Photo: Black Tai village in Lai Chau province.

Accommodation

Lai Chau

If you find yourself stranded here, adequate accommodation is available.


Tay Bac
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
143 Tran Hung Dau, along the main road
T: (0231) 387 5879

The Tay Bac is the star attraction when it comes to accommodation in Lai Chau, and you should probably just head straight here and plop down. The sleeps are in three buildings — but rooms with the most spark are available in the two-story stilt-house, which features some nice shared balconies for lounging in the evening. The rooms are a bit cramped, and are fan-only, but comfortable, with... Read our full review of Tay Bac.

Huyen Trang Guest House
Backpacker - Under US$10
Main road, near the market
T: (023) 387 5829

You'll get the same basic room here that you'll get everywhere else in town — mossie nets, broadcast TV, shower-bathrooms and so on — but the rooms at the Huyen Trang are bright, and come with big shuttered windows letting in plenty of light when you want it and keeping it out when you don't. Some of the external balconies have good views. The staff doesn't speak much in the way of... Read our full review of Huyen Trang Guest House.

Phuong Thanh
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Main road, Sapa side
T: (0231) 387 5235

Despite an over-sized and uninspiring reception area, the rooms here are decent — very clean, light and airy, with good furnishing and bedding, and tubs in the well-tiled bathrooms. There's also an air-con, cafe/restaurant on the second-floor which might be just what you're looking for on a sweltering day. Room rates would be reasonable for the standard if the hotel were elsewhere, but in... Read our full review of Phuong Thanh.

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Where to next?

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


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