There's nothing all that fancy in Moc Chau, but it's all generally affordable and of an acceptable quality.
Situated at the Dien Bien Phu end of town, rooms at Hai Yen have a cosy feel and the atmosphere is welcoming. Although we showed up late in the day before the electricity for the lights was switched on — it comes on at 20:00 — and there was something a bit spooky though thrilling about being led up the dark stairs by a woman carrying a lantern. Anyway, rooms are well done out: freshly painted... Read our full review of Hai Yen.
Located off Highway 6, down the road opposite the Huong Sen, the rooms at Duc Dung are minimally furnished and have signs of mould, but are good value if there are more than two of you. The owner, Thu, is super-friendly and surprisingly speaks some English. Rooms sleep from one to four people in single beds for the same price and are light and clean if sparse. Dinner and breakfast were offered at... Read our full review of Duc Dung guesthouse.
Five minutes walk from the bus station, towards Mai Chau, Huong Lan appears to offer incredible value. For just 50,000 you get a decent sized room with a neat bathroom, air-con, a TV and decent bedding. Plus something of a view from the rooms at the back. Rooms weren't super clean — the room we were shown had the remains of a cigarette in the ashtray — but were adequate. The girl on reception... Read our full review of Huong Lan Guesthouse.
This is what amounts to a 'flash' option in Moc Chau, which is to say, it doesn't amount to much. That said, hallways are bright and freshly painted — though sterile and echo-ey — and rooms are light and spacious, with motel-style balconies, high ceilings, good furnishings, soft beds and decent bathrooms — some with bath — and cable TV. Staff speak minimal English. Given the reasonable... Read our full review of Huong Sen Hotel.
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