Worn around the edges
Gia Dinh has been around for a while and it shows as the rooms are a little worn around the edges. They are quite spacious though, and rooms have tile floor, a beside table, windows, box TV, fan, air-con, a clothes rack and a bathroom with hot shower. Like most of the budget digs in Buon Ma Thuot, no top sheet is provided. The best part is you are only a couple of blocks east of the central roundabout and the eats. For the budget conscious backpacker, we’d pick Gia Dinh over the cluster of dismal hotels nearby on Ly Thuong Kiet Street -- Thanh Phat and Thanh Cong Hotel attract far more backpackers than they should.
Address: 01 Hung Vuong St, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 381 2148; (0914) 186 469;
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º2'45.6" E, 12º40'47.68" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||200,000 dong||200,000 dong|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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