There are a cluster of hotels on Ly Thuong Kiet Street in the centre of the city that on the outside seem like backpacker-type places but actually have poor rooms offering poor value.
Thanh Binh Hotel is the most decent of the bunch and if we had to, we’d pick it over neighbours Thanh Phat Hotel and Thanh Cong. With Thanh Binh you can look forward to slightly musty rooms with tile floors, fluorescent lighting, a fridge, WiFi, air-con, flatscreen TV and a plain wooden bed frame. The air vents to the hall do allow for some air circulation. One bathroom we saw was is great shape, while another was quite mildewed and looked like it could use a good scrub. The woman at the desk was friendly enough and speaks some English. It’s a definite step up from Thanh Phat Hotel located just across the street, whose depressing 120,000 dong a night fan rooms will appeal to cheapie travellers. And Thanh Binh is better value than the overpriced and grumpy Thanh Cong, who attract far more than they should with their sign with a happy backpacker carrying the world.
If you’re willing to walk, Ngoc Mai, Hung Vuong and Gia Dinh are better value budget options.
Address: 24 Ly Thuong Kiet St, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 385 3812;
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º2'36.83" E, 12º40'49.04" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||170,000 dong||170,000 dong|
|Standard double room||250,000 dong||250,000 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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