Close to perfect
Our favourite in Chau Doc is easily the Western–Vietnamese run and flashpacker focussed Murray Guesthouse.
Set a kilometre or so to the east of town (walkable, but you’ll definitely appreciate their free bicycles if you are wandering into town frequently), Murray offers smart and very comfortable rooms, which are well decorated with Maori artefacts and carvings (not something you see much of in Vietnam!) and full facilities including air-con, minibar and LCD TV and immaculate hot water bathrooms (though being solar, it can take a while for them to get steaming!).
Upstairs delivers a pool table and self-service fully kitted out bar and a front facing veranda to enjoy a cold drink on—this is also where the included breakfast is served. The Western half of the business has been in the region for decades and is a mad–keen cyclist, he’s also an excellent source of information on what to do and where to cycle—rooms also come with a booklet outlining many of the options worth exploring in and around Chau Doc.
If the pricepoint fits with your budget, look no further—the only possible disadvantage is the distance from downtown, but that certainly isn’t a deal breaker, especially with the bicycles thrown in. Recommended.
Address: 11-15 Truong Dinh, Chau Doc
T: (076) 356 2108; (09) 0836 1344;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º7'45.71" E, 10º42'19.1" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$36||US$36|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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