Sleepy, hidden away location
We stayed at the Lan Thai Ngoc, which rests in the northwestern part of town, and aside from one grievance, it represented solid budget value.
The issue is the hotel sits down an (at the time of writing in mid 2018) unsealed and unlit road in a quiet area of town. While we don’t think Cao Lanh is an especially dangerous place, if you prefer better lit streets, our other choice, the Green Lotus is definitely the better bet.
This issue aside (and it isn’t the hotel’s fault) we found the family to be friendly and helpful—the parent’s English is extremely limited but the younger staff speak a bit more. They can also organise scooter hire for $4 a day and have a couple of maps on hand if you haven't already picked some up at the tourist office.
Our room was of a good size, very clean with a spotless hot water bathroom (though the hot water took an age to arrive). Facilities otherwise include minibar, air-con, LCD TV and a very, very ... very firm bed. The room was bright and well lit, and though the glass was clouded, plenty of light flooded in. The upside of being on a dark lane is the room was very quiet come the evening.
Breakfast was not available but there is a pho joint just around the corner on Dang Van Binh which should fill your belly well. The Lan Thai Ngoc is convenient to the many bars, eateries and cafes that fill out much of the northern reaches of the lake area. Overall for the money great value, but some more street lights would be welcome.
Address: 8 Van Hoa, Cao Lanh
T: (0277) 3852871; (01234) 676718;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º37'53.31" E, 10º27'39.84" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$11||US$11|
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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