Bright and yellow
While all three of the hotels we mention are very centrally located, we liked the Gia Hoa 2 for being that little bit back off from the absolute centre of town.
Large glass windows let the light flood into the rooms in this bright yellow hotel set at the corner of Le Loi and Le Thanh Ton. Rooms have a small veranda (though often taken over by the air-con unit) and other facilities include a small glass desk, a stocked minibar, an old cupboard, free WiFi (which works) and air–con throughout.
The rooms are fine—the wallpaper dates them a little and the curtains are a bit ill fitting and miss matched, but these are minor quibbles. Our bed was comfortable, though the top sheet was some synthetic thing which was not at all nice to use.
Bathrooms are dated and a little grubby—our shower taps looked to be about version three in a long line of shower taps, but the water was hot. We’re really not fans of the shower in the bath thing as we’re sure nobody ever actually uses the bath as a bath, but regardless we got clean.
Staff swing between chipper and not so chipper and just about no English is spoken, but they can arrange scooter hire (220,000 dong per day). Be sure to check the bike thoroughly before agreeing to take it.
The Gia Hoa 2 is a definite step up from the Tranh Tra and roughly of the same standard as the Duy Tung, but it is certainly quieter than the latter. At the time or writing in August 2018, this seemed to be the only downtown hotel available for online booking.
Address: 50 Le Loi, Tra Vinh
T: (0901) 062 699; (0903) 732 170;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º20'28.39" E, 9º56'11.35" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||400,000 dong||400,000 dong|
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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