Terrific view over the market area
While the smallest of the three hotels we list for Tra Vinh, the Duy Tung has easily the most spectacular outlook at it overlooks the maddest intersection in town.
Set by the roundabout on Dien Bien Phu in front of Tra Vinh market, in the evening the roundabout it well lit up and the traffic flowing around it hypnotising. If you’ve ever seen one of those time lapse videos of traffic in Vietnam, this is exactly the type of look out they are filmed from.
Family–run, no English is spoken here, but we’ve always found the elderly couple who run the Duy Tung to be helpful and obliging. You’ll invariably find them lounging around the small foyer—there is a small cafe out back who will bring you coffee if you ask.
While there are rooms that don’t face onto the intersection, if you are going to stay here we would definitely vote for one that looks over the roundabout and Tra Vinh market—in the evening the view really is terrific—we dare you to stay and not find yourself playing around with the time lapse features on your camera. Go for a higher floor—the hotel has an elevator.
Rooms are well sized and very clean—the bathrooms here are of a better standard than ay Gia Hoa 2. Bedding is simple with a base sheet and a synthetic top blanket. Curtains, given the large size of the windows, are a bit thin—we doubt you’ll be sleeping in! Other facilities include a flat screen TV, minibar and a cupboard unit.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||250,000 dong||250,000 dong|
|Superior double room|
Up to 400,000 dong
|300,000 dong||300,000 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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