Smart yet affordable rooms
The budget Loc Phuc Hotel is set in the northern reaches of town, within easy walking distance of the river, central market and night market and represents good value for Vinh Long.
Rooms are stacked above the reception and lobby which doubles as the TV viewing area for the friendly family who run the place. While the rooms have no river views, ours had a large glass window looking out to the south along with a small balcony (mostly accommodating the air-con unit)—the view was quite respectable for the price.
The room was well sized, with a comfortable bed, a slightly flimsy desk by the window, a fully stocked minibar and a LCD TV. There is free WiFi throughout (which worked fine for us) and all rooms are air-con. The hot water shower did the job and the entire offering was sparklingly clean.
The hotel faces onto a string of orchid shops and is flanked by a bird shop, so there is plenty going on, and the night market is spitting distance away. The friendly family who run it speak very limited English but they can rent you a bicycle and organise motorbike rental if you’re after your own wheels. In the unlikely event the hotel is full, the Khanh Quynh Hotel is just around the corner on Hung Dao Vuong and is a reasonable, though we think older, alternative.
Address: 50 Nguyen Thi Ut, Vinh Long
T: (0270) 3822 546; (0919) 494 556;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º58'15.4" E, 10º15'23.32" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||300,000 dong||300,000 dong|
|Superior double room|
Has a small balcony
|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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