Will do at a pinch
Still a decent walk to the bus station, the Truc An offers simple and clean rooms at the same rate as the Thanh Binh.
The main selling point here versus the Thanh Binh is the slightly better location. Though the hotel is still a good kilometre north of the bus station. If location is your concern, the Duc Truong is closer, though the rooms there are ordinary.
Rooms (from 250,000 dong) are sparse, but typical. Rock hard beds, flat screen TV and a small desk, hot water bathrooms, and plenty of light spilling in. A standing fan will keep the air circulating. In the foyer, look for a photo of the hotel surrounded by snow—it isn’t a Photoshop job, rather from a 2016 cold snap.
Given the rates are the same as the Thanh Binh, and there you get a swimming pool (and a larger room) this is a hard sell. There is a restaurant on site, look for the sign announcing “The restaurant is safe”.
If you just want a bed by the bus station, consider the Duc Truong. It is grubbier and the rooms less comfortable than here, but they’re a bit cheaper (200,000 dong).
Address: South side of reservoir, Muong Lay
T: (0230) 385 2086;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º9'40.19" E, 22º2'14.45" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||250,000 dong||250,000 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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