The Nest – or Nga Nhi 340 as it's also known – is a good value option directly opposite the train station.
Rooms at the front are very large, with three beds – not quite doubles so it'd be a tight squeeze for more than three people – and a small balcony overlooking the station. As pleasant as they are, we expect that they get noisy in the morning, so unless you're a heavy sleeper or planning an early start we'd suggest looking at the rooms at the back, which are smaller and have less light but are a decent option for the price. All have air-con and fans, WiFi, satellite TV and smart wet rooms. The cheerful restaurant downstairs serves the usual range of Lao Cai fare – Vietnamese and Western – and there's one internet station.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 250,000 dong, high season 250,000 dong. Notes:
Room: Triple air-con private bathroom, low season: 300,000 dong, high season 300,000 dong. Notes:
340 Nguyen Hue St
T: (214) 383 0074
(0912) 356 563
Room rates: US$10 to 20