Good value, great rooftop view
Located on the quieter end of Bui Vien (relatively speaking), Duc Vuong fills in the mid-range niche for Pham Ngu Lao.
Rooms at Duc Vuong represent good value and travellers can enjoy hotel-type amenities and furnishings for under US$50—an upgrade from the usual budget hotel construction that have tile floors and mismatched furniture. Rooms are on the compact side but they are exceptionally tidy and come with laminate flooring, large wall mounted flatscreen TV, kettle, minibar, desk/vanity, WiFi, air-con and requisite swan towel art.
A bedside table, plug and lamp are small, welcome conveniences. The bathrooms are functional and fair for the price. Some are wetroom style (no separate shower stall), another we saw had a bathtub/shower.
One of the hotel’s best features is the rooftop terrace/bar which is spread over several floors and has wide open views. Of course, you need not be a hotel guest to enjoy it but it is conveniently there nonetheless.
Want something more modern and have a flexible budget? C-Central De Tham is new and their rooms are comparably priced to Duc Vuong’s Deluxe rooms.
Address: 195 Bui Vien St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3920 6991; (28) 3920 6992;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º41'27.61" E, 10º45'57.21" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room|
|655,000 dong||655,000 dong|
|Standard double room||100,000,000 dong||843,200 dong|
|Superior single room||875,000 dong||875,000 dong|
|Superior double room||910,000 dong||910,000 dong|
|Deluxe double room||1,150,000 dong||1,150,000 dong|
2 connected rooms
|1,238,000 dong||1,238,000 dong|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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