Photo: Balcony views at Phuoc Loc Guesthouse.

Phuoc Loc Guesthouse

Great guesthouse

Thon Dong village, east coast of the island T: (0168) 484 8858(0168) 676 8981 

Phuoc Loc Guesthouse

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Prettied up by pots of bushy flowers, a tree and powder blue paint, Phuoc Loc is just as good on the inside. Rooms are clean, comfortable and have what a backpacker needs.

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Phuoc Loc Guesthouse (Nha Nghi Phuoc Loc) is located in Thon Dong village at the eastern tip of the island, as far away as you can get from the bustle around the pier. It’s worth the six kilometre distance if you’re seeking a more local experience. The village doesn’t have that frantic tourist-invasion feel that follows every boat arrival. While it’s not completely devoid of tourist activity (it does have a few accommodation options), Thon Dong is a quiet and low-key area, guarded by a patchwork of garlic and onion plots.

Easy to spot.

Easy to spot. Photo: Cindy Fan

When we stayed in late 2016, the building looked fairly new and the rooms were only gently used. Guests can look forward to high ceilings, a proper mattress, air-con, fan, WiFi and flatscreen TV. The linens were clean, the lights were bright, the standing rack was handy and the spacious bathroom had hot water, though the shower has to run a while before it came. We think Room #5 is the best. The door is on the building’s front balcony which means no noise coming from the hallway.

There’s not a stitch of English spoken but the owner means well and will even guide you to some of the tourist sights. She also delivered us to the pier twice, once to get the boat to An Binh and another for the boat back to the mainland. There are motorbikes for rent, and this is definitely the easiest way to get around the island. Dining options are limited in this village. You can ask the owner to cook a meal for you, otherwise you’ll have to head towards town for the restaurants.

Simple clean rooms.

Simple clean rooms. Photo: Cindy Fan

We booked by having a Vietnamese speaker call. You could probably just show up. If for some crazy reason Phuoc Loc is full, across from it is the three-storey Hoa Bien Hotel, T: (055) 3867 522. The facade is imposing and the ground floor garage/restaurant represents function over fashion but upstairs, the rooms are very respectable and comparable in value to the ones at Phuoc Loc – the room rate is the same. It’s another solid option. We prefer Phuoc Loc’s more homey, intimate family-run feel and the little touches. Hoa Bien does back onto the water and some may want their upstairs rooms that look out to the ocean.

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Walk-in rates at Phuoc Loc Guesthouse

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Sgl air-con private bathroom
200,000 dong
200,000 dong
Dbl air-con private bathroom
250,000 dong
250,000 dong
Quad air-con private bathroom
350,000 dong
350,000 dong
Room: Sgl air-con private bathroom, low season: 200,000 dong, high season 200,000 dong. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 250,000 dong, high season 250,000 dong. Notes:
Room: Quad air-con private bathroom, low season: 350,000 dong, high season 350,000 dong. Notes:

Where is Phuoc Loc Guesthouse

Phuoc Loc Guesthouse
Thon Dong village, east coast of the island
T: (0168) 484 8858(0168) 676 8981 
Coordinates (for GPS): 109º8'22.39" E, 15º22'59.89" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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