Ok for the price
In a non-touristic city full of dated, poor accommodation, My Tra Riverside Hotel is the best of the bunch and not bad considering the price.
It’s still one of those large faded dinosaurs that sit empty most of the time and seem to have no staff, but for the walk-in price of 300,000 dong, you get a dated hotel room with all the hotel accruements at a backpacker price. Just have the right expectations: 3-star hotel this is not. Use the swimming pool at your own risk.
My Tra Riverside Hotel is located north of the Tra Khuc River, overlooking the bridge. It’s a special view considering the alternative (looking at Quang Ngai’s urban concrete sprawl) so there’s just a little more character with the experience.
Though across the river from the main city hub, if the point of your stay is Son My or Ly Son island, there’s a stop for the bus to both places conveniently right in front of the hotel. It also puts you into a better position as you’re closer to both sights than if you were to stay near the bus station or train station: from here it’s just 14 kilometres to the Son My memorial and My Khe beach. Take bus #3 to Sa Ky port.
The rooms are typical of a cookie cutter Vietnamese hotel and on the bright side, there’s those added conveniences which are luxuries for backpackers: luggage rack, desk, mirror, bedside table and plugs, box TV, air-con and kettle. The bathroom is still wet-room style, with shower water having to cross the entire bathroom to drain, which it doesn’t do very well.
Still, the linens are worn but clean, the bed soft, the air-con and WiFi works and breakfast is included, which is not bad considering the room rate. Expect a basic breakfast like rice soup, noodle soup, fried noodles, an egg station to make eggs to order and fresh fruit. To top it off, the hotel has a riverside restaurant with tables and chairs overlooking the bridge, a good sunset spot. The receptionists speak a little English. The whole package makes My Tra fine for a night.
To get here from Quang Ngai bus station, the cheapest way is to take bus #3 to the hotel (see Transport section for bus schedule). Or it’s 70,000 dong by metre taxi.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 24th February, 2017.
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