CAN THO - Accommodations

Hotels are geared to in-and-out, blitzkrieg package tourists either on budget trips or high-end ones. In other words, there’s not much to offer between the two extremes. Reviews here are ordered in descending budget groups.

OVER $60

Made for luxury travelers – often en route to Cambodia on high-end package trips – the 92-room Victoria is one of the Mekong’s best hotels. Built to embrace the river, the cream-and-white, French-colonial style building faces a patch of the river away from the center’s bustle. The open lobby – with plenty of seats to use the free WiFi access, or listen to traditional music often played – looks over the central pool, and the river beyond. Some guests complain about the puddling-by riverboat engines, which is part of the charm. Inviting wood-floor rooms evoke the Indochina era, with Cham-style throws at the end of the beds. ‘Superior’ rooms face the hotel front ($120); spend the extra $20 for the slightly larger ‘deluxe’ rooms for the balcony facing the pool/river. There’s a restaurant overlooking the pool, and a bar next door with $6.50 burgers. Breakfast is $10. Staff arrange boat trips and tours around the region.
Tel 071-810-111;; Internet rates superior/deluxe $120/130
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Probably the nicest hotel in the center – but a far cry from the Victoria – the Golf has nothing to do whatsoever with golf and is not really worth the bucks it asks for. If you go, opt for higher-floor rooms in the eight-floor building to get balconies overlooking the river. All rooms are fitted with the same carpet and furnishings – ‘superior’ rooms on higher floors are $69 (on the second floor, $60). A small deck pool faces a bad mural of a tropical scene ($2 for non-guests to use); the top-floor ‘Windy Coffee’ serves the free breakfast. There’s free WiFi access.
Tel 071-812-210;; 2 Hai Ba Trung; rooms $60 to $80

$15 to $60

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At an enviable spot – and the end of riverside Hai Ba Trung, with private promenade overlooking a canal – the Ninn Kieu is nevertheless a rather poorly planned complex with that modern ‘Vietnamese palace’ look that you see grumpy government dignitaries visit on local TV coverage. There’s a separate two-star complex – it’s old and overpriced; don’t consider it. At the three-star complex, only try the ‘superior’ rooms ($45), which come with balcony overlooking the water. Rooms are all frumpy, with the sort of bedspreads, dust-covers on chairs that you’d never consider at home. Supposedly there’s WiFi. Rough Guide’s Vietnam plugs the place, really not sure why.
Tel 071-821-171; Hai Ba Trung; rooms $25 to $80


Package tourists on cheapie trips tend to stay in hotels just west of the center on Chau Van Liem and Ngo Duc Ke streets, running parallel to each other a couple blocks south of the market.

An excellent budget choice across from the Uncle Ho statue in the center, the Tay Ho has no style to speak of – just spotless tile rooms, with AC, ‘German heater’ showers, TV – but the location is super and it’s situated in a historic two-floor building on the central strip. You pay an extra $2 for ‘view’ rooms, though the shuttered windows open only if you want bugs in and AC out. Laundry service is sometimes delivered, with a knock on the door, at 6.50am. No breakfast.
Tel 071-823-392; [email protected]; 42 Hai Ba Trung St; rooms $14-16

Packed into a small alley, a few blocks west of the central market, the six-room, old-school Hien is named for its teacher owner, whose friendly family speaks English and don’t hussle trips. Rooms are clean and quite basic: the two AC rooms are on lower floors, the (presently) fan-cooled rooms are higher-up with better views and nice breezes. Rent motorbikes for $5 per day. Hien Guesthouse I (tel 071-812-718; 118/10 Phan Dinh Phung; fan/AC rooms $4/8) is nearby too
Tel 091-397-3320; 106/3 Phan Dinh Phung; fan/AC rooms $6/9

Typical of a few choices on Ngo Duc Ke St: rather aged but clean rooms.
Tel 071-825-833; 35 Ngo Duc Ke; fan/AC rooms 80,000/140,000D