Since Vinh Long's biggest draws are its islands and there's much better accommodation in Ben Tre, Tra Vinh and Can Tho, there isn't much point in staying in town. But if you must, there are a couple of passable options.

Feature: ‘Homestays’ Around Vinh Long

For many travellers, the chance to experience river life and get to know a local family is a highlight of a Mekong visit. Perhaps ‘homestay’ is the wrong word: in most cases you will actually be staying in specially constructed rustic hostels and guesthouses.

Some homestays have large communal rooms with bunks, while others offer basic bungalows with shared facilities and some even have rooms with en suites. Breakfast is usually included; in some places you’ll share a meal with the family, while in bigger places there are simple restaurants. Interaction with the family can be minimal with long-time hosts. The only constant is a verdant, rustic setting and a taste of rural life.

Although many tourists book through group tours in HCMC, you can just take the ferry from Vinh Long and then a xe om to your preferred choice. Some hosts don't speak much English, but welcome foreign guests just the same.