Muong Thanh Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMuong Thanh Hotel Dien Bien Phu
This hotel seems to be mainly used by business people and large groups. The guide who dropped us said he had never collected from here before. The rooms were quite basic and musty smelling. We washed some clothes and they took 2 days to dry. The staff were wearing their coats in the restaurant - hard to tell who was staff and who were customers - no name badges either. Set on the outskirts of town next to the main lake in town. 5-10 minute walk to restaurants and shops.
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