Vĩnh Long is a the capital of Vinh Long Province in Southern Vietnam. It is located at one of the many branches of the Mekong river.
Vinh Long has two bus station: main one outside town (about 4km), and one right in center. Most Can Tho Buses arrive in the town centre.
From Can Tho, bus costs 50000 Dong (Sep 2011) and lasts 1h30. Pay attention as it seems some drivers try to stop you at the outer bus station (see Vinh Long 4km sign) which will force you to pay extra taxi car or moto.
Our hotel advised us to find a boat for a tour at the waterfront at 6am. We found only one boat and booked it for $15 for 3 hours. Our larger boat did not enter the small channels of An Binh island. The Cai Be market was fairly quiet by our arrival at 7:30am.
You can easily buy food from some street stall or in the market in town center.
The accommodation options are a bit scattered throughout the town. Some hotels can be found along the main traffic arteries leading to the town centre. There are a couple of options in the city centre. Mosquitoes can be a nuisance in this area, however, hotels rarely provide mosquito nets, so bring your own.
On Hung Vuong close to the bus station are three hotels next to each other that are mere copycats of each other:
* Lac Long, 2G Hung Vuong, P.1 - TP Vinh Long (5 min walk from inner bus station), ☎ 070.3836846 - 3822099. has decent no frills rooms. Apart from the standard features such as TV, fridge, phone, private bathroom with hot water it also has Wi-Fi - bring your laptop. All the rooms are available with fan or aircon. starts at 120,000 Dong.
* Phung Hoang, 2H Hung Vuong. has as large a choice of comfort as the price indicates. This place is popular with backpackers. 120,000-300,000 Dong.
* Phung Hoang, 2R Hung Vuong. 120,000-300,000 Dong.
Several places on the island offer what they call homestays. These may not be in actual local people's homes, but still in traditional-style houses right in the countryside. One of them is Green Island Tour (070 3859908), offering an overnight stay including a large dinner consisting of many different dishes, breakfast and a bicycle for US$10. It's excellent value considering the dinner alone would cost almost the same in any restaurant. A moto from the bus station can take you here for 50,000 dong including the ferry ride.