There are only a mere handful of Hotels in Lagi, and I think this one is the best. I have stayed at this hotel annually for past 4 years. It is a modern hotel and well constructed. Has a lift, but you have to first go up the stairs to get to it. Alternatively, you go down the ramp to the undercover car-park/basement and catch the lift from there. Only a small number of the staff speak moderate English, but considering how very very few across Lagi speak any English, this is a bonus. Good free WiFi and TV reception. Fridge in each room. The Rooms are serviced daily and always clean and tidy. Rooms are very spacious. Rooms on eastern side of building have small private balconies.
Lagi has inherent problems with electricity coming and going. This Hotel is as far as I know, the only hotel in Lagi with a back-up generator.
All of that for just $10 a night per room.
What I love is the balcony on the top floor. You can look out over the ocean, but the added bonus is at that height (4th floor), you get a lovely cool breeze each afternoon and evening. I have spent many an evening up there with a few cold beer in the company of good friends.
I find all of the people in Lagi very warm and friendly to foreigners, and to note, when you visit, you may in fact be the only Caucasians in the whole town. Some, particularly the children want to stare at you and touch. Particularly the blue eyed blond visitors.
You need to go to Lagi NOW before developers find it and move in.
Lagi is a very small coastal town that has fishing as it's main industry. It is located some 45 kilometres south of Phan Thiet.
From 10 to 120 kilomteres north of Lagi are a number of resorts that foreigners are really yet to discover, however are a considerable distance north and apart from the resorts themselves, there are no local services, shops or things to do. Also, many are unfinished projects.
Back at Lagi.....
Within 10 minutes by motorbike or taxi to the south of Lagi is the the most incredible beach called Can Binh. It is a big long and wide beach of white sand with minimal washed up pollution. Along the beach front are tented or sheltered areas under coastal pine trees. Behind them are a couple of cook-houses that service the beach front. You take yourself under one of the shelters at the beach, sit back in a deck chair and the coo-house staff will bring you bundle of beers and ice and keep bringing more as requested. From the cook-houses they will deliver fantastic Vietnamese food in abundance on the plates but very little on the wallet. When in season, prawns, crabs and lobsters are at huge sizes. Imagine four Tiger Prawns to the kilo. The catch is live in tanks and cooked fresh for you.
There is almost no surf and you would need go out in the water near 100 metres before you reach chest depth. Great place for small kids. The beach is very popular with the Vietnamese locals and very much a family place to be.
Within 5 minutes from Lagi town centre is Lagi Beach itself. Not much sand at high tide, but at low tide the beach is very wide. Lots of food stands on the beach, but sadly, the beach is very polluted with washed up debri and that of which the locals dump on the beach.
WHAT TO DO IN LAGI :
A trip to the wharves at sunrise is a must. All the colorful trawlers coming in and dividing up the catch on the wharf. Wholesalers sort their catch in the nearby sheds with local marketers setting up shop on the wharf. An incredible variety of fish are to be seen with some you will have never laid eyes on except on a National Geographic documentary. Some really weird fish come out of the sea. Last visit I was there I saw a huge Manta Ray on the wharf which would have been 2 metres across. A MUST DO: Go to the wharves, select a couple big fresh fish (Tuna, Mackerel or some type of coral fish for just a few dollars), and take back to the Thanh Binh and ask the hotel staff to cook it for you and you it share with them for dinner, and they bring the vegetables and salad.. You need to pre-arrange this with them. Alternatively, do the same with one of the 4 or 5 cafes across the street.
FARMING : Lagi is surrounded by rice farms, dragon fruit plantations and prawn farms. You will need to rent a motorbike or hire a taxi as there are no tourist services in Lagi.
BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND EDUCATION CENTRE: Currently under construction (about 50% finished as at June 2011) is a huge centre perhaps no more than 25 to 35 minutes walk from the Thanh Binh Hotel. The roof of the main complex is being gilded in pure gold.
COFFEE : While not grown locally, it is very much part of the local town. Coffee shops are everywhere. Very cheap and apart from getting a coffee in Dalat itself, this would have to be the best cup of coffee in all of Vietnam. There are perhaps a dozen large coffee shops, each located on 2 acre (1 hectare) blocks of land with gardens.
NIGHTLIFE : There is a single nightclub that has opened that gives live music of both Vietnamese modern rock and also the western classics. (Ever heard "Stairway to Heaven" sung with a Vietnamese accent?)
BULLOCK WAGONS: Throughout Lagi, bullocks towing carts are to bee seen all over the place. They deliver everything from, ice, to fish, to timber, to construction materials. A real sight to see.
LOCAL MARKET: Can not beat it. If you think Saigon shopping is cheap, try Lagi. As much as 50% or more cheaper than in Saigon. (Try silk ties for a dollar or denim jeans for $5)
GETTING THERE: You could taken an open bus to Phan Thiet and try to find a way back south, however (email me for contact details), there is a mini bus service that leaves Saigon every 2 hours going directly to Lagi with one comfort stop along the way. Costs just 100,000 dong per person and will drop you off at the door of the hotel. Language is a problem, so have the hotel book for you. Takes between 3 to 5 hours to get there subject to traffic.
When in Lagi, you need to rent a motor bike ($4 a day) or hire a taxi to get around.
Costs only $2 for the local bus from Lagi to Phan Thiet.
I am very happy to receive e-mails to assist you in visiting Lagi, however, I do not visit the Trip Advisor site so often, so may be a week or two before I can reply.
- Also Known As:
- Thanh Binh Hotel Vietnam/La Gi