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7. Explore Mekong – Accommodation

The opening of the GMS resulted in a strong development of hotels of international standards. Most GMS cities and tourist destinations today have a wide range of accommodation ranging from luxury resorts and five-star city hotels to simple inns and hostels offering standard comfort.

GMS countries have developed over the years unique style of accommodation favouring local architecture in luxury resort or in more simpler accommodation. They are  for example superb local style hotels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Northern Thailand, Northern Vietnam, along Inle Lake in Myanmar or in Luang Prabang in Laos as well as in Lijiang and Jinghong in Yunnan.

Colonial Hotels

Colonial style hotels are also part of a true Mekong experience. Prestigious properties with a colonial flair are available everywhere around the GMS including the Oriental in Bangkok or the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin; Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor and Le Royal in Phnom Penh; the Continental Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, the Dalat Palace Hotel or the Sofitel Legend Métropole in Hanoi; the Strand in Yangon and the Setha Palace Hotel in Vientiane.

All countries in the region offer accommodation from international chains, to be easily booked via CSR or internet.

The largest international chains with a strong presence in GMS countries in 2012 are

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