Where should I stay in Vietnam?
When traveling across Vietnam, you will aways have a lot of possibilities where to lay down in the evening. Hotels, homestays (Nha nghi), airbnbs and hostels are wide spread across the entire country and most of the time you will be able to choose from several options. Let’s go through each of those quickly:
Both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have entire backpacker areas where you will find tens of hostels where prices start at 80,000 VND (3.5 USD). Hostels can also be found in other major cities as Da Nang, Hue, Hoi An, Da Lat, Nha Trang or even those less known as Dong Hoi or Quy Nhon.
This is the most specific kind of accommodation in Vietnam. Nha nghi is usually something between a hotel and homestay and prices at starts at 200,000 (9 USD). If you wish to spend as much time as possible with local people — which I definitely recommend — have a look at homestay.com, you will have a great time.
In Vietnam you will find hotels of all categories and they are my favorite kind of accommodation. What works the best for me is to come to a new town and look for a hotel over a cup of coffee at booking.com, hotelscombined.com and agoda.com. By the time you arrive to a new town, prices for the night should be already dropped to minimum while you still never have to worry all the hotels in town will be fully booked. Prices starts at 150.000 VND, and you will pay 280.000 VND on average for a budget but clean room. Little tip: Sometimes hotels are marked as “khach san”, which means hotel in Vietnamese.
Whenever I stay in a hotel I feel like a traveller but once I stay at someone’s place via AirBnb, I suddenly feel much more like a local. Vietnamese people offer their apartments and available rooms more and more and you should definitely check the options too. You will be impressed by the high standard of Vietnamese houses and you will make new friends.
In Vietnam, I never had a literally bad experience in a hotel. And even when I travelled on a budget, I always got a clean room I was satisfied with. Still, there are some places that are definitely worth mentioning since they were top notch. So, if you like to get a place to stay recommended, book one of those places below. I promise you will have a goodnight sleep.
Dong Van, Ha Giang: Hoang Ngoc Hotel
Hanoi: French-styled house
Dong Hoi: Nam Long Hotel
Hue: Valentine Hotel
Da Nang: Dang Ha Hotel
Hoi An: Quynh Nhan Homestay
Nha Trang: White Lion Hotel
Mui Ne: Diem Lien Hotel
Ho Chi Minh City Hotel: Lam Binh Hotel