How to Choose Lodging in Vietnam

Vietnam travel tips - How to Choose Lodging in VietnamVietnam has become a popular destination for both adventure-seeking backpackers and honeymooners looking to relax and enjoy the views. While getting to Vietnam may prove expensive, lodging is usually quite affordable, even if you choose high-end hotels or villas.

  1. Choose a destination first. Vietnam is so diverse that you can find anything from jungle to beach to city accommodations without much effort. If you’re traveling to a specific area of the country, you should research first what the lifestyle and economy of the area are, so you can better understand what to expect in terms of lodging quality and prices.
  2. Rent a bungalow if you’re staying on the beach or close to it. Bungalows range from the plain small cabin without running water (ideal for backpackers) to the luxury room with air conditioning and indoor Jacuzzi. The best bungalows can be found in the China Beach area, between Da Nang and Hoi An.
  3. Look for honeymoon suites and high-class hotels if you’re staying in or near Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The city is well known for its five star hotels and luxurious villas, many of which are fitted with period pieces.
  4. Consider sleeping on the water. Vietnam is full of rivers, canals and waterways, many of which have become tourist attractions in their own right. Small wooden boats touring Halong Bay usually allow for overnight sleeping onboard for an extra fee.
  5. Look into guesthouses if budget is a consideration. The area around Hoan Kiem Lake is especially popular with backpackers because of the number of lodging options at extremely low prices. Rooms tend to be plain and usually without air conditioning, but you still get a clean space in a nice location.