WHERE TO STAY IN VIETNAM
Vietnam, a place that was once known as a war torn country is now a growing vacation destination for Americans and world travelers alike. I’d say that many people only know of Vietnam from the countless Hollywood movies that have been made depicting the war, but I am here to tell you that Vietnam is beautiful in every way imaginable. The landscape with its mountains and coastlines, the people are extremely friendly and welcoming and the food is truly unique to their long time traditions and culture, really what more could you want.
While we were in Vietnam, we enjoyed full conversations in English with locals, amazing meals for less than $2 USD. , Not to mention the cheapest beers yet at .07cents ( Irish coffee was only .15cents ) Most of our homestays were around $4 USD a night, motorbike rental was around $4 or $6 a day. It’s extremely cheap making it possible to stay quite a long time, that’s of course if you can convince your job that you need a month off.
We highly recommend that you take a break from your bubble of daily routines and grabbing a flight to Vietnam and with that, we created a post of a few recommendations, we collaborated with a few other travel bloggers that have also stayed in Vietnam. Here is our list of some of the best places to stay during your visit to Vietnam.
1: The Pink Tulip Guesthouse – Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Our favorite hotel we stayed in Vietnam is the gay owned Pink Tulip Guesthouse in Saigon. Anne is from Holland and with his Vietnamese husband Trung, they established this super friendly guesthouse, right in the heart of District 1. We loved it because although it’s in the middle of a busy part of the city, it’s down a residential alleyway, so it’s very peaceful. They also offer a spa service to guests and for gay travelers, Anne is a fountain of knowledge for what’s happening across the city. Although it’s gay owned/gay-friendly, they welcome everyone, and it’s particularly popular with couples, straight and gay.
2: Signature Saigon Hotel – Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
It’s often hard to find a great family friendly hotel, when we come across the Signature Saigon Hotel in HCMC it ticked all our boxes. The family adjoining rooms were clean and were able to sleep 5 for a very reasonable price. The street outside was quiet by HCMC standards. There was a convenience store located right next door and the tour desk in the foyer to book all of our tours.
It is located a few streets away from Ben Thanh Market and very close to District 1 main attractions. We took the kids for a big long walk from the hotel and visited the Ben Thanh Market, HCMC Town Hall, Rex Hotel, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Post Office, Reunification Palace and then back to the hotel. We stopped for drinks and ice cream along the way! I thought it was a great location and would certainly stay there again.
The Nguyen Shack is the ideal spot for those wanting to experience an authentic family friendly home-stay on the water ways of the Mekong Delta, located 6 kilometres from the city centre of Can Tho. Accommodation is in individual rustic bungalows with balconies overlooking the Ong Tim River. Whilst the rooms appear basic they are full of all the modern necessities like wi-fi, fridge, and fans. Also provided is drinking water and a variety snacks.
The guys at the Nguyen Shack are super friendly and provide a variety of tours for guest to explore the Mekong Delta including a tour to the famous floating markets. Guests can choose to stay in a private bungalow for $50 USD, a private bungalow with shared bathroom for $23 USD or a 4-bed dormitory for $8 USD per night including breakfast.
By: Venga Vale Vamos
Vietnam Backpackers’ Hostels have several locations throughout the country, in Hoi An, Hue, Ninhvana, and two in Hanoi. There’s no doubt that these are party hostels and the noise and activity can be a little overwhelming at first, but the rooms are clean, spacious, and surprisingly quiet. Each hostel organizes regular events that provide a fantastic way to meet other backpackers, and, best of all, they have some of the best multi-day tours in Vietnam. I joined their trips to Mai Chau Valley and Halong Bay, which were amazing ways to see new parts of the country and wound up being two of my favorite experiences in all of Southeast Asia.
5: Jackfruit Homestay – Hoi An
By: Global Giraffe
After our Ha Long Bay experience, we came back to the mainland and took a bus from Hanoi to Hue and from there we rented a motorbike and drove from Hanoi to the UNESCO heritage city Hoi An. Hoi An is one the most beautiful, charming and full of life cities that should definitely be on your list of cities to visit in Vietnam if nothing else.
In Hoi An, we choose to stay at the lovely Jackfruit Homestay. Not only was the room very spacious and clean, but the owners were very welcoming and each morning cooked us the best banana pancakes that we’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. Something about the bananas in Vietnam, they are just crazy delicious and I’m not a big banana eater (I prefer almost any other fruit first.) At the Jackfruit homestay, we were offered a bicycle or for 3 USD, we could rent a motorbike. The town center is a few blocks away, so we opted for the motorbike. You could easily walk to the center if you wanted to though. The homestay is tucked away back from the hustle of the town which keeps things quiet, but it is easy to miss when you’re trying to locate it via google maps. (google maps is pretty much worthless in Vietnam.) If you do use google maps, it’s going to direct you off the main road into town and from there you’ll go down around a few corners from the main road ( about 2 or 3 blocks) and then you’ll see a little sign that says Jackfruit Homestay that points you down a narrow driveway and it’s back here that you’ll find it.
You are now well equipped with some great recommendations on places to stay for your visit to Vietnam! Let us know in the comments below if you have any other recommendations or your experiences at any of the above-mentioned spots.
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