Vietnam: Where to stay

The ultimate list from North to South Locations.

Hey guys, I know it’s always confusing trying to find hotels/hostels to stay when you’re travelling around. Especially when you don’t know the areas! So I’m here to give you my honest opinions and recommendations on what we’ve come across along the way.

Liam and I have stayed in mostly guest houses as were a couple, but I’ve added info for solo backpackers too, hopes this helps!

Hanoi

Solo traveller : Vietnam Backpackers Hostel

A bunk in a dorm is around £6-8 per night.
This place is huge and you will definitely make some friends here. They have a bar downstairs with entertainment and it is right in the heart of old quarter where all the nightlife is.

Doubling up (2 people)

Holiday silver hotel – £12 per night for a double room

This is on a small street called Ngo Huyen, next to Ly Quoc Su temple.
Its a 7 minute walk from the old quarter and 5 minutes west of Ho Hoan Kiem Lake. Perfect if you want to be near the nightlife and busyness but not completely in it.

The cost includes a free breakfast from 7-10.30am and a nice hot shower!

Phong Nha

Easy tiger – this is my favourite place we stayed.

There are 4 bed dorm rooms at £5 per person per night. Each bed has a mosquito net! This place is great for solo backpackers and/or friend groups as there are so many people to meet and do trips to the cave with.


There is a talk every morning at 9am by the owner that informs you of everything around the area and prices so you can make a plan.

Best of all sleeper buses arrive at 4/5am to Phong Nha, which means you have 7 hours to kill before 12pm check in! These guys leave the downstairs open, have hot showers, toilets and plugs for you to use and have hammocks out back for you to sleep.

 I didn’t really look at any other places here as Easy Tiger was recommended but there are lots of guest houses on the same road so have a look on booking.com

Hoi An

Solo backpackers: Sunflower hotel

I never stayed here but I was recommended it by a fellow traveller who is travelling solo. The hotel is equipped with a pool and has both dorms and private rooms.

Doubling up: Hoa My 1 hotel

Double rooms are only £11 per night.

 This place was great and the staff are so helpful! You are provided with a free map for your stay and the guys will recommend good tailors to you if you want a suit.

It’s located just a couple of roads away from the city centre.

This hotel is 4km from the beach but bicycles can be rented for just $1 per day and it’s a straight easy road to get there.

 Everything else you need is within walking distance.

Hot shower. Tick.

Wifi. Tick.

Nha Trang

Both places we stayed in Nha Trang had cold showers and way to much noise so I refuse to recommend them to you haha.

Check out booking.com for some places.

Area wise look at Nguyen Thien Thuat, Tran Quang Khai and Hung Vuong are all the main lively roads.

Dalat

As you all know, we decided to skip Dalat because of the weather, but my friend Emma who is also currently travelling stayed in a place called Dalat Family Hostel.

It’s a 10 bed dorm and its family ran. Apparently they cook you dinner, really get to know you and you really feel like a big family by the time you have left. How cute is that?

Mui Ne 

Mui ne backpackers village

This place offers both dorm rooms and private rooms, has a pool and breakfast for £1!

Unfortunately the double rooms here are pricey at £18 per night and pretty plain with no fridge so I can’t say there was anything to justify the extra $. Apart from the pool of course.

 A dorm bed is much cheaper making this place ideal for a backpacker.

The only downside is that the wifi is pants, so don’t expect to do anything Internet wise here.

Make sure you do the sand dunes trip with these guys though. It’s only $5, includes a free beer and water and you make some great friends!



Sand dune hotel

Doubling up

This place really ticked all the boxes.

It was clean, spacious, comes with a fridge, has hot water, good wifi and it’s was £10 for a double room!

Did I mention it was on the main road opposite the beach?

The only thing it’s missing is a pool, but I’ll let you in on a secret.. We just went to the backpacker village and used theirs!

Ho chi Minh 

Solo travellers

Hideout hostel is apparently the place to stay if you’re interested in getting a dorm room. It’s super cheap at £3-5 per night and is an easy way to meet new people to go out with on a night down the strip.

Thanh Ha guesthouse

Just under £9 per night for a double room. Airy, spacious and a super cheap minibar! Winning.

Wifi was not amazing but I think that’s because we were on the top floor.

Both are on Pham Nhu Lao street, which is the main road parallel to the very busy strip. Where the sleeper buses drop you off from the north.

If you have any good recommendations to help our fellow travellers in Vietnam, please feel free to comment below!

And don’t forget to check out my Liz Earle giveaway post for the chance to win a freebie!

LwL x

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