Whatever the country you visit, there is always the existence of cheap dwellings. The main reason for this is that the development in aerial transport recently has permitted budget travelers to present in any nation with a small fee, leading to the increasing demand for simple residences. This could be seen very clearly in the expansion of budget accommodation in Vietnam, a result of that trend. Plus the inexpensive cost of living and low foreign exchange rate, a visitor could spend under 60 USD/day on rejoicing in their holiday in Vietnam without any worry about their money. So in the case of first-timers, they might ask how cheap a lodging in Vietnam is exactly.
In fact, with respect to budget accommodation in Vietnam, the locals are likely to refer to 4 prominent types of dwellings, namely motels, hostels, hotels and homestays. However, motels are thought as a stop for an overnight stay rather than a location for tourists. That’s why the others are frequently noticed by travelers more. In this writing, therefore, you will find that only the three kinds of accommodation are mentioned, but it’s enough to let you figure out that it’s very hard to find a developing country having the same economical rent rooms as Vietnam does.
The total cost to dwell in a hotel and a homestay in Vietnam is much higher than in a hostel. However, a guestroom inside the hotel or the homestay is large enough for more people to live together. As a result, it is recommended to prefer the hotel and the homestay in the case you have some companions.
Compared with other areas, there is a wide range of affordable residences in large cities in this country. This is simply because the conditions of infrastructure there are favorable to the formation of numerous hotels, hostels and homestays, while many holiday spots inside are so attractive to tourists. To some extent, you will be bombarded with loads of information about such accommodation once you search them on the Internet.
Price range: 5-10 USD/person
Similar with the operating way of ordinary hostels in the world, this type of budget accommodation in Vietnam has got spacious dormitories with the capacity of about 10 guests per room. Frequently, hostels are easily found in the inner city since they are close to charming attractions and busy leisure centers. For example, they are quite common in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi Capital, while in Ho Chi Minh City, District 1 has a high density of hostels. Despite being often ranked as 2 stars, under fierce competition, they have to upgrade the quality of facilities to an acceptable level.
Interestingly, there are two contradictory kinds of hostels, one serving lively bars to let you make new friends and enjoy dynamic parties, and one for a restful environment to relax. Some suggestive hostels for you are:
1. Cheetah Hostel
Address: No.117 Hang Bac Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
2. Saigon Downtown B&B – Hostel
Address: No.270 De Tham Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: 10-20 USD/person
I have to say that hotels are the most common rent dwellings in Vietnam nowadays. What contributes to this is that the requirements for the establishment of a hotel and the methods to operate it are quite simple. Moreover, certain 3-star hotels don’t only aim at budget travelers, but also the affluent, leading them to equip first-rate amenities in all guestrooms. That’s why you can find luxurious furniture and splendid appliances in your room, while the price you have to pay is merely around 20 USD. Again, the majority of such highly-appreciated budget accommodation in Vietnam are in the city center, though the others may be scattered near the outskirts. However, the latter’s quality could be not as good as you expect, so just pay attention to the former. Anyway, you can have a knack for:
1. Hotel Des Arts – The Noble
Address: No.98 Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem Disitrict, Hanoi
2. Signature Saigon Hotel
Address: No.65-67-69 Nguyen Thai Binh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: 20-25 USD/person
Fascinatingly, this kind of budget accommodation in Vietnam has underwent a period of rapid development owning to the easy process for construction. Just obtaining some large rooms and necessary self-catering equipment, the hosts are able to promote their properties. Nonetheless, more sources of supply mean that they have to compete with the others and even hotels and hostels. As a result, they came out with a new idea: showing unique decoration. In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, from the city center to the suburb, engaging homestays have emerged with, for example, traditional Vietnamese or royal European styles. Besides, there are also certain extra facilities, such as spacious balcony to view the city and hold outdoor parties, or small garret. In the case travelers want to be exposed to the locals to understand Vietnam’s culture, they should not miss:
1. Au Frais Homestay
Address: The 9th floor, No.23 Tay Ho Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
2. 4221 Café & Homestay
Address: No.157 Nguyen Dinh Chinh Street, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City
Hotels & Hostels
Price range: 10-15 USD/person
In terms of hotels and hostels, there is not a significant difference between those in big cities and those in other holiday spots in Vietnam. Perhaps, the only thing would be the price, because it can be around 10-15 USD/night for hotel, and 4-8 USD/night for hostel. The criteria for a standardized Western residence are still reached, though. In comparison with Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, of course, hostels and hotels are not as abundant, but a few extraordinary places which could be picked up are:
1. Sapa Romance Hotel – good hotel in Sapa Town.
2. The Light – 2-star lodging at Ha Long City.
3. Da Nang Backpacker Hostel – location dedicated to backpackers in Da Nang City.
4. Tabana Hostel – very cheap hostel at Nha Trang City.
Price range: 15-20 USD/person
In fact, the homestay is not ubiquitous in some regions of Vietnam. However, there is an adverse trend in the mountainous zones in the north. Because these sectors are where Vietnam’s ethnic groups settle down. As a consequence, by favoring a homestay, tourists can have a chance to enjoy a peculiar side of the locals’ daily life, and purchase some exceptional souvenirs unobtainable in the large cities effortlessly. Apart from this, most homestays are stilt houses hidden inside valleys or hills, allowing the travelers to be engrossed in nature entirely, and to relive all pressure as well. Anyway, some noticeable homestays are:
1. Little Sapa Homestay – located in Sapa Town
2. Happy Land Moc Chau – Pipe houses in Moc Chau District, Son La Province.
3. Auberge de Meovac – at Meo Vac Town, Ha Giang Province.
In general, this is a quick view of budget accommodation in Vietnam. In spite of some divergences reflected by prices, and decoration, they all display affordable cost for a short-term stay as well as unexpected quality. This partly produces the fame of Vietnam in the map about hot tourist destinations around the world.