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Top 8 accommodations in Vietnam

There are few countries in the world that have an extremely intense history, incredibly rich culture and surreal beauty. Vietnam, meaning “Southern Land of the Viet people”, surely makes it as one of the top ones among those countries. One of the top reasons to visit Vietnam is that you get to spend your time in accommodations that accentuate your overall Vietnam travel experience by bringing you closer to the symphony of enigmatic local traditions, authentic Vietnamese food, charming people and otherworldly beauty of nature.

Some of the best places in Vietnam will help you feel it all in its true essence and for that you need to choose an accommodation that gives you an experience much different from a standard, monotonous hotel room. In this article, we’ll tell you about the Top 8 accommodations, which are some of the best places to stay in Vietnam, which will make sure you have an experience so extraordinary that it makes you want to leave everything behind and spend the rest of your life in this paradise called Vietnam; these are also considered to be some of the most unique accommodations in the world!

You will have your mind blown by the splendid mountains, jaw-dropping waterfalls, heavenly valleys, pristine national parks and best beaches in Vietnam. Let’s start from up North and make our way down to the wonders in the South.

Best Accommodations in North Vietnam

 

North Vietnam has a huge part of Vietnam’s history and is a must visit for anyone who wants to be around majestic mountains, try great food, learn about lots of local traditions and even experience stargazing in Vietnam!

1.  Topas Ecolodge – Sapa, Lao Cai Province

Let’s start off by telling you that this amazing accommodation in Vietnam, deep in the Hoang Lien National Reserve, has been officially declared as a “Unique Resort” by National Geographic! The Topas Ecolodge is located on a gorgeous hilltop, which is 45 minutes away from Sapa town. The lodge boasts of 33 bungalows which are built around the hilltop and are made of white granite in the style of local stilts. The Topas Ecolodge has a wonderful infinity pool overlooking the endless valleys of ethnic minority villages and mighty peaks towering over. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in Vietnam and when you’re here; don’t miss a chance to experience the traditional spa bath of the Red Dao! The Topas Ecolodge is a unique retreat and is quite a treat for people looking to go hiking in Vietnam, mountain biking, or those who just wish to lay back and relax in the mountains of glorious North Vietnam.

Best time to go: September to November

2.  Pu Luong Eco Retreat – Thanh Hoa Province

Pu Luong Eco Retreat is the place to be, if you’re looking to experience an authentic Vietnamese lifestyle, scenic beauty and boutique living! This place will make you fall in love with nature, local traditions and the people of Vietnam. Located 160 Kms from Hanoi, the Pu Luong Eco Retreat is surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges, stunning rice terrae fields, scenic rivers and waterfalls, beautiful mountain passes, remote traditional villages and much more that make it one of the best places to stay in Vietnam! With 9 comfortable bungalows, 1 traditional stilt house with 16 comfy beds, an open air restaurant with local cuisine, infinity pool, spa area and rock garden, the Pu Luong Eco Retreat will let you feel at home away from home and be one with all that Northern Vietnam has to offer.

Best time to go: September to November

3.  Pan Hou Ecolodge – Ha Giang Province

Based in the Hoang Su Phi district of Ha Giang province, the Pan Hou Ecolodge is a very unconventional accommodation in Northern Vietnam, best suited to an adventurous traveler’s taste! Hidden away in the heart of the Song Chay Mountains, you will find the lost valley of Pan Hou, which is undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in Vietnam. This unique accommodation also works towards environmental conservation; they use solar powered fans and hot water systems. Here, you will be surrounded by dense jungles and ebullient rivers and the 12 bamboo made rooms will keep you away from civilization’s chaos; you won’t have any internet or television! If you wish to get closer to the nature, the Pan Hou Ecolodge will even arrange a local guide for you to enjoy a lovely hiking tour.

Best time to go: September to November

Best Accommodations in Central Vietnam

 

Now we’ll tell you about the best places to stay in central Vietnam. Central Vietnam’s culture and beauty are unparalleled in many ways and the most unique and extraordinary accommodations here are straight out of a dream! The Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province (the perfect filming destination) is one of the top national parks in Vietnam and also a top-class caving destination where you can explore the world’s biggest cave systems, should you wish to enjoy some one-of-a-kind adventures in Vietnam. 

4.  Chay Lap Farmstay & Resort – Phong Nha, Quang Binh Province

Chay Lap Farmstay & Resort is a one stop destination for people who wish to have the authentic Vietnamese experience. It is a community resort located near the entrance of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. With over 90% of its 63 employees being local, you can expect great conversations and stories about the real and rarely known facts about the Viet people here. You can take out time and visit the amazing attractions of the area like the Phong Nha cave, Paradise Cave, Dark Cave and more! This is the perfect accommodation for people who don’t want to stay in just another fancy hotel. With a variety of rooms to choose from (Cottage House, Garden Room, Cottage Room and Farmroom), you will also be provided with 1 hour free kayaking service at Chay Lap Water Sports Center and bicycles if you wish to venture into the village and spend time with the locals. You also have the option to book a boat that’ll pick you up and get you to the farmstay through the mesmerizing Chay River. The pool area has been revitalized and the lush gardens will keep your spirits high. The Chay Lap Farmstay & Resort will give you a life changing experience and is one of the most unique and best places to stay in Vietnam.

Best time to go: March to September

5.  Phong Nha Lakehouse Resort – Phong Nha, Quang Binh Province

The Phong Nha Lakehouse Resort has one of the best locations in the region and will leave you enchanted by the sheer natural beauty surrounding it.  It is situated along the gorgeous Dong Suon Lake, slightly away from the town.  The Phong Nha Lakehouse is a family friendly resort accommodation in Phong Nha and provides luxurious and affordable lake view villas and bungalows, should you wish to visit with your family or as a couple.

The friendly staff and awesome facilities will also make your stay one to cherish. Phong Nha is known as the paradise to kayak and you can enjoy a beautiful kayaking experience at this resort as well!

Best time to go: March to September

6.  Pilgrimage Village – Hue Province

Stay in the cultural, religious and historical heart of Vietnam. Hue became the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty, when Vietnam unified after 300 years of Chinese influence in 1802. The Imperial Citadel was erected as a ‘forbidden city’. The Pilgrimage Village accommodation is unique and quenches your thirst for travelling and immersing into historical culture and traditions. Here, you’ll have ample time and opportunities to blend in with the locals and know about the incredible history that the place holds. It is located in the quiet countryside just outside of Hue, far enough to be away from the chaotic bustling of the town center, yet close enough to the major famous historical landmarks.With 139 rooms & villas, the resort is warm and inviting. You can peacefully swim in the 48m Slope pool or relax on the comfortable loungers. The Pilgrimage Village accommodation is one of the top spots for a holiday in Vietnam.

Best time to go: March to September

Best Accommodations in South Vietnam

 

Let’s take it down South now! The South of Vietnam is truly a wonder in itself and experiencing it should surely be on your bucket list. Words can’t do justice to how amazing South Vietnam makes a traveller feel. Read on to know about the two coolest places to stay there!

7.  Mango Cruise – Ben Tre Province

Mango Cruises give you an unforgettable private cruising experience in Vietnam’s magnificent Mekong Delta in Ben Tre Province of Vietnam. With a perfect blend of high quality private sampans, in-depth local knowledge/experience, and convivial staff & crew, travellers get to have a magical cruise through the Mekong region’s serene water that is yet to be tapped by commercial tourism. You would also be happy to know that the Mango Cruises promote the idea of responsible Mekong Delta Travel and make it a point to safeguard the environment to the best of their ability. Staying overnight at the Mango Cruise is a wonderful way to take a break from your usual monotony and relax in beautiful Vietnam.

Best time to go: March to November

8.  Ta Lai Longhouse – Cat Tien National Park, Dong Nai Province

When you think about unique places to stay in Dong Nai Province of Vietnam, you definitely have to consider the incredible Ta Lai Longhouse. Here you get a unique accommodation in the traditional Ma bamboo lodge right on the edge of the beautiful Cat Tien National Park. You can appreciate the beauty of the craftsmanship and experience what it was like back in the time when the Ma people lived in similar open houses. Either end of the longhouse roof has open slits to allow a gentle breeze to flow though to keep you cool even on the hottest of days. The Chau Ma and Stieng people have lived in the central valley of the reserve for several centuries, and several hundred people are currently resident. Visitors to the Park can take a day trip to visit one of these communities around Talai and hear interesting stories about their history and culture. Away from the busy city life of Saigon, your stay in Ta Lai Longhouse will be made amazing with lots of fun activities, friendly locals, delicious Vietnamese cuisine and the serenity of this place.

Best time to go: December to May

Dong Hoi will welcome you with some of the most beautiful sights seen in Vietnam, friendly locals, gorgeous beaches and delectable Vietnamese food. Dong Hoi is fast becoming the seafood capital of Vietnam.

In addition to all this, you can also visit Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO natural world heritage site, only 30km away from Dong Hoi city. You can refer to useful information and enjoy some unique activities in Phong Nha to fully enjoy the incredible culture, cuisine, people and certainly breathtaking natural landscapes that’ll stay in your heart forever.

Visit Dong Hoi and enjoy food like never before! If you have any suggestions for any other best dishes in Dong Hoi please let us know!

Oxalis Adventure Tours:

ONE DAY TOURS

If you are seeking a taste of the caves and really don’t have enough time then we recommend a one-day cave and jungle trek. We currently have three tour options for you to select, each with a slightly different style and suitability.

• Phong Nha National Park 1-DayOur family adventure in the Phong Nha offers a great taste of untouched jungle and impressive wild caves. It is the easiest level of adventure but there is still 5km of trekking and 2km of caving, and optional swimming during warmer weather into one cave. It’s suitable for kids from 12 and above with good fitness, and so this makes for a great day for everyone! It costs VND 1,650,000 per person (USD 72).

• Tu Lan Experience – 1 DayThis is one of our original one-day tours and still one of the best adventures in Vietnam. This one-day tour includes rock scrambling, 50m swimming through a wild river-cave, and up to 9 km of trekking through the lush jungles. You will also strap yourself in for a 15m descent down a ladder. It costs VND 1,800,000 (USD 78) per person.

• Hang Tien Discovery – 1 DayThis one-day tour is perfect for trekking enthusiasts eager to see the largest cave of Tu Lan but without time for the two-day experience. Hang Tien is a dry cave so no swimming required, but still includes up to 4km of trekking through mostly flat jungle and about 500m exploring this incredible cave that will no doubt impress with its grandeur. It costs VND 2,000,000 per person (USD 87).

TWO DAY TOURS

Our most popular cave adventures start from two-days providing an immersive jungle and caving adventure, each targeting a slightly different kind of adventure-seeker, or perfect for those who want to combine a couple of tours to see different caves and areas on one trip to Phong Nha.

• Tu Lan Cave Encounter – 2 DaysOur most popular tour exploring the famous jungle area of Tu Lan. On this overnight camping excursion, you will trek through a number of different dry caves, swim up to 500m through a couple of river caves, witness outstanding cascading waterfalls underground as featured in National Geographic, and spend the night at our jungle camp beside a gorgeous waterfall. It includes 12km of trekking and 3km of caving in total and is for those with a good adventurous spirit. It costs VND 5,500,000 per person (USD 239).

• Hang En Cave Adventure – 2 DaysFor two days, this is our best-value-for-money tour that includes one of the most jaw-dropping natural landscapes you will see in this lifetime. This cave is considered the second largest cave in Vietnam and third largest in the World, and it also makes up one night of the original five-day Son Doong Cave Expedition being so close to the largest cave in the world. It includes visiting Ban Doong Ethnic Village, located in the jungle, and a magnificent campsite on a sandy beach inside the cave. It includes 22km of jungle trekking at times quite rocky, multiple knee-deep river crossings, and elevation change of 400m (the ‘hill’ you won’t forget), and 4km of caving. This is a level 3 adventure on a scale of 1 to 6. It costs VND 7,600,000 per person (USD 330).

• Hang Tien Endeavor – 2 DaysA two-day trek into the jungle to see the largest dry cave of the Tu Lan area, exploring 5.5km of this truly stunning cave, with a variety of karst formations. This 13km trek is suitable for those not too keen on cave swimming or too many hills, but still up for an adventure. This is a level 4 adventure between 1 and 6, with 6 being the most challenging. It costs VND 6,500,000 per person (USD 283).

• Hang Va Expedition – 2 DaysA technically challenging, but equally rewarding two-day caving adventure in the heart of Phong Nha National Park. This tour takes you deep into the jungle to one of the most spectacular river-caves, with formations not seen anywhere else in the world! It involves rock scrambling, wading through an underground river, bouldering and rope-traversing within the cave, to reach the rarest tower cone formations. This involves quite a lot of technical work due to safety, but is not overly difficult, it includes 10km of trekking and 3 km of caving.  This is a level 4 adventure, with 6 being the highest. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

THREE-DAY TOURS

Now, if you really want to increase the adventure and soak up the wild jungle of Vietnam, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the area, we highly recommend a three-day caving tour of our Tu Lan or Hang Tien.

• Wild Tu Lan Cave Explorer – 3 DaysThis tour incorporates the very best of Tu Lan with two different jungle campsites besides stunning waterfalls, 3km of cave exploring through a number of caves, 1km of cave swimming and visiting some additional areas not included on our shorter experiences. Our three-day tour is very popular and tends to be booked out so get in quick to enjoy this thrilling jungle adventure. It includes 17 km of jungle trekking and with quite a bit of swimming you will need to have a good level of fitness. It is not for the faint-hearted, but still only considered level 3 adventure level compared to level 4 of the Hang Tien 3-day tour. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

• Hang Tien Exploration – 3 DaysThis three-day tour stands out for combining a taste of Tu Lan with some river cave swimming, before crossing a mountain range to reach the valley for Hang Tien – the most astounding dry caves in the region, where you will enjoy trekking, bouldering over various rocky terrains to witnessing breathtaking patterned calcite walls & ceilings of Hang Tien. It’s challenging and definitely more suited to adventure enthusiasts who have trekking experience and prefer more challenging routes. It includes a total of 22km of trekking, 6.5 km of caving and an elevation change of 150m over one particular hillside. You will get wet, you will be challenged, but you will not be disappointed. Hang Tien is located adjacent to the Tu Lan area so you will enjoy the best of both worlds – a level 4 adventure out of 6 adventure levels. It costs VND 8,500,000 per person (USD 370).

FOUR & FIVE-DAY TOURS

For those looking for the ultimate adventure experience in Vietnam, and thriving for the real grand expedition of the world, you should opt for these 4-day journeys to explore the entire cave system of Tu Lan and the largest cave on Earth

• Tu Lan Expedition – 4 DaysYou will also explore all of the extraordinary caves in Tu Lan, including Kim Cave and Secret Cave that boasts phenomenal natural falls and karst formations inside these two unbelievable river caves. Complete a trek through Hang Tien Cave – famed for its vastness and magnificent formations. Our secluded jungle campsites are spectacular and mostly different from those visited on our shorter treks in the same region. This is a perfect alternative expedition for those who are unable to do Son Doong Expedition, still it’s challenging and not recommended for those without experience. It includes an additional night at Chay Lap Farmstay before the tour to ensure you are well rested and ready to depart early the following day. Level 5 on our 6 adventure levels. It includes 30km of jungle trekking, 5 km of caving, about 800m swimming through caves and one abseil in a cave in the pitch black – highly adventurous! It costs VND 15,000,000 per person (USD 652).

• Son Doong Expedition – 4 DaysBy now you would have seen some pictures of Son Doong Cave, and even they don’t do it justice. The record-breaking Son Doong Cave is hands-down one of the most stunning places on this planet Earth. The expedition is tough, but not too difficult so long as you have a strong resolve to achieve. It is surely one of the newest wonders of the world. Son Doong is not just another cave tour – it is life-changing to say the least. It includes 25km of trekking, 9 km caving including rope climbs, and the 90m ascent of the Great Wall of Vietnam using a ladder, elevation change of 400m and many river crossings inside and outside the cave. Level 6 on our adventure levels. It costs VND 69,800,000 per person (USD 3000).

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