Instead of deluxe hotels, guest houses in Vietnam (or “Nha nghi”) can be a great choice for budget travelers and backpackers who venture onto roads less explored. Scroll down to see what you should know about this type of lodging!
Guest houses in Vietnam are mostly family-run businesses, providing decent yet affordable accommodation (from VND 60,000/hour or VND 150,000 - VND 300,000/night). Though you may not get a 5-star service, you’re bound to have a hot shower and a good night’s sleep. And because they’re all over the country, even in remote places, you’ll have no trouble finding one.
In recent years, guest houses in Vietnam have been associated with love hotels. It’s true that some love hotels hide under the facade of “nha nghi” to dodge the law, but there are some tips to tell them apart. First, love hotels display and charge their fees by the hour (usually written as “60 phut”, meaning 60 minutes). Secondly, love hotels usually decorate their rooms with Playboy-style pictures. So if you see these signs, and aren’t comfortable with staying in a love hotel, it’s time to change lodging.
Pros and Cons of Staying at Guest Houses in Vietnam
Some may shake their heads upon hearing the words “guest house” due to a number of reasons:
Yet, guest houses in Vietnam still remain a popular choice, especially for backpackers, simply because its advantages can outweigh its unwanted “characteristics”:
Although traditionally, you must go into a guest house to book a room, nowadays platforms like Agoda have included some top choices for guest houses in Vietnam so you can book beforehand at home.
Don’t miss out:
TiTi 1 has spacious rooms with comfy beds (See price and availability)
Locating right in the backpacker’s district, TiTi 1 Guesthouse has a perfect location for both night entertainment and sightseeing around Ho Chi Minh City.
Hanoi Lucky Guest House is frequented by many tourists (See price and availability)
Wanting to stay in the Old Quarter without breaking the bank? Choose Hanoi Lucky Guest House 2. The accommodation in Hanoi’s city center has friendly staff and an amazing breakfast.
Lyn Na’s a more high-end guesthouse
Lyn Na’s closer to My Khe Beach than the city center. Therefore, it’s great for anyone who loves a quiet night and a morning at the beach.
Check the listed room facilities immediately to avoid paying for something you haven’t used!
We can say that guest houses in Vietnam don’t have a great reputation among locals, but if you find one that’s decent, it can actually be a good-value-for-money experience. Especially for travelers who plan to have a long trip, guest houses will help you save a lot of money for other fun activities. Stay tuned and read more about Vietnam in our Vietnam Travel Guides.
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guest houses are great when you travel off the beaten path. The quality is just fine, nothing fancy, but you can get freshen up with a quick shower or take a short nap before hitting the roads again