VIETNAM HOTELS, GUEST HOUSES, ETC.

HOW TO FIND A GOOD ROOM IN A VIETNAM HOTEL WHILE ON YOUR TOUR


Guest House: Nhà Khách
Hotel: Khách Sạn

After transportation costs for your trip, hotel rooms will be your largest expense. Well, you might put souvenirs and other acquisitions right up there! From an experienced Vietnam traveler’s viewpoint there are two ways of getting a “room for the night”. The first is the “walk-up” method: Walk into the hotel and ask about a room. This is the cheapest way to get a room. The second is to make your reservations in advance. Making your reservations in advance limits your flexibility while traveling, but it also provides a sense of security knowing you have a place to go.

Consider Hostelbookers to make a reservation or at least find a price range for the type of hotel where you would like to stay.

The “walk-up” method may save you $5.00 a night in a tourist hotel. All of the room rates quoted on the internet regarding hotel rooms are what are known in the hotel trade as rack or published rates. I have never paid a published rate or more in a Vietnam hotel. Bargaining is part of the fun of traveling in Vietnam. Acceptable tourist rooms with a bath and air conditioning can be had for as little as US$10 – $15 per night in most tourist areas, even less in out of the way locations. Referrals are a good way to get an acceptable hotel. However, one person’s acceptable may be another’s ‘forget it.’

YOUR FIRST HOTEL UPON ARRIVING IN VIETNAM. Take the time while planning you trip to find a hotel you feel comfortable with for the first night only. If you like it you can stay on, if not you can shop for a new one in the morning. Try to arrive in the early afternoon if you can and have your hotel pick you up at the airport.

If you take a taxi to a hotel on your own be sure they are dropping you off at your hotel. Taxi drivers get a commission for delivering guests to hotels and will drop you off at the best deal for him. Check your choice of hotels on the internet and try to copy a picture from its website to identify it for yourself. Copy the address and phone number on ½ of the sheet and copy the picture on the other half. Show this to the taxi driver and no matter what he says, your hotel is not CLOSED. You might want to confirm your reservation by phone before you leave home.

BARGAINING FOR A GOOD ROOM. If you don’t make a reservation, after you leave your port of entry, usually a Hanoi or Saigon hotel will be your next stop. Picking your first Vietnam hotel may be a bit uncomfortable and negotiating the rate a new experience. Negotiating has to be in the bag of tricks carried by the budget traveler in this part of the world. Some of the larger hotels are government owned. The smaller hotels in Vietnam are usually family owned and operated. These hotels are more receptive to negotiating with you for a better rate. Search the internet (Hostelbookers) and current tour guidebooks for a ball park amount for your type of hotel. If the clerk seems a bit high, just say you need to check down the street. He’ll make a better offer. If it sounds good – counter with $1 or $2 less and settle on the difference – hopefully. Then check the room before committing to a night in a Vietnam Hotel.

I’m repeating myself, but when traveling try to arrive a few hours before dark. You’re tired and hungry, its night time. This is the time when you make a mistake and wake up the next morning hearing yourself saying: “OH, CRAP” or some other expletive. Again, check the room.

Consider getting a sleep sack. A sleep sack is a super-light sleeping bag. A sleep sack is a “sanitary” precaution. I have not seen any evidence in my travels of a specific need – but why take a chance. I always use one in this part of the world. A silk sleep sack is best. These are super-cheap in Vietnam. Check dimensions for size – you may need a lot of room to sleep. And they do have double sizes for “friendlies.”

Always get a business card or two when you check into a Vietnam hotel, you might need it later to find your way back. Some even have small scale local maps available. Ask hotel staff for any recommendations they might make for restaurants, etc., but look for an alternative.

LIEN GIANG HOTEL - NHA TRANG

LIEN GIANG HOTEL – NHA TRANG


LINH GIANG HOTEL,
98A TRAN PHU,
NHA TRANG.

A Pleasant Vietnam Hotel across street from beach in Nha Trang.

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