In general, accommodation in Vietnam offers superb value for money and excellent facilities. In big cities and main tourism centres you’ll find everything from hostel dorm beds to luxe hotels. If you’re travelling in the countryside and visiting provincial towns there’s less choice; you’ll usually be deciding between guesthouses and basic-but-decent hotels.
Cleanliness standards are generally good and there are very few real dumps – even in remote rural areas there are some excellent budget places. Communication can be an issue at times (particularly off-the-beaten-path where few staff speak English), but it’s usually possible to get an understanding. Perhaps because of this, service standards in Vietnam can be a little haphazard.
Prices are quoted in dong or US dollars based on the preferred currency of the particular property. Most rooms fall into a budget price category and dorm bed prices are given individually. The price ranges used are:
Budget ($) Less than US$25 (525,000d) a night
Midrange ($$) Between US$25 (525,000d) and US$75 (1,575,000d)
Top End ($$$) Over US$75 (1,575,000d)
These reflect high-season prices for rooms with attached bathroom, unless stated otherwise. Discounts are often available at quiet times of year.
Passports are almost always requested on arrival at a hotel. It is not absolutely essential to hand over your actual passport, but at the very least you need to provide a photocopy of the passport details, visa and departure card.
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