Best Hotels in Phong Nha
Phong Nha is still a bit of an undiscovered destination in Vietnam. It’s already a backpacker haven, but the flashpackers and the tour busses haven’t really invaded yet.
Home to one of the world’s largest cave systems, you could spend weeks exploring underground in Phong Nha! There are also boat trips, trekking and cycling adventures to be enjoyed. Phong Nha is also a terrific place to escape the manic urban Vietnam and experience the slow pace of a quiet and scenic Vietnamese village.
Even though it’s not as popular as Ha Long Bay or Sapa, it can still be a lot of work to find the best hotels in Phong Nha. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you, so all you have to do is pick from our list of the best hotels in Phong Nha and book!
These are our recommendations for the best hotels in Phong Nha, Vietnam.
All prices are approximate and current as of April 2017. Ratings come from Booking.com.
Rating 9.7, $8 dorm bed, $15 double room, breakfast $2
We stayed here and loved it! This ultra-cool hostel is built inside a long wooden shack divided into small rooms. One side has twin rooms with one set of bunk beds each and the other side features rooms with double beds for you lovebirds to share. No 12-bed dorm nightmare here. The only catch is that the third wall of every room is open to the elements, with just a curtain between you and the night. You can fall asleep with the jungle breeze wafting over you.
The hostel is funky, clean, and incredibly well-designed, with a large back patio where you can spend your day swinging in a hammock. They also serve some of the best food in Phong Nha.
I loved the open-air concept, though it was a bit stormy and cold when I was there. Probably best to stay there only in warm, dry season. Also, if you’re an early-to-bed type, be warned that the Easy Tiger Hostel just a few doors down has a live band who play in their courtyard – the classic rock covers usually shut down around 11pm.
Rating 9.1, $5 dorm bed, $12 double room, fabulous breakfast included
We stayed here and liked it. If you prefer to sleep with four solid walls around you but you’re still on a budget, Linh’s Homestay is ideal. It features very clean, simple rooms in a large Vietnamese house.
While the rooms are nothing special, the real bonus at Linh’s Homestay is the customer service. The family is exceptionally helpful and will happily arrange everything you need (and will wake up at 4:30 in the morning to make sure you get on the right bus!). They also provide 15% off discount coupons for some of the most popular attractions in town – if you visit a few, staying here almost pays for itself!
Rating 9.4, $33 single person, $52 for a family of three, good breakfast included
If you’re travelling to Phong Nha with your family or with a couple of friends, Sy’s Homestay looks ideal. Sy’s family offers three purpose-built bungalows featuring one double bed, two bunk beds and a table with two chairs. There’s also a covered area with hammocks for gazing out onto the rice fields.
The indoor bathrooms are constructed of stylish polished concrete while an outdoor shower lets you go au naturel in nature. Sy’s is just a kilometre outside of Phong Nha town but staying there will make you feel like you’re on another planet.
Rating 9.1, $38-42 double room, fabulous breakfast included
Part of the Phong Nha Homestay Community, a collective of local families who are committed to keeping Phong Nha village beautiful and peaceful, Phong Nha River House is one of the most comfortable properties in the area. It’s about 3km out of town, which means you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside and then hop on a bike borrowed from the homestay when you want some action in town.
You can also just sit back and enjoy the views of the mountains and river or jump in a go for a swim.
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