What is the best website for finding hotels in Vietnam?
The one I use is Hotelscombined.com. Great selection and great deals.
For specific destinations use these links:
What can I expect to pay for a hotel?
Vietnam offers great value for hotels. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh hotels are much cheaper than comparable accommodations in Hong Kong or Singapore, and similar to what Thailand was 10 or 15 years ago.
Hotels fall into 3 general classes:
Budget: $5 to $15 – Basic guesthouses or characterless hotels that are usually family owned. Great value but you’re not getting many extras. At the top end of this range you might get air conditioning.
Mid-range: $20 to $75 – This where you’ll find the best value for the money. Some of the hotels in this price range can be near-luxury gems. Most will have air conditioning, a television, moderately spacious rooms, doting staff, and attractive lobbies. Some (especially along the central coast) will have swimming pools.
Luxury: $80 to $800 – The skies the limit. If you want to live like a king or queen Vietnam is a great place to indulge. The choices are not as extensive as Bangkok or Singapore but some big luxury chains can be found in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh including the Hyatt, Sofitel, Intercontinental, and Sheraton.
When is high season in Vietnam?
Most tourists arrive in November, December, January, February, July, and August with the peak being the weeks around Christmas and New Years.
Should I book hotels in advance or find them after I arrive?
If you’re traveling in high season, with children, or as part of a large group then it’s best to reserve rooms in advance.
Some locations lend themselves to on-foot exploration and hotel searching. The Old Quarter of Hanoi, the central area of Nha Trang, and the backpackers district of Ho Chi Minh can all be easily explored on foot as a means to find a great deal on a room.
But for most travelers and in most situations reserving in advance is the best use of time and usually yields the best deals.