I wonder if anyone can offer advice and assistance with hotels in Vietnam.
I'm looking for a pretty luxury hotel on the beach, ideally cheap (Are all hotels in Vietnam cheap considering everything else is?)
I watched the Top Gear Vietnam special the other day and i fell in love with the place and would like to go and chill out in a beach side luxury hotel like the one Clarkson visited (If anyone saw the episode)
I'd also like to be near any war ruins, again the one seen in Top gear is the kinda thing i'm talking about.
And again to reference top gear, the islands they visit at the end of the show, where there is a floating bar in the middle of them all, a bar people live on, work on and die on, never leaving it.
I hope this all makes sense to people.
umm...no, it doesn't make much sense , but as i was in Vietnam, maybe i can offer some useful advice.
Vietnam is PRETTY BIG, which beach is it you fell in love with???
As for war ruins, they're kinda everywhere. the Cu Chi Tunnels outside Saigon are definatly worth a visit, and any tour company will advertise trips to see them.
and i never heard of a floating bar such as that....but would be interested...
Thanks for the reply and sorry for being confusing :s
Okay i have a few more details.
The hotel and beach i liked the look of was in Hội An
the ruin i wanted to see is: Citadel of Huế
And the location of the floating bar is: Hạ Long Bay
And is called: Ba Hàng Bar
I stayed in the YHA backpacker hostel in Hoi An. For 6 bucks a night, it couldn't be beat!!! I'm not sure where your nice hotel is, but I'll tell you that Hoi An is a really cool town. When i was there is rained every day, so I didn't get to enjoy the beach, but i'm sure you'll enjoy your stay at the seaside if the Sully da Sun pokes her head out!!
Plan on having some cloths made in Hoi An. I HIGHLY recommend going to a shop actually called "Hoi An." it's run by a girl named Queeny. She's a little firecracker of a girl who speaks excellent english and will give you a fair price!!
I was only in Hoi An for 3 days, so I am SOO sorry not to know the ruins you speak of. I rented a scooter and visited My Son. Most of the temples there were destroyed by US bombs during the war, and bomb craters can still be seen everywhere.
As for Halong Bay, i was in and out of there pretty quickly on a 2 day 1 night junk boat tour. It's DEFINATLY worth going to, and I hope you find that bar you speak of, it sounds totally wicked!!!
Have a blast.
A word of warning to you. The Vietnamese are very shrewd businesspeople. If you get ripped off, they don't think of it as a scam, they consider YOU stupid for letting yourself get ripped off. There are many little tricks you must learn as you go
1. listen to what your getting carefully. 2$ foot massage really means 2 DOLLARS PER FOOT!!!
2. if you Renegotiate price, remember always to Renegotiate TERMS. if you are smooth talking enough to knock the price of your hotel down a few dollars, make sure to go over the terms again (you might find that your A/C wont work!)
3. while shopping in the market, keep you hands in your pockets. Once they put something IN you hands, it's very hard to put it down without undergoing trys at manipulation/guilt/guile to get you to buy the item.
4. BE PATIENT-it's easy to get worn down by people constantly trying to part your from your money, especially restaurants and motodrivers...you'll c what I mean!
Don't worry! just know what to expect! Have fuN!
This seems like a nice hotel on the beach in Hoi An. I got it off the 'accommodation' option on the left side of the TP home page. Put in VietNam, then Hoi An and see what is available in your price range.
I have heaps of photos from the Citadel and the pagodas/temples near Hue. Take a river or motorbike tour down to the royal tombs. Good luck with your planning.