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1. Posted by karen_c (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

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I'm heading to Vietnam mid July and am looking for decent places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An. I'm 25 and travelling alone so am looking for sociable places with young people.
Any recommendations?

2. Posted by kiwiniels (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Hi Karen_c,

Finding some accomodation in HCMC and Hoi An is really easy! In HCMC you should head to Dirstrict 1. Just jump in a taxi or on the back of a motorbike and say Bui Vien street, District 1. There are plenty of cheap hotels there and this is where many younger (budget) travellers stay.
As for Hoi An, accomodation is really cheap and of a high standard in this city. Most of the accomodation is found along one street. I can't remember the name of this street but it will be easy for you to find. Again you won't have any trouble finding any accomodation. You will most likely be approached by many people wanting to take you to their hotel. My suggestion is look around and bargain, especially if you are staying several nights (which you should because Hoi An is a great place to spend a few days.)

Good luck and let me know if you have any further questions.

Cheers

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Karen,
I am going to assume you are flying into HCMC. Read my blog; "Off to SaiGon" for a few travel tips. I used the 'visa on arrival system' and I also shared a taxi to De Tham St. Plenty of accom. around $10/nite closeby. If you follow my tips, you will save yourself some VN dong. If you are using the open tour buses, your room situation is made much easier. All companies stop at an affiliate hotel in each city. If you don't like their price, there a dozen of moto guys ready to take you to cheaper digs. I encourage you to visit DaLat and Nha Trang on your way up to Hoi An. If you are flying, then disregard. I have plenty of photos that cover VN from HaNoi to the delta. They might help with your planning.

Send me a PM if you have any questions.

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

In HCMC I stayed at a nice little hotel called Titi's on what's commonly known as 'mini hotel alley' - a narrow street which has many small, budget hotels. This is in the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao and here you can get a spotless room with ensuite for around $10.

There are plenty of similar options in Hoi An- as Kiwiniels said these are mainly all on one street so you shouldn't have an issue finding somewhere.

5. Posted by prettychin (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Hello,

Are you in Vietnam now?

If you want to meet up with group of social young people, you could contact me and my friends at mobile phone: -snip-

Cheers

[ Edit: Sorry, no personal details please. ]

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 7y

Bit like Becky l just headed to the backpacker area in HCMC and in Hanoi called into a few places that looked reasonable asked to see the room, if it was fine negotiated a price which ranged from $6 to a whopping $15 (splashed out that night!) and that was that. Most places provided a bread jam and coffee breakfast which kept you going and most had free internet also.

Really easy to do!

Heather

7. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 7y

Hoi An has excellent value accomodation - the best you'll find in Vietnam - i stayed at the An Phu hotel, and it was a proper hotel and paid 10 USD for what would usually cost 50 or more - hot showers, TV, tastefully decorated rooms with wooden furniture and paintings etc... there is a An Phu bus company that will stop at the hotel before continuing into town proper, which is only a short walk away where the lively bars and restaurants by the riverside are and where you'd definitely meet people...

8. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 7y

The prices in Saigon are getting higher every year .You will have to pay $15 minimum for aircon in Pham Ngu Lao now .
A basic room with a fan is $10 . I found a place with a fan for 6 dollar .It was small but clean , with a fan TV Fridge .
The women who owned the place was called Hong .Its was facing eden bar down a little back street just of De Tham .Its pretty much on the De Tham street but behind the main buildings on the front .

9. Posted by jennwtb (Budding Member 35 posts) 7y

Caravelle Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City --An award-winning, leading international 5-star hotel perfectly located in the vibrant heart of the city. This 1950's colonial icon offers 335 spacious rooms, five outstanding restaurants/bars and its famous roof-top Saigon Saigon Bar. Renowned for its high, personalized standard of service. Located in the City, Railway Station Saigon Railway Station 2 km, Exhibition Site Ho Chi Minh City International Exhibition & Convention Center 12 km, Unilever Bestfoods Vietnam Ltd 0.5 km, Opera House 0.0 km, City People's Committee 0.0 km, Ben Thanh Market 0.1 km. City

anyway, I got this information from searching in google. The link was http://travel.yahoo.com/p-hotel-338395-caravelle_hotel-i;_ylt=AkXX4NhQUQ7SqnOT5ITMK0wJ8b8F

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jun-2009, at 17:55 by jennwtb ]

10. Posted by karen_c (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

thanks everyone. i m heading to vietnam in a couple of weeks and i ve ended up booking madame cuc's in hcmc and green field hotel in hoi an.