Re: Accommodations in Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia

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1. Posted by NYGal (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone,

I will be backpacking solo in the fall to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Can anyone recommend decent places to stay that are cheap but clean?

Thanks guys!

2. Posted by kidd27 (Respected Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


In Ho Chi Minh, look for accomodations around De Tham Street. There are plenty of decent budget hostels/hotels around. When I was there, I checked into Lanh Anh Hotel. A small room that comes with cable tv, hot/cold shower, a/c, fan, double bed with clean environment couple with free daily breakfast costs only US$10 a day. The Sinh Cafe, one of the most reliable and trusted travel agents in Vietnam is only 2 shops away. You can easily arrange for your tours from there.
Over in Cambodia, you can try out Capitol Guesthouse which also has numerous other gusthouses within its group in the city centre of Phnom Penh. Room rates range from US$8 to US$20 or so. You may also want to check out accomodations in the Boung Kak Lake area which has many range of budget accomodations. Also, another alternative is around the Sisowath Quay, near the riverside which is a little bit classy with many tuk-tuks available at the sideways. There are also lots of choices of restaurants and bars over in this area. Just opposite the rows of hotels, restaurants and bars is a long large river where many local stroll along during day and nite for leisure wal, unwin and to relax.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am going to send you my advice in a PM.

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you get the open tour bus from Hanoi-Saigon or the other direction, the final stopping point is right out the front of decent quality budget hotels. They hope that you'll stay in the hotels you get dropped out the front of because they get a commission if you do, but their is no requirement that you must stay there, because normally you will find a few other places close by that are cheap and decent. Hostels were not exactly easy to come by in Vietnam or Cambodia (I didn't get to Laos so I'm not sure about there), but a budget hotel was between about $4-$8US a night in Vietnamwhich was quite a bargain considering they weren't exactly dirty or anything (I may have been lucky with all the places I stayed, but I doubt it). Smile Lakeside Guesthouse in Phnom Penh was very basic, but good. In fact I had the cheap room at $2US a night and it had a double bed in it with a small bathroom, but it wasn't any palace as you'd expect for only $2US a night. It had stuff to keep the guests busy and happy and you were able to make travel arrangements to move on from there at a cheap price.

When you go to Vietnam you should definitely get that open tour bus which only cost $20US for the whole length of the country. If you did it from Hanoi-Saigon rather than the other way around, you could do a 3 day 2 night Mekong Delta tour from Saigon- Phnom Penh/Cambodia which is a nice tour and nice way to see a very culturally different part of Vietnam. That Mekong Delta tour could be arranged through any number of the many travel agents in Saigon. If you are in to beaches and general relaxation, you should definitely go to Nha Trang and do the full day island hopping tour that can be arranged. That was dirt cheap and was really good.

5. Posted by michnrach (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi any chance you could PM your advice to me too vegasmike?! I'm travelling from Bangkok - Vietnam (Hanoi-Saigon) - Cambodia - Laos in october/november and any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks Michelle

6. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
Recommendations for Hanoi would be great if anyone has any as I'll be there on my own :-)

7. Posted by NYGal (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone, I appreciate all the great advice!!


8. Posted by Kostek (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

In Hanoi, you will want to stay fairly close to the lake(which is a bit of a sewer) in the old town. I stayed at the Ahn Dho for about $9 two years ago. A/C and your own loo, what more do you need? Bonus-free Internet and breakfast. Lots of great walking streets around there to soak up the culture. And the food...yikes, my mouth is watering from the great street food there. If you haven't had Bun Cha in your life, you do not want to die yet.

Laos? Sorry, but I found the entire country pretty unremarkable.