Du Parc Hotel Dalat
The historic Du Parc, built in 1932, was one of Dalat'sfirst and grandest hotels. Perfectly situated on the hill above the heart of the town, and just five minutes walk from the Central Market, this is a popular base for visitors to Dalat. The impressive lobby is filled with period features and French decor, and oozes charm and character. The rooms themselves are simple, unfussy and well kept. The temperature in Dalat is far milder that in other parts of Vietnam, so there is a ceiling fan in each room without the need for air conditioning. Breakfast is served over the road in an attractive French colonial restaurant. The breakfast offers a selection of traditional Vietnamese options aswell as authentic and extremely tasty French pastries.
The Sapa View Hotel
Opened in 2011, this cosy 26 room hotel blends traditional wood furniture, local handicrafts and tapestries with modern facilities: wide head showers, comfy duvets and flat screen TVs. All rooms are provided with electric blankets and this is the only hotel in Sapa to have working fireplaces ineach guest room - perfect in Sapa's cold winter months. Both the hotel's restaurant and the cafe/bar area serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and traditional music is performed in the cafe every evening. The cafe is our favourite spot to sit, with a good coffee machine and tasteful crafts made by the local Hmong tribe for sale here. The one drawback to this hotel is the lack of elevator and it's a long way up to the 5th floor! But the balcony views across the Sapa valley are fantastic, so well worth the climb we think.
The finest of the many sleeper train options plying the overnight route between Hanoi and Lao Cai is the Victoria Express, owned and operated by the Victoria Hotel group, whose property in Sapa will be the destination of most of the passengers onboard. On most evenings the Victoria Express comprises of two carriages of comfortable passenger cabins, with a restaurant car accompanying Hanoi departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each carriage is comprised of six four-berth compartments, attractively decorated in wood and brass, and one two-berth deluxe cabin. Washing and toilet facilities are located at both ends of each carriage, but as with all trains on this route ensuite facilities are not available.
Forest Floor Lodge
Nam Cat Tien National Park, Moderate
Forest Floor Lodge is a thoughtfully designed eco-lodge overlooking the Ben Cu rapids and Monkey Island, a small densely-vegetated island that is home to the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre. Accommodation is spread out into the surrounding jungle in African safari-lodge style, with some wooden cabins and a small number of luxury safari tents on stilts overlooking the river. A range of excursions into the National Park are offered by the lodge, working in conjunction with the park office located nearby. The central lodge where meals are taken offers a beautiful and relaxing spot to sit overlooking the river and watch the local wildlife.
Hanoi > Dong Hoi Sleeper Train
The overnight train leaves Hanoi in the early evening and trundles south through the night to Dong Hoi and onwards to Hue. The Livitrans carriage provides the most comfortable option on the train, and though not luxurious it offers a reasonable level of cleanliness and service. Compartments are 4-berth, though these can be hired out for private usage if preferred. Please be aware that bunks are quite hard and approx. 170 cm long, and the train is relatively bumpy and noisy, so if you have difficulty sleeping this may be an option to avoid. You will be awoken 15 minutes prior to arrival, and on disembarkation make your way to through the station exit where your guide will be awaiting you. Please retain your ticket for inspection on exit.
Nong Khiaw Riverside Resort
Nong Khiaw, Budget
The settlement of Nong Khiaw is blessed with some of the most attractive natural scenery in Northern Laos. Nong Khiaw Riverside Resort overlooks the vertical limestone mountains and stretches along the river, surrounded by forest and mountains. All 15 private bungalows have big balconies that provide a glorious setting from which to enjoy the view of the river and mountains. Due to limited electricity supply there is no air conditioning, but all rooms have fridge, safety box, electric kettles, free tea and coffee and beds are covered with mosquito nets.
Rajabori Villas is a beautiful eco-resort on the northern tip of Koh Trong Island just 5 minutes by local ferry from Kratie. The resort is set amongst spacious tropical gardens with a huge swimming pool in the middle. Guest rooms are in large wooden villas on stilts with shuttered windows and an outdoor terrace. Inside furniture is simple Khmer style with dark wood beds, wardrobes and desks. As an eco-resort there is no air-conditioning but all the rooms are equipped with fans. The main building has a great bar and restaurant overlooking the pool and the friendly and informative staff are on hand to offer sightseeing advice.
Luang Prabang, Moderate
The Kamu Lodge is an authentic eco-lodge on the banks of the Mekong, just three hours upstream from Luang Prabang. Based on the philosophy that contact with nature is essential to relieving stress, the lodge offers a range of activities interacting with, and learning from local people about traditional farming and fishing methods.
Kong Lor Cave, Budget
One of the best hotels in this remote region of central Laos, the Chantha House provides a clean and comfortable base from which to explore the dramatic caves at Kong Lor.
Vang Vieng, Moderate
The Thavonsouk is the best value hotel in Vang Vieng made up of a row of pretty white bungalows. Although an old hotel, it is spotlessly clean with immaculate gardens. The location is perfect; right on the banks of the Mekong River with to-die-for views of Vang Vieng's spectacular karst mountains. Rooms are simple but have everything you need with decent beds, TVs, air conditioning and en-suite shower rooms. There is a restaurant attached to the hotel, although it's also just a short walk to the many bars and restaurants in town.
Moon Garden Homestay
Moon Garden offers a unique proposition: a rural eco-retreat one hour west of Hanoi city, providing visitors an opportunity to engage in local Vietnamese activities, from farming to fishing to cooking
The property sits on a low hillside overlooking an attractive landscape of ponds and rice paddies, and is situated within easy cycling distance of Duong Lam ancient village, one of the finest preserved traditional Viet villages in the country. Accommodation is unique, comfortable and tastefully designed from reconstructed traditional homes, complete with antique furniture and decoration from around the region. For those not interested in joining in the daily activity schedule the rural setting is perfect for relaxation, aided by the herbal footbaths provided as part of the package.
Mango Home Riverside
Mekong Delta, Moderate
Relax in the Delta as you take advantage of the fantastic tours this homestay style accommodation has on offer
Located on the banks of a broad tributary of the Mekong River, in the heart of the Delta, is the delightful and secluded Mango Home Riverside. Facilities are simple but comfortable, and the resort is rightly renowned for the fresh and delicious local fare they produce for their guests. There is a new outdoor pool and excursions by bike, sampan and on foot are on offer from the resort, making this a fantastic base from which to explore the rich and fascinating local life in the Mekong Delta.
Mai Chau Ecolodge
Mai Chau, Superior
Situated in the heart of the beautiful countryside, this eco lodge is a popular choice for exploring the valleys and villages
Located in the heart of the Mai Chau valley and a gentle walk away from the villages of Lac and Pom Coong, Mai Chau Ecolodge is a refuge in the heart of this area of stunning scenery. Made entirely of natural materials and taking influence from the local style of houses, the lodge is a great place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. There is no television or any entertainment services, but you wouldn't even notice you were missing it, instead taking time to relax by the pool and explore the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Luang Say Lodge
At the midway point between Luang Prabang and the Thai border you will break your journey at the beautiful Luang Say Lodge, located on the banks of the river in the small village of Pakbeng. Set against a backdrop of mountainous jungle. the property's large pavilions of solid teak and rosewood all have beautiful vistas looking out over the Mekong River. The traditional Laotian architecture provides accommodation of comfort and character, each bedroom equipped with high ceiling mosquito nets, electric fans and a large private bathroom with hot shower and western style toilet.
This traditionally influenced property is a great place to stop on your exploration of the Mekong
For some southern Laos colonial charm, Residence Sisouk is a great option. This historic residence has been in the French proprieter's family since the 50s, and here you are welcomed as part of the family. All 16 rooms are individually decorated in different colours, each making use of traditional Lao textiles and with parquet flooring and high ceilings. All are en-suite with flat screen TVs. Throughout the corridors and winding staircases you'll find Laos antiques and photographs of local people. The hotel is in a great location in the centre of Pakse, close to many restaurants and café. From the top-floor restaurant there are great views of the Sedong River as it flows into the Mekong. On the ground floor is a lovely café too, serving wonderful French pastries including freshly-baked croissants, and good sandwiches. Bags of local Lao coffee can also be bought here.
Mai Chau, Superior
Use these elegant bungalows as your base for exploring the stunning surrounds of Mai Chau
Sol Bungalows offers visitors a unique stay here in Mai Chau consisting of well appointed low rise semi-detached bungalows overlooking the rice paddies, mountains and impressive herb garden. Each bungalow has a private balcony, en-suite facilities and Air Conditioning. The rooms are simply styled, and are all bright and airy. The Sol Bungalows offers a wonderful spot to base yourself whilst exploring the surrounding area.
Ha Giang Homestay
Ha Giang, Homestay
Discover the remote valleys and little-visited villages of northern Vietnam as you explore Ha Giang region. Along the way you will stay in various homestays, providing a wonderful opportunity to get beneath the surface of local life in this beautiful minority region. Facilities are clean but very basic; suitable for those willing to rough it a little in search of the most authentic experiences.
Sayaboury Elephant Conservation Center
Welcome to Sayaboury Elephant Camp! At the camp you will be staying in a bungalow which is a simple traditional stilt bamboo huts fit with a comfortable double bed and a mosquito net. The bungalow has a private balcony with a view on the Nam Tien lake. Please note there is no air conditioning or a fan, but the lake provides a cool breeze. The bathroom is separate and shared with other guests. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included at the elephant camp, served in the open-sided restaurant building. The meals are superb and feature locally grown, fresh ingredients.
Mondulkiri Project Jungle Lodge
For the true adventurer, keen to shake off the tourist crowds and get deep into Cambodia's hinterland, the Mondulkiri Project is the perfect spot. For those staying overnight at the project, the rustic Jungle Lodge provides a simple, comfortable hammock surrounded by the sounds of the jungle to lull you to sleep.
Elephant Valley Project
Experience the beauty of the Cambodian jungle staying overnight at the rustic project lodge.
Accommodation at the project is located on the slopes of the Elephant Valley, affording stunning views over the surrounding forest where many varieties of birds can be seen from eagles to hornbills. Guests accommodation comprises four secluded self-contained jungle bungalows built in the traditional Bunong style. Each bungalow is basic but with comfortable furnishings such as a double bed with mosquito net, tables and a chair, and ensuite including cold water shower and western toilet.
Topas Eco Lodge
A beautiful set of eco-friendly bungalows.
Situated on a hill top 45 minutes outside of Sapa, Topas Eco Lodge is an excellent location to really enjoy the stunning scenery. Outside of town, it is in a quiet area that really aids you in accessing some of the more remote parts of the region.
Tam Coc Garden Resort
Ninh Binh, Superior
Surrounded by paddy fields and lush greenery Tam Coc Garden Resort is a little countryside haven.
The 16 rooms have thatched roofs and tiled floors, each with its own private terrace and freestanding bath tub. The in-house restaurant offers tasty cuisine and the outdoor pool and friendly staff will make your stay a relaxing one. The resort has bikes for hire and makes the prefect base for exploring the near by Tam Coc and Trang An UNESCO World heritage sites.
Phong Nha Lake House
Phong Nha National Park, Moderate
Situated on the banks of a small lake, on the outskirts of the National Park
The Phong Nha Lake House is a great base for exploring the nearby caves and impressive scenery. The accommodation is influenced by local design and the rooms although quite simple in design are spacious and clean with views of the lake. The hotel boast a sun terrace and the restaurant serves a tasty variety of western and local cusine.
Banteay Chhmar Homestay
Banteay Chhmar, Homestay
The Homestay programme at Banteay Chhmar is organised with support of the Global Heritage Fund (GHF). The GHF are working to create a model setup of community involvement and support, to enable travelers to make a positive impact on the local community. The homestay enables visitors to have an authentic Khmer experience and helps provide additional income for the families, as well as improve their standing in the community. The rooms are distributed amoungst the traditional Khmer houses in the village; the facilities are fairly basic as you will be staying with a welcoming host family in their home. You will have a private room with mosquito nets, western style bathroom (shared) and hammocks on the terrace to relax in. Your hosts may not speak a great deal of English but are eager to communicate with the help of books and hand gestures.
Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel
Preah Vihear, Moderate
The Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel in Cheom Ksan District is perfectly located for visiting Preah Vinhear Temple! The hotel blends traditional Cambodian architecture with modern design elements, the rooms are spacious and each has a garden and pool view. The on-site resturanst offers a selection of Cambodian and French dishes.
Mandala Ou Resort
Nong Khiaw, Moderate
Mandala Ou is a serene resort, situated high on the banks of the scenic and tranquil Nam Ou River.
This new premier bungalow resort in Nong Khiaw offers spectacular sunset views over the virgin rainforest and karst limestone mountains. The spacious and comfortable detached bungalows mix traditional Lao style with all the modern conveniences; king sized bedding, a large modern bathroom, a private balcony and modern amenities. You can relax in the infinity pool overlooking the river, enjoy sunset drinks from the poolside bar and savour Lao, Thai and Western cuisine in the on-site restaurant. There is also a quiet, covered Yoga Sala directly on the river; Yoga mats, blocks and straps are available for rent.
Hoang Su Phi, Superior
Panhou Ecolodge is a traditional styled hotel hidden in the heart in the Song Chay Mountains.
Panhou Ecolodge is located on the outskirts of Panhou village in Hoang Su Phi district in Ha Giang region of north east Vietnam. Surrounded by jungle clad mountains the resort features accommodation in traditionally styled buildings. The 12 bamboo stilted house are split into two large rooms with thatched roofs, modern ensuite facilities, local furnishings and some with private balconies. Aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible the resort uses solar-powered hot water systems and fans.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped with ponds and vegetable gardens and the on-site restaurants serves healthy local dishes. The resort also features a relaxing traditional herbal bath to help you unwind. Many interesting ethnic minorities live in the Hoang Su Phi area with plenty of trekking routes and photography tours available from the resort through local village and some of the most impressive rice terraces in northern Vietnam.
Ba Be, Homestay
The homestay in Pac Ngoi village is a great base for discovering Ba Be National Park. The village itself is located on the edge of the lake, next to rice paddies and surrounded by rainforest clad mountains. The homestay facilities are fairly basic and you will be staying with a welcoming host family in their home, a traditional Tay stilted house with a terrace overlooking the rice fields and lake. You will have a private room with shared Western-style bathrooms and be served a delicious home cooked dinner. Your hosts don't speak a great deal of English but are eager to communicate with the help of books and hand gestures, and of course your guide is around too.
Nam Cang Riverside Lodge
Nam Cang Riverside Lodge situated 35km from Sapa town in a traditional minority village, an excellent location to really enjoy the stunning scenery. The lodge is built and owned by a Red Dao minority family and although basic with shared bathroom facilities the traditional wooden building offers a comfortable and welcoming stay. Facilities include a restaurant with a large veranda overlooking the river and a newly opened spa specializing in the traditional Red Dao herbal bath.
Muang La Resort
Muang La, Superior
In the remote mountains of northern Laos lies the Muang La Resort; a wonderful base for exploring the Khmu and Ikhos communities nearby.
Despite its remote location the Muang La Resort offers both well-appointed accommodation and expert guiding to enrich your stay in the beautiful and unspoilt region of Muang La. The Muang La resort is set on the banks of the Nam Pak River, surrounded by jungle covered mountains; an idyllic setting from which to absorb the tranquil atmosphere of the region and to set out to explore the local area.
The accommodation comprises of five villas, built in a mixture of wood and bamboo, providing only 10 guest rooms. Each room has a private terrace overlooking the countryside, gardens or river and features furniture made by local craftsmen. The resort is set besides natural hot springs and guests can bathe outdoors in elevated baths filled with these thermal waters. There are numerous other facilities to help you unwind including a; sauna, spa, expert masseuse and steam room. Dinner is included each evening for the during of your at the resort and you will be served a wide variety of local dishes.
Riverside Boutique Resort
Vang Vieng, Superior
The Riverside Boutique is ideally located on the banks of the Nam Song River and our top choice in Vang Vieng.
This luxury resort has charm and character set against the dramatic backdrop of limestone karst mountains. Located away from the busy main streets but within easy reach of the centre Riverside Boutique Resort is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful surroundings. The resort is set within a spacious tropical garden with chalet style accommodation blocks centred around a lovely swimming pool which faces straight on to the river.
The guest rooms are very bright and airy with large private balconies. Each room is decorated with fabrics, batiks and pictures of differing Lao ethnic groups which adds a homely feel. The resort features an authentic Lao restaurant with options for indoor or outdoor dining. There are free bikes you can borrow from the resort to explore by yourself or head to the main strip of bars and restaurants. The attentive staff can also help arrange kayaking, hiking or boat trips as well as cooking classes.