This post was last updated on February 3rd, 2020 at 12:47 pm
The difference between guesthouses and hostels in Vietnam is often difficult to determine. Travelers visit hostels more often than guesthouses. A guesthouse is a house where you can sleep. Locals who have a room or rooms rent them out to tourists.
The prices of guesthouses in Vietnam are often lower than those of hotels or hostels. This makes it a popular accommodation for backpackers. The biggest advantage of sleeping in guesthouses in Vietnam is the contact with the locals. They can often tell you more about the country or region than the best travel guide!
Cost of Guesthouses in Vietnam
Spending the night in a guesthouse in Vietnam will never cost a lot. The costs can vary though. Where prices quickly go up to $13 – $18 in Hanoi you can pay less than $6 at a less-known location. Furthermore, there is a difference in the low and high season. On average the price of a room will be around $6 (per night).
A hostel is often just a bit more expensive, but they often have more facilities (Wi-Fi, for example). Do not expect luxury at a guesthouse, especially if the price is very cheap. Usually, you can still negotiate the price, especially if you stay for several nights.
Get in touch with friendly Vietnamese locals!
Finding Guesthouses in Vietnam
Do not be afraid that you cannot find guesthouses in Vietnam, they are available everywhere. In well-known places, many guesthouses are located on every corner of the street. This saves you a lot of time in searching and endless walking around with a heavy bag on your back. Even though it sometimes seems to be a problem after a long day of traveling, there is always a guesthouse owner who opens his or her doors for you.
Never just agree on a room without having seen that room first. For example, check if you have hot water (if this is something they promise,) if the sockets (electricity) are working and if the beds are clean. In addition, it may make a difference in price whether or not you need air conditioning, so remember this well in advance.
If you want to easily find guesthouses (with reviews of many travelers) in Vietnam, check out Booking.com.
In addition to guesthouses or hostels, you can also search by city. You don’t have to book in advance if you are adventures and want to search for places yourself but if you want to sleep in the nice guesthouses? Then it is advisable to book in advance.
The difference between a guesthouse and a hostel is often difficult to determine. Travelers visit hostels more often than guesthouses. A guesthouse is a house where you can sleep. Locals who have a room or rooms rent them out to tourists. The prices of guesthouses in Vietnam are often lower than those of hotels or hostels. Guesthouses are a great way to get in touch with the locals and get some premium tips for your trip through Vietnam!