Hanoi cityscape on a sunny day

Traveling to Vietnam – Overview of Overnight Costs

This post was last updated on February 3rd, 2020 at 12:46 pm

You will find many types of accommodations in Vietnam. You do not have to worry that you have no options when it comes to spending the night in Vietnam. You will find accommodation in all shapes and sizes. Whether you sleep in Hanoi, travel around Mai Chau or visit different islands in the south; countless guesthouses, hostels, and hotels can be found everywhere.


Accommodations in Vietnam

The choice of accommodation in Vietnam is huge; guesthouses, hotels or hostels. But what is the best option for you? That partly depends on your budget and your preference for accommodation. Below we will give you some tips about spending the night in Vietnam.


TIP – Take a look here to view all accommodations in Vietnam.


Boat tour in Ha Long Bay

In Ha Long Bay you can even try sleeping on a boat for a night!


Costs of Overnight Stays in Vietnam

You can spend the night in Vietnam however you want. You can sleep in a guesthouse for $5, but you can also choose to give yourself the luxury of a 5-star hotel. It is, therefore, difficult to indicate what it costs to spend the night in Vietnam.


If you travel on a low budget and sleep in hostels, you can spend the night for about $6 for a private room. In this case, you, obviously, don’t have a bridal suite. If you prefer to sleep in a soft bed with all the luxury that comes with it, you can pay up to $550 a night. Hotels in Vietnam come in all shapes and sizes.


Make a Reservation for the First Night?

Probably the most frequently asked question when planning a trip; are you going to book a hotel/hostel for the first night or not? We always book the first night in advance. The only reason for this is that we don’t feel like looking for a suitable place to stay after a long journey with a backpack.


Almost all accommodations in Vietnam can be arranged on the spot on the first night. In practice, however, it is nice not to have to search for accommodation. It can also help your physical and mental state to book a more luxurious hostel or hotel for the first night. After a long journey, a soft bed and warm water always feel great.


With the advent of the internet, everything is becoming easier to book in advance. A guesthouse, hotel or hostel is always easier to find. Certainly, if you are looking for a specific place to sleep or want to be sure of your first night, it is useful to book in advance.


Hotel room in Hanoi

Our hotel room when we stayed in Hanoi, very decent and great quality service!


Hostels in Vietnam

The favorite option in terms of overnight accommodations for backpackers is almost always a hostel. A hostel is a cheaper, and usually, a smaller version of a hotel. The biggest advantage of a hostel is that you can easily meet other travelers. Read more about hostels in Vietnam here.


Hotels in Vietnam

A hotel is not always the cheapest option, but a frequently used option among travelers. Hotels can often be a solution. For example, think about your first night or a week in a hotel after staying in budget accommodations for a month! Read more about hotels in Vietnam here.


Guesthouses in Vietnam

What is the difference between a hostel and a guesthouse? Often, they both mean the same thing. Yet there is a difference between a hostel and a guesthouse. A guesthouse is really a house where you can sleep. Locals that have rooms left rent out that room. Read more about guesthouses in Vietnam here.


View of Sapa city in the Evening, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam
View of Sapa city from the hotel on a cloudy evening



You will find many accommodation options in Vietnam. There are differences between each type of accommodation:

  • Hotels – More luxury and private space.
  • Hostels – Very affordable and great to meet other tourists.
  • Guesthouses – A great way to spend time with locals, learn about their culture, and maybe get some premium tips.


It all depends on your own wishes but in each case, you will have a great time in Vietnam!


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