Matt & I tend to travel on the budget side, its not because we wouldn’t like a nights luxury accommodation here and there, its simply that the only way we can afford to travel as often as we like, is to do it on the cheap and a lot of times we actually prefer the experience (but that is a whole other story for another day).
When we started planning our Vietnam & Cambodia adventure we knew we were going to have to do things as cheap as possible, the first being accommodation.
I initially set an accommodation budget of $50 per night and I wanted this to include breakfast; this gave us a total accommodation budget of $850 for 17 nights (but doesn’t include our Halong Bay Cruise or the sleeper train)
Thankfully, we definitely came in under budget…
La Suite Hotel : 3 nights
Location : awesome! right in the Old Quarter, easy walk to Hoan Kiem Lake/water puppet theatre etc.
Breakfast : included in price… a buffet breakfast of fresh fruit, cereal, toast, jam, mini pancakes, cold meats & cheese as well as hot options, fried rice, noodles & omelettes. juice, coffee & water.
Staff : VERY friendly & helpful, they all knew us by name and would make an effort to talk to us every time we left/arrived back to the hotel.
Room : ‘La Suite Family Room’ 2 x doubles, air conditioning, clean, awesome shower in the bathroom!
Cost : $100 for 3 nights (since we booked our Halong Bay cruise through Viola we were given one night free at La Suite Hotel)
Hong Thien Ruby Hotel : 1 night
Location : decent location, loads of places to eat within walking distance, about a 20 minute walk to The Imperial Palace
Breakfast : included in price… over 20 breakfast options to choose from (made to order) the girls had some delicious looking banana & honey pancakes, they also brought out fresh fruit for each table, good tea, coffee & juice selection.
Staff : VERY friendly! as with La Suite Hotel in Hanoi everyone made an effort to talk to us about where we were from, our plans etc.
Room : ‘Family Room’ 1 x double & 2 x single beds, air conditioning (was kind of weak though) another gorgeous bathroom, walls were painted pink which the girls loved! very clean
Cost : $35 for 1 night
Other notes : on arrival we were given complimentary drinks and fresh fruit, while there wasn’t a swimming pool at this hotel we did have access to a swimming pool at a neighboring hotel (we didn’t actually go so can’t comment on said pool)
Thanh Van 1 Hotel : 3 nights
Location : GREAT location, easy quick walk to the ancient town, lots of places to eat right in the neighborhood.
Breakfast : included in the price… one of my favorite breakfasts on this trip! Buffet style with lots of options; fruit, pastries, delicious dumplings, toast etc everything was really good and they changed it each day (photo below is only showing one of the breakfast areas).
Staff : yet again super friendly and helpful
Room : 1 x double & 1 x single, air conditioning, clean, nice bathroom
Cost : $121.50 for 3 nights
Other notes : each room had a little table and chair outside which overlooked the gorgeous swimming pool located in the centre of the hotel (no roof)
HO CHI MINH CITY
Alagon City Point Hotel : 3 nights
Location : located in district 1, plenty of places to eat around the hotel, short walk to War Remnants Museum & Notre Dame Cathedral
Breakfast included : buffet style, great Asian selection, western selection had the usual… toast, fruit, cereal, mini pancakes, omelettes, juice, coffee
Staff : friendly enough, this is a larger hotel & as such you definitely feel more like a ‘number’
Room : 2 x double beds, huge room, air conditioning, curtains wouldn’t open which was annoying and the bath tub was away from the wall which caused a huge mess anytime you ran the water!
Cost : NOTHING! thank you credit card reward points!
Other notes : One of our least favorite hotels, sure it was nice but it definitely wasn’t our style of hotel!
Hai Chau Hotel : 1 night
Location : to be honest we arrived at this hotel at 9pm at night and left at 7am so I can’t really comment on the location
Breakfast included : breakfast was pretty minimal, a bread roll and then you could pick if you wanted cream cheese, jam or eggs
Staff : we weren’t there long enough to really have much staff interaction
Room : kind of a weird shape, it was like a narrow ‘L’ shape with 2 x double beds thrown in it, the bathroom was clean but no toilet paper!
Cost : $28 for 1 night
Number 9 Hotel : 2 nights
Location : lots of foods options on the same street as hotel, walking distance to Royal Palace and some Pagodas.
Breakfast : NOT included but there is a restaurant on the premises where you can order from
Staff : super sweet & helpful
Room : 3 x single beds, bathroom was small and very basic (not very modern) and probably wasn’t the cleanest
Cost : $75 for 2 nights
Asia Hotel : 1 night
Location : o.k. it is right on the edge of the main centre, short walk to cafes etc, we ended up hiring a tuktuk to see temples, but only because it was raining!
Breakfast Included : another made to order place with good selection, I think the girls ate banana honey pancakes again! Matt had eggs and I can’t remember what I had!
Staff : we only had interactions with 2 staff members, one was VERY helpful and friendly, the other was friendly but not so helpful!
Room : 1 x queen & 1 x singles, very nice clean comfy room, bathroom was just ok
Cost : $35 for 1 night
Asanak D’Angkor Boutique Hotel : 3 nights
Location : a few blocks away from Pub Street, I don’t think it would be a long walk but we got lazy and just hired a tuktuk, plus our visit was timed for rainy season so it would often rain at times throughout the day!
Breakfast Included : made to order, pick from eggs, fried rice or noodles then all you can eat toast, fruit, croissants, coffee & juice.
Staff : really nice, helpful and friendly
Room : ‘Deluxe Family Room’ which is two connecting rooms, the first contained a queen size bed and a gorgeous bathroom (with a monsoon shower – not pictured, my fav!) the second contained 1 x double and 1 x single and another gorgeous bathroom.
Cost : NOTHING, again, thanks to credit card reward points.
Other notes : beautiful swimming pool, table & chairs outside on balcony, definitely our favorite hotel of the trip
Total spent on hotels $394.50 for 17 nights = $23.20 on average, per night!
- hotels, as listed above = $394.50
- Sleeper Train = $96.00
- Halong Bay = $429.30 (remember this includes all meals, excursions, transfers etc)
Total = $919.80 / 19 nights = $48.41 per night and only 3 mornings did we not have any breakfast included (Phnom Penh & sleeper train!)
I was actually surprised to find out that including the cruise & sleeper train we still made it under our initial $50 per night budget!
Up until a couple of years a go Matt & I completely forgot to cash in our reward points, I hate to think how many of those gems expired! Since then though we have used them for many nights accommodations, Disney tickets and lots of tourist attractions!