How we spent less than $25 per night in Vietnam & Cambodia!

Fun Flying Four Cambodia accom 1-1

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)

La Suite Hotel, Hanoi

La Suite Hotel, Hanoi

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)

Hong Thien Ruby Hotel, Hue

Hong Thien Ruby Hotel, Hue

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)

Thanh Van 1 Hotel, Hoi An

Thanh Van 1 Hotel, Hoi An

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!

Alagon City Point Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

Alagon City Point Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

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

Hai Chau Hotel, Chau Doc

Hai Chau Hotel, Chau Doc

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

Number 9 Hotel, Phnom Penh

Number 9 Hotel, Phnom Penh

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

Asia Hotel, Battambang

Asia Hotel, Battambang

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

Asanak D'Angkor Boutique Hotel, Siem Reap

Asanak D’Angkor Boutique Hotel, Siem Reap

Total spent on hotels $394.50 for 17 nights = $23.20 on average, per night!

If I include what we spent on the Halong Bay cruise & sleeper train, our nightly average (for 19 nights) works out to be…

  • 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!

Linked up over on the Monday Escapes #17  & Weekend Wanderlust

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21 responses to “How we spent less than $25 per night in Vietnam & Cambodia!

  1. Wow how cool! My husband and I really want to get some traveling in while we’re here (we are by no means expats) but budgeting is always a concern. It’s great to know you were able to find affordable and really amazing places to stay! Isn’t that just like Japan too…friendly staff! Love it.

    • There are a few places that you can get cheap flights to from Okinawa (Taiwan, Hong Kong and Seoul…Taiwan is also super cheap when you get there and they have a great zoo im sure AJ would love!) other places cost a little more to get to but cheap when you are there!!

    • We had Bank of America which is what we used for these rewards but we switched to Chase (United miles) earlier this year…I don’t think they have loads of rewards but we really wanted it for the miles!

    • There are SO many accommodation options there, some way cheaper and of course others way more expensive! But definitely good destinations for someone on a tight budget!

    • YES! We live in Okinawa, Japan which is kind of a pain to get to places in terms of flight costs (although obviously its cheaper than if you lived outside of Asia) but once you get to these awesome countries things are a lot cheaper!

  2. You know, travel on the budget side tend to see more of local living. Surely, we wouldn’t resist luxurious holiday if the bill is right;). and I am bookmarking this page alongside with more research of the countries;).

  3. Pingback: Total Cost for 3 weeks for a family of 4 in Vietnam & Cambodia | FUN FLYING FOUR·

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