Accommodation in Vietnam
One nation with many centres
Vietnam is an ancient nation with a long, storied history – a fact reflected in the way its centres of power have continually shifted over time. Cosmopolitan Hanoi is now capital of a unified Vietnam, while Ho Chi Minh City is the country's largest urban area. Da Nang, Hai Phong and Hoi An are equally popular with international visitors, though straying from the beaten path is easy to achieve thanks to the broad range of Vietnam accommodation on offer.
Whether strolling through the capital's charming colonial streets or soaking in the ethereal surrounds of stunning Ha Long Bay close to the Chinese border, Vietnam is home to every type of accommodation imaginable. From the backpacker bungalows which cling to the scenic coastline, all the way to the five-star luxury hotels soaring towards the sky in downtown Hanoi, there's a style of accommodation to suit every need.
Hunker down in Hanoi
There is perhaps no more a chaotic city in Asia than Vietnam's hustling, bustling, at times incomprehensible capital, Hanoi. Boasting more than a thousand years of history, this densely-populated metropolis is home to many of the country's most visited cultural sites, from the hallowed Temple of Literature, to the infamous 'Hanoi Hilton' prison at Hoa Lo.
A city of Hanoi's immense size is naturally home to countless accommodation. The Old Quarter is the place to be if you're travelling on a budget, with the city's charming colonial district home to dozens of guesthouses. More upscale options include the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel and Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi, while the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake is located close to the popular Golden Lotus Pagoda.
Unwind in style with a beach resort stay
Vietnam curves out elegantly into the South China Sea, making this long, slender peninsula an ideal destination for an Asian beach holiday. The country's beach resorts are famous for their soft white sands and palm-fringed beaches, not to mention the dozens of spectacular islands scattered along the coastline.
Nha Trang is Vietnam's most popular beach resort and many of its hotels – including the Novotel, Sheraton and the opulent Evason Ana Mandara and Six Senses Spa – provide ocean views, if not direct beachfront accress itself. Mui Ne and Phu Quoc are Vietnam's other two major beachfront destinations and when you've had enough of relaxing by the hotel pool, you can head out on a boat to some of Southeast Asia's best scuba diving sites.