Recent Reviews

  1. Lotus Home, Phu Quoc Island: Independent Review

    Lotus Home Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    Located on the island’s beguiling east coast, Lotus Home is a small, mid-range, ‘pier-style’ resort featuring photogenic bungalows above the sea on a long, wooden jetty…

  2. Mango Bay, Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    A long-time favourite beach retreat for travellers & expats, Mango Bay is still the best place to stay on Phu Quoc Island in its class & price bracket. Mango Bay offers guests both comfort & a connection to nature, but not one at the expense of the other…

  3. Premier Village Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Premier Village Resort Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    A luxurious resort in a spectacular location comprised of large villas with private pools, two beaches & a plethora of high-end facilities. Premier Village would usually be out of my budget. But, due to unique pandemic-related circumstances, my friends & I were able to stay for a reduced rate…

  4. The Pier Phu Quoc Resort, Vietnam, Independent Review

    The Pier Phu Quoc Resort | Independent Review

    A small, modern, mid-range resort on Phu Quoc’s lesser-known east coast, The Pier occupies a fabulous position beneath jungled hills with sweeping coastal views.

  5. Gold Coast Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Gold Coast Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    In the northwest of the island, Gold Coast is a mid-range resort with excellent food, a good beach, easy access to local life & superb views of Phu Quoc’s rugged northern bays & jungles

  6. Camia Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Camia Resort, Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    A lush, tasteful & understated property with a narrow but beautiful beachfront & two elegant infinity pools, Camia Resort is a good value mid-range place to stay on Phu Quoc Island…

  7. Amiana Resort & Spa, Nha Trang, Vietnam

    Amiana Resort Nha Trang | Independent Review

    Ten kilometres north of Nha Trang, Amiana Resort features a long seafront, lush gardens & several enormous, highly photogenic infinity pools…

  8. Lak Tented Camp, Lak Lake, Dak Lak, Vietnam

    Lak Tented Camp | Independent Review

    With luxury safari-tents & lakeside bungalows spread over a lush hillside on the shores of Lake Lak in the Dak Lak highlands, Lak Tented Camp is an atmospheric accommodation with a deep attachment to the natural environment…

  9. Ivory Falls Villa Resort, Di Linh Highlands, Vietnam

    Ivory Falls Villa, Di Linh Highlands | Review

    Surrounded by coffee farms, tea plantations, rice paddies & fruit trees, Ivory Falls Villa is a quiet, secluded & peaceful place to stay in the mountains & valleys of the Central Highlands…

Camping

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  1. Motocamping in south-central Vietnam in the dry season

    Motocamping South-Central Vietnam in the Dry Season

    One of the most rewarding & deeply satisfying travel experiences I’ve had in over a decade of travelling in Vietnam, motocamping (‘motorbike-camping’) is thrilling, challenging, fulfilling & still a fairly niche activity…

  2. Wild camping in Dalat, Vietnam

    Camping in Dalat: A Guide

    One of the best travel experiences in Vietnam’s Central Highlands is wild camping under a canopy pine trees in the misty mountains north of Dalat….

  3. Wild camping on the La Nga River, Vietnam

    Wild Camping on the La Nga River: A Guide

    Midway between the coast & the mountains, the La Nga River runs clean & clear with dozens of potential campsites on its banks & opportunities for wild swimming

  4. New Year's Camping in the Pine Forests, Dalat, Vietnam

    New Year’s Camping in the Pine Forests

    To mark the end of 2020 (the ‘Lost Year’), my friends & I went on a wild camping trip in the pine forests of the Central Highlands: an activity that’s possible in Vietnam, even as many countries continue to endure lock-downs & social-distancing

  5. Camping the Ocean Road: Saigon to Nha Trang

    Camping the Ocean Road: Saigon to Nha Trang

    Pitch your tent under a coconut palm just metres from the surf & enjoy Vietnam’s south coast sleeping in the open air: This is my guide to camping on the beaches along the Ocean Road from Saigon to Nha Trang….

  6. Tet Lunar New Year, 2018, Vietnam

    On the Road & Under the Sky: Lunar New Year, 2018

    Lunar New Year (Tết) is a time of gathering: of family & friends; of people & parties. But this year, I undertook to spend my Tết holiday in peace & solitude: I took my motorbike, my tent & my guitar & set off for 11 days on the road & under the sky…

  7. Lak Tented Camp, Lak Lake, Dak Lak, Vietnam

    Lak Tented Camp | Independent Review

    With luxury safari-tents & lakeside bungalows spread over a lush hillside on the shores of Lake Lak in the Dak Lak highlands, Lak Tented Camp is an atmospheric accommodation with a deep attachment to the natural environment…

Homestays, Lodges & National Parks

  1. Pan Hou Village Ecolodge, Ha Giang, Vietnam

    Panhou Village Ecolodge, Ha Giang

    Deep within the folds of steep mountains & plunging valleys, Panhou Village Ecolodge is set in the middle of a remote & seldom-visited part of Ha Giang, Vietnam’s northernmost province….

  2. Floating Lotus Lake Homestays, Mekong Delta

    In the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, a collection of bamboo & palm-thatch huts on wooden stilts above a sea of lotus flowers, offer a night in a hammock or on a futon under a mosquito net, just a few feet above the frogs, the fish & the flowers…

  3. Auberge de Meo Vac Mountain Lodge, Chung Pua, Ha Giang

    Auberge de Meo Vac Mountain Lodge, Ha Giang

    A timber, tile & rammed-earth structure encircling a stone courtyard surrounded by a stone wall with haunting limestone peaks looming all around, the Auberge de Meo Vac is a remarkably atmospheric place to stay in Vietnam’s northernmost province, Ha Giang….

  4. Homestays in Pu Luong Nature Reserve, northern Vietnam

    Homestays in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

    Set among sublime landscape just a few hours southwest of Hanoi, the homestays in Pu Luong Nature Reserve are some of the most atmospheric & romantic places to stay anywhere in Vietnam….

  5. Vu Linh Homestays, Thac Ba Lake, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam

    Vu Linh Homestays, Thac Ba Lake

    Vu Linh is a rural commune on the eastern shores of Thac Ba Lake, where several excellent homestays offer atmospheric lodgings & access to the lake & local community….

  6. Ba Be Lake homestays, Bac Kan Province, Vietnam

    Ba Be Lake Homestays

    At Ba Be Lake, limestone cliffs meet the placid water at right angles, creating a spectacular backdrop to Vietnam’s largest natural lake. On its southern shores, where the terrain is slightly less vertical, several dozen homestays offer cheap, atmospheric accommodation & excellent home-cooked food….

  7. Where to Stay in Phong Nha: A Guide

    Backpacker dorms, family homestays, boutique farmstays & luxurious lakeside bungalows: here’s my independent guide to accommodation in & around Phong Nha….

  8. Accommodation in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam

    Cat Tien National Park: Where to Stay

    Traditional longhouses, luxury safari tents, bamboo huts, camping under tall trees: accommodation in & around Cat Tien National Park is atmospheric, good value and, more often than not, environmentally & socially responsible…

Beach Resorts

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  1. Mia Resort Nha Trang, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Mia Resort Nha Trang | Independent Review

    A crisp, clean & contemporary beach resort straddling the cliffs on the spectacular coast road south of Nha Trang, Mia is the embodiment of minimalist-chic….

  2. Bamboo Cottages, solar-powered resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Bamboo Cottages Off-Grid Resort, Phu Quoc Island

    Situated on one of Phu Quoc Island’s most attractive & least developed bays, Bamboo Cottages is a small, tasteful, mid-range beach resort powered by solar energy….

  3. Escalade Resort, Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam

    Escalade Resort, Cam Ranh Bay

    A small-scale, affordable mid-range resort with dazzling sea views over one of the prettiest bays in Vietnam, Escalade Resort, Cam Ranh is tasteful, good value for money & great place to unwind….

  4. Premier Village Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Premier Village Resort Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    A luxurious resort in a spectacular location comprised of large villas with private pools, two beaches & a plethora of high-end facilities. Premier Village would usually be out of my budget. But, due to unique pandemic-related circumstances, my friends & I were able to stay for a reduced rate…

  5. The Shells Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, Independent Review

    The Shells Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    Quirky but classy, The Shells is a modern resort on the west coast of Phu Quoc Island, offering generously proportioned rooms with sea-views & lots of light & space…

  6. Fusion Suites, Vung Tau | Review

    With an immaculate rooftop infinity pool & sky bar with 360-degree views of the city & sea, Fusion Suites is set to become one of the most photographed places in Vung Tau…

  7. Mango Bay, Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    A long-time favourite beach retreat for travellers & expats, Mango Bay is still the best place to stay on Phu Quoc Island in its class & price bracket. Mango Bay offers guests both comfort & a connection to nature, but not one at the expense of the other…

  8. Victoria Resort, Phan Thiet

    Victoria Beach Resort, Mui Ne

    One of the first luxury resorts to grace the sands of Mui Ne, Victoria Resort & Spa is still one of the best places to stay on this popular beach on Vietnam’s southeast coast. With lush tropical gardens & a long stretch of beach, Victoria is far more spacious than its competitors…

  9. Ho Tram Boutique Beach Resort, Vietnam

    Ho Tram Beach Boutique Resort

    Just a couple of hours southeast of Saigon, Ho Tram Beach Resort is one of Vietnam’s most tasteful & charming coastal retreats. It’s romantic, elegant, refined yet understated, and blends in with the natural surrounds….

  10. Amiana Resort & Spa, Nha Trang, Vietnam

    Amiana Resort Nha Trang | Independent Review

    Ten kilometres north of Nha Trang, Amiana Resort features a long seafront, lush gardens & several enormous, highly photogenic infinity pools…

  11. Thanh Kieu Resort, Phu Quoc Island

    Thanh Kieu Beach Resort, Phu Quoc Island

    The unsung hero of seafront, mid-range accommodation on Long Beach, Thanh Kieu Resort is an exceptionally lush, peaceful, and unassuming place to stay on Phu Quoc Island. It’s been my go-to resort for years…

  12. Lotus Home, Phu Quoc Island: Independent Review

    Lotus Home Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    Located on the island’s beguiling east coast, Lotus Home is a small, mid-range, ‘pier-style’ resort featuring photogenic bungalows above the sea on a long, wooden jetty…

  13. Gold Coast Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Gold Coast Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    In the northwest of the island, Gold Coast is a mid-range resort with excellent food, a good beach, easy access to local life & superb views of Phu Quoc’s rugged northern bays & jungles

  14. Camia Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Camia Resort, Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    A lush, tasteful & understated property with a narrow but beautiful beachfront & two elegant infinity pools, Camia Resort is a good value mid-range place to stay on Phu Quoc Island…

  15. The Pier Phu Quoc Resort, Vietnam, Independent Review

    The Pier Phu Quoc Resort | Independent Review

    A small, modern, mid-range resort on Phu Quoc’s lesser-known east coast, The Pier occupies a fabulous position beneath jungled hills with sweeping coastal views.

  16. Leman Cap Resort, Vung Tau, Vietnam

    Leman Cap Resort, Vung Tau

    Sitting on the rocks above Vung Tau’s attractive seafront promenade, Leman Cap Resort is an excellent option for expats or mid-range travellers looking to escape Saigon for a couple of nights by the sea…

  17. Ocean Dunes Resort, Phan Thiet, Vietnam

    Ocean Dunes Resort, Phan Thiet

    On the beach in Phan Thiet City, the Ocean Dunes Resort is excellent value for money. Offering high-end amenities at mid-range prices, the Ocean Dunes is a great option for budget travellers looking for a slice of luxury and, because of its wide greens spaces, for families…

  18. The Grand Ho Tram Casino & Resort

    The Grand Ho Tram Resort & Casino

    Big, indulgent & exceptionally good quality, The Grand Resort & Casino marks the beginning of the transformation of the quiet & unassuming coastline of Ho Tram, into what is hoped will become Vietnam’s answer to Macau & Las Vegas….

Saigon Hotels

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  1. The Myst Dong Khoi Hotel, Saigon, Vietnam

    The Myst Dong Khoi, Saigon

    The Myst is a new, quirky, stylish & elegant boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Saigon. From its enigmatic exterior to its eccentric interiors, The Myst is a bold & unique addition to the high-end hotel scene in Ho Chi Minh City…

  2. Hotel Nikko, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Hotel Nikko, Saigon

    Ever since it opened a few years ago, Hotel Nikko has set the standard for modern, sleek, chic, high-end accommodation in Saigon. Its success has spawned many decent imitators in the city, but Nikko still has the edge over its competitors…

  3. Edenstar Hotel, Saigon

    Edenstar Hotel: Saigon Mid-Range

    Centrally located with a rooftop pool and sleek modern rooms, Edenstar is a solid Saigon mid-range hotel. Catering to all types of visitors, Edenstar is on a narrow street, lined with tall trees, and within walking distance of most of Saigon’s major attractions…..

  4. Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa, Saigon

    Pseudo-colonial decor, a very central location, good river views, and a lush rooftop bar and spa make Silverland Jolie a cosy nest in which to base yourself while visiting Saigon…

  5. Ma Maison Boutique Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Ma Maison Boutique Hotel, Saigon

    Hidden deep within a network of alleyways, Ma Maison is a warm, bright boutique hotel in a typical, local Saigon neighbourhood. Decorated in French Provençal fashion and located away from the city centre, Ma Maison plugs travellers straight into genuine local life…

  6. The Northern Hotel, Saigon, Vietnam

    The Northern Hotel, Saigon

    In the shadow of downtown Saigon’s high-rises, the Northern Hotel sits on a quiet street in the affluent yet quirky enclave known as the Japanese district. A five minute walk from such major landmarks as the Opera House and the Saigon River, the Northern Hotel offers very comfortable, mid-range accommodation…

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