1. Azerai Resort, Can Tho City, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    Azerai Can Tho | Independent Review

    An elegant contemporary resort featuring graceful, minimalist pavilions on a private island in the Mekong River…

  2. Mai Chau Ecolodge, Review

    Mai Chau Ecolodge | Independent Review

    Set amidst shimmering rice fields, this comfortable resort has a great location & features locally inspired architecture…

  3. The Secret Con Dao Resort, Independent Review

    The Secret Con Dao | Independent Review

    Featuring minimalist décor & contemporary design, The Secret is a luxury resort on the beautiful & elegant seafront road on Côn Sơn Island…

  4. P'apiu Resort, Ha Giang, Vietnam, Review

    P’apiu Resort, Ha Giang | Review

    A unique, sustainable & all-inclusive luxury boutique resort located on a private hilltop deep in the spectacular & mysterious northern mountains…

  5. 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….

  6. InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, Independent Review

    InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort | Independent Review

    Immaculately clean, well-designed, well-maintained, well-run & luxurious, the InterContinental features outstanding facilities, spacious & well-equipped rooms & a great beach…

  7. La Vela Saigon Hotel, Independent Review

    La Vela Saigon Hotel | Independent Review

    A contemporary, stylish 5-star hotel in Saigon’s District 3 featuring one of the largest rooftop infinity pools in the world…

  8. Ana Mandara Villas Resort, Dalat, Vietnam

    Ana Mandara Villas, Dalat

    17 beautifully restored French colonial villas on a pine-studded hillside, Ana Mandara Resort & Spa keeps the romance of Dalat alive. Luxury accommodation in the Central Highlands doesn’t get more atmospheric than this…

  9. Nam Nghi Coral Peninsula, Phu Quoc, Independent Review

    Nam Nghi Coral Peninsula | Phu Quoc

    Occupying a promontory draped in tropical foliage & surrounded by blue seas & coral reefs, Nam Nghi is a luxurious resort in a special natural setting…

  10. The Anam Mui Ne, Independent Review

    The Anam Mui Ne | Independent Review

    The latest luxury resort on the sands of Mui Ne beach, The Anam is an elegant, Indochine-themed property…

  11. 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…

  12. Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort | Independent Review

    A large, elegant & family-friendly oceanfront resort with architectural features echoing the style of the nearby Old Quarter in Hoi An…

  13. Four Points Danang by Sheraton Hotels

    Four Points by Sheraton Danang | Independent Review

    On the seafront road along Danang’s long, sweeping beach, the Four Points by Sheraton is a high-rise hotel with a rooftop pool, bar and excellent views…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Elegant Suites Westlake, hotel & serviced apartments, Hanoi

    Elegant Suites Westlake, Hanoi

    Comfy, smart & luxurious but unpretentious, Elegant Suites is a great alternative to staying in the cramped streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Located in the well-to-do district of West Lake, it’s a chance to see a different, albeit more affluent, side of the capital. The facilities are fantastic & it’s perfect for families, couples, or business travellers….

  17. Green Bay Resort & Spa, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Green Bay Phu Quoc Resort | Independent Review

    A lush & peaceful location in the northwest of Phu Quoc Island, Green Bay is set in beautiful grounds featuring rustic-luxury villas & two infinity pools…

  18. Crown Retreat, Quy Nhon, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Crown Retreat Quy Nhon | Independent Review

    Situated on a long, sweeping bay north of Quy Nhơn on the south-central coast, the Crown Retreat is a tasteful, attractive, low-rise beach resort…

  19. Victoria Can Tho Resort, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    Victoria Can Tho Resort | Mekong Delta

    A handsome, colonial-style hotel on the banks of the Mekong River, Victoria Can Tho is an excellent place to stay with lots of ambience & plenty of amenities to match….

  20. Ho Tram Beach Boutique Resort & Spa

    Ho Tram Beach Boutique | Independent Review

    A tasteful, understated & peaceful resort within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Ho Tram Boutique is a favourite retreat of mine….

  21. Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc, Independent Review, Vietnam

    Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    An enormous, five-star accommodation on a long beachfront with great facilities, the Movenpick is ideal for large families with children or travelling groups…

  22. 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…

  23. 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….

  24. 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…

  1. Ho Tram Beach Boutique Resort & Spa

    Ho Tram Beach Boutique | Independent Review

    A tasteful, understated & peaceful resort within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Ho Tram Boutique is a favourite retreat of mine….

  2. Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort | Independent Review

    A large, elegant & family-friendly oceanfront resort with architectural features echoing the style of the nearby Old Quarter in Hoi An…

  3. Crown Retreat, Quy Nhon, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Crown Retreat Quy Nhon | Independent Review

    Situated on a long, sweeping bay north of Quy Nhơn on the south-central coast, the Crown Retreat is a tasteful, attractive, low-rise beach resort…

  4. 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…

  5. The Anam Mui Ne, Independent Review

    The Anam Mui Ne | Independent Review

    The latest luxury resort on the sands of Mui Ne beach, The Anam is an elegant, Indochine-themed property…

  6. 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….

  7. Timothe Beach Apartments, Vịnh Hòa, Phú Yên, Review

    Timothe Beach Apartments | Independent Review

    On a secluded, sweeping bay on the south-central coast, Timothe Beach Apartments is a tropical paradise at affordable, mid-range prices…

  8. 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…

  9. 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….

  10. 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

  11. Nam Nghi Coral Peninsula, Phu Quoc, Independent Review

    Nam Nghi Coral Peninsula | Phu Quoc

    Occupying a promontory draped in tropical foliage & surrounded by blue seas & coral reefs, Nam Nghi is a luxurious resort in a special natural setting…

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Lahana Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Lahana Resort Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    An excellent, tasteful mid-range resort on a lush hillside with a fabulous infinity pool overlooking the trees & ocean….

  16. 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….

  17. InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, Independent Review

    InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort | Independent Review

    Immaculately clean, well-designed, well-maintained, well-run & luxurious, the InterContinental features outstanding facilities, spacious & well-equipped rooms & a great beach…

  18. Green Bay Resort & Spa, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Green Bay Phu Quoc Resort | Independent Review

    A lush & peaceful location in the northwest of Phu Quoc Island, Green Bay is set in beautiful grounds featuring rustic-luxury villas & two infinity pools…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. The Secret Con Dao Resort, Independent Review

    The Secret Con Dao | Independent Review

    Featuring minimalist décor & contemporary design, The Secret is a luxury resort on the beautiful & elegant seafront road on Côn Sơn Island…

  22. Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc, Independent Review, Vietnam

    Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    An enormous, five-star accommodation on a long beachfront with great facilities, the Movenpick is ideal for large families with children or travelling groups…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

  26. 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…

  27. 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…

  28. 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….

  1. Wild Camping in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam

    Wild Camping | Ninh Thuan Province

    A rugged region of rocky mountains interlaced with blue rivers & streams falling over giant boulders, Ninh Thuận is wild camping country….

  2. Camping on Trong Veo Stream, Dalat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

    Camping on Trong Veo Stream

    Wild camp by a cool, clear, freshwater stream amidst pine-studded hills & a beautiful waterfall near Dalat in the Central Highlands

  3. Camping on Dragon Beach & the Northern Bays, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Camping on Dragon Beach & the Northern Bays | Phu Quoc Island

    Sleeping on the sands of the beautiful & deserted northern beaches is a real adventure & an experience that will stay with you for a long time…

  4. 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

  5. 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….

  6. Camping Season in Southern Vietnam

    Camping Season in Southern Vietnam

    A period of ideal weather conditions for sleeping outside in the varied landscapes of the south, Camping Season lasts from December to March…

  7. Camping, Hiking & Cloud Hunting in Cau Dat Highlands, Vietnam

    Camping, Hiking & Cloud-Hunting in Cau Dat

    Wild camp above the clouds in a haunting & beautiful landscape near Cầu Đất village in the Central Highlands…

  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. 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…

  10. 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

  11. 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….

  12. 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…

Mountain Retreats

  1. Mai Chau Ecolodge, Review

    Mai Chau Ecolodge | Independent Review

    Set amidst shimmering rice fields, this comfortable resort has a great location & features locally inspired architecture…

  2. 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…

  3. P'apiu Resort, Ha Giang, Vietnam, Review

    P’apiu Resort, Ha Giang | Review

    A unique, sustainable & all-inclusive luxury boutique resort located on a private hilltop deep in the spectacular & mysterious northern mountains…

  4. Ana Mandara Villas Resort, Dalat, Vietnam

    Ana Mandara Villas, Dalat

    17 beautifully restored French colonial villas on a pine-studded hillside, Ana Mandara Resort & Spa keeps the romance of Dalat alive. Luxury accommodation in the Central Highlands doesn’t get more atmospheric than this…

  5. 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….

  6. 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….

  7. Victoria Nui Sam Mountain Lodge, Chau Doc, Vietnam

    Victoria Nui Sam Mountain Lodge

    Built on a rocky escarpment near the summit of a scared mountain, Victoria Nui Sam Lodge offers tasteful, well-appointed rooms with fantastic views over acres of rice fields. It makes a great stopover when travelling through the Mekong Delta…

  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. Son Homestay on the Western Ho Chi Minh Road, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

    Son Homestay on the Western Ho Chi Minh Road

    A community-based project offering rustic yet cosy accommodation in a minority village on a great riding road…

  10. 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….

  11. 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….

  12. Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

    Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa

    On the edge of Sapa town, Aira Boutique is a brightly-painted, alpine-style lodge affording spectacular vistas across the plunging, mist-filled valley, with the jagged peak of Mount Fansipan casting a long shadow over the scene. Aira is one of Sapa’s best higher-end accommodations…

  13. 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….

  14. 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….

  15. 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…

  1. Villa Hue Hotel, Hue City, Vietnam

    Villa Hue Hotel

    This gem of a hotel is located on a quiet yet central street in Hue, walking distance from the Perfume River & Royal Citadel. Drawing on modern, French colonial & Imperial Vietnamese decor & design, Villa Hue is superb value for money…

  2. 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….

  3. 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…

  4. Lasenta Boutique Hotel, Hoi An, Vietnam

    Lasenta Boutique Hotel, Hoi An

    A comfortable & aesthetically pleasing synthesis of the exotic & the familiar, the modern & the traditional, and Asian & European elements, Lasenta Boutique Hotel is yet another addition to Hoi An’s list of excellent value, mid-range accommodation…

  5. Ana Mandara Villas Resort, Dalat, Vietnam

    Ana Mandara Villas, Dalat

    17 beautifully restored French colonial villas on a pine-studded hillside, Ana Mandara Resort & Spa keeps the romance of Dalat alive. Luxury accommodation in the Central Highlands doesn’t get more atmospheric than this…

  6. 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….

  7. Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

    Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa

    On the edge of Sapa town, Aira Boutique is a brightly-painted, alpine-style lodge affording spectacular vistas across the plunging, mist-filled valley, with the jagged peak of Mount Fansipan casting a long shadow over the scene. Aira is one of Sapa’s best higher-end accommodations…

  8. 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…

  9. Ho Tram Beach Boutique Resort & Spa

    Ho Tram Beach Boutique | Independent Review

    A tasteful, understated & peaceful resort within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Ho Tram Boutique is a favourite retreat of mine….

  10. 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…

Phu Quoc Resorts

  1. Green Bay Resort & Spa, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Green Bay Phu Quoc Resort | Independent Review

    A lush & peaceful location in the northwest of Phu Quoc Island, Green Bay is set in beautiful grounds featuring rustic-luxury villas & two infinity pools…

  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. InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, Independent Review

    InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort | Independent Review

    Immaculately clean, well-designed, well-maintained, well-run & luxurious, the InterContinental features outstanding facilities, spacious & well-equipped rooms & a great beach…

  4. 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

  5. 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…

  6. Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc, Independent Review, Vietnam

    Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    An enormous, five-star accommodation on a long beachfront with great facilities, the Movenpick is ideal for large families with children or travelling groups…

  7. Lahana Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Lahana Resort Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    An excellent, tasteful mid-range resort on a lush hillside with a fabulous infinity pool overlooking the trees & ocean….

  8. 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.

  9. Nam Nghi Coral Peninsula, Phu Quoc, Independent Review

    Nam Nghi Coral Peninsula | Phu Quoc

    Occupying a promontory draped in tropical foliage & surrounded by blue seas & coral reefs, Nam Nghi is a luxurious resort in a special natural setting…

  10. 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…

  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. 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…

  13. 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….

  14. 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…

Saigon Hotels

  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. La Vela Saigon Hotel, Independent Review

    La Vela Saigon Hotel | Independent Review

    A contemporary, stylish 5-star hotel in Saigon’s District 3 featuring one of the largest rooftop infinity pools in the world…

  3. 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…

  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. 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…..

  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…

  7. 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…

Homestays & National Parks

  1. 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….

  2. Son Homestay on the Western Ho Chi Minh Road, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

    Son Homestay on the Western Ho Chi Minh Road

    A community-based project offering rustic yet cosy accommodation in a minority village on a great riding road…

  3. 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….

  4. 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….

  5. 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…

  6. 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….

  7. 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….

  8. 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….

  9. 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…

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