5 Weird and wonderful hotels in Vietnam

by Jules on May 14, 2012

Truly unique Vietnam accommodation

If you’re looking for a unique hotel in Vietnam then check out these unusual properties;

Hang Nga Guesthouse
– The Hang Nga guesthouse in Dalat simply had to be number one on this list as it’s so bizarre, and so well known locally, that it even has its own Wikipedia page! (Image credit; Wikipedia). It’s better known around Dalat as the “Crazy House” or the “fairy take house” which is a little kinder. It is the creation of a Vietnamese architect, who is said to have been inspired by Gaudi. Dang Viet Nga saw his creation open to the public in 1990 who came to witness the rather random designs for themselves. The actual building is meant to depict a tree with caves, mushrooms and animals represented within the sculptures. It’s so bizarre that it regularly features in travel guidebooks and top 10 lists of notable hotels in the world. And yes you can stay there for around 60 USD per night or take a tour around the building instead.

Hilton Hanoi Opera House – If you choose to book this big-name hotel in Hanoi make sure you get the name the right way around – as the Hanoi Hilton is a whole different level of accommodation (I’ve been there and it’s pretty grim!) The name ‘Hanoi Hilton’ was coined by the American prisoners of war for the Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi town center where they were housed between 1964 and 1973.

The Nam Hai, Dien Ban District (near Hoi An) – This hotel is right up there as a wonderful getaway, situated on a one kilometer expanse of immaculate white sand and with every conceivable luxury on tap. But then fine dining, spa facilities and the golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie doesn’t come cheap – around 550 USD a night to be precise.

Whale Island, Nha Trang
– Leave your mod cons at home and stay in a small bungalow on a deserted island off the coast of Vietnam. On Whale Island you can spend your days snorkelling, swimming and surfing. By night you can enjoy local fresh caught fish whilst watching the sun go down.

Topas Eco Lodge, Sapa – Take the overnight sleeper train from Hanoi, high into the lush valleys and mountains of Sapa. When you stay at the Topas Eco Lodge you’ll be surrounded by paddy fields and small villages dotted through the landscape. You can enjoy day hikes, swim in the local streams and meet local families. This lodge has a huge emphasis on ‘eco’ so expect to immerse yourself in the various nature and community programs on offer.

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