Phong Nha National Park is a must-see destination in Vietnam with its stunning landscapes, surrounding rural village life, and hospitable local people. It is also a paradise for exploring caves, grottoes, and underground rivers with some of the most astonishing rock formations in the world. There is plenty to see and do in Phong Nha, so finding a place to stay is crucial. Below are the best accommodations in Phong Nha that will help you make the most of your trip:
1. Village House
Village House is literally a home to me. I remember the first time I arrived in this area. It was dark at night and all the famous homestays nearby were completely full, so I was quite nervous. Luckily, this homestay was available. The moment I came to this house, I was a little bit surprised. It was way bigger than what I expected. One of the owners told me that his homestay is the combination of two houses – his house and his relative’s house.
The dorm rooms are spacious, clean, and they even have separate bathrooms. The private rooms offer personal bathrooms, air-conditioners, hot showers, free wifi, and mini cupboards for drinks. Another unexpected thing was that I booked a dorm bed at first, but the house nearby was under construction, so the owner proactively moved me to a private room. He was even kind enough to not charge me another penny!
This house is only a 15-minute ride from Phong Nha National Park, so you can easily observe mountain views of the park from your stay. The house also provides free hammocks, chairs, and bicycles. I sat on a chair near the Son river to relax and enjoyed nature from dusk till dawn. Another great point is that the house includes free breakfast which is out of this world! They have a wide range of food, such as banana pancakes, stir-fried noodles, and pho. When I left, the chef even gave me an extra banana pancake.
2. Jungle Boss Homestay
Jungle Boss Homestay is a one-of-a-kind accommodation nestled in a big jungle and rice paddy fields. You can easily observe farmers harvesting and water buffaloes grazing while enjoying your hot cup of tea. Because it is conveniently located between Phong Nha National Park and the center of Phong Nha town, it offers a perfect getaway to relax after excessive activities.
You literally don’t need to worry about anything because it also provides free breakfast, free bicycles, and a swimming pool! If you love trying authentic Vietnamese cuisine, their farm-to-table restaurant will gladly serve you. Not only do the rooms supply wifi, private bathrooms, hot showers, and a free laundry service but they also have mosquito nets, fresh sheets, and more. If you need to get into town, take one of the bicycles and ride along the serene riverside for three kilometers. During meals, you will have the opportunity to interact with the local people and other travelers. This is the best time to learn more about the Vietnamese culture from your hosts, so don’t be afraid to ask them anything!
3. Ho Khanh Homestay
Everyone knows Son Doong – the biggest cave in the entire world. But do you know who first explored it? It’s Mr. Ho Khanh – the owner of this homestay. The homestay is traditionally designed with hand carvings and it sits nearby the bank of the Con river. It also provides a wide range of accommodation, from private rooms to bungalows. All of these options are equipped with free wiFi and free bicycles for you to easily discover the surrounding area. Motorbikes here are available for rental. If you have any concerns, don’t worry, because the hosts – Mr. Ho Khanh and his family will do their utmost to help you. While eating with his family, why not ask him how he found Son Doong cave? I believe you’ll hear many adventure stories!
4. Phong Nha Mountain House
Have you ever dreamed of sleeping in a treehouse? This accommodation is built in the traditional wooden stilt house structure, and it’s the only house of its kind in the area. From the house, you can easily admire the beauty of the village when the sun rises and sets. All rooms have a fridge, air-conditioner, electric tea pot, and a big balcony. Don’t forget to try their free buffet breakfast. Bicycles are also provided with no charge so you can easily reach the center of town.
5. Chay Lap Farmstay
Chay Lap Farmstay is a fantastic accommodation built right at the entrance of Phong Nha National Park. It is only 20 minutes away from Phong Nha cave and very close to other famous attractions. Because of the huge space, it can satisfy the needs of different kinds of guests, from families and friends to couples and solo travelers.
If you have a chance to come here, you must check out the swimming pool and the farm where you can grow your own fresh vegetables and fruits to eat. The area of the garden here is widely filled with local vegetables and seasonal fruits from bananas, cabbage, water spinach to lettuce, turmeric, ginger, and cucumber. Chay Lap Farmstay also offers a variety of water-sport activities such as swimming, kayaking, yachting, water jets, and basket boat. You will never feel bored if you stay here.
6. Pomelo Homestay
Not far away from Phong Nha National Park, Pomelo Homestay is a perfect place for your getaway. The beautiful houses here are painted with lively yellow, surrounded by the orchard smell, and situated near rice fields. This place is not a touristy homestay at all, so you can easily feel at ease and relaxed here. All units are equipped with air conditioners and a dining area. Free breakfast is served every morning. You can relax in the garden or the white terrace of your room.
7. Nguyen Shack – Phong Nha Central Town
Nguyen Shack is obviously one of the most well-known accommodations in Phong Nha. It’s a quiet and relaxing place that provides amazing glamping rooms in a quaint landscape. You’ll not only be surrounded by nature but also cute animals such as cats, dogs, pigs, and even ducks. The property also has a big pool. After enjoying your meal, let’s burn some calories by jumping in the cool water.
8. Phong Nha Lake House Resort
Situated beside the picturesque Dong Suon Lake in the mountainous region of Quang Binh Province, Phong Nha Lake House Resort provides affordable accommodation. It is family-friendly and provides luxurious lake view villas as well as bungalows. All of the units here are constructed using natural materials, from timber, stone, mud, and brick to cane, thatched roofing, Vietnamese terracotta tiles, and handwoven textiles. The resort has a stunning balcony right in front of the lake where swimming and kayaking are possible. Free wifi, breakfast, and a swimming pool are also available.
Price range: 270,000 VND – 1,700,000 VND (11.6 USD – 73.1 USD)
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9. Shambalaa & Easy Tiger Hostel
You may wonder why these two hostels come together. Despite difference in style, they partner with each other to offer their guests the best experience. You may find the name Shambalaa interesting, and even though it sounds like a spell, it is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘place of peace’ or ‘place of silence’. That’s why the atmosphere is peaceful, friendly, and positive– making you feel comfortable immediately. Dorm beds with Indochine-Boho decor are waiting for you, and don’t forget to check out their wonderfully clean and creative Angkor Wat-inspired bathrooms!
They even have free tea, coffee, and water always available! A large lounge area downstairs with lots of pillows is the perfect place to take a nap, chill out, or chit chat with your new friends. A beautiful rooftop terrace upstairs with stunning views across the rural and mountainous landscape of Phong Nha is worth your time as well. And if you feel like adventuring, free bicycle rental will make your wish come true.
Only 150 meters from Shambalaa hostel, Easy Tiger is like a different world. It’s lively, upbeat, and energetic with a swimming pool, hammock house, bustling bar, table tennis, foosball, and pool table. Their bar has live music almost every night and their restaurant offers delicious Western food with huge portions. Just pick where to stay because you can take advantage of both of their facilities! How awesome is that?
10. Phong Nha Farmstay
What puts Phong Nha on the traveler’s map? The answer is definitely majestic nature, and Phong Nha Farmstay is doing a great job promoting that beauty by offering peaceful views overlooking an ocean of rice paddies. The rooms are well-equipped with a private bathroom and some of them even have a balcony. And guess what, you don’t have to go out to have dinner since the bistro downstairs serves not only Asian but Western cuisine. Occasional movie-screening and live music are also available almost every night, and in the morning, you can go swimming, cycling, or playing billiards after a delicious breakfast with no extra fee.
Now that you have a lot of options when it comes to accommodation in Phong Nha, you don’t need to excessively research anymore. And while we’re on the topic of Phong Nha, don’t forget to check out these useful articles below:
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