Looking for the best bed and board while holidaying in Phong Nha? Vu Ha Kim Vy gives the lowdown on what’s available. Photos by Bao Zoan

 

From once having unkempt guesthouses catering to an exclusively Vietnamese audience, these days the accommodation in Phong Nha has an international feel. What’s available is varied and ranges from dormitories in hostels to homestays, farmstays and resorts. Below is a list of recommended places to stay in Phong Nha.

 

Phong Nha Farmstay

Hoa Son, Cu Nam, Bo Trach, Quang Binh

Tel: 0944 759864

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Opened in 2010, in terms of architecture, Phong Nha Farmstay, has a French colonial edge to it. Set in the peaceful surroundings of paddy fields and mountains, it’s a great spot to witness some of the best sunsets in the area. The property consists of private double, twin and family rooms, with some of them next to the swimming pool. Others face farmland and the mountains. Depending on the type of room, the price ranges from VND900,000 to VND2 million per night. A great place to chill and relax.

 

Phong Nha Lake House

Hung Trach, Bo Trach, Quang Binh

Tel: 0978 266326

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Standing next to Dong Suon Lake on the main road heading towards town, the Lake House looks like a traditional Vietnamese house with big wooden columns, a thatched roof and terracotta tiles. The mini resort offers lake view villas, bungalows and dorm rooms that will suit families, couples and solo travellers. Prices start at US$42 per night for a deluxe double room and US$10 for a dorm room.

 

Pepperhouse Homestay

Son Trach, Bo Trach, Quang Binh

Tel: 01678 731560

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Not far from The Lake House, Pepperhouse Homestay is surrounded on one side by rice fields and on the other by Dong Suon Lake. It’s an authentic Vietnamese homestay experience in the middle of the countryside, with local people, customs and food all on your doorstep. Boasting seven rooms, the homestay also has a big U-shaped swimming pool that is perfect for helping you cool down on a hot summer’s day. Rooms start at VND1 million.

 

Easy Tiger

Son Trach, Bo Trach, Quang Binh

Tel: 0232 3677844

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Specialising in dorm rooms only, Easy Tiger is a budget option that also offers a full bar with live music three nights a week, a restaurant serving a wide range of food and a wide outdoor patio for drinking draught beer in the evening and catching up with other travellers. There is also a swimming pool. A dorm bed costs VND160,000 per night; breakfast is not included.

 

Ho Khanh’s Homestay

Phong Nha, Son Trach, Bo Trach, Quang Binh

Tel: 0916 794506

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Founded by Ho Khanh (who discovered Son Doong), the homestay is located on the banks of the Son River, away from the centre of town. Ho Khanh’s Homestay has two room options including garden view rooms (VND1 million) and river-view rooms (VND1.1 million). All prices include breakfast and free Wifi.

 

 

Chay Lap Farmstay

Chay Lap Village, Phuc Trach, Bo Trach, Quang Binh

Tel: 0931 357677

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Located 22km away from the centre of town (although much closer as the crow flies), Chay Lap Farmstay is a charming retreat in an unspoiled area of Phong Nha. Surrounded by mountains and farms, all of Chay Lap’s 27 rooms are located in individual houses. Apart from facilities including a swimming pool, restaurant and sauna, Chay Lap Farmstay also offers water-based activities at its Water Sports Centre on Trooc River. Prices start at VND1.3 million per night for a superior room.

 

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