An Authentic Travel Experience Through Homestays

By: Tran Thi Minh Hieu

About a decade ago in Vietnam, the word “homestay” only appeared in discussions about Vietnamese students studying overseas. Very few people thought that they could start a business by offering their own house for tourists to stay.

Now, it’s becoming a growing trend in the country’s tourism industry, bringing changes to communities and new experiences for travelers.

Staying at a local house is not only cheaper, it also allows travelers to experience the daily life and culture of the local family. It’s like coming to a friend’s house, and having a friend to show you around their favorite places in town. You might get to try their favorite food, have meaningful conversations and do different things than tourists normally get to do.

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This is why many travelers, especially young people, are looking for homestay options when they travel around Vietnam. With the rising demand, homestay travel is becoming serious business, with a host of new homestays and new destinations regularly putting their names on the map.

Sapa, A Homestay Heaven

Sapa is one of the first destinations where homestay travel started gaining popularity. The small town lying on the edge of the highest peaks in Vietnam is full of ethnic minority groups, with a diverse and intriguing culture that adds to the amazing scenery. While the town is lined with big and small hotels, homestays are very popular, and even tour operators also include this in the itinerary.

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Lu Van Khuyen, Chief of the Department of Culture and Information of Sapa told Nhan Dan newspaper that within 10 kilometres from Sapa township, there are more than 1000 homestays. Some people come and stay for weeks or months.

Que Lan, a recent homestay traveller to Sapa, shared her experience on Instagram.

“Here everyday I can learn new things and meet new people. Everyday there’s a routine — after I’m done with my work, I’ll do the housework, and sometimes Nu takes me for a ride to her store so I can walk around the [Cat Cat] village. My Cat Cat is so beautiful.”

Community Changer

Following the footstep of their most famous cousin, other towns in Vietnam’s Northern mountains are offering homestays to gain more visitors. In the vast terrains where it’s too hard to grow crops, the life of local people is getting easier thanks to homestays.

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Ha Giang province is known as the northernmost province of Vietnam, difficult to reach but full of pristine treasures: flower fields and forests, ethnic costumes and festivals, and traditional houses. In Nam Dam village, Quan Ba district, from 2012 to 2015, non-governmental organizations Caritas Switzerland and PanNature worked with local Dao people to build 30 houses and 18 homestays, and develop trekking routes to support tourism in the village.

The most prominent homestay in Nam Dam village is Dao Lodge. It was designed by architect Hoang Thuc Hao and his colleagues from 1+1>2 Architects, using the ancient techniques of the rammed earth house, which involves compressing a damp mixture of earth and clay into a wooden frame and then remove the frame to make a wall.

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In another remote part of Ha Giang, Hoang Su Phi district, Helvetas Vietnam and the Center for Rural Economy Development (CRED) supported local Dao people to build homestays. It was no easy job, as the Dao people here live in stilt houses, and traditionally raise livestock on the ground under the house.

As Ban Quay Chang, a homestay owner in Hoang Su Phi, told Vietnamnet, “It took us months to decide to move the cattles some hundred metres away from the house. We have been keeping cattles close to our home for generations, so we can’t change that overnight.”

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Language is also a challenge. Unlike in tourist-friendly towns like Sapa, people in Hoang Su Phi have never been exposed to English in their life, so initially they struggled to communicate with their international guests.

However, when there’s a will there’s a way. They bought smartphones and went to English classes in the district’s center.

A Countrywide Movement

Now with the help of travel booking sites and apps, you can find homestays almost anywhere you want to go in Vietnam, from popular destinations to remote areas. Here’s a list of homestays that will make you want to pack your bag and go there.

- RiceRoad Homestay (Sapa/ Pu Luong)

- Phơri’s House (Sapa/ Hanoi/ Saigon)

- Mr Linh’s Homestay (Bac Kan)

- Le Bleu Homestay (Hanoi/ Tam Dao/ Hoi An/ Da Lat/ Saigon)

- Old Yellow House (Hoi An)

- Countryside Homestay (Phu Yen)

- Mui Ne Connect (Phan Thiet)

- Kokoro Home (Nha Trang)

- The Dalat Old Home (Da Lat)

- Cocohut Homestay (Ben Tre)

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Best Luxury Resorts in Vietnam

By: Brennan Lagman

Phu Quoc



Can Tho

Vung Tau

Con Dao

Hoi An

Mui Ne/Phan Thiet

Nha Trang


Halong Bay


Southeast Asia is the crown jewel of the world when it comes to luxury destination retreats and Vietnam has become a rising star within a sea of world-class resorts, thanks to the country’s diverse landscapes. From its beautiful island-dotted coastline and dramatic central highlands to jaw dropping rice steppe covered mountains and low-lying river delta floodplains

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Vietnam boasts a plethora of unique resort options that combine world-class luxury and high-end facilities with modern and classical design elements to create memories and experiences that will leave you rejuvenated and inspired. Trying to make the right choice for you and your loved ones can be tiresome work and we know you’re just looking to relax. So get off google and start reading our list of The Very Best Luxury Resorts Vietnam has to offer! 


Fusion Resort Phu Quoc

Hamlet 4, Vung Bau Beach, Cua Can Ward, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang

Type: Beachside Wellness Resort

Stars: 5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Families

Overview: Situated just one hour by air from HCMC, with golden sands, turquoise waters and fiery red sunsets, the island of Phu Quoc is one of the greatest Friday-night getaways for those of us living in Saigon. Fusion Resort Phu Quoc is home to a stunning beach, a large communal pool, three distinct dining destinations, a fully equipped fitness centre, plus daily yoga, tai chi and meditation sessions. Each of the accommodation options — ranging from one-bedroom Garden Villas to five-bedroom Grand Beach Villas — also comes with its own outdoor pool. If you can pry yourself away from the resort, your Fusionista can tailor-make excursions, tours and “locals-only” experiences, while guided hikes and bike rides into the countryside, plus complimentary on-site games and activities, means you can stay as active or as restful as you wish.

Highlights: Personally assigned Fusionistas cater to your every need, Private Gardens, Private Pools, ‘all-spa inclusive’ resort, oceanfront infinity pool, tennis court, fun kids’ club, beach games. 

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Fusion Resort Phu Quoc

What People Say:

“The villa is exquisite, and the pool is fabulous for cooling down, and just about big enough to swim in. The beach is clean and well kept, the spa treatments are well thought out and the staff that run them are knowledgeable. The breakfast choice is vast, although if you want the all day breakfast remember to book in advance. Otherwise the choice is very limited... wished we could’ve stayed longer.” (Adrian,

“Everything that people have been saying about Fusion is spot on, impossible to complain about anything. This place is a hidden gem. I got a superb private villa with pool, spacious room with all the equipment in the room that you could need for… nice staff, great hospitality.” (Thuy Nguyen,

What we say: The “all-spa inclusive” concept is the highlight of every Fusion Resort and is something you won’t find anywhere else, with a menu of massages, facials and all-natural body wraps and scrubs.

La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc - MGallery by Sofitel 

Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong Beach, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang

Type: Luxury Beach Resort 

Stars: 4 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Families 

Overview: Set in a magical French colonial seaside mansion, La Veranda’s setting evokes posh garden parties and leisurely afternoons spent sipping wine and gazing at the sea from under a wide-brimmed hat. The saltwater swimming pool is surrounded by lush greenery and features a large children’s pool that is the perfect depth for little ones to splash in. The resort is part of AccorHotels group’s exclusive MGallery Heritage Collection, and is one of the best resorts in Phu Quoc and all of Vietnam.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

Highlights: One of La Veranda’s main draws is its world-class The Peppertree restaurant, which is rated #1 on the island and #4 in all of Vietnam by TripAdvisor. The restaurant combines the techniques of gourmet French cuisine with the spirit and recipes of a traditional Vietnamese kitchen. La Veranda’s famous breakfast includes crowd favourites like the made-to-order waffle/pancake/crepe bar and fresh smoothies that change daily. Weekly F&B events spice up the evenings with special seafood beach barbecues, complimentary wine tastings and afternoon tea services. 

Each garden or ocean-view deluxe room, suite or villa at La Veranda has a story to tell. Madame Catherine, the resort’s creator, has added her own personal touch to each room with historically accurate paint colours, furnishings and artworks.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

What People Say:

The weather wasn't amazing when we were there but the service and atmosphere was great. It feels like a tranquil and lush rainforest walking around the resort. Dinner at the restaurant was very good." (Andrew,

La Veranda is a beautiful Colonial style hotel with lush gardens, stunning ocean views and an all round relaxing feel to it. Coming back into the resort from the outside world feels like coming home. The staff are very attentive and nothing is too much." (Joanne,

What we say: La Veranda is deservedly one of the top rated resorts in Phu Quoc thanks to its stellar customer service, intricately designed colonial theme, world-class dining and recreation and access to untouched nature and wellness related activities. 

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc 

Duong To, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang

Type: Beachfront Resort

Stars: 5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Families

Overview: Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc is one of the newest luxury beach resorts on the island. Located around 10 minutes south of the airport and overlooking a lovely beachfront along Phu Quoc’s gorgeous western coast, this thoughtfully designed resort boasts excellent options for any traveller. The resort’s magnificent lagoon pool is Vietnam’s longest, at 300 metres, and is the gorgeous centrepiece of the resort. The perfect space for you to relax and float around in true luxury.

Highlights: Two main pools and two kids pools, fun beach activities, Thala spa service, Nemo kids club, complimentary bicycles, modern fitness centre, free airport transfer, excellent business and meeting facilities. 

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

What People Say:

The resort itself was lovely, nice food, room and pool." (Anonymous,

We had a very good time here in Phu Quoc. We loved the lagoon pool! It's like a real river with clear water, we could float on it the whole day... Will definitely recommend to others!(Anonymous,

What we say: The accommodation, from modern guestrooms and suites to entire three-to-five bedroom villas with their own private pools, all come with quality furnishings and luxurious amenities. For families with younger children there is an unmissable deal offered by the resort, where two kids (under 16) can stay for free in their parent’s room and includes access to the daily buffet breakfast!


Tran Hung Dao, Cua Lap, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang

Type: Luxury Beach Resort

Stars: 4 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Families

Overview: Salinda Resort epitomises tropical luxury. The resort is enclosed in a lush landscape featuring more than 100 types of trees and flowers, creating the atmosphere of an enchanted garden complete with butterflies and birds. There is a selection of deluxe rooms, suites and villas. From the private balconies, guests can take in the breathtaking sunsets, as the evening sky becomes filled with a spectacular array of vivid colours. Premium linens, bathrobes and luxury beauty products make the experience at Salinda Resort one of pure comfort. 

Highlights: Infinity pool, private gardens, private beach, spa and wellness centre, fitness center, five-star dining, bar, live entertainment, bikes & other recreation.

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What People Say:

I would highly recommend the Salinda Resort to those who plan their trip to Phu Quoc! Facilities were literally awesome and well-cleaned all the time. And staff were very friendly and attentive. We really enjoyed the authentic breakfast with champagne. I would definitely come back to this resort for my next trip.” (Kyunghwa,

“I will definitely say that Salinda is the best! Very clean in the room, very delicious food, restaurants are very nice with top level service!” (Stanislav,

What we say: With world-class F&B options, impeccable tropical greenery surrounding the premises and a comprehensive five-star beach resort experience, it's no wonder Salinda is one of the highest rated resorts in the country, and easily makes our list of best resorts in Vietnam. 


Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

Bai Bac, SonTra Peninsula, Danang City

Type: Luxury Beach Resort and Spa 

Stars: 5 Stars | Website :

Perfect For: Couples, Families, Adventurers

Overview: Internationally regarded as an iconic destination in itself, the Intercontinental Danang offers a truly world-class beachside experience with impeccable ocean views and a huge array of exquisitely designed rooms, villas, and amenities. 

Highlights: Cinema, onsite water recreation, airport shuttle, private beach, tennis courts, spa.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

What People Say:

Fantastic Location! Totally secluded and a great getaway. The hotel provides a shuttle service twice a day to Da Nang city and Hoi An.” (Deepak,

This luxury resort is amazingly beautiful and the location is nestled in the hills of the peninsula. The landscape is breathtaking and every room has its own panoramic views (we had four rooms). The private beach has so many activities. We enjoyed playing volleyball and the water recreation. Although we only stayed two nights because of other destinations, we would definitely return for a longer visit because of the great experience here.” (Anonymous,

What we say: The Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort offers an unrivaled level of class and luxury for the hospitality industry in Vietnam. As one of Vietnam’s premier resorts, this location has so much to offer. There is no way you can go wrong with this choice for a true tropical beach vacation.

Pullman Danang Resort 

101 Vo Nguyen Giap, Da Nang

Type: Luxury Beach Resort and Spa 

Stars: 4.5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Families, Adventurers

Overview: Only fifteen minutes from the city center, this stunning masterpiece of a luxury beach resort can’t be beat! In alignment with Pullman’s global brand of hospitality excellence, you’ll have world class facilities, modern interior design and endless entertainment at your fingertips. You can’t go wrong! 

Highlights: 2 pools, healthy Ayurvedic menu options, shuttle service, tennis court, golf course, lounge, bar, private beach. 

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What People Say:

What a wonderful resort, we were very sad to leave! From the moment we arrived, tired and worn out, the staff at the Pullman went out of their way to make our stay as happy and comfortable as possible. ” (Anonymous, Trip Advisor)

My husband and I stayed for 2 was not enough - wished we had stayed longer. The resort is so beautiful, we did not want to leave. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was amazing. Resort is a short cab ride to the city. Could not fault this place. You will not regret it!!” (Jennifer, Agoda)

What we say: Pullman Danang delivers an incomparable, world-class resort experience that meets and exceeds the standards of Danang’s infamous stretch of luxury resorts.

Mangala Zen Garden & Luxury Apartments

J02 The Ocean Villas, Ngu Hanh Son, Danang, Vietnam

Type: Specialty Beachside Luxury Villas & Apartments

Stars: 5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Cultural Tourism, Families, Couples 

Overview: One of Danang’s large lineup of spectacular resorts, Mangala Zen offers unique Buddhist inspired Zen interiors that are sure to calm and rejuvenate even the most weary of travellers! 

Highlights: Healthy Ayurvedic menu options as well as Asian and European meals, stunning Japanese fusion style interiors, kid-friendly, outdoor activities.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Mangala Zen Garden

What People Say:

Great place for vacation to relax... Enjoyed the location, weather and wonderful sandy beach. Not crowded at all in April. ” (Harald,

We were looking for a quiet, beautiful resort with quality vegetarian food and Mangala perfectly fit the bill. The decor is lovely... We had a comfortable bed with a view of the ocean on one side and the garden on the other.” (Stephen, Trip Advisor)

What we say: Mangala Zen Gardens stands out as a truly unique resort experience in a sea of great options. With its unique Zen Buddhist inspired theme and world-class dining, lodging, and recreational options, Mangala is sure to provide a remarkable experience. 

Naman Retreat

Truong Sa Road, Hoa Hai, Da Nang

Type: Luxury Beach Resort 

Stars: 4.5 Stars | Website :

Perfect For: Couples, Families 

Overview: Naman Retreat delivers guests a high-class wellness retreat experience. In a secluded location, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the beautiful natural surroundings of Danang. The resort is close enough to many natural points of interest to keep your thirst for adventure alive. It is also fully equipped with childcare facilities, making it perfect for traveling families.

Highlights: Private beach, swimming pool, large villas, fitness centre.

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What People Say:

“Rooms are gorgeous and I’m very fussy - pictures don’t do it justice. Service is impeccable. It’s one of the calmest hotels I’ve ever been to. The beach was also quiet and has waiter service if you want it. Amazing.” (Titania,

Really, really beautiful and nice resort. Everyone was friendly, helpful, and kind during our 5 day stay. We enjoyed renting a private driver to drive us for sightseeing and to check out local spots.” (Arthur,

What we say: Naman Retreat is a wellness-oasis alongside Vietnam’s central coast. With an incredible architectural design that fuses modern with traditional indochinese materials and styles, this resort delivers a superb hospitality experience.

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Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort and Spa

Le Lai St., Ward 5, Dalat

Type: Mountain Luxury Resort and spa + golf course

Stars: Five | Website :

Perfect For: Couples, Families 

Overview: One of Dalat’s best luxury resorts, Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort and Spa offers guests a world class mountainside retreat. Nestled in the forest covered hillsides of Vietnam’s highlands, nature is only footsteps away. The historical French colonial style villas are elegantly decorated. 

Highlights: Large golf course, large french colonial style villas, full service spa, proximity to popular attractions.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort and Spa

What People Say:

“Friendly ,caring ,informative & attentive staff... Villa studio was spotless & maintained during my 3 night stay.” (Jenny,

“Have stayed at Dalat Palace and many other hotels in Dalat, but I really prefer this one. Why? 1. Location (1.2 km from town center) 2. Heated swimming pool 3. Great service 4. Wonderful atmosphere.... if possible, get room 702, good view, near the pool and restaurant.” (Ted, Trip Advisor)

What we say: Ana Mandaras is an exquisite retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, perfect for couples and families. It is one of Dalat’s best luxury locations and integrates culture, history and nature in a seamless customer experience. 

Terracotta Hotel & Resort

Phan khu chuc nang 7.9, KDL Ho Tuyen Lam, Lam Dong

Type: Luxury Hotel and Resort

Stars: 4 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Business, Families

Overview: The Terracotta Hotel and Resort is a modern resort, spa and hotel that is centrally located in the hills of Dalat. It has an unparalleled view of Tuyền Lâm lake alongside top-notch amenities such as tennis courts, meeting rooms, a pool and spa. 

Highlights: Amazing views of Tuyền Lâm Lake, central location, great value, fitness centre, lounge.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Terracotta Hotel-Resort

What People Say:

“The resort is really big and beautiful, surrounded by the pine tree forest and Tuyen Lam lake. We felt relaxed when walking along the lake, everything is quiet and peaceful. All staff are very friendly and professional.” (Peter,

“This was my second visit to this property because of its beauty, set by a lake out of town, it’s a perfect tranquil location to relax. They have rooms, shared villas and private villas… Absolutely beautiful.” (Greg,

What we say: Terracotta Resort offers a fancy, modern alternative to others in the rustic scenery of the Central Highland town of Dalat. If you want a retreat surrounded by the silence of nature, with modern decor and amenities, this is a great option. 


Azerai Can Tho

Con Au, Cai Rang, Can Tho

Type: Luxury Eco Resort 

Stars: 5 | Website:

Perfect For: Eco-tourism, Cultural Tourism, Couples, Families

Overview: Located just a short ferry ride from Can Tho, this eco-friendly resort is perfect for people looking for an authentic resort experience in the heart of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. It is rated one of the top resorts in Can Tho thanks to its contemporary design and world-class facilities and customer experience.

Highlights: Gorgeous islet location, Yoga and Pilates studios, fitness centre, swimming pool, childcare services, spa facilities, picnic area. 

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What People Say:

The eco-friendly hotel was great, staff were very attentive and friendly.” (Anonymous,

From the moment we arrived Serge (GM) and his team made us feel at home and that nothing was too much trouble. Perfect setting on a small island just off Can Tho City, with great balance between the tranquility of the island and the lively small town just on the other side of the water.” (Ian, Trip Advisor)

What we say: Located on a small islet amidst local wetlands, Azerai Can Tho stands out as the ultimate Mekong Delta Resort. The retreat eloquently integrates eco-friendliness and luxury into a seamless and intimate experience among the captivating nature of the Mekong Delta. 


The Wind Boutique Resort Vung Tau

84-B10 Phan Chu Trinh, Ward 2, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria- Vung Tau

Type: Boutique Resort

Stars: 4 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Solo Travellers

Overview: This small resort on the edge of Vung Tau has unique personal amenities such as private cinemas, jacuzzis, and fully equipped kitchens. It is perfect for those looking for a central location in this Southern Vietnam Beach City. Don’t be fooled though, The Wind Boutique Resort Vung Tau still remains incredibly serene and quiet.

Highlights: Cinema, jacuzzis, central location, contemporary boutique style, spa, sauna, pools.

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What People Say:

This place is really nice and very suitable for families. There are several swimming pools and it is quiet. The food was also good. Most of all, the staff are incredibly helpful.” (Lynn,

Gorgeous resort with views to die for. Lots of attention to detail. Dung was very courteous and helpful. Jay Elliot, the owner, was always around to make sure the stay was pleasant. Breakfast was amazing and beautifully decorated. Lots of amenities comparable to 5 stars hotel.” (Tu, Agoda)

What we say: A unique boutique resort experience with an incredible reputation. With impeccable views, luxury amenities and so much to discover in such an intimate space, this is easily one of Vung Tau’s Best Boutique resorts. 

Marina Bay Vung Tau 

115 Tran Phu, Ward 5, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria- Vung Tau

Type: Luxury Beach Resort and Spa

Stars: 4 Stars | Website :

Perfect For: Couples, Families

Overview: One of the first beachfront resorts in Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City’s nearest beach town, this resort provides all the amenities, recreational activity, and spa treatments to cater to any of your needs.

Highlights: Beach front location, fitness centre, infinity pool, large rooms and villas.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Marina Bay Vung Tau

What People Say:

Marina Bay Vung Tau Resort & Spa is our pick for the best resort in Vung Tau. Located in front of the beach, this resort is somewhat away from it all while still being close to other places to eat and shop.” (Ruby, Trip Advisor)

Such a lovely resort with beautiful landscape, warm atmosphere and great hospitality. We stayed there for one night at the Premium room in the Bungalow, facing the ocean. Different from other hotel buildings in Vung Tau, coming here you can see and feel the "green" all over the resort, which shall make you feel relaxed and peaceful.” (Doan, Trip Advisor)

What we say: Marina Bay Vung Tau is one of the best quality beach resorts in Vung Tau thanks to its comprehensive amenities and services.


Six Senses

Dat Doc Beach, Con Dao Dist, Con Dao, Ba Ria- Vung Tau

Type: Luxury Island Beach Resort 

Stars: 5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Families, Eco-tourism, Adventurers

Overview: Six Senses Con Dao is a perfect union between luxury and contemporary design. An exquisite island escape that gently screams relaxation and rejuvenation, with amenities and interior design that can't be beat. Located in the middle of a Vietnamese National and Marine Park, the resort offers a vast array of activities and amenities in a fishing village inspired design. 

Highlights: White sand private beaches, restaurants, water and beach sports, hiking, organic food from the garden, yoga classes, spa.

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What People Say:

Incredible personalised service, hospitality and friendly staff - best service we've ever had. Beautiful resort, luxurious and every detail was taken care of. Stunning beachfront location with incredible views and infinity pools. Some of the best food we had in Vietnam.” (Hparkerash,

We had without doubt one of the most relaxing enjoyable vacations ever... Met at the airport by smiling helpful staff… which we then continued to experience every day for the next week… A beautiful, luxurious resort with first class service. Cannot recommend it enough.” (Bahamas_sunsets,

What we say: Six Senses is one of the top-rated resorts in Vietnam thanks to its unrivaled white-sand beaches and first class service. It has something for everyone, from child to adult, from adventurer to business people, this resort delivers high-class relaxation and wellness in a truly stunning setting that is nothing short of paradise. 


Anantara Hoi An Resort

1 Pham Hong Thai Street, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam

Type: Luxury Heritage Resort

Stars: 5 | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Families

Overview: Anantara is conveniently located in Hoi An’s old quarter. It is a historical resort experience with the convenience of location, and helpful staff. Though it is more compact than other options on our list, Anantara is still jam packed with many quality amenities, facilities, and services that are sure to make any traveller’s stay in Hoi An one to remember.

Highlights: Specialty spa treatments, convenient location, babysitting service, bar, pools.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Anantara Hoi An Resort

What People Say:

This hotel is very comfortable and provides lovely rooms at the edge of the river. The staff are very polite and attentive and provide a very warm experience. Breakfast buffet is excellent and well presented. Rooms are excellent and showers are good, with large sized bathroom. Well recommended.” (John,

This is a great place - colonial style, river side hotel with superb service and great rooms/bedding/showers etc. From the moment the friendly driver collected us to breakfast each morning, the service and relaxed atmosphere were faultless. The best thing is the location, close to the old town markets and the many fabulous local eateries and coffee shops and the great local tailors too... We were with our young family but would equally work for couples. Thank you to the managers and great hotel team!” (Anonymous,

What we say: Anantara resort is located in the center of Hoi An’s Old Quarter – one of Vietnam’s most famous world heritage sites. Combining Vietnamese, Chinese, Dutch, and French undertones, the ambiance of this historical resort make it one of the most unique resort experiences the country has to offer. 

Sunrise Premium

Au Co, Cua Dai, Hoi An, Quang Nam

Type: Luxury Beach Resort 

Stars: 5 Stars | Website :

Perfect For: Couples, Families

Overview: Sunrise Premium is one of Hoi An’s premier beachside luxury resorts. With a full-service spa, multiple pools, state of the art fitness center and tennis court, this is one of the best Hoi An has to offer! 

Highlights: Beachfront location, concierge, gym, hotel bar, beach bar, Wellness Spa, fine dining. 

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Sunrise Premium

What People Say:

It has been a pleasure to stay here. Excellent customer service. Relaxing, friendly, great spa. Beautiful views. Amazing selection of delicious food ... Best deal ever :)” (Nataxa,

Excellent holiday resort, enjoyed our spa treatments and pool was magnificent… We enjoyed our stay very much, the shuttle bus worked out very convenient for town visits and airport transfers.” (Sue,

What we say: The Sunrise Premier is the perfect beach getaway alongside Hoi An’s east sea front. With breathtaking beach and island views, quality spa treatments and stellar fine dining on offer, this one of Hoi An’s best beachside resorts!


Pandanus Resort

3 Nguyen Huu Tho, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet

Type: Beachfront Resort

Stars: 4 stars | Website:

Perfect For: Families and Couples looking for peace and quiet.

Overview: The biggest resort in Phan Thiet, Pandanus is located east of the cape at Mui Ne, close to the famous red and orange Mui Ne sand dunes, and far removed from the frenetic pace of the Ham Tien-Mui Ne strip one kilometre away.

While some travellers might prefer the louder, more action-packed hotels in the Ham Tien tourist strip, Pandanus is perfect for families or couples looking to find peace and quiet. Here you’ll be sure to find a few things: beautiful, flourishing gardens; an amazing pool and beach; spacious and well-laid-out accommodations and service standards that reach international levels of quality.

Highlights: Largest pool in Phan Thiet, massage by the pool or on the beach, Free tai-chi and yoga lessons, walking tours, Spa, Fitness Room, tennis courts, volleyball courts, badminton, basketball

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Pandanus Resort

What People Say:

“Couldn’t fault this place. The grounds and pool are amazing, and the service is top. The buses to the tourist area in the evening are excellent.” (Oliver,

“This is one of the best resorts in Asia I have stayed in. I’m actually not sure you could beat this even if you paid 3 x more! Spotless, very happy and helpful staff. The Saturday night BBQ by the pool is 100% value for money. The seafood choices are spectacular. The beach was clean and the resort immaculate.” (Trevor,

What We Say: All in all, the Pandanus Resort provides a good price/quality ratio away from the hustle and bustle.

Sailing Club Resort Mui Ne

4 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Mui Ne

Type: Boutique Beach Resort

Stars: 5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Adventurers

Overview: A centrally located beach resort in Mui Ne, Sailing Club Resort has all the best that resorts in Mui Ne can offer, including a private beach, rustic beach style decor, and lush gardens interwoven throughout the premises. It is highly rated as a best-value option for couples travelling.

Highlights: Great vegetarian menu options, beachfront dining, private dining packages, private beach, pool, spa, water sports.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Sailing Club Resort Mui Ne

What People Say:

We loved our 4 days at this beautiful place. Everything was perfect: room, staff, food, pool, beach. Definitely our favorite hotel in Vietnam.” (Frank,

Sailing Club Resort is in a good location. Loved the room we stayed in. Gardens are wonderful. The restaurant has a good choice and the food was very good.” (Gail,

What we say: Sailing Club Resort Mui Ne Resort and Spa provides luxury service with a boutique, beach retreat ambiance and a convenient location. Lush green garden walkways, rustic interiors and breathtaking beachfront views are sure to relax the weariest of travellers. 

The Cliff Resort and Residences

Zone 5, Phu Hai Ward, Phan Thiet

Type: Luxury Beach Resort

Stars: 5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Families

Overview: Located 5 km from the city center, The Cliff is the perfect recluse from the noise and rumble of Ho Chi Minh City. It is rated as one of the best properties in Mui Ne for its comprehensive spa, amenity, and room offerings and stellar design.

Highlights: Large infinity pool, grand terrace restaurant, private cinema, private beach, villas with private pools and self contained apartment options. 

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: The Cliff Resort and Residences

What People Say:

Amazing facilities, beautiful location only a 10 minute taxi ride from Mui Ne, but felt like a totally different part of the country. Much cleaner, less busy and chaotic.” (James,

We came to The Cliff resort and residences after a 10 day trip throughout Vietnam. We stayed in several hotels and had a good time in most of them, but The Cliff Resort has topped them all. The facilities are wonderful and the Villa we stayed in was very luxurious.” (Nir,

What we say: This Mediterranean inspired resort offers travellers to Mui Ne a true private getaway with breathtaking beach views, a massive heated pool and a grand terrace overlooking the ocean. With plenty of activities for kids, this is ideal destination for families and couples alike. 


Mia Resort Nha Trang

Bai Dong, Cam Hai Đong, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa

Type: Luxury Beach Resort

Stars: 5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples

Overview: A secluded beachside resort surrounded by stunning sea cliffs, ocean views, and tropical gardens, this luxury getaway destination is one of Nha Trang’s highest rated for couples. 

Highlights: Quiet location, large sized rooms and villas with private pools, stunning views, excursions, concierge, five-star dining options, rated Best Value in Nha Trang.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Mia Resort Nha Trang

What People Say:

Perfect in every way, highly recommend to anybody considering a stay at this property.” (Michelle,

Absolutely an amazing place to visit. Extremely helpful and polite staff. Stunning view of the sea and reasonably priced. Once you enter the resort you wont need to leave for anything! Overall, it was an experience I would love to repeat!” (Wayne,

What we say: Mia Nha Trang is located in the heart of serene nature. The luxury resort incorporates beach inspired natural elements with modern design in elegantly crafted villas and rooms. For people who want to escape the noise and dive into the beach life of Southeast Asia, this is an option that can't be beat! 

Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang

Tran Phu St, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa 

Type: Luxury Beach Resort 

Stars: 5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Families, Couples, Adventurers, Eco-tourism

Overview: Part of Six Sense’s line of luxury resorts, Evason Ana Mandara is Nha Trang's only true beachfront resort. Only one mile from the city center there is plenty of onsite entertainment, as well as organised excursions to other major points of interest, The resort combines nature with the convenience of location and there is no shortage of amenities and activities for everyone. 

Highlights: Water sports, beachfront location, gorgeous villas and multi-room apartments, spa treatments, excursions, 24-hour dining, live music.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang

What People Say:

Great breakfast selection, beautiful beach, beach front bungalow room was perfect. It’s pure luxury and very relaxing. The spa located in the resort is also fantastic. Room service selection was great and good value.” (Margeaux,

“Naturally friendly staff and service, excellent cuisine and spa. If you want to have alternative food places, nightclubs etc, they are only a short stroll away on the beach." (Anonymous,

What we say: This is one of Nha Trang's best resorts, and the only resort along the beach front in the City. With many watersports and exciting excursions to nearby islands, this is the perfect resort for couples, families, or even solo travellers looking for luxury and a dash of adventure. 


Azerai La Residence 

5 Le Loi, Vinh Ninh, Hue City

Type: Luxury Art Deco Hotel 

Stars: 5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Families, Historical and Cultural Tourism

Overview: One of Vietnam’s most spectacular riverside resorts, with historical Hue as its backdrop, Azerai La Residence is close to most points of interest and comes complete with professional spa treatments, tennis court, river views, five-star dining and more. 

Highlights: River views, central location, indoor and outdoor pools, spa and wellness center, fitness center.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Azerai La Residence

What People Say:

Extremely friendly and helpful staff, beautiful decor, delicious food, clean and well-appointed rooms, brilliant pool area, delightful cocktails, superb location.” (Tracy,

This is one of the pricier hotels in Hue, but from an aesthetic and service viewpoint worth the money. Interior design is a treat for Art Deco fans and both the service and hotel facilities match the price expectations.” (Siegbert,

What we say: This art deco resort, with one of a kind colonial architecture and meticulously crafted ambience situated alongside Vietnam’s perfume river, is one of the country’s most unique luxury hotel experiences. 


Azalea Cruise 

DT356, TT. Cat Hai, Cat Hai, Hai Phong

Type: Luxury Bay Cruise

Stars: 5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Honeymooners

Overview: This high-end resort on water takes you on a luxury voyage through the iconic limestone landscape of Halong Bay. Guests can enjoy five-star culinary treats while soaking up stunning views of the ancient monoliths. Top off your experience with world-class spa treatments available on board.

Highlights: Onboard Wifi, family rooms, transport to and from Hanoi, five-star dining.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Azalea Cruise

What People Say:

Service excellent, Food amazing! Activities great, and the views are stunning. The staff are so nice and super friendly and attentive. Highlight of our Vietnam trip by far!” (Anonymous,

We loved every minute of our stay in Halong Bay on the Azalea - all the crew, all the staff - amazing!! The ship herself is wonderful - Halong Bay is one of the wonders of the world!!” (Leanne,

What we say: If you are looking to check out Vietnam’s own natural wonder of the world without sacrificing comfort and style, Azalea Cruise is your best option. This exclusive cruise ship brings adventure, excitement and luxury straight into the heart of nature.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Azalea Cruise

Mon Cheri Cruise

40 Hai Ba Trung, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Type: Luxury Cruise 

Stars: 5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Families

Overview: This world-class luxury cruise offers a stellar, unrivaled cruise experience in beautiful Halong Bay. Rooms come complete with full-length windows offering stunning views and the ship is packed with food options, on-board activities and a variety of daily excursions. 

Highlights: Five-star dining, mini golf course, kayaking and water sports, transport from Hanoi, onboard wifi, spa and wellness center.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Mon Cheri Cruise

What People Say:

The staff were excellent from the moment we were picked up from our hotel in Hanoi to our drop off back to Hanoi. They took care of our dietary requirements. We were celebrating our anniversary and my mother’s birthday on the cruise. The staff ensured that they made it a special celebration for us.” (Al,

“This cruise was a real highlight of our trip to Vietnam. The staff were so friendly - nothing was too much trouble! Food was also delicious and the itinerary is jam packed and runs like clockwork. All activities were included in the price (including a full day tour to Cat Ba island) which was a major bonus. Rooms are a great size, clean and have all amenities you need. Having a private balcony to watch the islands go past is also lovely. Would recommend this cruise without a doubt!!” (Ana,

What we say: Mon Cheri is easily Vietnam's best luxury cruise option for families traveling to Halong Bay, thanks to its jam packed activity itinerary, exquisite rooms and amenities and top-notch dining. If you are looking to score a memorable Halong Bay experience for your family, this one can't be beat. 

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Mon Cheri Cruise


Eco Palms House 

Lao Chai, Sa Pa, Lao Cai

Type: Eco-tourism, Cultural Tourism

Stars: 3 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Solo Travellers 

Overview: This resort is the most unique offering on our list. Forget the star rating, what this hotel lacks in luxury it more than makes up for with unbeatable mountain views and unforgettable cultural experiences with local families of the H’mong Minorities. With hands-on gardening, cooking and weaving classes and village tours, Eco Palms House brings you into the heart of the local culture of this mountain village. 

Highlights: Hand built eco-lodges located directly on Sapa’s iconic rice steppes, cooking classes, wifi, bar and lounge, airport transportation, bicycles, tour guides.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Eco Palms House

What People Say:

“My son and I had 3 nights wonderful nights at Eco Palms and loved it all. I took the cooking class which was educating and very professional using organic veggies from the garden!... The beds and shared room were very comfortable and authentic. When my son got a bad ear infection they personally took us to the local hospital and explained the situation to the doctor. Lastly they found us a car and driver for a nine day trip through the mountains and checked on us throughout the trip. It doesn't get any better!” (Dawn,

“Everything about this hotel was great! The location on the rice fields, the view, the staff, the food... The bungalows are very cosy and the hotel has one of the best views you can ask for a vacation near Sapa!” (Jeremy,

What we say: The perfect balance of comfort and cultural experience, Eco Palms House brings you the most authentic Sapa experience you could ask for. With the best views in the entire country, food straight from the local gardens and a truly authentic experience of quiet comfort and Hmong culture, this is easily one of Vietnam’s best off-the-beaten-path resort experiences. 

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Eco Palms House

Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa 

Doi Quan 6, Group 10, Sa Pa, Lao Cai

Type: Luxury Mountain Resort 

Stars: 5 Stars | Website:

Perfect For: Couples, Families

Overview: Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa rates as one of Sapa’s best on multiple booking sites. The resort offers exceptional service and magnificent design. Every inch of the hotel exudes extravagance. It’s easy to see why this luxury mountain resort is widely considered as the gem of Sapa - with its perfect location, indoor pool, onsite spa and wellness center and breathtaking views. 

Highlights: Nightclub, billiards, karaoke, game room, children's playground, walking and biking tours, entertainment, five-star dining, spa and wellness center, indoor pool.

the Best Luxury Resorts in VietnamImage source: Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa

What People Say:

If I could give a higher rating I would! Both myself and my partner thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Silk Path Resort. Everything about it was exquisite. We felt like we were staying in a palace opposed to a hotel.” (Jessica,

“Outstandingly beautiful and well-designed. It was quiet, felt like I had the place to myself. Great indoor pool, nice cocktails & excellent breakfast with plenty of variety for Western & Asian tastes. Highlight was the huge comfortable bed! Highly recommended.” (Josh,

What we say: This resort really is the pearl of Sapa. Offering travellers a degree of luxury that does not exist for miles around in this sleepy, ancient mountain town, Silk Path brings a world-class resort experience to a far off, magical destination.

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Fusion To Open 10 Hotels and 1,385 Hotel Rooms Across Vietnam

By: City Pass Guide

The wellness-inspired hotel group will launch new brands and expand into emerging destinations

Fusion is substantially expanding its Vietnam’s presence by tripling the number of properties in the Land of the Blue Dragon. Over the next three years, the pioneering wellness lodging specialists will launch 10 new hotels and resorts, representing 1,385 rooms and private villas, suites, and apartments. Expanding into exciting emerging markets, the brand’s new properties will open in developing destinations that span the length of the country.

“We see a tremendous opportunity to expand Fusion’s presence in the country,” explained Peter Meyer, chief executive officer of Fusion. “Recognising that there are so many beautiful, and largely undeveloped destinations in Vietnam.”

Fusion Suites Vung Tau, located in the weekend getaway beach destination near Saigon, is set to welcome guests from early 2020. This chic new-build features 100 apartments and 71 suites, a spa with 12-double bed treatment rooms, aerial yoga studio, rooftop infinity pool with cocktail bar, and the Suite signature Fresh Restaurant.

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The oceanfront Fusion Resort Quang Binh is located at the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. Also located in this park is Son Doong, the world’s largest cave. Fusion’s three hectare property will feature 60 private villas, each with its own plunge pool. The resort will offer a spacious spa with treatments included in the nightly rate, and several dining options. This latest resort addition will start taking bookings in late 2020.

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Maia Quy Nhon, will be the first of a new brand line. Fusion breaks ground on the property late this year, and expects to open by mid 2020. Maia will continue Fusion’s wellness ethos, but the focus will be expanded to a more immersive foodie experience. Culinary journeys will be tailored to the location, and guests will be able to choose a different program each night of their stay. Options include experiences like farm-to-table & sea-to-table dining, a local food tour, cooking classes as well as pop-up dining. One complimentary daily spa treatment will round out this new brand’s offering.

“Food is an integral part of any holiday adventure,” said Meyer. “Vietnamese cuisine has now become popular worldwide. Playing to this cuisine’s popularity, we want to take guests beyond well-known dishes like pho and banh mi, educating them on the histories of these iconic foods and other lesser known regional specialties.”

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The completely new product of HIIVE will also be introduced in 2020. With a business traveller focus, this three-star plus line will cater to the lodging needs in Vietnam’s industrial zones and developing townships. Five HIIVE hotels are slated for development over the next three years in four different locations. These include Binh Duong, north of Ho Chi Minh City; Bac Ninh, just east of Hanoi; Hai Phong, on the northern coast; and, Dong Nai, also near HCMC.

Another hotel is also set to join Fusion’s growing inventory. Adding to their existing hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, plans are now underway for another property in Vietnam’s largest city. A new Fusion accommodation option will open with 146 rooms in the heart of District 1, the city’s culinary and cultural hub.

Similarly, in the most developed beachfront destination of Da Nang, Fusion currently operates two hotels - the spa-inclusive Fusion Maia Da Nang and the Fusion Suites Da Nang. The latter located on a major access road across from the beach. During 2021, Da Nang will see Fusion’s latest generation resort with the opening of Fusion Resort & Villas Da Nang. This luxury property of 157 hotel rooms and 85 villas will offer comprehensive facilities & spa amenities, which will set the standard on the beach strip.

With a portfolio of about 550 keys, wellness-inspired Fusion currently has four high-end spa-inclusive resorts and two modern apartment-style suite hotels. Their locations include the tourist destinations of Da Nang, Hue, Phu Quoc and Cam Ranh, and the country’s most important commercial center of Ho Chi Minh City.


Fusion is a pioneer of wellness-inspired hotels and resorts and the only fully vertically integrated hospitality company in Southeast Asia. Blending an innovative ‘all-spa inclusive’ approach to wellness vacationing with their signature ‘breakfast anywhere, anytime’ concept, they offer welcoming, down-to-earth hospitality in outstanding holiday destinations to create unique, memorable experiences that set them apart from others.

Fusion Resorts blend stylish and sophisticated accommodation options with bed-to-beach living and holistic wellness to provide a fresh take on the traditional beach vacation. Fusion Suites give urban adventurers or family explorers a place to recover in a city to discover, mixing comfort and convenience with funky, fun and informal. Fusion Originals are bold and brave, leading the way and setting trends, dedicated to the originators and pioneers who change the world by daring to be unique. Fusion Retreats are health conscious and fitness focused, rebalancing body, mind and soul in sanctuaries of holistic restoration and indulgent pampering.

Fusion currently owns and manages 6 properties in Phu Quoc, Cam Ranh, Da Nang, Sai Gon and Hue. The company is expanding its portfolio with new hotels and resorts opening in Vung Tau, Quang Binh, Hoi An and Quy Nhon.

For more information, contact:
Ms Minh Thu Lam – Group Marketing Director at
Ms Hong Phuong Nguyen – Communication Manager at

Image source: Fusion Resorts

Airbnb My Guest

By: Sivaraj Pragasm

When Airbnb first appeared elsewhere in 2008, it created a new alternative for travellers seeking a nice, personalised home in non-touristy parts of the city they were visiting.

However, the idea of home-sharing came with concerns, mainly from homeowners who weren’t too sure if it was a good idea. After all, not everyone is comfortable having a stranger in their home. Here in Vietnam, things took a while to warm up but by 2016, the number of listings in Ho Chi Minh City alone tripled from the previous year with up to 3,500 listings across the city. So, how did that happen?

A Natural Extension to a Local Concept

Thi Nguyen, who runs a few listings of her own in Ho Chi Minh City, sees Airbnb as a natural extension to the Vietnamese homestay concept. “It's an opportunity to showcase our living and cultural abode to our visitors,” she says.

“So what we give is more than just a room for the night. It’s an experience which you can't get in most hotels.”

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Originally from Hanoi, Thi moved to Saigon eight years ago and runs her own events company. Needing funds to feed her passion for travel, she opened up her apartment for rent and she’s never looked back since. She currently has 11 listings on the site.

A Fresh Tourism Industry with Potential

“Vietnam’s tourism industry is very fresh compared to most other countries in Asia, which brings about both opportunities and challenges,” says Thi.

This sentiment is reflected by Hue-born Tai Phan, who spent the last few years working and studying in both the United States and Vietnam, specialising in finance and real estate investment before relocating to Da Nang where he decided to start his Airbnb venture.

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“I was back in Vietnam consulting for some investors and had a house with empty rooms,” he says. “I used Airbnb before and liked it, hence I wanted to experiment with hosting part-time. Thousands of guests and many properties later, I’m still enjoying this ‘ongoing’ experiment as if it was my first week doing it.”

Selling the Experience

People like Thi and Tai represent the archetypical modern business entrepreneurs of Vietnam by taking full advantage of an existing online model to provide a service.

Both of them also strongly believe in the importance of not being dodgy, by establishing a credible online presence in the form of well-taken photos and descriptions of their listings, and going the extra mile by giving local recommendations on places to visit and things to do.

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Guidebooks often give you recommendations that are tourist-friendly but may be slightly pricier, so you will never get to know about that particular com tam stall down your street which the locals swear is the best in Vietnam.

The Perfect Mix

According to Forbes Magazine, one of the main reasons why the Airbnb model is working so well in Vietnam, and especially in Ho Chi Minh City, is because it conveniently incorporates a perfect mix of Vietnamese culture in the form of sharing and entrepreneurship, which is a fast-rising trend among the Gen-Y and Millennial demographics in Vietnam.

However, infrastructural issues such as power outages and water shortages are also major issues among guests, although some hosts like Thi and Tai have their respective solutions.

Thi ensures that all plumbing, electricity and air-conditioning equipment are constantly maintained and replaced.

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Tai ensures that he has contacts for electricians and contractors who can respond within an hour, but if that doesn’t work, “You can explain to your guests sincerely about these issues in a friendly way and they would understand,” he says.

The Future of the Sharing Economy

Tai believes he can further expand his enterprise by recruiting good people.

“The objective is to create a hospitality group that can help travellers maximise their time during their stay and give good suggestions as to where to go and what to do.”

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Just like Tai, Thi plans to expand and focus on selling the experience, rather than just the accommodation. In the case of HCMC and Vietnam in general, this could mean a new generation of hosts who incorporate the spirit of entrepreneurship into the sharing culture that runs deep in this country.

Image source: Thi Nguyen

Vietnam’s New Position in Affordable Hospitality

By: City Pass Guide

Vietnam really is an astonishing country, its people are resilient, cheerful and welcoming. When you consider that they have spent a millennium defending themselves from various incursions, it is remarkable that they are so accepting of foreigners. The giant neighbour is something of an elephant in the room, but that apart, they welcome strangers here more so than most countries. They remain industrious, peace-loving and one of the most driven people we have met. They are also quick to forgive and forget as the many American’s living happily here will bear testimony.

Growth and More Growth

A 2006 study by Agence France-Presse, the third largest news agency in the world, placed them as the happiest race on the planet. By 2016 they have become even more satisfied as the country enjoys a growth of GDP in excess of 6.5%. Their excellent work ethic coupled with good planning has them performing better than any of their Southeast Asian neighbours, who are achieving about 4.4% growth. The future looks good as well, with the World Bank, last year, saying that these factors have meant a developing confidence which will hold them in good stead for the mid term.

Photo by: Bear Beer Photography

Country Director for Vietnam for the Global Bank recently said, “This is a good time to solidify macroeconomic stability and rebuild policy buffers, including through decisive efforts to rein in fiscal imbalances and tackle remaining vulnerabilities in the banking sector.” The amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) has also been improved by a raft of recent trade deals, adding further to the improvement of Vietnam’s standing among ASEAN countries. Turnover in total exports was up 9.2% over this period due mainly to a large increase in mobile phones, electronic equipment and computers.

TPP and Lifted Bans

Further good news comes in the form of the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement: analysts are stating that Vietnam will be the biggest beneficiary of the 13 nations involved. The signatories of the TPP account for 40% of global GDP and Vietnam could see theirs increase by as much as 8%. At the same time it is expected to add 17% to real exports and 12% to its capital stock. The ASEAN group is looking healthy from Vietnam’s point of view as the association is now the country’s third largest export market following USA and Europe.

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There have been significant changes in foreign ownership and share trading recently. This will stimulate growth and investment, and reduce sectors where foreign investment was banned from 51 to only 6. This, in addition to the abolition of the 49% cap on foreign ownership of shares on the stock exchange, will now allow foreign investors to fully acquire listed companies, excluding, of course, the banking sector.

A New Class of Travellers

Vietnam’s affordable hospitality sector is set to take off with news that low cost carrier, Vietjet has just added two new routes. They now have connected Ho Chi Minh City with the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and Tainan City in Taiwan. More routes are planned as well.

Photo by: DAIHYUN JI

Millennials are being seen as a new class of traveller. The Vietnamese are prudent by nature, meaning that the cheaper hotel accommodation sector is likely to find a new home in the country. The new brand of cheap hotels offer good Wi-Fi connectivity, meaning that young business people are taking advantage of a good deal as well as the more expected backpacker crowd. The Malaysian experience bears this out with the mid-priced hotel brand “Vivid”, set to open in Georgetown by 2018. Penang is predicted to enjoy something of a renaissance in the M.I.C.E. business with the addition of two new convention centres.

Photo by: Ronald Tagra

Malaysia’s MM2H visa is valid initially for a period of ten years, depending on the validity of the applicant’s passport, and is also renewable. Penang is now seen as an exciting potential growth area for Vanguard Hotels. Together with other on-going projects in Kuala Lumpur, this adds up to US$40 million worth of investment in Malaysia for the Vanguard Group. The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) recently released a new consumer research report which they called “Stepping Out of the Crowd: Where the Next Generation of Young Asian Travellers is Heading, and How to Win a Place on Their Travel Itinerary”. This examines travel trends of young Asians and explains how secondary destinations and further attractions will benefit from the rise in outbound travel from Asia.

It looks highly likely that the $60-80 hotels will be seen as sensible choices for travellers in Asia. Vietnam looks to be a prominent player in the new market of affordable hospitality in Asia.

Fusion Resorts in Vietnam Invite Weddings and Romance

By: City Pass Guide

Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion

Fusion Resort Phu Quoc

Fusion Resort Cam Ranh

Fusion Maia Da Nang

Wellness-inspired resorts launch honeymoon, wedding and commitment ceremony packages 

Guiding guests down white sand aisles, crafting romantic backdrops for beachfront vow renewals, and catering to the romantic whims of enamoured couples, Fusion Resorts across Vietnam are rolling out new wedding packages, ethereal commitment ceremony setups, and indulgent honeymoon possibilities.

“We’ve seen a clear rise in honeymooners and couples who want to say ‘I do’ at our properties over the last few years,” said Atilla Erda, chief operating officer of Fusion. “We believe it’s because Vietnam has the right balance of stunning beaches, rich cultural experiences and exoticness, without the high price tag of some other popular honeymoon and destination wedding locations.” 

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Saying ‘I do’ in Vietnam’s Former Imperial Capital 

The newest member of the wellness-inspired hotel & resort brand, Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion, taps into its natural location, surrounded by verdant mountains and steamy hot springs, and is launching a new wedding package.

The comprehensive offering includes set-up of the ceremony location amid lush tropical gardens, a celebrant, a photographer to capture the ceremony and reception, a champagne fountain, live music and an MC, a banquet service inclusive of wedding cake, a room for the bride to get ready with a makeup artist, and a complimentary honeymoon night with a late checkout. The resort can host up to 100 wedding guests and has a range of accommodations from private bungalows to chic suites overlooking a lake. 

“Our authentic Japanese onsen spa and our range of wellness activities, from sunrise yoga to water meditation in our natural hot springs, helps our couples find balance at an exciting and busy time in their lives.” said Hylton Lipkin, general manager of Alba.

Wedding package prices start at USD236 per person for the three days, two nights package and applies for weddings with a minimum of 40 guests. 

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Sandy Nuptials on Vietnam’s Largest Island

The all-spa-inclusive resort, Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, has just launched the "Lovers Embrace," an intimate beach wedding package on a tropical island.

Couples who wish to say ‘I do’ on the resort's white sand beach will be able to walk the aisle through a bamboo archway and say their vows under a wedding arch dressed in white silk and fresh flowers. All that's needed for the service is provided, including a wedding guestbook, boutonnieres and bouquets, and a welcome drink for guests before the vows. A wedding gala dinner is also included with set menus of the bride and groom's choice, two-hours of live music, and two-hours of free-flow beverages including beer & wine.

The couple (and their guests) can relax pre- and post-ceremony at Fusion's Maia Spa & Wellness Facility, with at least two therapies per day being included in the room rate. Massages, wraps and facials, along with wellness activities like yoga, are on offer there. Each villa also has its own private plunge pool to unwind in.

Package rates start at USD 3,850 for 10 people and from USD7,950 for 50 people, exclusive of the nightly room rate. 

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From Proposal to Vow Renewal on the Beach in Cam Ranh

The all-spa inclusive Fusion Resort Cam Ranh beach resort on Vietnam’s south central coast is introducing two new romance-filled packages: one for romance and possibly a proposal, and one for couples who want to reaffirm their commitment. 

‘From the Heart’ is for couples looking to pop the question or just enjoy a romantic evening on the water’s edge. Guests of this package enjoy a two night stay in a one-bedroom garden villa with private plunge pool, along with breakfast anywhere and anytime and a minimum of two spa therapies a day. At night, a private beachfront BBQ is set up on the sand, with a personal chef grilling up freshly-caught local seafood (vegetarian options are available with several different BBQ menu options) served with sparkling wine. Prices start at USD1,787 per couple. 

‘Moonlight Lovers’ is for couples who want to create a lasting memory by saying ‘I do’ one more time, or who want to reaffirm their love for each other without the legal preparations. In addition to what’s included in ‘From the Heart,’ a celebrant is also arranged to guide lovers through a commitment ceremony. Prices start at USD2,256 per couple. 

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Beachside Honeymoon Experiences in Da Nang

Fusion Maia Da Nang’s Celebration Menu is a pick-and-mix of insta-worthy experiences for couples. 

The Floating Romance Tray sets the tone for a weekend of amore with pink sparkling wine paired with fresh Western and Vietnamese bites, and floating letters spelling L-O-V-E on the surface of the guests’ private pool. Each tray starts at USD75. 

The Fresh by the Sea experience is a candlelit beachfront dinner for two with a stellar selection of seafood, like Vietnamese king crab, razor clams, sea snails and grilled langoustine. Dinner for two starts at USD195. 

Other options include several in-villa Bath Bliss packages that combine sensuous essential oils, naturally therapeutic herbs, zestful citrus fruits, or a room full of balloons for a romantic and picture-perfect evening. Each bath set-up starts at USD32.

These experiences complement the resort’s range of all-inclusive spa treatments that couples can enjoy together.


Fusion is a pioneer of wellness-inspired hotels and resorts and the only fully vertically integrated hospitality company in Southeast Asia. Blending an innovative ‘all-spa inclusive’ approach to wellness vacationing with their signature ‘breakfast anywhere, anytime’ concept, they offer welcoming, down-to-earth hospitality in outstanding holiday destinations to create unique, memorable experiences that set them apart from others.

Fusion Resorts blend stylish and sophisticated accommodation options with bed-to-beach living and holistic wellness to provide a fresh take on the traditional beach vacation. Fusion Suites give urban adventurers or family explorers a place to recover in a city to discover, mixing comfort and convenience with funky, fun and informal. Fusion Originals are bold and brave, leading the way and setting trends, dedicated to the originators and pioneers who change the world by daring to be unique. Fusion Retreats are health conscious and fitness focused, rebalancing body, mind and soul in sanctuaries of holistic restoration and indulgent pampering.

Fusion currently owns and manages 6 properties in Phu Quoc, Cam Ranh, Da Nang, Sai Gon and Hue. The company is expanding its portfolio with new hotels and resorts opening in Vung Tau, Quang Binh, Hoi An and Quy Nhon.

For more information, contact:

Ms Minh Thu Lam – Group Marketing Director:

Ms Nguyen Hong Phuong – Communication Manager:

Image source: Fusion Resorts