Top 5 3-Star Hotels and Resorts in Phan Thiet
Tourism in Phan Thiet is growing so rapidly that the number and types of resorts, hotels, guest houses and vacation rentals here have more than doubled in the past ten years. But when it comes to accommodations for travellers on a tight budget, tourists need to be careful and do their homework, or they may end up in a dilapidated resort that is badly in need of repairs.
On the other hand, there are some great bargains to be had for very little money.
The most popular resort for budget-minded international tourists is Mui Ne Hills. Although the eclectic group of buildings that make up resort are not on the beach, they are located in the very centre of Ham Tien’s tourist strip and within walking distance of many of the best restaurants.
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As the name implies, the resort is on a small hill, so guests enjoy stunning views of the entire Mui Ne Bay from both the public areas and some of the guest rooms.
Mui Ne Hills is actually a collection of four different hotels and hostels, which cater to both budget travellers and to those who enjoy a little more luxury. Each of the hotels has its own private swimming pool, creating a vibrant atmosphere for guests to socialise. With prices for beds in shared accommodations starting at US$5.00 per night and prices for private accommodations starting at US$20.00 per night, it is extremely difficult to find a better bargain anywhere else in Phan Thiet.
Another bargain for budget travellers is Longson Mui Ne Campgrounds on Suoi Nuoc Beach in Mui Ne ward. Although there are a couple of rooms on the property, almost all the guests stay in open-air dorms for US$5.00 per night or tents, complete with mattresses, pillows and blankets either on the beach or in the campground, for US$4.00 per night.
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There is also a very large restaurant onsite that serves some of the best Vietnamese cuisine in Phan Thiet, plus a large bar with plenty of space to lounge the night away. There are a number of different activities arranged during the day, such as volleyball and football, as well as nighttime activities, such as poker, movie screenings, bonfires and competitions. Plus, the property organises regular pub crawls to other beach bars, mostly in Ham Tien ward.
The Nam Chau Boutique Resort - Mui Ne Passion is an older resort that has just recently changed its focus from targeting only the budget Vietnamese market, to budget international travellers and active adults.
The resort’s beautifully landscaped grounds provides a large area for activities in the gardens, on the beach and in the ocean. Daytime activities at the resort include kitesurfing, windsurfing, SUP (Stand-Up Paddle) boarding, jetskiing, dune buggy riding, beach volleyball and beach football. On Saturday evenings, the resort runs beach and/or pool disco parties.
The rustic accommodations with thatched roofs and bamboo furniture include private rooms and bungalows starting at around US$25.00 per night with breakfast and cottages with shared accommodations for around US$12.00 to US$15.00 per bed with breakfast. In addition to shared accommodations for straight couples and individuals, the resort is the only one in Phan Thiet that also has shared accommodations specifically for members of the gay community.
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One of the friendliest little bed and breakfasts in Phan Thiet is the Xin Chao Hotel. Located in the very centre of Ham Tien, this little hotel is very clean and well located. It is within walking distance of most restaurants and beach bars. The owner is a British national, so the English ability of most of the staff is quite good. Even though it is not on the beach side of Nguyen Dinh Chieu, it does have a nice pool, a good restaurant and a small garden. A private room with breakfast costs around US$20.00 per night for single or double occupancy.
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Although a number of guest houses in Phan Thiet offer private rooms for around US$10.00, they are often dirty and/or not close to shops and restaurants. However, the Delight Hotel is an exception. For US$10.00, guests get clean rooms at a hotel that is right in the middle of Ham Tien, surrounded by lots of good restaurants and shops. Even though it is only a room and doesn’t include anything else, this hotel is a real bargain for the budget traveller.
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