Most accommodation is located along the main road in Phong Nha town, and it's all of decent quality and fairly priced, although front-facing rooms can be quite noisy due to high levels of traffic thundering past during the early hours. Most places are set up for large tour groups, with huge restaurants in the lobby. Don't be surprised if your 'double' room comes kitted out with six beds -- this is standard for Vietnamese hotels. Over the last couple of years a few very good homestays have appeared along the river and out of town nearer the national park. These are small family-run businesses and offer a far better insight into local life, with easy access to some stunning cycle routes and trekking.
The Pepper House is a beautiful family homestay in the heart of rural Phong Nha run by newlyweds Dave and Diem. Rooms are located in a beautiful Vietnamese-style house and consist of a couple of Victorian-esque curtained doubles and a thoughtfully decked-out six-bed dorm room. The bathroom is shared and the dunnie composting -- these guys care about their environment! Beers are cold and the food... Read our full review of Pepper House Homestay.
The first foreign-run guesthouse in Phong Nha, Phong Nha Homestay is run by Aussie Ben and Vietnamese Bich, who have worked tirelessly to put Phong Nha Park on the tourist trail. The farmstay, which is situated out of town on the edge of the national park, has gone through various changes of style, finally settling on the flashpacker crowd alongside a couple of spacious and beautifully kitted out... Read our full review of Phong Nha Farmstay.
The Thien Thanh Hotel is our pick for Phong Nha’s best budget option. Marble frontage – check. Reception sporting six inaccurately set clocks from great cities – you’ve got it! Tour bus out front – more often than not. We’ve just described every Vietnamese hotel in Quang Binh — possibly the country — but what makes Thien Thanh standout is the perky red stickers on the window... Read our full review of Thien Thanh Hotel.
This refurbed old hotel in the heart of town, right opposite the harbour departure point for the Phong Nha cave tours is now a brilliant 52-bed backpacker joint. It houses a series of four-bed backpacker dorms (each with feline names -- we saw cougar). The dorm rooms are well laid out, with large (almost double) bunks. Communal areas include a pool, alongside the Jungle Bar, which serves a mean... Read our full review of Easy Tiger and Jungle Bar.