Small and sweet, but not for late nights
Located in the heart of Saigon's backpacker area, Bich Duyen Hotel is somewhat the missing link between the smaller guesthouses or hostels and the larger hotels in Pham Ngu Lao.
While it is smaller, with only 12 rooms, it looks more like a hotel, complete with a proper lobby. Rooms come standard with private bathrooms, cable TV, air-con and mini-refrigerator, however the single rooms, located in the back of the hotel, have no windows to the outside. The private bathrooms are especially nice as there is a separate shower area as opposed to the more common showerhead-next-to-the-toilet routine. A triple room would be a budget-friendly option for a small group. This hotel has no elevator, so be prepared for a hike if you're on the top floors. Doors are locked at 22:00, if you come home later you will have to ring the doorbell and wait for someone to let you in. Breakfast is included.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.