Accommodation in town is spread along four kilometres of beachfront, which is only divided from the city by a leafy, wide promenade and road. Even for those simply using Qui Nhon as a pit stop, a short, inexpensive taxi ride can deliver you to a more charming location than the bus station – the little bit of extra travel and money is well worth it. If you really don’t care, then the bus station is surrounded by a fortress of cheap local motels. The city receives more visitors on weekends and summer holidays, and prices can jump during that time.
Previously we gave a glowing review to Barbara’s Kiwi Connection. The hostel and restaurant was once the place in Qui Nhon for backpackers. The namesake Barbara has moved on but the current owners still bank on its former reputation. It’s gone downhill. Avoid.
Located a street back from the beach, near the northern tip of Qui Nhon's beach, Thanh Tung Hotel will please flashpackers with its small but clean room packed with what a traveller needs. When we stayed in late 2016, everything was working fine, from the speedy WiFi, flatscreen TV and quiet air-con, to the sink and shower which both deliver hot water. The pieces of solid wood furniture are... Read our full review of Thanh Tung Hotel.
Located two streets back from the beach, Hoang Oanh Hotel is a typical skinny local hotel, the simple rooms appointed with all the modern trimmings. As of late 2016, the hotel was looking new and fresh—bright clean walls, unmarked floors and new fixtures. Rooms are equipped with a flatscreen TV, mini fridge, WiFi, air-con, fan, a wardrobe and a tile bathroom with hot water shower. Most... Read our full review of Hoang Oanh Hotel.
Set within the concentrated row of skinny hotels near the beach, Ly Ky Hotel stands out from the bunch because it is newer and reasonably good value. Rooms are spacious and as of late 2016, were feeling fresh and modern. The decor is a little more coordinated than the average local hotel and on top of a solid base of clean white linens and pale yellow walls, you get a wall mounted flatscreen... Read our full review of Ly Ky.
So far Qui Nhon has smartly limited the number of hotels directly on the beach and Seagull is one of the few. The hotel has a prime location right on the waterfront and it has its own section of beach. It’s comprised of two hotels actually, the old and the new. The old one is a five-story place that is long in the tooth and the first thing you notice is the grungy carpet, a common tell of... Read our full review of Seagull Hotel.
The coast south of Qui Nhon city is dotted with beaches and buzz is growing about Bai Xep, a charming spot 10 km south of the city once solely home to a simple fishing village. Flash-forward and there are now four accommodation options which cover all budgets including two backpacker hubs and a luxury resort. Expect more to be built soon.
Qui Nhon taxis are becoming more familiar with Bai Xep and the entrance to the village off of QL1D is well marked with signage. Cars can only go halfway down the village road. Simply get out and walk to the end and it spits you out onto the beach between Haven, Big Tree Backpackers and Life’s a Beach. Several local homes offer paid parking—note, they can be quite pushy in getting you to choose their place.
A friendly international mob run Big Tree Backpackers and within a few minutes of arriving, travellers will find themselves slipping into the rhythms of beach life. Just ensure you have some time to spare—this is the kind of place people book for a few nights and end up staying a month. It’s a terrific place to get stuck. Big Tree Backpackers is located at the northern corner of Bai Xep... Read our full review of Big Tree Backpackers.
The very first accommodation to arrive at Bai Xep, Avani is a surprising five-star option with nothing comparable for many miles in either direction of Qui Nhon. Formerly the Life Wellness Resort, new ownership and a renovation in 2014-2015 means this resort continues to be a superb luxurious retreat. Anchoring the southern corner of Bai Xep beach and perched on higher ground guarded by... Read our full review of Avani Resort and Spa.
Haven was the second place to stay to appear on Bai Xep and true to its name, this five-room guesthouse is a little beachfront haven for travellers in need of a little more comfort. Haven is now under the same ownership/management as the adjacent Big Tree Backpackers and Bistro, with all of the activity, dining and operations happening there rather than in Haven’s reception/terrace. It’s... Read our full review of Haven.
Life’s a Beach has a lot of options for travellers to choose from—maybe too many. There are dorms and private rooms which are all different and it does get confusing determining which one to book and finding a match for your specific dates. But after that initial stress, life is a beach and full of B’s as another Bai Xep beachfront backpacker budget basecamp. ###9011 There are two... Read our full review of Life’s a Beach.
Located 13 km south of Qui Nhon in between Bai Bau and Bai Rang, this beach is occupied by Life’s a Beach Backpackers which caters well and truly to the budget crowd.
Under the same umbrella as Life’s a Beach on Bai Xep, Life’s a Beach Backpackers (formerly called the confusing name “The Beach”) offers an even more removed-from-the-world getaway for budget travellers. Located on a wilder patch of coast 3.3 km south of Bai Xep, everything at this backpacker “resort” has been built with the humble traveller in mind. Accommodation is built along a... Read our full review of Life’s a Beach Backpackers.
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