Though Phan Thiet is a relatively small city, what you plan to do there should determine where you should stay.
The city’s main tourist market is Vietnamese tourists and very few hotels speak English; in contrast, Mui Ne’s accommodation is well set up for budget backpackers and offers overall better value. Ban Mai 66 is the only budget hotel we found that rented motorbikes.
Located at the eastern edge of the city, Ban Mai 66 is the best budget accommodation in Phan Thiet. This is a new family owned establishment and they are still learning what foreigners want in a stay, but are eager to learn. The rooms are neat, clean and come with windows and a bed with a medium firm mattress, bedside table and plug. Air-con and WiFi are standard features, as well as a... Read our full review of Ban Mai 66.
We went to inspect Sydney Hotel and this hotel caught our eye. Sydney Hotel is long in the tooth and for the same rate, you can get a newer, brighter and bigger room at Nguyen Khang Hotel just across the street. Rooms here boast tall ceilings, a drinking water dispenser, air-con, fan, fridge, table, chairs and some rooms have a balcony. Bathrooms are clean tiled affairs with hot water.... Read our full review of Nguyen Khang Hotel.
Located at the western end of the beach, on a narrow street packed with local hotels that cater to weekenders, Nhat Linh is a decent hotel with respectable albeit slightly musty rooms. They are of the usual local hotel variety – bland boxes with tile floor, a few bits of furniture and the requisite amenities that Vietnamese tourists demand: flatscreen TV, mini fridge, air-con, medium-firm... Read our full review of Nhat Linh.
Ocean Dunes Resort is a classic case of a once international branded hotel no longer under the brand masthead. What you get with this former Novotel are rooms with decent bones – tasteful decor, purpose built furniture, amenities – in a state of deterioration. Don’t expect a four-star hotel, but bargain hunters who don’t mind the wear and tear can get a beachfront hotel, rooms with... Read our full review of Ocean Dunes Resort.
Tay Ho Hotel has a central location in the middle of Phan Thiet’s downtown core, which puts you closer to Phan Thiet train station and bus station than our top pick Ban Mai 66. It’s three kilometres from the train station and walking distance to the Coop Mart grocery store. You are also 1.5 kilometres from the public beach. Efforts have been made to jazz up Tay Ho Hotel’s rooms: striped... Read our full review of Tay Ho Hotel .
Doi Duong Hotel dominates Phan Thiet’s beachfront. Built by the government before Vietnam reopened its doors to foreign tourism in the early 1990s, it still has some legs as the interiors have been upgraded at some point since then – though the same can’t be said about the lift, it’s dodgy. Scary lift aside, Doi Duong manages to be a cut above its shabby neighbour Binh Minh. The rooms... Read our full review of Doi Duong Hotel.
From Phan Thiet city south down to Ke Ga Lighthouse is 35 kilometres of coast, most of it wild beach. It’s dotted with a few Russian tour-series resorts, defunct abandoned properties and a few surprising places to stay.
Staying in this area will appeal to those who don’t mind the isolated location and have a bigger budget. You will either have to eat at the accommodation or come prepared to self-cater. When we visited in March 2016, there was no budget accommodation along this stretch.
Princess D’Annam Resort seems like a mirage, almost too good to be true after miles of empty, baking hot, windswept nothing. Located 30 kilometres south of Phan Thiet, just south of Ke Ga Lighthouse, this sophisticated retreat pampers those with a padded wallet. In stark contrast to the big, impersonal resorts stacked up side by side in Mui Ne, this boutique resort is in the middle of... Read our full review of Princess D’Annam Resort & Spa.
Green Organic Villas will suit those who want to getaway from the usual hustle and bustle of Vietnam. Ignore the fluffy buzzwords jammed packed into the name, the simplicity of the experience should be the appeal. Set 19 kilometres south of Phan Thiet City on a stretch of wild beach, this property of just seven bungalows provides enough comfort for a restful stay: there’s a swimming pool, the... Read our full review of Green Organic Villas.
Set 15 kilometres south of Phan Thiet City, P&T Family Resort is an anomaly amid the properties along this coastline. Forget the name; it is not a resort but a family-owned hotel set in a modern building with rooms that resemble apartments. Rooms have a kitchenette and a living room area. Given the out of the way location, miles from anything in either direction, this will appeal for very... Read our full review of P&T Family Resort.