I've been having a hard time trying to find a conclusive answer to his question:
is it advisable to book hotels in advance for the month of July?
We'll be travelling from south to north, on the typical tourist trail. HCMC to Hanoi + Halong Bay. We're trying to go for the midrange hotels.
We would prefer to be able to move around freely (without being too much committed to an itinerary/booked hotels), but are a bit worried about all the hotels being full.
It would be great to hear your opinion and experiences on this matter.
Thanks in advance!
#1 Dutch has been a member since 19/3/2012. Posts: 11
I would only book rooms for your arrival day. July is off season. You will have no problems finding accommodation but as for the weather.......
#2 NYTim has been a member since 11/9/2009. Posts: 106
Careful read the reviews about hotel that you book on Tripadvisor or Lonelyplanet. I think you should do some hunt to find the hotel in promotion and, From my opinion, you should book the hotel in advance :)
I'd book accommodation for the day you arrive in Ho Chi Minh and after that it is really easy to get accommodation when you get arrive in each town. There are always lots of "touts" waiting to ferry you onto "their" hotel, normally carrying fliers so you have an idea of what you'll get before you get there. There are a few on The Leaping Lemur website (I added a couple from my trip as well).
The only other ones I'd book are if you are heading off of the beaten track - i.e. Phng Nha. Otherwise, as already mentioned, it'll be low season still.
#4 TheLeapingLemur has been a member since 20/11/2012. Posts: 13
Definitely no need to book all the hotels on the road. I live in Vietnam for nearly a year now and travel quite a lot and never book anything in advance!
The only things you should consider in advance - is the hotels inside the national parks (Cat Tien, for example). The parks don't have a good infrastructure yet and have a very limited opportunities to stay inside.