Vietnam luxury hotels were in very short supply only a few brief years ago. The country did not open to Western tourists until the 1990s, and 5-star hotels in Vietnam mainly consisted of the kinds of properties you might have found in Moscow before the fall of communism in what is now the country of Russia. But people from around the world rapidly discovered how enchanting this lovely country is, and Vietnam luxury lodging can now be found just about everywhere that tourists visit in any numbers.
There are very fine Vietnam luxury hotels in the two largest cities of Hanoi, the capital, in the north and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. Each has a major international airport, and almost all visitors have to fly into or out of one of them. Many business travelers also frequently visit these two cities.
Probably the most prestigious address in Hanoi is the Daewoo. It is located in the main business and diplomatic district, near the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the American Embassy, and most other foreign embassies. It is set on one of the many beautiful and serene urban lakes for which Hanoi is famous. In addition to deluxe rooms and suites and all the facilities and amenities that most world-class international properties offer, this hotel also offers Vietnam luxury lodging in fully furnished apartments for those staying longer than a few days.
This may not be one of the 5-star hotels in Vietnam for most tourists who come to stay in the city for only two or three days, as it is not centrally located near the city’s main attractions, most of which will be found in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. You will find Vietnam luxury hotels in that area, including some very charming boutique hotels like the Queen Star Hotel in the heart of the Old Quarter. This is also the situation in Ho Chi Minh City as well, with some superb hotels that are not closest to the city’s attractions. But, there are many that are clustered around the main museums, pagodas, and temples that most visitors come to see.
By far the majority of 5-star hotels in Vietnam are beach resorts, located on some of the more than 2,000 miles of the country’s beautiful coastline. Even the main center for golf, the small hill city of Dalat, is quite close to the ocean and boasts deluxe properties on the beaches. Most of the beach resorts will be found beginning in Da Nang, and continue south down the coast all the way to Mui Ne Beach and Vung Tau in the Mekong Delta. A large number are concentrated around the main diving area near Nha Trang. There are also 5-star beach resorts on beautiful Phu Quoc Island off the country’s southwest coast. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay boasts the Tuan Chau Resort (pictured) on its own small private island.
A completely different kind of Vietnam luxury lodging is not on land at all. Cruises in Halong Bay are very popular, and some of the traditional junks that are used for cruises lasting several days are quite deluxe cruise ships.