Staycation in Vietnam — Guided Getaway to Experience and Explore!

Going on a staycation is not new, but a growing trend across the world. Vietnam is no exception. Not only is a staycation easy to plan, it’s a cost-effective way to explore local life and culture. Staycations are also perfect for those bitten by the travel bug.

International travel has been held back by the Covid pandemic. There are risks of infection, travel restrictions, and frequent changes in travel regulations. However, domestic travel has increased.

Luxury 4 and 5‑star hotels offer great value staycation packages. Also, due to business turndown, promotional deals are more abundant. These may include discounts on fine dining, relaxing spa treatments, room upgrades, and airport transfers.

If you’re looking to include remote working, luxury hotels have seamless Wi-Fi connectivity. Rooms often have a work desk, or there are quiet hotel locations and lounges where you can work more easily.

What is a Staycation?

Exploring the neighborhood
Exploring the neighborhood
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A staycation is a combination of ‘stay’ and ‘vacation’. It literally translates to taking a holiday close to home or while at home. So, what kind of vacation would that be? It would mean hassle free travel, sustainable tourism, exploring local neighborhoods, and most importantly, some time off.

Staycations became popular during the global economic crisis in 2007-2008. People needed to save money, yet also take a break. Gradually, the trend caught on as a way to rest, relax, or explore. There are numerous benefits to a staycation.

Better Time Management and Planning

A staycation generally requires short-term planning. It’s easy to make a simple itinerary for exploring more familiar places. Unlike overseas travel, there is no adjusting work schedules. You can also be sure of no long packing lists for weather or travel gear. A staycation is simply the bare minimum.

Cost Savings and Value

If you don’t go far, there are fewer travel expenses. There are no extra costs or hassles for visas, air fares, tour operators, or travel guides. You can get more value out of your travel budget. Money that you would spend on the aforementioned, could be used to pay for an experience that you may typically not be able to afford.

Local and Environmental Support

Staying local means reducing carbon footprints, consumption of other items, and less pollution. You can support your local economy and benefit too as part of the wider community. Visit museums or galleries you have never been to, or discover new experiences like hidden restaurant gems.

What to Do on a Staycation?

‘Pho’( Vietnamese Noodle Soup)
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Whether it’s relaxing by a poolside, local sightseeing, or enjoying a farm to table meal, here are a few staycation tips for maximizing your time:

  • Turn off gadgets.
    This allows for more family time, time for your own thoughts, or less electronic stress.
  • Make the most of the outdoors.
    Depending on the location, try some hiking, walking, watersports at the beach, or browsing local markets and neighborhoods.
  • Get into sports or work out.
    Most luxury hotels have a tennis court, yoga classes, a gym, or things like beach volleyball and golf.
  • Explore local entertainment.
    Try visiting a local theatre, art galleries, or a concert — pandemic restrictions depending. You’ll be surprised at what you are missing out on.
  • Try something new.
    Find local things to do like cooking classes, pottery, or hands-on making of local handicrafts. It’s also a great way to meet new people.
  • Treat yourself because you deserve it.
    Use a little extra budget on fine dining or spa treatments to fast track rejuvenation. You could indulge a little more in some choice shopping.

Best Places to Staycation in Vietnam

The fury of sights and sounds, a remarkable history, and welcoming immersive experiences make for a great staycation anywhere in Vietnam. Read below for our top choices for a local getaway.

Staycation Ho Chi Minh City

Dinner Cruise Full of Romance
The city that never sleeps
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Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant melting pot of culture with hip neighborhoods, delectable street food, and the meandering charms of the Saigon River. From value package stays to luxury living, Ho Chi Minh City offers choices that suit any budget.

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Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon

Key Notes:

  • Minimized contact check-in & digital keys
  • Artisanal and private dining options
  • 24-hr butler service
  • Homely meeting venues with BBQ facilities
  • Modern spa, outdoor pool & fitness center

Park Hyatt is a 5-star hotel offering urban luxury in the heart of District 1. This French Colonial building overlooks the Saigon Opera House. It’s also within walking distance to the Notre Dame Cathedral.

It has great value ‘staycation packages’. Perks include early check-in and late check-out, welcome amenity, and complimentary one-way transfer. Also bundled are room upgrades, breakfast for two. spa discounts, plus a resort credit you can earn for your stay.

Matching up to staycation excellence, the hotel has 24-hour room service and round-the clock butler servicing. Upgrades include rooms with a poolside terrace, a lounge,  and a kitchenette.

You can experience true Vietnamese cuisine at their restaurants. Alternatively, try genuine French and Italian fare, or pop by the delectable tearoom. 

Keeping with Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment, the hotel is (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) GBAC STAR certified.

Hotel des Arts Saigon — MGallery

Hotel des Arts Saigon

Key Notes:

  • Rooftop pool
  • Private parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • In-room dining
  • Babysitting on charge

Hotel des Arts is a new boutique hotel in French Indochine style architecture in Saigon’s city center. It’s a short walk from the Notre Dame Cathedral and Independence Palace. It’s also close to popular bars, local eateries, and shopping centers.

The hotel has daycation, staycation, and remote working packages. The current ‘summer getaway’ includes a room upgrade, a complimentary breakfast, and a meal of choice at its specialty restaurant. Also included are complimentary afternoon tea for two, along with F&B credit to be used during the stay.

Key hotel features are well-equipped rooms with standard amenities. Additionally, there are floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views.

Dining options include a terrace restaurant with international cuisine. Out of the two bars, one is by the poolside. Other amenities are meeting facilities, a fitness center & spa, and a beautiful rooftop pool. Mgallery is also Allsafe Accor certified.

  • Address: 76-78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
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Staycation Hanoi

Old Hanoi
Hanoi Old Quarter
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The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, is as historical as it is futuristic. Hanoi has much to explore from regional cuisine, museums, religious and a world heritage site, to the bustling old quarter. Hotels have interesting offers that suit both preference and budget.

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Sofitel Legend Metropole

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Key Notes:

  • Heritage hotel
  • Family rooms
  • Artisanal dining & lavish tea
  • Top class fitness facilities
  • Heated pool

The Sofitel Legend Metropole is an award-winning, neoclassical, heritage hotel. It’s walking distance from the Hanoi Opera House, Hoan Kiem Lake, and is set in the old quarter.

Some luxury staycation packages can include a premium room, complimentary breakfast at the restaurant, or in-room dining. There is also free overnight parking, and hotel credit to be used against food and beverage.

Elegantly designed and spacious, the rooms and suites have true 5-star amenities and facilities. Club-level rooms to maximize your staycation have butler service, access to a private lounge that serves breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails, and canapes.

Dining at the hotel includes Vietnamese and French cuisine along with three chic bars. The hotel has impressive meeting and event facilities. It also has a fine spa, a sauna, a fitness center, and a heated outdoor pool.

It has Allsafe Accor certification and was one of the first hotels in the world to become Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED with Forbes Travel Guide.

La Siesta Classic Ma May Hotel

La Siesta Classic Hotel

Key Notes:

  • Scenic view
  • Family rooms
  • Sky Bar
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Vietnamese fusion cuisine

La Siesta Ma May is an airy, upscale hotel, formerly known as the Hanoi La Siesta Hotel. It’s a short walk from the Hoan Kiem Lake, and in Hanoi Old Quarter. The Hanoi Opera House and the National Historical Museum are in close proximity.

Ideal for a staycation, the ‘if not now when’ package includes a double/twin room, complimentary breakfast, and set dinner menu for two. You can also receive a massage voucher and a welcome drink.

The rooms and suites come with standard 5-star amenities. An upgrade to a suite gives you more staycation living space and kitchenette, and a complimentary minibar. Duplex rooms are also available and perfect for families.

The hotel has a specialty restaurant serving Vietnamese fusion cuisine, a sky bar offering panoramic lake views, and a spa. Breakfast is complimentary.

Staycation Phu Quoc

Sunrise in Phu Quoc
Sunrise in Phu Quoc
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Phu Quoc, also known as ‘Pearl Island’, is the biggest island in Vietnam. White sandy beaches, stunning sunsets, a national park, traditional villages, and fresh seafood put this location firmly on our staycation list.

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Intercontinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort

Intercontinental Phu Quoc

Key Notes:

  • Private beach
  • Family rooms
  • Duplex villas with private pools
  • Kids club and waterpark
  • Spa built around a lagoon

The Intercontinental Resort caters to families and couples, and is set along the white sandy Long Beach facing the Gulf of Thailand. The resort is a short taxi ride away from Phu Quoc Airport and Duong Dong Town.

Ideal for a staycation, the resort has an ‘Escape to Phu Quoc offer’. This includes complimentary transfers, resort credit on food & beverage, and the spa. Complimentary activities for kids, and adult activities such as daily beach yoga and Aqua Gym are a plus too.

The contemporary rooms have elegant décor, some with sea views. The suites have a kitchenette, washing machine, dryer, and a separate living area. Multiple dining options including a seaside restaurant and rooftop bar.

Babysitting services can be requested on charge, however, they have a fully equipped kids club with all day activities. Watersports are complimentary and there’s a spa and fitness center. Intercontinental Phu Quoc is IHG Clean Promise certified.

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Phu Quoc

Key Notes:

  • Private beach & oceanfront pools
  • Multiple dining options
  • Free recreational activities
  • State of the art fitness center & spa
  • Kids Club

JW Marriott is an eclectic design concept by Bill Bensley. It’s a 5-star resort set along the pristine shoreline of Khem Beach. There are luxury rooms, suites with private balconies, and villas with plunge pools. The resort has five gourmet restaurants and bars, and a sea-shell shaped pool with a private beach.

The resort has many offers for a staycation — one designed for a romantic getaway, another for families. They can include breakfast, picnic on the beach, transfers, and early check-in.

The JW Marriott Phu Quoc received the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2021.

Staycation Danang

Danang night skyline
Danang’s night skyline
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The central coastal city of Danang is surrounded by the scenic Marble Mountains and the Son Tra Peninsula. With beautiful beaches, a rich natural heritage, and a relaxing downtown, Danang has a lot to explore. Danang is within easy reach of Hue, My Son Sanctuary, and Ancient Town Hoi An.

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Furama Resort Danang

Furama Resort Danang

Key Notes:

  • Private beach
  • Kids club
  • Casino
  • Golf course within 3 km
  • Helicopter tours

Furama Danang is a 5-star resort known for its top notch service. It’s designed to traditional Vietnamese architecture with a flair of French style. It overlooks Bac My An beach just off the trendy My Khe Beach area.

There are some great staycation offers that include a welcome drink, complimentary upgrades, transfers, and a shuttle to Hoi An. There are discounts on food & beverage, spa, and a buffet breakfast.

Local sites include a short ride to the Dragon Bridge and the Cham Museum. The nearby Son Tra Peninsula is a great escape into nature, and plenty of family fun awaits at Bana Hills.

Accommodations include spacious family rooms and villas. There are no less than five onsite restaurants, internationally acclaimed golf courses nearby, and various recreational facilities.

Staycation Nha Trang

Cham architecture near Nha Trang
Cham architecture near Nha Trang
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The coastal city of Nha Trang has stunning islet bays, white sandy beaches, and lush green hills. Recreational activities include historical Cham sites, waterfalls, the best diving in Vietnam, mud baths, and a vibrant nightlife.

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Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Key Notes:

  • Private beach access
  • Bespoke wellness experience
  • Sustainability focused
  • Kids club
  • Open-air cinema

An hour’s drive from Cam Ranh International Airport and a 20-minute speedboat takes you to a hidden paradise called Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. This award-winning resort is a luxury escape. Beachfront overwater villas and stays are nestled into the island’s natural rock formations.

The resort has special offers for a short and long staycation. These can include a car and speedboat transfer, a complimentary breakfast, and set menu meals. Also packaged are a choice of signature resort activities, complimentary ice-crème, and spa discounts.

From plunge pools, sun decks, and bay views, the villas have an earthy décor. With a focus on sustainability, the resort offers modern day comfort and 5-star amenities.

It has three restaurants, a wine cave, and a cocktail bar. Other facilities include a spa with a yoga pavilion, salon, gym, and open air treatment rooms overlooking the sea.

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