Vietnam is becoming one of the best eco-tourism destinations in the world, with plenty of national parks, reserves and jungles. Here are the 10 best eco-hotels in Central Vietnam that are ideal if you’re looking to get lost in Vietnam’s breathtaking nature.
The Vedana Lagoon, located about 19 miles (30 kilometers) south of Hue, sits on the banks of a huge expanse of brackish saltwater—the Phu Loc lagoon, one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia. The area is surrounded by misty mountains and dense jungle. There are 30 villas in total, and 10 sit on stilts directly over the water, while the other 20 are scattered further up the hillside, hidden beneath trees and bushes. Despite being eco-friendly, these bungalows are luxurious; some have outdoor kitchenettes, showers, private pools, and glass floors. Ideal for family vacations or romantic getaways, Vedana Lagoon is somewhere you can get spoiled while enjoying being in the middle of nowhere.
The Whale Island Resort stands proudly as the only development on a sheltered tropical island 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Nha Trang. With 33 simple, yet comfortable bungalows on a sandy cove, the resort offers a wonderful beach getaway with plenty of water activities: canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, beach volleyball, etc. If you prefer to stay on land, there are a few hiking trails you can tackle. The resort is unbelievably quiet—remember, you’re on a deserted island!
Founded in 2016, Eco Green provides guests with fantastic relaxation. The hotel prides itself on applying green hotel practices that minimize its negative impact on the environment. Environmentally-friendly materials were used to build the hotel, and their operation system runs on solar energy and water-saving engines. In addition, the room structure is designed to maximize air flow, natural sunlight, and reduce the need for air conditioning. On March 26, 2018, they received the EDGE Certification, awarded by the World Bank Group, IFC, and SGS Vietnam for their eco-friendly initiatives.
Located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Da Nang City, tucked in the Truong Son mountain range, this exotic retreat offers intimate access to the tranquil life of the ethnic hill tribes that surround it. These five stilted bungalows, made of wood, rattan and thatched roofs have been individually styled and named after five animals that are sacred to the Co Tu tribe. The interior has been lovingly carved, woven and painted by artisans, reflecting their unique culture and heritage. All bungalows have a private balcony overlooking the Kon River. The bungalows may look simple, but the skills and craftsmanship that have been passed down the Co Tu line for generations helped create these beautiful homes that remain secure during the harsh weather conditions the Vietnamese coast often sees. Explore the region or just sit on your balcony, reading and resting your body, mind, and soul.
Villa Dao Hoa Vang is a simple homestay in an extraordinary location—right on a deserted beach and national park. The accommodation is simple, but that’s what you need in this type of location. There are plenty of trails to hike, villages to explore, and beaches to sunbathe in—you will barely spend time inside. For those who want total privacy or who prefer to move at their own pace, this private house is perfect.
Chay Lap is a community-owned and operated ecotourism association, situated on a peanut and maize farm beneath the towering limestone cliffs of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. There are ecotourism services for tourists, including the opportunity to stay in homestays, as well as biking, kayaking, and trekking tours that take you above and underground in this vastly unexplored region. There are 16 entry-level cozy rooms, with minimal furnishing, along with six superior rooms, and two deluxe cottages. By staying at Chay Lap, you’ll directly support this gorgeous World Natural Heritage Site’s conservation efforts, as well as drive employment opportunities and provide a modest income for the families who live in the area.
The Hue Ecolodge is a hidden gem that aims to be your home away from home. There are 10 bungalows and 20 rooms in total, all built with natural materials, such as bamboo, wood, rattan, and straw. The walls are brick, floors are tiled, bathtubs are made from wood, and roofs made of thatched straw, making the whole structure blend effortlessly into the untouched nature surrounding it. All bungalows come with private gardens, perfect for an early morning coffee.
The Forest Floor Lodge overlooks the Be Cu rapids and is great for those looking for adventure in Nam Cat Tien, one of Vietnam’s most important and last surviving jungle areas. All day, you’ll hear the soft gurgle of the river and chirping crickets. This lodge is a great base for excursions into the surrounding area or to unwind and cut yourself off from the outside world. Two room types are available for booking: Deluxe Tents and Vietnamese Wooden Houses, all designed to have a minimal impact on the environment. The tents are similar to African safari tents, and the houses are constructed from timber and tiles, with private verandas overlooking the surrounding nature. There is no in-room entertainment, maintaining the hotel’s goal: to take guests back to nature. The resort is proud of its eco credentials and is an important contributor to the park’s finances.
Lak Tented Camp overlooks Lak Lake, Vietnam’s largest natural lake, and is a picturesque sight. The tents have basic amenities, but if you want something a little more comfortable, opt for the sophisticated wooden bungalows. Whatever you choose, you’ll wake up to unforgettable sunrises on lakeside balconies. They have various activities, including kayaking, mountain biking, village walks, fishing, gardening, and more. The onsite restaurant serves dishes made from ingredients that are sourced directly from the on-site gardens.
Jungle Beach is a tiny cluster of bamboo huts and structures at the end of the road near the tip of a peninsula, and it’s 37 miles (60 kilometers) north of Nha Trang. The area is light years away from big towns, and offers only bare necessities. There is no hot water or pool, little furniture in the rooms other than beds, and the restaurant only serves about five dishes. The owner is proud to have built the whole place by hand, over a period of about eight years. What it lacks in modern conveniences and luxuries, it makes up for with its stunning scenery, pristine sandy beach, various hammocks to relax on, and bio-luminescent plankton at night! There are also plenty of visitors, and not the human kind. Lemurs and langurs make regular appearances, and eagles sweep through the mountain slopes. Jungle Beach is perfect for the eternal wanderer, who isn’t looking for anything except nature and a place to sleep.