Ken's House Backpacker's Hostel
Though it has "hostel" in the name, Ken's House offers a variety of room types, including double rooms with private bathrooms. Clean and cozy, it is decorated with with a fresh and playful look (think brightly colored walls, stencils and patterned bed covers). The rate includes breakfast daily, with a strong cup of Vietnamese coffee, a main dish and a full baguette, as well as afternoon snacks. Ken is incredibly helpful and will organize transport and socially responsible local tours directly from the hotel at very reasonable prices.
The countryside agriculture tour includes a visit to the nearby flower farms, a weasel coffee farm, a local village and a silk factory. A local guide and a small group of no more than 6 people make this tour intimate and educational. Book directly through Ken.
($) - $24 and up