Ministry of Planning and Investment
Monday, 24/06/2024
Accommodation & Food Service
Tuesday, 01/09/2020 06:51

1. Accommodation service:

The standard of accommodation in Vietnam is, by and large, excellent. In the main tourist areas the range caters to all budgets, and though prices are a little expensive by Southeast Asian standards, the quality is generally quite high. Competition is fierce and with the construction boom still ongoing rooms are being added all the time – great for the traveller, as it keeps prices low and service standards high. There has been a massive increase in the number of luxury resorts along the coast (mainly aimed at the Asian package tour market), while budget travellers and those travelling off the tourist trail will find good budget accommodation throughout the country.

Moreover, due to increasing volumes of tourism, accommodation in Vietnam has also expanded to cater to the demand of this sector. You can find a wide range of service here, from budget hostels to five stars hotel. As a rule of thumb, big cities have a large number of choices while in small towns; it is harder to find upscale accommodation.

Unlike many countries in Europe and South America, there is no central square where most tourist attraction and accommodation concentrate. Instead, they spread out in several districts. For example, in Hanoi, while the Old Quarter provides a range of accommodation with historic attachment, hostels and hotels near West Lake offer scenic view of the largest lake in Hanoi.

Expect to pay at least 5 dollars for budget option and 150 dollars for luxury. Many hostels and hotels have a check in and check out time so make sure you check that in advance to avoid paying unwanted cost. Some of them also offer city tours or trips to surrounding areas. It is better, however, to shop around and ask for opinion from other experienced travelers to avoid scams. Luggage storage is available in most places.

Food service:
Food service has been striving for a more secure future; of which, nutrition is key to achieving the long-term goal of accomplishing food security and good health throughout the country. This requires paying special attention to access by all segments of the Vietnamese population to adequate supplies of foods that contribute to better diet and nutrition. Although Viet Nam has reached the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, malnutrition among children under five remains a major public health challenge. Therefore through the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) fund, some big oraganizations such United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are coordinating and leading some joint nutrition and food security programmes to end malnutrition and stunting in children and vulnerable groups in Viet Nam.

As far as we are concerned, cuisine plays a central role in the highly social culture of the people, making the F&B services sector all the more significant. Noted for its diversity and unique blend of fresh and tasty ingredients, Vietnam's cuisine is internationally famous and a significant motivation for international travellers to visit the country. Fittingly, cuisine holds a central component of Vietnam's international tourism marketing strategy.

Furthermore; consumers today not only base their food and beverage purchases on taste and price, but are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from, how its production has impacted the environment, how close the final product is to its raw ingredients, and how a purchase will affect the income of the producers down the supply chain. Adopting a responsible approach to F&B operation therefore makes business sense. Some of the other benefits of being more responsible in F&B services include: Reduced operating costs through savings in water, energy and waste; Improved staff productivity and morale; Creation of a point of difference from competitors and the attraction of new markets; Improved customer satisfaction; Contribution to the protection of the local environment and community.