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  • Maison d'Hanoi (tel. 04/3938-0999; www.hanovahotel.com): This is a stylish hotel in the center of Hanoi, just south of Hoan Kiem, with a compact setup and high standard. An affordable boutique downtown hotel.
  • Topas Ecolodge (tel. 020/387-1331; www.topasecolodge.com): Topas Ecolodge has the best mountain and rice paddy views in Sapa. Nestled in a misty valley away from the din of Sapa town, the lodge is also an ideal jumping-off point for treks and hikes.
  • Life Resort Hoi An and Quy Nhon (www.life-resorts.com): Whether at the more isolated beachside resort in Quy Nhon (tel. 056/384-0132) or at the fine resort in Hoi An (tel. 0510/391-4555) -- the very closest resort to town -- Life Resort sets a new standard.
  • Blue Ocean Resort (Phan Thiet; tel. 062/384-7322; www.blueoceanresort.com): The recent face-lift has done marvels for this resort. Stand-alone bungalows, with balconies overlooking the ocean and private outdoor tubs, are your best bet here. Great spa, too.
  • Palace Hotel (Ho Chi Minh City; tel. 08/3824-4231; www.bongsencorporation.com): A recent renovation has left this place with a cool Art Deco look and modern, comfortable rooms. Fold in the ideal downtown location, and this hotel is a real bargain.
  • Victoria Chau Doc and Can Tho (www.victoriahotels-asia.com): These two riverside classics are worth the trip. Chau Doc (tel. 076/386-5010) is a renovated old administration building, and Can Tho (tel. 0710/381-0111) is a retrofitted grande dame. Take great day trips and enjoy slow, riverside living.
  • Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.