Would like to go there in due time, but like to travel of the beaten track and really get to know the people. I know Vietnam is a Communist country. How would this affect accomodation?
Vietnam, like China, is communist in name only these days. Whilst the leadership is called the communist party, the individual focus is on making money, so there is as much competition for customers as anywhere else and you get what you pay for.
Depending on your home country, Vietnam can still be pretty cheap and the accommodation is generally decent at all levels - hot running water and air-con almost everywhere. One thing to watch out for would be bed-bugs - I found them in many cheaper places and homestays - so take a silk sleeping bag liner as protection. almost 10 years ago
Agree: community in name only, but the free market economy thrives there and there is loads of choice. Everything depends on what you call cheap, but you can stay in some pretty nice places for $40 - $50 a night.
It's a wonderful destination by the way. almost 10 years ago