WHAT IS A SERVICED APARTMENT IN VIETNAM?
Serviced apartments are often the best choice for expats looking for an accommodation in Vietnam. Indeed, they are convenient for many reasons. You can stay long-term or short-term, they are already fully furnished, and generally, they offer facilities such as swimming pool, gym, or rooftop area. So, what is a serviced apartment in Vietnam?
A serviced apartment (or service apartment) usually includes the following within the rental price:
- All pieces of furniture (couch, beds, closets, tables, chairs…)
- Bedding & bed linen (mattress, pillows and bed sheets)
- Kitchen accessories & kitchenware (oven and/or microwave, cooker, water boiler, pots, plates, glasses…)
- Internet (Wi-Fi)
- Cleaning a few times a week (including or not dishwashing)
- Building management fees
- Usage of the facilities (gym, pool..)
- Parking & security
- Laundry equipment (washers/dryers, either private or shared)
However, the rent rarely includes the utilities, such as:
- Electricity (between 2500 and 4000 VND per kWh, depending on the city and the owner)
- Running water (fixed fee, often inexpensive)
- Drinking water
Some serviced apartments also provide hotel-like services, like laundry and ironing, concierges, restaurant and room service.
In Vietnam, serviced apartments buildings almost always include 24/7 security guards. They will look after your motorbike and the premises. When this is not the case, then you may access the building using a security code, a key card, or a fingerprint access door.
It is worth knowing that most apartments buildings in Vietnam have a curfew in place after 10 or 11 pm. You will need to ring and call the security guard to open the door and access the building after curfew time.
Video tour of a serviced apartment in Ho Chi Minh City
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