My Favorite Hostels in Vietnam

My Favorite Hostels in Vietnam

My hostel experience in #Vietnam took me by surprise, and defiantly added to why I enjoyed my adventures. It was a pleasure to stay in the #hostels across the country, they were all #affordable, clean, #relaxing and the customer service was impeccable.


I started counting and realized that in the past 18 months of traveling as a nomad, mostly in Southeast Asia, a full month of which was spent in Vietnam, I’ve slept in no fewer than 157 beds, tents, hostels, guest houses, apartments, homes, home-stays, and even concrete beds.

 I’ve slept in no fewer than 157 beds

That’s a lot of places to lay one’s head!

Vietnam is the country I actually left for last when traveling in Southeast Asia, and now I wonder why! I loved it so much, in part because of the great hostel options.

I base my ratings and reviews of hostels on three main things: cleanliness, social atmosphere, and staff. At most of the following hostels, I ended up meeting really amazing people, had a good experience with the staff, and found the rooms to be clean (enough).

Please keep in mind that I’m a budget-oriented traveler, who likes a good value for my money, meaning I won’t go for the cheapest, dirtiest option just to save a few bucks, but I won’t spring for a luxurious suite either.

Please keep in mind that I’m a budget-oriented traveler

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Crazy (and famed) Saigon traffic of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 
Crazy (and famed) Saigon traffic of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 

I didn’t know before I arrived in Saigon that I was staying ever so slightly outside of the Pham Ngu Lao “backpacker area,” which ended up being just about the best choice ever.

which ended up being just about the best choice ever

 The backpacker area is pretty seedy, and reminded me quite a bit of Khao San road in Bangkok – pick-pocketing is rampant in the area and it’s just not appealing. The great part is it was only a ten minute walk away, so when I felt like having cheap beer, I could walk right over to Pham Ngu Lao, and then return to the safety of Town House 50 when I was finished.

from  $35

Hotel The Town House 50

 50E Bui Thi Xuan, Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
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Town house 50 is clean, the staff are absolutely incredible, and the cooked-to-order daily included breakfast made this one of my favorite hostels to date.

Nha Trang

A beach just north of Nha Trang
A beach just north of Nha Trang

Don’t ask me to pronounce this place, because I surely can’t!

Though I’m not the biggest fan of Nha Trang – I find it’s way too touristy and is really only good for partying – I have honestly never encountered a friendlier staff than the girls who work at Mojzo. They try to remember everyone’s name at this rather big hostel, are incredibly helpful, and so cheerful that it’s infectious. 

are incredibly helpful, and so cheerful that it’s infectious

from  $19

Hotel Mojzo Inn

 120/36 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Nha Trang, Vietnam
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The cooked-to-order rooftop breakfast, included in the room rate, would make this my favorite hostel in Southeast Asia if only it wasn’t in Nha Trang!

Hoi An

Beautiful Hoi An
Beautiful Hoi An

Sunflower Hotel has a pool, the price is right and it seems to be the hangout for budget-conscious backpackers in Hoi An. You’re sure to meet plenty of people there, and they have a free pick-up service from the bus stop! Conveniently, they have bike rentals on site for only $1/day.

You’re sure to meet plenty of people there

from  $67.06

Sunflower Hotel

 11B Thai Van Lung, Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
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The breakfast buffet is a pretty impressive spread as well. It’s a great value for the money.

Hanoi

Halong Bay, Vietnam (a trip up from Hanoi)
Halong Bay, Vietnam (a trip up from Hanoi)

Much superior to the Hanoi Backpacker’s option, where they are pretty darn disorganized, this smaller hotel is about the same price, when sharing the room with another person, and is much nicer.

from  $20.58

Hotel Little Hanoi Hostel 1

 48 Hang Ga, Ha Noi, Vietnam
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The downstairs area is a nice place to have friends over and socialize before going out, and it’s still close enough to the bars and backpacker area to walk over for nighttime festivities.

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