Are you ready to conquer the great South Vietnamese city and the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City? Your choice of a hostel in Saigon will play a major role in whether or not you end up loving the city – or really disliking it.
So, pay attention. Here are the 3 best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City that will make your trip a great one!
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And to give you a better stay in HCMC, we proudly present you with the best hostels to stay at in Saigon that will definitely complete your ultimate travel experience.
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This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…
are tired of crappy hostels!
want a social Hostel to actually meet people
are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
We got all the coolest hostels that are very well suited for all types of travelers, from solos, couples, and small groups to families. This is a complete, handwritten guide. We actually traveled to HCMC and stayed in several hostels and homestays.
The average price for a bed: Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City cost as little as 3€ – 12€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 17€ up to 42€ per night. This is a rough average, just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Important: We highly recommend staying away from the cheapest hostels in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam. These usually come with a higher price tag that you didn’t sign up for, aka cockroaches. Pay a tiny bit more (meaning 4$ instead of 3$), and your experience will be entirely different.
Saigon vs. Ho Chi Minh City: The city has two names! After the American War ended, the city was named Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City, or HCMC for short. It is in the same city!
Location: Do not overthink the location of your hostel too much! HCMC is massive; you will need a scooter or taxi anyways unless you only want to sleep one night here and head to the airport; then stay close to the airport!
Other than that, check our map. We put all sights and hostels here for better planning and orientation.
We really like their minimalistic modern interiors that provide all the basic essentials that you could expect from a hotel: free toiletries, fresh towels (free and daily), and an amazing and accommodating staff.
If you’re looking for some liveliness, you can head to their little bar that gets converted to a café during the day.
If you’re a light sleeper, bring earplugs with you because the area tends to get noisy during the weekend as it is surrounded by bars and restaurants.
Meander Saigon is part of a chain of Meander hostels that first took root in Taipei, so the facilities have all been designed to accommodate the needs and expectations of travelers. You know you’ll be in great hands if you opt to stay here.
Location: Saigon hostels in district 1, very close to Japan town. Restaurants, cafés, and bars surround the area. Many of Ho Chi Minh’s main sights and attractions are at a walkable distance from this hostel. Alternatively, you’ll find a bus stop right in front of its entrance.
Although this hostel has a bar and an overall great, lively atmosphere, it is definitely not a party hostel.
Here, people like to lounge in cozy and comfortable places throughout the property, opting to participate in the hostel’s book exchanges or play board games in the lounge.
The bar is used as a place to hang out and socialize but closes at 10:00 pm.
The beds are also designed for ultimate comfort, with private curtains, lockers, and air conditioning.
Location: Saigon hostel in district 1, a 5-minute walk from Tao Dan park, Mariamman Hindu temple, and Benh Than market. Bui Vien street (backpacker street) is a 2-minute walk away as well. Restaurants, bars, and cafe surround the area. You can also reach most of Saigon’s famous sights from there.
This hostel prides itself in its highly social atmosphere and tries to promote it throughout the property – which is why they serve free beers every day (booze is notoriously known to increase extroversion, as you know).
Although this is a party hostel, it is still clean, which is why we recommend it. The dorms are cleaned on a daily basis, and they come with A/C and private power sockets per bed.
When it comes to noise, definitely don’t pick this one if you’re a light sleeper, as it is notoriously known to be loud – even in the middle of the night.
Location: Central hostel in Saigon in district 1. It’s right next to Bui Vien street, where you will find all the city’s most popular clubs and bars. It’s also easy to get around from here and explore what the rest of the city has to offer.
This is one of the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for
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What about the cheapest hostel in Ho Chi Minh City?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, if not even less than in Vietnam. Seriously, the first time we traveled around the country for 3 months, we sometimes thought, “hey, let’s save some money”.
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. we went to the cheapest places; it was dirty and with cockroaches. Skip that!
We are not your mommy, but you will not enjoy it. Spend 50 cents more per night – your whole hostel experience will change. For 50 cents more, you suddenly have a sparking, clean place, super friendly staff, events, breakfast included, etc.
You may not believe us right now; once you are in Vietnam, you will realize how cheap it is here!
We spent in total half a year already in the country!
However, if you are traveling on a shoestring budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Saigon.
Open Hostelworld with a full list of budget places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
Best Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for Solo Travelers?
What is the serious, best hostel in Ho Chi Minh City for solo travelers?
Solo traveling has as many styles as there are personality types. But whatever kind you are, we have the best hostel for you.
The Like Hostel & Cafe gives you a peaceful kind of stay where the hostel serves the comfort you need in your busy and tiring travel in the city.
From comfy beds to fluffy pillows and from great room space to radiant lighting, TCRP ensures you get the relaxation you long for.
And if you’re the party-type solo traveler, don’t you worry. The hostel features a rooftop bar where you can have your favorite beer (one free per day) while toasting a beautiful view of the City with fellow travelers.
The hostel’s location also gives you easy access to explore and have a great adventure in the city.
Being a party traveler, you should not miss the 2016 and 2017 Hostelworld award winner of the most popular hostel in Ho Chi Minh City, The Hideout.
Update: Darn! This hostel has now closed.
Offering guests a free beer between 19:00 to 20:00 every day during happy hour.
The Hideout Hostel Saigon is the perfect harbor to meet new friends, gain new acquaintances, and have a great party experience in Ho Chi Minh City. This is. by far, the best party hostel Ho Chi Minh has to offer.
Not only do you have your favorite ice-cold beer, but you also enjoy the nightly events and have a friendly competition with other guests in beer pong tournaments, neon parties, and billiards.
If you feel like exploring another party environment, Saigon’s main party street is a 1 minute’s walk away.
So if you want to experience the party of your life, stay at The Hideout.
Extra: The Dorm Saigon – Best hostel for Small Groups
Like any other dorm, The Dorm Saigon aims to link travelers and like-minded people from all around the world through the hostel and make a whole new perspective of a hostel.
The Dorm Saigon was created to complete your stay in Vietnam.
The hostel is great for a small group of travelers and offers good room deals for sharing. But if you are more into an intimate room vibe, The Dorm offers private rooms at affordable prices you can avail of.
Breaking the busy city ambiance, the hostel offers a garden and a boasting terrace where you can still have a smell of fresh air in the middle of the city.
And if you are into shopping, Vincom Shopping Center can be reached within 1.1 km only.
The hostel is also a short distance from Union Square, Saigon Opera House, and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. A good deal to enjoy the city, explore the culture and shop at the same time.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Ho Chi Minh City’s best hostels are popular, especially in high season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fixed.
More Saigon Hostels worth a mention
We hope that by now, you already have a hostel in Saigon in mind and a pretty good idea of where to stay.
The Common Room Project, Saigon Backpackers Hostel, and City Poshtel are our personal favorites, and they really stand out in our hostel’s Ho Chi Minh City reviews, but there are a lot of other hostels that you can consider. After all, there are tons of choices in the HCMC backpacker area.
We think that the three are the best hostels in Saigon. It is true that there are plenty of Vietnam hostels, so here we listed more Ho Chi Minh Hostels that you want to look at.
Vy Khanh Hostel
Phan Anh Backpackers
Hostels Ho Chi Minh and guest house Ho Chi Minh City are indeed better options compared to the best hotels in Saigon Vietnam because they are more affordable.
Vy Khanh Hostel
Vy Khanh Hostel provides clean, air-conditioned rooms with a TV, a mini-fridge, and a wardrobe. Bathrooms include hot and cold showers and a hairdryer.
This hostel also provides airport taxis, currency exchange, and laundry facilities.
Perks at Vy Khanh Hostel:
Location: Ideal for travelers who are interested in shopping, museums, and history, as this place is located in the Pham Ngu Lao district. This hostel is 700m from Ben Thanh Market, Fine Arts Museum, and Tao Dan Park. The nearest airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport which is 7km away from the property.
Phan Anh Backpackers Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam provides air-conditioned private dorm rooms. Guest rooms come with a fridge, work desk, and a flat-screen TV. Bathrooms feature a hot and cold shower and free toiletries. Guests who wish to see Ho Chi Minh city travel can make arrangements at the front desk.
Welcome drinks are offered in the common room, with many games for travelers to enjoy and relax. Laundry and dry cleaning services are also available.
Perks at Phan Anh Backpackers:
24-hour front desk
Location: Ideally located in Ho Chi Minh, this hostel is a 10-minute walk from Ban Than Market and a 10-minute drive from War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Basilica, and Saigon Opera House. The nearest airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport which is a 35-minute drive from the hostel.
Less is more. Long Hostel provides the basic needs of a traveler. Perfect choice for guests that are planning to spend most of their time exploring the city and looking for a place to rest their heads. Your search is over if you are looking for a budget hostel.
This hostel provides air-conditioned private and dorm rooms with cable TV, WiFi, and free breakfast. Some private rooms feature a private bathroom with a shower and toilet.
Perks at Long Hostel:
Location: Situated in Ho Chi Minh City, this hostel is 1km away from Ben Thanh Market. Local attractions such as Notre Dame Church and Independence Palace are a 10-minute drive away, and the nearest airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport which is a 25-minute drive from the hostel.
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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look at the map. Below we list all three best Ho Chi Minh City hostels on a map.
We love to plan our trips with a map with all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map would help you plan your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know on this list:
Cu Chi Tunnels
Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
Tao Đàn Park
Giac Lam Pagoda
Hồ Chí Minh City Museum of Fine Arts
Bà Thiên Hậu Temple
Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.
What is the best place to stay in Ho Chi Minh for Backpackers?
Not all hostels in Saigon are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Saigon. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also email us and ask us!
What are the best hostels in Saigon?
You can find the best Saigon hostels in this article!
What is the difference between Ho Chi Minh and Saigon?
After the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, the city of Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City. Nevertheless, the traditional name of Saigon remains highly popular, especially when mentioning the main part of the city that attracts most travelers.
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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Update: Closed Hostels
The Common Room Project (Closed in 2022)
The Common Room Project (TCRP) is AMAZING – AWESOME – THE BEST!
We love this place and highly recommend it as the best hostel in Saigon! Indeed, the best best area to stay in Ho Chi Minh.
It is the only 5 Star Hostel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Besides the amazing building itself and the interior design, it is the small details like comfy mattresses, large fluffy pillows, natural room lighting, and spacious and comfy rooms that TCRP wants for their guests and travelers to have the optimum relaxation during their stay.
The hostel gives guests a quiet place to stay and a peaceful neighborhood situated on Nguyen Trai Street, District 5. The location is top! You are away from the crazy (and not cool) backpacker party street and on a small side street.
Therefore, at night you sleep super quiet!!
This is important to know when choosing a Ho Chi Minh City hostel. We stayed in 3 more hostels in Saigon; it was always loud due to traffic or restaurants/ bars nearby.
Amenities you can use in TCRP:
Free and super Fast WiFi
Courtyard (you can park your motorbike here too as we did!)
Aside from a fully equipped kitchen where you are free to prepare your own meals, the hostel gives guests Cooking Classes. Here you can learn how to cook true Vietnamese dishes.
Not only do you learn how to cook their food, but you also take a piece of Vietnam home with you.
And if you’re in the mood to drink, TCRP features a rooftop bar you can’t resist.
The bar may not be your typical wild party house, but it gives you the perfect ambiance to chill and have a sip of your favorite cold beer and has great conversations with your newly gained friends while you take a view of the busy city.
We wouldn’t say that The Common Room Project is your home away from home if it does not have common activities between travelers and families.
Guests can play games, and cards, play musical instruments, or simply watch together in the comfy and warm TV lounge. Nothing like the warm vibrancy of your home.
Our highlight was the family dinner night with the other travelers and staff. After the great food, we all head out to party together in a nightclub. FUN TIMES!
The Common Project is also a top choice for female solo travelers, adult travelers (35 upwards), and couples (luxury double rooms!).
You will not find a cheap backpacker here since it is a bit more pricey than the usual hostel. However, with the 5-Star Hostels, it absolutely pays off!
What about the Location?
Though isolated from the noisy, busy streets, TCRP is only a few minutes away from the heart of the city, so you don’t have to worry. The great adventure in Ho Chi Minh City still awaits you. You can either rent a scooter to cruise around or take a Grab taxi.
The War Museum is around 20 minutes away. As for the Cu Chi Tunnels, which we highly recommend, you will need to book a tour anyways. The tunnels are outside the city.
This is one of the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for
Travelers +35 upwards
Saigon Backpackers Hostel (Closed in 2022)
Cheaper and more backpacker style comes in next Saigon Backpackers Hostel Vietnam. It is a certified cheap hostel Ho Chi Minh has to offer.
If you are looking for a clean, quiet, and budget-friendly hostel, Saigon Backpackers Hostel is confidently the one for you.
Another great deal about the hostel is that it is only a 30-45 minute drive to Saigon International Airport, where metered taxis will only cost you around $10-15 USD. Make sure you take a metered taxi or directly order a taxi with the Grab App!
For your convenience, cheaper and safer transfers can be arranged at the hostel.
Amenities at Saigon Backpackers Hostel:
Rooms are fitted with bunk beds, flat-screen TVs, and private bathrooms with a dryer.
Traveling solo or in a group?
Worry no more because they have spacious and modernly designed rooms for both solos and groups. From single beds to bunk beds, either way, both are fully air-conditioned rooms.
In the common lounge area, guests can kill time, watch TV, or play DVDs with other hostel guests. Also, a good way to converse and change ideas with travelers from different places.
Another part of the hostel is the kitchen, where you can make your preferred meals.
The hostel also offers complimentary guided city tours, or you can simply arrange your own at the hostel tour desk.
Location: A hostel in central Ho Chi Minh City. You are within a 10-minute walking distance of Ben Thanh Market and a 15-minute walk to the beautiful Opera House and Central Post Office.
A few walks and you’re already in the heart of the city, just waiting for you to explore.
Again, we recommend anyways to rent a scooter or getting around Saigon with Grab/ Taxi. It is a HUGE city!
This is one of the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for
Small Group Travelers
City Poshtel (Closed in 2022)
One of the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City, featuring a terrace where you can enjoy the sun’s warm rays, we got City Poshtel for you.
City Poshtel is a great choice for a relaxing vacation for families with children and small groups of travelers.
Rooms are vibrantly neat and clean, which warms your eye and gives you the comfort you are looking for in a hostel. And with comfort, we mean good quality relaxation and an excellent stay.
It is situated on Bui Vien Street in Saigon’s backpacker, only a 3-minute walk to Ben Thanh Market. The poshtel gives you the convenience of sightseeing and exploring the city of Ho Chi Minh.
And if you are eyeing to try Vietnamese foods, City Poshtel has a restaurant that you can surprisingly enjoy and have a taste of Vietnam just within the hostel, so you no longer have to go far.
Amenities you can enjoy at the City Poshtel:
24 Hour Front desk
Fax and Photocopy Machine
The hostels offer a paid airport shuttle service for convenience and to avoid hassled arrangements. Always ask the price first; a general rule for travelers!
Location: The City Poshtel is just a few minutes away from Ho Chi Minh’s must-see tourist spots, which include the Fine Arts Museum, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace, and Takashimaya Vietnam.
A perfect combination to shop, explore, and learn more about Vietnam.
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