Are you ready to conquer the great South Vietnamese city and the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City? Your choice for your hostel in Saigon will make the big difference if you love the city – or really dislike it.
So, pay attention. Here are the 3 best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City that will make your trip a great one!
And to give you a better stay in HCMC, we proudly present you the best hostels to stay at that will definitely complete your ultimate travel experience.
Important: You need a visa to enter Vietnam. You can check with iVisa.com which visa you need and how to get it. Here is my review on iVisa and how it works for Vietnam.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
tired of bad and crappy hostels
want to avoid the “young party kids”
happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We got all the coolest hostels that are very well suited for all types of travelers from solos, couples, small group to families. This is a complete, handwritten guide. We actually traveled to HCMC and stayed in several hostels and home stays.
This guide is the result of extensive research (and okay, lots of fun!!).
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 to stay away from the cheapest hostels in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam. These usually come with a higher price-tag you didn’t sign up; meaning 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 from Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City, or HCMC for short. It is 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 planing and orientation.
Besides the amazing building itself and the interior design, it is the small details like comfy mattresses, large fluffy pillows, natural room lighting, spacious and comfy rooms what TCRP wants for their guests and travelers to have the optimum relaxation during their stay.
The hostel does not only give guests a quiet place to stay but also a peaceful neighborhood situated in Nguyen Trai Street, District 5. The location is top! You are away from the crazy (and not cool) backpacker party street, and in a small side-street.
Therefore, at night you sleep super quiet!!
This is super important to know when choosing a hostel in Ho Chi Minh City. 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, like 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 home with you a piece of Vietnam.
And if you’re in the mood to drink, TCRP features a rooftop bar you couldn’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, have great conversations with your new 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, cards, play musical instruments or simply watch together at the comfy and warm TV lounge. Nothing like the warm vibrancy of your home.
Our highlight was the family dinner night with the other travellers and staff. After the great food, we all head out to party together in a night club. FUN TIMES!
The Common Project is also a top choice or female solo travelers, adult travelers (35 upwards) and couples (luxury double rooms!).
You will not find the cheap backpacker here, since it is a bit more pricey than the usual hostel. However, as always 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
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!
Cheaper and safer transfers can be arranged at the hostel for your convenience too.
Amenities at Saigon Backpackers Hostel:
Rooms are fitted with bunk beds and are equipped with flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms with a dryer.
Traveling solo or in a group?
Worry no more because the 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 and watch TV or play DVDs together with other hostel guests. Also, a good way to converse and change ideas with all kinds of travelers from different places as well.
Another part of the hostel is the kitchen where you are free to make your own preferred meals.
The hostel also offers complimentary guided city tours or simply arrange your own at the hostel tour desk.
Location: A hostel in central Ho Chi Minh Cit. You are in a 10-minute walking distance to 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 get around Saigon with Grab/ Taxi. It is a HUGE city!
This is one of the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for
This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.
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, when we travelled the first time for 3 months around the country, we sometimes thought “hey, let’s save some money”.
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. we went for 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 shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Saigon
Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
Best Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for Solo Travellers?
What is the serious, best hostel in Ho Chi Minh City for solo-travelers?
Being a solo-traveler entails many of its kind. But whatever kind you are, we have the best hostel for you.
The Common Room Project (TCRP) gives you the peaceful kind of stay where the hostel serves the comfort you need in your busy and tiring travel in the city.
From comfy bed to fluffy pillows and from great room space to very radiant lighting, TCRP makes sure 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, toast to a beautiful view of the City and have a great night with new acquaintances.
The hostel’s location also gives you easy access to explore and have a great adventure in the city being situated in Nguyen Trai Street, District 5.
Female-solo traveler? You are not forgotten.
The hostel is also best for female travelers offering guests the privacy and security you need in a room.
From the moment you enter TCRP, instantly, you will feel the ambiance of being home. Definitely your home away from home.
Because we love you so much and we want you the stay only at the best, we give you only the best.
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.
Offering guests a free beer between 19:00 to 20:00 every day during happy hour.
The Hideout rooftop bar is the perfect harbor to meet new friends, gain new acquaintances and of course have the 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, killer pool and ladies night and DJs.
Another thing you should not miss during your stay at The Hideout is the largest and legendary pub crawls on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
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 dorms, 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 with the vision of completing 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 with affordable prices you can avail.
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 fix.
More Saigon Hostels worth a mention
We hope that by now you already have a hostel Saigon in mind and a pretty good idea where to stay.
The Common Room Project, Saigon Backpackers Hostel, and City Poshtel are our personal favorites and they really standout in our hostels Ho Chi Minh City reviews but there are a lot of other hostels that you can consider. Afterall, 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 a better option compared to the best hotels 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 wardrobe. Bathrooms include hot and cold showers and a hairdryer.
This hostel also provides airport taxi services, currency exchange services, and laundry facilities.
Perks at Vy Khanh Hostel:
Location: Ideal for travellers who are interested in shopping, museums, and history as this place is located in Pham Ngu Lao district. This hostel is 700m from Ben Thanh Market, Fine Arts Museum, and Tao Dan Park. 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 and 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 at the common room with many games for travellers 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. Nearest airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport which is a 35-minute drive from the hostel.
If you’re looking for value, then this might be the place for you. Flipside Hostel features an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and a shared lounge, perfect place to relax and chill after a tiring day exploring Ho Chi Minh City.
This hostel is one of the best Vietnam backpacker hostels as they provide air conditioned dorm rooms with individual lockers under the beds. Free breakfast are served everyday with fresh tea or coffee.
Perks at Flipside Hostel:
1 swimming pool
24-hour front desk
Location: Situated in Ho Chi Minh City, this place is accessible to the city’s main attractions including Ben Thanh Street Food Market, Fine Arts Museum and Tao Dan Park. Nearest airport is Tan Son Nhat International airport which is 13km away from the hostel.
Less is more. Long Hostel provides the basic needs of a traveller. 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. If you are looking for a budget hostel then your search is over.
This hostel provides air-conditioned private and dorm rooms with cable TV, WiFi and free breakfast. Some private rooms features a private bathroom with 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 nearest airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport which is a 25-minute drive from the hostel.
Hangout Hostel is indeed the perfect place to hangout and meet other people. This hostel gives 2 bottles of beer for free everyday during happy hour at the bar.
European and Asian breakfast are served daily at the restaurant. Bike rentals and bus tour services can be arranged at the front desk. They even give out free city maps.
Perks at Hangout Hostel:
24-hour front desk
Location: Situated in Pham Ngu Lao, Hangout Hostel Ho Chi Minh is 100m away from Bui Vien, 1.1km from Ben Thanh Market, 1.3km from Reunification Palace, Della Boutique Hostel is 2.2km away and nearest airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport, which is 7k away from the property.
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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Ho Chi Minh City hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will 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!
Please note that DaBlend Hostel is temporarily closed.
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
What are the best hostels in Saigon?
You can find the best Saigon hostels in this article!
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Your Smart Packing List
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