Finally, we made it to the most picturesque village in Vietnam: Hoi An. This is your complete, handmade guide to the absolute best hostels in Hoi An.
Usually we only highlight the 3 top places to stay. Yet, for Hoi An we had to look a bit more outside the box. It is really not as easy as “THAT is the absolute best”. It really depends on you and your travel style.
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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.
Hoi An is fairly small, surrounded by rice-fields and about 5 km from the beaches. We will give you several options for Hoi An Hostels. Besides, we will also share what we do NOT like about this village and what you should know before you head here.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
tired of bad and crappy hostels
love unique hostels
don’t mind spending 1€-2€ more for a better experience
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). 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.
Location: Although it is a small village, the hostels are spread out the area. You can either stay at the beach-side, near the rice paddies or the central area of the Ancient Town. No worries though, in this guide we list cool places to stay in Hoi An at all of these spots.
Touristy: If you expect Hoi An to be romantic, tranquil with a bit of tourism, well, brace yourself. Hoi An is THE most touristy area you will experience in Vietnam. At peak season it is incredibly packed; we find this quite annoying. The bridge is full and you have to walk slooooooowly…
However, the mornings and after sunset are the best time to enjoy. This is when the city clears up from the tourists crowds. The perfect time to get your beautiful travel photos.
Scams: When there is tourism, scams are usually not far. Same goes for Hoi An. The village is known for tailor-shops, but there is a bunch of bad ones and obviously over-priced ones. You will be approached by street vendors a lot. Then there is an “entrance fee” for the ancient town – which is BS. Read more on tips for Hoi An.
3. Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – “Western-Style” Party Hostel
If you are looking for a “western-style” backpacker hostel with party, bar and swimming pool, go with Vietnam Backpackers.
The best party hostel Hoi An has to offer.
The hostel is run by Australians, and they know their business: a fun vibe, party-ambiance and cool tours like the boat tours. Some of the rooms overlook rice paddies behind the accommodation.
Vietnam Backpackers Hostel is the best party hostel in Hoi An. They offer FREE Vodka & Rum everyday for 1 hour, as well as nightly events and dj’s.
Con: The location is in-between Hoi An Ancient Town and the Beach-side. We think this is not the best location, except if you are happy to ride a bike to the beach (2km) and the old town (3km).
Good to know: We love Hoi An especially at night, when the lanterns lighten up the narrow streets and the restaurants and bars are open. Therefore, we actually recommend staying in the ancient town. See our recommendation #1 for best hostels in Hoi An.
Hoi An is gorgeous, seriously! It is surrounded by water and endless rice fields. The beaches are around 5km away from the Old Town.
And we have found the perfect place if you beaches are more your cup of tea.
Under The Coconut Tree Hostel is a beautiful place we enjoyed. We did not stay here personally, but visited a friend who stayed here. We tried their burgers – yummy! The rooms are bamboo huts, absolutely beautiful!
You are a 50 meters walk away from the beach. You will find hammocks here and lovely street vendors offer you to kick-back at the hammocks in exchange for you buying a drink from them. Now, you would think the drinks are pricey, right!? (at least we thought so…)
He, the street vendor, only asked for 30.000 Dong for a fresh Coconut. What a fantastic deal!
So, yeah, you can also stay at the Under the Coconut tree and hop on a bicycle to visit the Ancient Town. That is our 4th recommendation for places to stay in Hoi An.
Expect that best budget hotels in Hoi An are expensive so we always suggest to stay in hostels and homestays. Truth be told, when traveling with a friend, many homestays can be even cheaper than staying in a hostel.
You can find cheap homestays for 10€ per night, while the coolest hostel in town might be 9€ per night per person.
That being said, hostels in Vietnam come with a lot of extras. That can be tours, free drinks, free family dinners, and other perks. Always check Hostelworld and Booking.com.
If you are not on a super-shoe-string budget and want to socialize, choose a hostel over a homestay.
Best hostels in Hoi An for Solo Travellers
In all our guides we share the absolute best hostel in town for solo-travellers. Here are the best place to stay in Hoi An for backpackers.
As for Hoi An, we really think it depends on you.
You have these options we gave you above. We think the best places to meet people are:
Obviously, you should avoid Homestays as a solo-traveler since it will be hard to meet anyone there. Homestays are usually visited by families, couples, older couples and so on. The backpackers go usually with hostels although they can cost more.
One of the good hostel Hoi An has to offer. This hostel is good for travelers and backpackers interested in culture.
You will surely experience Vietnam because it is near to almost all the attractions Cam Pho. There are many activities you could join and the staff of Tribee Kinh Hostel & Bar are really helpful with everything!
Location: Set in Hoi An, 400 m from Hoi An Historic Museum. The nearest airport is Da Nang International, 27 km from Tribee Kinh Hostel & Bar.
Beaches? Shopping? Lazy Bear Hostel is a place to be. The hostel provides free bike rides to get around the town which is kinda cool.
They have tours everywhere that make it easier for backpackers to visit Hoi An attractions. Just approach the staff and they will definitely show you.
Private beach area
Location: Set in Hoi An, 3.6 km from Cua Dai Beach. The nearest airport is Da Nang International, 30.8 km from Lazy Bear Hostel. 14 km away from Friendly Guesthouse Hoi An and just 800 meters away from Sunflower Hostel Hoi An.
Little Leo provides clean rooms, shared kitchen and living area, motorbike rental, and laundry services.
Very good breakfast
Location: Little Leo is situated in in the An Bang Beach area. The property offers rooms in Hoi An city, 1.1 km from Cam Pho Temple. Assembly Hall of the Cantonese Chinese Congregation is 1.3 km from Little Leo, while Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation is 1.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Da Nang International Airport, 22 km from the property.
There’s a bunch of details nobody tells you about Hoi An before going there. In this section we share tips we think everybody should know before traveling to Hoi An.
Hoi An is so beautiful. It should not come as a surprise that the tourism is booming here.
The Ancient Town is quite small, and with the increasing number of tourists, it feels like the village is run down by tourism crowds.
Especially at mid day and for sunset, the center is packed. Like, really packed.
It can be overwhelming at times. We talked with a lot of travelers coming from Hoi An, and the verdict has been diverse. Many people love it, others did not enjoy the crowds at all.
We are definitely the kind of travelers that are bothered by big crowds. So if you tick the same way, we recommend to visit the Ancient Town in the early morning, before 8-9am. 7am seems to be a perfect time to wonder around. Then, when the masses arrive you can just head out to the rice paddies or the beach.
Paper Lanterns on the river and your Trash:
On the risk of sounding like a know-it-all, we still risk it: Please do not trash Hoi An like so many people do.
Every night you find endless street vendors selling small paper lanterns with candles. They float on the water. You pay around $1 for this paper lantern, light the candle and send your “wishes” on a journey.
Please, before you go for it and buy this paper lantern, go around the corner and look behind the main bridge Cau An Hoi. You will find hundreds of paper lanterns trashing the rivers bench. Basically, people produce $1 trash.
We know it looks cute and tempting, and it is totally up to you. We just ask you to consider and have a look on the trash before you join.
Take photos, leave only foot prints!
Best Banh Mi in Vietnam: The Banh Mi Queen
Oh we love Banh Mi. You will find it all over the country. We paid anything between 7.000 Dong to 55.000 Dong. This means anything between 0.23 cents and 2.20€. No kidding. Anyways…
Hoi An is known as the best place for eating a yummy Banh Mi. The most famous place is Banh Mi Queen.
While it’s fair to say, we were skeptical at first, the food is really good and the price average. A Banh mi costs here around 25.000 Dong, so 1€. You can choose between a sandwich with meat, vegetarian Banh Mi’s are also available.
We are certainly not an expert when it comes to tailor-made clothing in Hoi An. We can only recommend you this place: Bebe Tailor.
It is a well-known and recommended clothing and tailor-shop. If you are looking to get a new suit or dress, visit Bebe Tailor to get a first idea of prices.
Entrance Fee for Ancient Town:
That was weird. The second time we entered the Ancient Town, a lady next to a ticket counter suddenly asked for our ticket. We had no idea what she was talking about. She said, we have to purchase a ticket for entering the old town.
Now, that smells like a scam, right?! Well, it is a scam – and it is not a scam. It’s Schrodingers-Scam!
These ticket stalls around the ancient town state “Please get your entrance ticket to help preserve the World Heritage of Hoi An”.
What nobody tells you: The tickets they sell are for the museums, temples and the Japanese Bridge. But sometimes, again, they check for your entrance ticket.
So, apparently there is an “official” entrance fee to the ancient town, but it’s absolutely messy and random. Even locals told us every single time, there is no entrance fee for the old town. You take one road, you pay. Take the road next to it, you don’t pay.
Good to know: Not a single backpacker we met paid this entrance fee.
Read our full review on iVisa, the shortcut for your visa around the world.
We got our visa with iVisa, it was super fast and cheap. Certainly much cheaper than other travellers we met. Unfortunately this German guy did not tell us his online company he got the visa from, but he paid 80€ while we paid 25€.
Map with all Hoi An Hostels + Sights
A map is always useful, right?! We love maps to plan our trips and city breaks.
We put all sights and hostels in Hoi An on one map.
Not all hostels in Hoi An 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.
Please also be reminded that Hoi An Sunflower Hostel is already closed.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Hoi An. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
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What are the best hostels in Hoi An?
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