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Xin Xao! Are you looking for the best hostels in Vietnam? You have come to the perfect place. We actually traveled through Vietnam extensively and even lived here afterwards.
We are Hostelgeeks and we discover the worlds greatest hostels – including the absolute best hostels in Vietnam.
We traveled all the way from Hanoi, Sa Pa and Cat Ba in North Vietnam, to Da Nang in Central Vietnam, and all the way to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) in the South. This list will help you backpacking Vietnam like a boss; no questions asked.
This is your Swiss knife to epic hostels and your answer to where to stay in Vietnam.
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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.
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We’ve visited the different hostels and rated them for you. We want you to have it easy finding quality hostels without spending hours on research.
This list of cool hostels gives you access to hostels with character and a social heart, yet, it is not your party hostel.
This guide is for everyone looking for…
- cool and clean hostels to meet people
- travelers between 25 and 40 (but not restricted to)
- everyone who is tired of looking for hostels for hours
Depending on the city, we also highlight the coolest backpacker and party hostels in Vietnam.
In this guide we take you to all important destinations around the country. We organized it for you from South to North. This is the most common backpacker itinerary in Vietnam.
Make sure you check our map for all hostels and the Vietnam itinerary.
We cover following the destinations:
- Introduction (basics, quality of hostels, prices)
- Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon)
- Can Tho
- Rach Gia
- Phu Quoc
- Vung Tau
- Mui Ne
- Da Lat
- Nha Trang
- Tuy Hoa
- Quy Nhon
- Kon Tum
- Hoi An
- Da Nang
- Dong Hoi
- Phong Nha
- Ninh Binh/ Tam Coc
- Ha Long Bay City (actually Ha Long City)
- Cat Ba Island
- Sa Pa
- Ha Giang
Before you continue reading, you can also check our FAQ list.
Our Vietnam Map: I love to plan my travels with the use of a map. This map will help you a lot too – I hope
Use this map below for planning your backpacking Vietnam. We added all hostels, sights we enjoyed and few more tips and tricks.
Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type
|🏯 Best Hostel in Hanoi:
|🏝️ Best Hostel in Phu Quoc :
|⛱️ Best Hostel in Da Nang:
|The Memory – Danang
|🥳 Best Party Hostel in Hoi An:
|Mad Monkey Hoi An
|🏙️ Best Hostel in Ho Chi Minh
|🎒 Best Hostel for Backpackers in Mui Ne:
|Mui Ne Hills Backpackers
|👩💻 Best for Digital Nomads in Nha Trang:
|👫 Best for Socializing in Quy Nhon:
|Mia Hotel – Capsule Hostel
|🏖️ Best Beach Hostel in Hoi An:
|Book Under The Coconut Hostel here
Besides the destinations, we share detailed guides to:
- Best Things to do in Vietnam – map and itinerary for Vietnam
- 27 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
- 41 Things to do in Hanoi
- 34 COOL things to do in Da Nang
- A guide to Sa Pa – enjoy time with local villagers
Again, the destinations are organized starting in the South, going up to North Vietnam. We also included destinations off the beaten path in Vietnam, such as Kon Tum.
To make this even easier for you, we created a map with all top hostels in Vietnam. Check out our hostel and itinerary map.
Quick Introduction to Hostels in Vietnam
You won’t find hostels in all places in Vietnam. You will find quality hostels only in cities and most-visited places.
Nevertheless, you will also find accommodations who call themselves hostels, even if they do not offer dorms or communal areas.
Names of Accommodations: In Vietnam they use the names they hear from western travelers for everything. Don’t be surprised if you find a restaurant called hostel, or a hotel called Google (we saw it!) . The best hotel/ hostel names we saw include “Trump Hostel”, “Google Hostel”, “iCloud Hotel and “Apple Hotel”.
It might feel overwhelming to decide where to stay in Vietnam.
Worry not, we are here to make it really easy for you.
Before we start with the best places to stay in Vietnam, let us give you some general and useful information:
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 4€ up to 15€ per night. A private room starts from 10€ up to 20€ per night. This is a rough average, but you see hostel prices in Vietnam are cheap.
Bear in mind, a hostel can be more expensive than a double room in a Homestay.
Nevertheless, it will be worth to pay a bit more, since you can upgrade to a gorgeous boutique hostel or a hostel with a roof top terrace or even a pool.
Bargaining: In Vietnam it is very normal that accommodations raise their prices if you try to book them directly. We booked many places online directly at their reception counter to get the best price. It sounds quite odd…but well, it happened more than a few times!
Tipping: Tipping is not a thing in Vietnam or in Asia. Please respect local culture and do not throw your money around like a rich guy with no limits. However, that being said, you can show your appreciation always by tipping when someone really treated you well.
Party Hostels: There is a wide range of hostel types. You will find CRAZY party hostels, beautiful boutique hostels and really crap places to stay. Make sure you pick the right type of hostel! In this list we will mark the type of hostels too. Check here all our party hostel guides.
Cheapest Hostels: Again, we only recommend places we would share with our family too. You will not find any bs place here. That being said, if you want to hunt down an accommodation on your own, NEVER go with the cheapest hostel or home stay out there.
Always pay 1€ or 2€ more.
Every single time we took the cheapest place, the price included cockroaches, dirty towels, and an itchy unpleasant experience. Accommodation is so cheap here, you do not need to go for the shi**y 7€ double room when you can have a kick-ass place for 10€ per night.
Room Type Double Bed: The dorm-types are pretty standard. You will find anything from 4-bed dorm to 20-bed dorms. The room type “double bed” is quite funny here. It means: two double beds. so you can book actually with a buddy a double room, and you’ll get two separated queen beds.
(This is the regular case here, always makes sure you book the right room type!)
Safety: Never leave your belongings laying around, especially your wallet. There are stories of a few thousand dong being taken from a wallet. This rule applies to all hostels in the world.
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.
Travel Insurance: Before heading to Vietnam, we recommend getting insurance. Find our insurance guide here. This is especially worth it if you plan to motorbike the country.
🎁 New to Hostels? Read our guide to staying in a Hostel for the First Time here. We especially recommend reading:
- How to book hostels? (and websites to save $)
- 23 clever items: the hostel packing list to download
- How does the Hostelworld App work exactly? Our Advanced Guide
Best Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon)
Let us kick off this list with an epic hostel. Just so you know we are serious when it comes to the most amazing hostels in Vietnam. These are hostels in Vietnams 2nd biggest city are:
- Meander Saigon – best for Female Solo Travelers
- The Like Hostel & Cafe – best for Solo Travelers & Backpackers
- The Hideout Hostel Saigon – best for Party Lovers
Ho Chi Minh City; a city with more than 10 million motor bikes and the vibrant economic driver of the country. In all the chaos and the size it comes with, Meander Hostel is your small oasis.
Our #1 choice is the beautiful meander Hostel. It is the absolute ebst hostel in HCMC for female solo travelers and digital nomads.
What about the Location?
Saigon hostels in district 1, very close to Japan Town. Restaurants, cafés, and bars surround the area. Many of Saigon’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.
Best Hostels in Can Tho: Casa Inn Hostel
What a beautiful place and your super easy answer on where to stay in Can Tho.
Go with the Casa Inn Hostel!
The super clean, and easy-going place is the best place in town. We like their fresh design. The dorm is super nice, the beds even have curtains AND they do have A/C. SCORE!!
The dorm is also just 7€ per night. If you want to “splurge”, the double room starts from 15€.
Ask them for their tours around the area, and cooking classes. Good fun!
Best Hostels in Rach Gia: Kiet Hong Hotel
For sure you want to add the Mekong Delta to your bucket-list Vietnam. Here in Rach Gia we recommend The Kiet Hong Hotel. It is NOT a hostel, but a cheap quality hotel. There is no hostel we could recommend actually.
Do not really expect anything social here. It is the best option though to stay here, and a double room is only 12€.
Compare rates at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Phu Quoc
Langchia Home in Phu Quoc is a serene and enchanting retreat nestled on the picturesque island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Surrounded by lush greenery and pristine beaches, Langchia Home offers a perfect blend of tranquility, comfort, and natural beauty.
The resort’s design embraces the island’s traditional architecture, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam. Each of the villas is meticulously crafted using local materials, creating a harmonious blend of modern amenities and traditional charm. The spacious and elegantly furnished villas offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, ensuring a truly immersive experience for guests.
Langchia Home prides itself on providing exceptional hospitality, ensuring that every guest receives personalized attention and a warm welcome. The staff is attentive and friendly, always going the extra mile to cater to the needs and preferences of each guest. From arranging island tours to organizing romantic dinners on the beach, the resort staff ensures that every aspect of the stay is tailored to create lasting memories.
NEW: 3 best hostels in Phu Quoc + top things to do
Best Hostels in Vung Tau
Beach time at Vung Tau! Once a French colonial town, Vung Tau is a peninsula with many beaches to relax. It would be your first choice to go out of Ho Chi Minh to get to the beach.
We have found one cool hostel in Vung Tau:
- Tomorrow Hostel – more a homestay, perfect to unwind
The location is pretty much the same. The big difference is the style of accommodation, that’s it.
Tomorrow Hostel in Vung Tau
Tomorrow Hostel is for every age of traveler, NOT looking for party, but a very relaxing, easy stay with a good night sleep. Their dorms come in pod-style, which I really like. (only downside, the pods do not have curtains).
Tomorrow Hostel is to me a typical Vietnamese-type of hostel.
Meaning you have the Vietnamese hospitality and more of a home-stay feeling, rather than a hostel. There is not as much social ambiance with western-travelers and foreigners, but you chat more with the lovely Vietnamese owners.
A great choice for adults, older travelers and couples.
Compare rates at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Mui Ne
Mui Ne; get ready for kite-surfing, beaches, dunes (and corrupt police).
There is again two great hostels in Mui Ne we want to share:
- iHome Backpacker Resort – The iHome Original – fun hostel with private beach
- Mui Ne Hills Backpackers – backpacker’s choice with swimming pool
Good to know: The street leading out of Mui Ne is known for corrupt police. They stop every foreigner on a bike and you will need to bribe them. Please inform yourself on how to avoid this scam.
1. iHome Backpacker Resort – The iHome Original
Another fun, backpacker hostel, but with a PRIVATE beach and a swimming pool: iHome Backpacker Resort – The iHome Original.
This place is epic and well-known and is located literally on the beach. You can walk from your room into the ocean in 1 minute.
What can you expect:
- Private Beach
- Beach-Front Swimming Pool
- Unlimited beer for 1 hour
- Free Water Refill
- Beach Hammocks
- Indoor Games
- Awesome people
Below we add a video for you. It’ll give you a great impression of how your stay here will look like.
Important: There are a few hostels named iHome Mui Ne. We explicitly recommend “iHome Backpacker Resort – The iHome Original”. Use the links below to make sure this is the on you are making a reservation for.
2. Mui Ne Hills Backpackers – Party Hostel
Especially designed for the backpacker, Mui Ne Hills has still all the luxury of a resort style accommodation…at backpacker prices.
This is the place to meet, have beers with your new travel mates, and seriously kick-back and have an epic time. Many kite-surfers love to stay here. And obviously, there are tours to the famous Dunes you should not miss.
Oh, and just so you know: There is not one swimming pool…but TWO swimming pools!
Best Hostels in Da Lat, Vietnam
As for Da Lat, we have three cool hostels for you. They are all quite different. Choose the one that fits best your travel style. There is not a party hostel around. For partying, better hop over to Mui Ne or Nha Trang. Da Lat is more about nature and coffee.
The best hostels in Da Lat are:
Read the complete guide to best hostels in Dalat – more hostels + map.
1. Tigon Dalat Hostel
Tigon is a great option for solo travellers that enjoy privacy-led dorms. The dorms here sleep 20 people so it’s super sociable!
One thing to note: there are no private rooms on offer here.
The balcony is certainly the best bit, with outstanding views of the surronding mountains.
Relax in the common area, play billiard and enjoy a free breakfast each morning. Every second night there is an affordable family dinner on offer, too.
Compare rates: Hostelworld
2. Pretty Backpackers House
Here’s a wonderful hostel for backpackers in the area.
Pretty Backpackers House is situated nearby some great street food and the night market is a short stroll on foot.
Inside the hostel there is a friendly dog and a super cool rooftop which is perfect for enjoying dinner and a beer (or two).
Once again, there are only dorms here and no private rooms. Ask the staff about renting a motorbike and booking buses for travelling the country.
Best Hostels in Nha Trang
First things first: We are not a big fan of Nha Trang itself. The city itself is very touristy, but the surroundings and day trips are seriously amazing.
We do not think it is worth it to visit Nha Trang! Crowded, overpriced, touristy. There’s much better places to see!
For the best hostels in Nha Trang, we used to love staying at CCASA Hostel. But lately, this hostel hasn’t really been up to standards. But we still like its design aspect: sleeping in containers, cooking with design, and hanging out in giant hammocks under the stars; sound tempting?
Three Shipping containers in red, yellow, and blue are there to provide a good night’s sleep and an open space to socialize.
We also have a guide on the Best Hostels to stay in Nha Trang that you should check out for really great options.
Best Hostels in Tuy Hoa
Laé Hostel, Tuy Hoa – The Authentic Vietnamese Retreat
For those traveling through Vietnam, Tuy Hoa may not always be the first name that springs to mind. But once you’ve set foot in Laé Hostel, it’s a name you won’t easily forget. Here’s why.
Location: Positioned strategically in Tuy Hoa, Laé Hostel offers the perfect balance of accessibility and local immersion. A stroll away from pristine beaches and bustling markets, it serves as an ideal base for both exploration and relaxation.
Atmosphere: Simplicity is at the heart of Laé. Imagine traditional Vietnamese architecture meeting modern comforts. Bamboo-themed communal areas, well-ventilated rooms, and open-air lounges. Whether you’re a solo backpacker or traveling in a group, there’s a corner waiting for you here.
Facilities: From secure lockers and clean bedding to free Wi-Fi and a well-equipped kitchen, Laé has ticked off all the essentials. Their 24-hour front desk is not just a service point but also a hub of insider information. Wondering about the hidden gems of Tuy Hoa? Just ask.
Unique Experience: What sets Laé apart is its commitment to local experiences. Engage in on-site Vietnamese cooking classes, or embark on guided tours to off-the-beaten-path attractions. Here, it’s not just about a place to sleep; it’s about diving deep into the culture.
Verdict: For those in search of an authentic Vietnamese experience coupled with the comforts and camaraderie of a hostel, Laé in Tuy Hoa stands out. Backed by consistent positive feedback and our in-depth inspection, we confidently recommend Laé Hostel for your next stay in Vietnam. Trust us, and thank us later.
Best Hostels in Quy Nhon
Mia Hotel – Capsule Hostel
Location: Set in the serene heart of Quy Nhon, Mia Hotel – Capsule Hostel ensures travelers are always in the thick of things, yet cocooned enough to enjoy a restful night’s sleep.
Capsule Experience: For those new to the capsule concept, here’s the deal: Think private, compact spaces, tailored for the solo traveler yet spaciously designed to offer a cozy rest. At Mia Hotel, they’ve perfected this blend.
Facilities: Mia isn’t just about sleeping. They offer complimentary Wi-Fi, secure lockers, and a communal area that fosters global connections. Cleanliness? Top-notch. Security? Round the clock. Plus, their staff is multilingual, ensuring smooth communication.
Hostelgeeks Inside Scoop: Our favorite bit? The rooftop terrace. A sublime spot to catch Quy Nhon’s sunsets, with a local brew in hand. And for the foodies, this hostel is just a short stroll away from the town’s famed street food alley – a gastronomic experience you shouldn’t miss.
Verdict: For both hostel rookies and aficionados, Mia Hotel – Capsule Hostel presents a prime example of what modern hosteling in Vietnam should feel like: Authentic, safe, and memorable. Book with confidence and tell them Hostelgeeks sent you.
Best Hostels in Kon Tum
Our journey took us as well to Kon Tum. Not many travelers come here at all. You won’t find it on any itinerary for Vietnam. And yet, here it is.
It is really off the beaten path. Kon Tum has a super local vibe. It offers a bunch of great cafes, incredible food (even for vegetarians!), and even sights you do not expect, such as:
- The wooden church
- the city hall (photo below)
- the iron bridge
We made our way here thanks to Instagram. We found a few photos of the area and were hooked. We did not make any reservation beforehand, since it’s not busy at all.
If you fancy a nice homestay, go with Phuot Homestay.
Best Hostels in Hoi An
Finally, we made it to the most picturesque village in Vietnam: Hoi An.
Hoi An is for sure on your list for the best things to do in Vietnam. If not, now is the time.
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:
- Mad Monkey Hoi An – best for party goers
- Under The Coconut Tree – best for groups
- HY Local Budget Hotel by Hoianese – best for solo travelers
Read our complete guide to best hostels in Hoi An.
1. Mad Monkey Hoi An
Mad Monkey Hoi An is a hostel that provides its guests with a comfortable and convenient stay. The hostel is located between the UNESCO old town and some of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches, making it an ideal location for travelers.
Mad Monkey Hoi An boasts a stunning outdoor pool, open and airy common spaces, a deck area with a view of lush rice paddies, and a large alfresco-style bar and restaurant. The hostel offers free WiFi throughout the property.
2. Under The Coconut Tree
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 beaches are more your cup of tea.
Under The Coconut Tree 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 in 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 5th recommendation for places to stay in Hoi An.
3. HY Local Budget Hotel by Hoianese
HY Local Budget Hotel by Hoianese, a 1-star hotel in Hoi An, Vietnam, offers comfortable and convenient accommodation. The hotel is situated attractively and is only 500 meters from Hoi An Historic Museum and 600 meters from Japanese Covered Bridge. The property features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, free private parking, and room service.
The hotel has a restaurant and a bar for guests to enjoy. Rooms at HY Local Budget Hotel by Hoianese – 5 mins walk to Hoi An Ancient Town include a wardrobe, and guests can enjoy an à la carte breakfast during their stay.
Check prices at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Da Nang
Ever heard of Da Nang? Do not make the same mistake like most travelers: Do NOT skip Da Nang!
Read the detailed guide to Best Hostels in Da Nang here.
Da Nang is quite a big city and for us, it’s the Vietnamese Barcelona. Few of the coolest things to do in Da Nang are:
- Fire Spitting Dragon – the Dragon Bridge
- Ba Na Hills
- Marble Mountain
- Beaches and Surfing
- Food and Coffee Scene
- Splurge at Roof Top Terraces
Read my full guide on 34 best things to do in Da Nang – including Dragon, Tattoos and hidden beaches.
A unique vintage touch and beautiful, detailed design is the Memory Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Da Nang, Vietnam.
Super cosy, with an incredible team that feels more like a family. Besides the super comfy rooms, we love their stylish coffee downstairs and their epic roof top terrace.
This might be the most luxurious hostel in all Vietnam!
Read our complete guide to best hostels in Da Nang, Vietnam.
Best Hostels in Hue
In terms of sightseeing, Hue might be the most expensive city in Vietnam. The imperial city costs like a 150.000 Dong entrance fee (which is around 6€).
The Tomb of Tự Đức, officially Khiêm Tomb, is another highlight to visit. It costs 100.000 Dong entrance fee (approx. 4€).
There are four hostels in Hue we recommend.
- Nano Eco Hostel – best for Eco Lovers
- Amy 2 Hostel – best for Female solo travellers
- a-mâze house – best for Solo Travelers
Here is our full guide to the best hostels in Hue.
Amy 2 Hostel, Hue
Amy 2 Hostel is a modern choice in the middle of the city, though still located on a quiet street.
It has some really wonderful amenities to support a good time, including:
- Restaurant and bar
- Bike rental
- Free Wi-fi
All of the shared and private rooms come with air-conditioning, hot showers and towels.
It’s a top choice for both female solo travellers and couples.
Best Hostels in Dong Hoi
On our way from Hue to the Phong Nha caves, you will come across Dong Hoi. The perfect spot again to unwind and see a smaller, Vietnamese town.
The best hostels in Dong Hoi is Dolphin Home.
If only all hostels in the world had that staff! The staff is simply amazing here. They know everything the visitors want to see, plan next etc. They even help you with your trip to Phong Nha to see the caves – see below.
That place is full of love and we think the people staying here adapt to that vibe instantly. On top, we love the view over the river. A perfect place to find new friends!
Good to know: In case Dolphin Home is fully booked, check out Barefoot Homestay, a great place too!
Compare rates at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Phong Nha
Phong Nha Tuan Garden House
Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Phong Nha is the Phong Nha Tuan Garden House, a true embodiment of an authentic Vietnamese experience. For those taking their inaugural hostel journey or seasoned travelers well-acquainted with hostel stays, this place seamlessly marries local culture with comfort.
Its traditional architecture whispers tales of Vietnam’s rich heritage, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in an experience that’s genuine to its roots. But it’s not just about the structure; the soul of Tuan Garden House thrives in its lush, tranquil gardens, offering a verdant respite after a day of adventure.
One of the most cherished aspects of this hostel is its staff. Eager to offer insights you won’t find in conventional guidebooks, they’re your gateway to hidden gems in and around Phong Nha. The rooms strike the right balance between traditional charm and modern amenities, ensuring a restful night’s sleep. Plus, with a firm commitment to eco-friendly practices, your stay here is not just enjoyable, but sustainable too.
In a country dotted with numerous accommodations, the Phong Nha Tuan Garden House stands as a beacon of authenticity. It isn’t merely a place to rest; it’s a deep dive into Vietnam’s heart, away from the well-trodden tourist paths. When we at Hostelgeeks recommend a spot, it’s based on its genuine essence, and this hostel undoubtedly delivers. Book Now for an unparalleled, authentically Vietnamese experience.
Best Hostels in Ninh Binh/ Tam Coc
Here are some of our favorite hostels in the Ninh Binh and Tam Coc areas:
- The Banana Tree Hostel – best for Solo Travelers
- Tam Coc Mountain Bungalow – best for Couples
- Hoalu Backpacker Homestay Ninh Binh – best for Backpackers
We also have an in-depth guide on the best hostels in Ninh Binh that you can check out.
Tam Coc Bungalow
Tam Coc is located only a few km away from Ninh Binh, the bigger city next door.
We highly recommend staying in Tam Coc for your time here as it gives you instant access to the beautiful surroundings. And the best hostel in Tam Coc is the Tam Coc Bungalow.
After all, Tam Coc is the little brother of Ha Long Bay, no doubt about it. And yet, it is unique.
Numerous Pagodas are there to visit, and the river is clearly the busiest street in the area.
Best Hostels in Hanoi
YAY, we made it to Hanoi! Located right at the edge of Old Quarter Hanoi, NEXY Hostel is the perfect base for the Hostelgeeks community. It is the #1 hostel in Hanoi to stay at a cool, hip quality hostel. No wonder NEXY Hostel is the 5 Star Hostel in town.
The 3 best hostels in Hanoi are:
- NEXY Hostel (great for solo travellers and couples)
- Luxury Backpackers Hotel (for female solo travelers)
- Little Charm Hanoi Hostel (best hostel for friends)
Read our complete guide: best hostels in Hanoi in 2024, Vietnam
Furthermore, we wrote a huge guide on the best things to do in Hanoi.
Best Hostels in Ha Long Bay City (actually Ha Long City):
Truth be told, for us Ha Long City is not a very nice city to stay in. It is overwhelming, loud, and a tiny Las Vegas with Casinos.
Not pleasant, really. Better stay in Cat Ba Island, see below. In Ha Long City we stayed for one night in a very simple homestay. That will be your best bet here. Sorry, no best hostels in Ha Long City from our side.
Cat Bat Island?
It is the biggest island on Cat Ba Archipelago, right next to the world famous Ha Long Bay. One of the most iconic Vietnamese landscapes, known for its emerald waters and thousand limestone islands. It is important to know that you can take the famous boat tours from Cat Ba, too. It is the exact same landscape and area!
Best Hostels in Cat Ba Island
The best hostels in Cat Ba Island are:
- Secret Garden Cat Ba
- Luna’s House Hostel
- Republic Hostel
- Cat Ba Freedom Island Retreat
- Woodstock Beach Camp
We also wrote a more in-depth guide to the best hostels in Cat Ba Island.
Nestled on the captivating Cat Ba Island, Republic Hostel stands out as a must-visit haven for every traveler. This locally-run hostel seamlessly blends the island’s natural beauty with modern comforts, promising an experience that’s both authentic and convenient. With spacious dorms, private rooms, free Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, and a vibrant on-site bar, guests are well catered for. But what truly sets Republic Hostel apart is its unique insider perspective to Cat Ba.
Dive deep into genuine stories, and discover off-the-beaten-path recommendations only the locals know about. A short stroll away lie pristine beaches and delightful local eateries, while the hostel also serves as a gateway to the breathtaking Lan Ha Bay tours.
Whether you’re a backpacking newbie or a seasoned hostel enthusiast, Republic Hostel delivers a Cat Ba experience rich in local flavor and genuine connections. For an undiluted taste of Cat Ba with all the modern amenities, Republic Hostel is our top recommendation. Always book ahead, especially in peak seasons. For more exclusive insights on the best hostels in Vietnam and beyond, stay tuned to Hostelgeeks.com.
Woodstock Beach Camp
The Woodstock Beach Camp is a cool backpacker hostel on Cat Ba Island, in Vietnam.
Once you arrive at Woodstock Beach Camp, there is no reason to leave. You have an in-house restaurant, serving western and Vietnamese food.
There is also a bar which opens in the evening, selling drinks for a reasonable price. It is just across the street from the hostel.
This way you can either sleep or have a drink with fellow travelers.
Volunteers and travelers have built different facilities around the bar, like the beach swing aka hammock.
Important to know: This is not a sparkling-clean 5 Star Hostel. This is a backpacker hostel with a hippy-kind of feeling. It is super cool and fun for all travelers if you want to mingle and get the backpacker vibe!
Best Hostels in Sa Pa: Go with a local family
Especially for Sa Pa, we recommend staying with a local family. It is the cultural experience you are looking for.
Best Hostels in Ha Giang
If you’re a mountain lover, the Ha Giang Loop is a must for your bucket list. With beautiful views and a diverse population of ethnic minorities, the Ha Giang province in the north of Vietnam offers some of the most impressive mountain scenery and local experiences you’ll ever encounter.
Here are the area’s best hostels:
We also have a guide with more in-depth details: best hostels in Ha Giang.
NoMadders Hostel is a charming oasis located on the outskirts of Ha Giang. This hostel has a picturesque blue pool and is surrounded by lush greenery. Travelers can take a dip in the hot tub while the twinkle lights light up the night. Not only is the location secluded, but it also serves as a haven for both travelers and locals.
The on-site restaurant and bar offer a variety of delicious meals and signature cocktails. This hostel is small but intimate, with a 12-bed mixed dorm and a private room for individuals or couples.
Bike rentals are also available for those looking to explore the Vietnam Loop. NoMadders Hostel is the ideal spot for a peaceful getaway and a chance to meet other travelers.
Our Favorite Hostels in Vietnam put on a map + sights
Below we created a big map for you. This map includes all the recommended hostels from Nha Trang, Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Obviously, we organized this map and list by destinations to make things easier for you. After all, we know what we are talking about.
Good to know: In this list we also cover our 27 best things to do in Vietnam
How to use the map?
Open the sidebar in the map to activate and deactivate the different layers. This might be easier for your planning.
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Here is our recommendation for a backpacker itinerary in Vietnam.
You see, Vietnam is perfect to travel from North to South and vice versa. You will either be starting in Hanoi in the North or in Saigon in the South.
Good to know: If I were you, I would have a look on the weather conditions – simply ask Google. It may make sense to start in the South, when the weather prediction for the North isn’t that good.
Above in the map you find our itinerary recommendation and all mentioned hostels.
What else do we cover on Vietnam?
There is no way around Vietnamese coffee culture, dive into the coolest and best design cafes in Da Nang here.
Bonus: 27 Things to do in Vietnam.
Extra: 41 Fun Things to do in Hanoi
We know the country and the hostels around. We have been traveling since 2007, staying in the coolest places around. Therefore, we decided to put together this list of great Vietnamese Hostels. And not just that. We also created a big guide to Hostels.
How long to visit Vietnam?
You can see all of Vietnam’s highlights in 20 days if you travel by (sleeping) bus or if you just decide to focus on one area – North and central Vietnam or South and Central Vietnam. However, we do recommend to spend more days in this beautiful country.
Do not rush it!
Vietnam has so many places to see and discover!
Did you know there is an actual desert in Vietnam? We are not talking about the Mui Né dunes, there is an actual hidden dessert.
Find all details on our most EPIC things to do in Vietnam article.
Visa to Vietnam
Need a visa to Vietnam?
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€.
When is the best time to visit Vietnam?
That is a really good question! and the answer is…
Depending on which area you want to see. Rainy season in North Vietnam and South Vietnam are inverted.
Meaning, when it is rainy season in the north, you can visit the south with sunny warm weather (and no rain).
In central Vietnam, there is warm weather all year round, but it also has a rainy season. The rainy season in Da Nang is around November to January.
Trying to avoid rainy season is a good idea. We just caught the beginning of the rainy season in the south and we had rain all day. Nevertheless, rainy season does not mean that it rains all day long.
While we were in DaLat, it rained every day from 14:00 to 17:00. It was quite punctual every day and we planned our activities around it.
Transport in Vietnam
In Vietnam it is easy to move around. You will find buses, sleeping buses, trains, taxis, scooter-taxis and even drivers who will be happy to drive you around all day long.
Also, in many areas (like Cat Ba Island) it is a good idea to rent a motorbike.
That will give you more flexibility to visit the places.
From Hanoi to Sa Pa you can either take the sleeping train or the sleeping bus.
We took the sleeping train. You can purchase tickets online, BUT: They are 4 times more expensive compared to buying tickets directly at the main train station. No kidding!
Flights to Vietnam?
Many travelers with limited time also take flights. A very common route to take is flights from Hanoi to Da Nang and Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City.
Check Skyscanner to find flights across Vietnam. JetAir is the Vietnamese Airline you will most likely end up booking.
The most popular airports with cheap flights are:
- Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City
- Da Nang – near Hoi An in Central Vietnam
We took once a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi. A second time we took a flight from Hong Kong to Da Nang directly. It is a very common itinerary. There are also direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City.
Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.
Your Destination is not listed?
That simply means there is currently no hostel we recommend…However, we have a huge internal list with fantastic hostels all over the place.
If you are missing any destination, then drop us an email. We’d be happy to give you our recommendation for more hostels across Vietnam.
Hostel Packing List
Okay, after finding all these super cool places, it’s time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack.
Make sure you check as well the weather. Weather in Vietnam varies a lot. It can always happen you will be caught in the rain.
I remember the first time backpacking Vietnam. I thought “if it rains, I simply won’t leave the hostel”…I was very naive, let me tell you that. In Da Lat it was raining every day, like clock-work, starting by noon. Sometimes, you simply cannot avoid the rain.
Therefore, what to pack for Vietnam? Get ready for sunshine and rain; for hot and a bit of cold.
Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you need to pack.
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9 Station Hostel
All right you will LOVE this one: 9 Station is the super cool luxury hostel in Phu Quoc. An absolutely amazing place to stay for all types of travelers. There is a social atmosphere, perfect for solo-travelers too.
Make sure you join their boat tours and snorkeling trips. Absolutely worth it. They even have a swimming pool, although we actually never used it, since you have the beach right around the corner.
NEW: 3 best hostels in Phu Quoc + top things to do
Komori House & Foods
There is a new, cute hostel in town, called Komori House & Foods.
It is more of a homestay, offering dorms to sleep in too.
Truth be told: We did not stay here personally. It is a brand new homestay/ hostel. However, it looks so promising. Knowing Da Lat, this could be a very unique accommodation! (Da Lat is quite Artsy and Hipsterish!)
Goc Phu Yen Backpacker & Photographer
This accommodation was totally unexpected, to be honest. Tuy Hoa is not exactly famous, yet a great experience to backpack Vietnam off the beaten path. It is really a destination for everyone traveling by motorbike through Vietnam.
The Goc Phu Yen Backpacker & Photographer is a cute, little hostel/ homestay/ cafe with a big heart.
Again, this place is actually more of a homestay with dorms. We guess, the dorms is why they call it a hostel.
You are just 10 minutes away from the beach and ocean. There are also restaurants and cafés around. As always, we recommend renting a scooter to explore the area.
John and Paul Inn Hostel
From a more homestay-style hostel to a real backpacker hostel.
John and Paul Inn is an absolute backpacker party hostel at the beach. YUP!
In their own words: Ready to Rock ’n’ Roll? Looking for the cheapest drinks in town? Want to meet other backpackers at nightly activities? If so, you’ve found your answer.
You are just a 3 minute walk from the beach and can stay in a clean, fun hostel. Bare in mind, this is a really one of the most popular party hostels in Vietnam. Book in advance, it gets sold out easily.
Super cool: They also organize tours like sand-surfing the dunes, visiting water falls, boat tours and such. FUN!
4. Cute Home stay in the rice paddies – for couples (CLOSED)
Besides staying in the Ancient Town or at the beach directly (see #5 below), you can also go with a cute homestay in the rice paddies.
On Booking.com alone you find more than 200 homestays in Hoi An, rated with 9.0 or higher. You see, there is a wide selection.
We stayed at The Bau Bi Retreat. You have wonderful views over rice paddies, a swimming pool, and even an airport shuttle if needed.
The double room was around 25€, but prices always depend on dates.
Everhome Hostel, Hue
Our number 1 hostel for Hue is a home-from-home that welcomes a variety of traveller types.
The room choices are fabulous,: male and female-only dorms, family rooms and a double private.
Not only is the breakfast free, but it includes a yummy banana pancake you just have to try!
The staff here are super friendly and at hand 24/7.
Hang out in the shared lounge and enjoy some ‘you time’ behind your very own privacy curtain.
Bonjour Hostel, Hue
Top location, with a nightlife and bars nearby, yet in a quiet street.
The staff really stands out, they know what they are doing. They help you with your bike ride or train to Da Nang or up North, and know Hue like the back of their hand.
The design? Well, nothing special really. Do not expect any gorgeous rooms or dorms. They are simple, clean, efficient.
For us, Bonjour Hostel is the absolute best place to stay in Hue on a budget.
When you are traveling as a couple, with a group of friends, or as a coffee-lover, check out SMLXL.
We LOVE this place.
It is not really a hostel since there is only 3 rooms (1 private double room and two dorms). They do not have a lot of guests here, so do not expect any social vibes, except chatting with the wonderful staff here.
This accommodation is inside a super cute café. It feels more like a boutique hotel, to be honest. The breakfast is included and extremely yummy; one of the best we had in all Vietnam. Obviously, you can get a coffee with your breakfast. The coffee…WOW!!
This place is the super-cool type of hipster.
Easy Tiger Hostel
Update: Super sad, but Easy Tiger closed its door permanently. Fingers crossed they will open again one day.
The absolute coolest hostels in Phong Nha, The Easy Tiger Hostel.
Enjoy a swimming pool, a huge common area, and even daily briefings on the best things to do in Phong Nha.
No kidding. Every morning you can get in the common area and the staff has quick sharing on the best things to do on that day. This can be anything from the cave trips, rice field trips, to even orgnanised clean-ups.
This is an awesome backpacker choice. One of the most famous backpacker hostels in Vietnam.
Hai Phong is pure madness when you are unlucky enough to hit the rush-hour….like we did!
Anyway, Hai Phong is your place to be to take the ferry to Cat Ba Island. You can also put your motorbike on the ferry here.
We stayed at May Hostel. It was a total surprise to see such a nice and beautiful hostel in that city. We only expected a regular backpacker place or homestay, and that is it.
Decorated with tons of colorful tiles like Memory Hostel in Da Nang, May Hostel even has a roof top terrace and such.
Fantastic place to stay! The hostel is located a 5 minutes ride to the ferry terminal. Ask the team for a grab.
Gecko Hostel in Vung Tau
For partying, go with Gecko Hostel.
It is the best backpacker choice. The rooms are simple and clean. They do organize BBQs, even beer pong and some beach activities.
Cozy Nook Hostel
Easily the best hostel in Dalat is Cozy Nook Hostel – a real home away from home.
It’s family run, with an emphasis on bringing travellers together with a nightly family dinner for all.
The showers are hot, breakfast is free and there’s plenty of opportunity to enroll on some outdoor activities including canyoning and motorbike tours.
Mai Chau Hostel Lounge
In case you make it out here to Mai Chau, there’s not really a lot of hostel options. The coolest place is the Mai Chau Hostel. Simple, effective, clean, cheap. It is also a bar and restaurant.
What else do you need? We do like their double-mattresses in the huts.