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.
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.
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.
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€.
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.
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.
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:
Beach-Front Swimming Pool
Unlimited beer for 1 hour
Free Water Refill
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.
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
Best Hostels in Ninh Binh/ Tam Coc
Here are some of our favorite hostels in the Ninh Binh and Tam Coc areas:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Not all hostels in Vietnam 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 Vietnam. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not sure, you can also email us and ask us!
What are the best sites for finding hostels?
Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com
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.
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 and Kiwi.com to find flights across Vietnam. JetAir is the Vietnamese Airline you will most likely end up booking.
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.
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.