27 Best Hostels in Vietnam (+ Map)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.

Update: Find our big guide to the 27 BEST Things to do in Vietnam.

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:

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.


Besides the destinations, we share detailed guides to:

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.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

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.

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.

Why?

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 full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

Best Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon): The Common Room Project

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.

Have a look at The Common Room Project.

We wrote a big guide to best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City. These are:

  1. The Common Room Project
  2. Saigon Backpackers Hostel
  3. City Poshtel

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, The Common Room Project is your small oasis.

UPDATE: 24 cool things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

It is perfect to have a relaxing good nights sleep, away from the noise and traffic of the busy streets of Saigon.

We walk up the staircase to have a look for the rooms. Every floor has a private room on the left and a shared one on the right hand side. The choice is not easy, that’s for sure.

The vibes? AWESOME!

It is the best hostel in Saigon for the “adult traveler”, meaning the young backpacker usually stay in the cheaper places. Here you find more travelers between 25 and 35.

The roof top terrace is another highlight! Join their family dinners and make sure you keep an eye out for “Club night”. The staff and guests go out on a fun night together!

Book The Common Room here

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Best Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon): The Common Room Project Wake up! At The Common Room Project

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!

Book Casa Inn Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Can Tho, Vietnam; The Casa Inn Hostel

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€.

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Hostels in Rach Gia, Mekong Delta in Vietnam

Best Hostels in Phu Quoc: 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.

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Best Hostels in Phu Quoc: 9 Station Hostel

Best Hostels in Vung Tau: Gecko Hostel and Tomorrow Hostel

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 two very different hostels in Vung Tau to choose from:

  1. Gecko Hostel – Backpacker Hostel
  2. 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.

1. 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.

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Gecko Hostel in Vung Tai

2. 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.

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Tomorrow Hostel, best hostels in Vung Tau

Best Hostels in Mui Ne

Mui Ne; get ready for kite-surfing, beaches, dunes (and corrupt police).

There is again three great hostels in Mui Ne we want to share:

  1. Mui Ne Hills Backpackers – backpacker’s choice with swimming pool
  2. iHome Mui Ne – fun hostel with private beach
  3. Mui Ne Xua Cafe Hostel – more like a resort

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. 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!

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Mui Ne Hills Backpackers - Party Hostel

2. iHome Mui Ne

Another fun hostel, but with a PRIVATE beach.

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.

There’s no need to describe this place for you. Just check the video below, it tells you everything you need to know.

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3. Mui Ne Xua Cafe Hostel

Mui Ne Xua Cafe is another fabulous hostel, and again more like a resort. This is the chilled version of the Mui Ne Hills Backpackers.

We do love their tiny houses, the private rooms. They have 4-bed dorms in these little huts too. However, these huts do not have doors. Please pay attention to your belongings, but that being said: Always pay attention!

Since you are sleeping in the green garden, there can be a ton of mosquitoes. There are mosquito nets, so you won’t get bitten at night. We love Mui Ne Xua Cafe as it feels like a super expensive resort, but it’s super affordable. Especially great for the tranquil travelers.

On that note: always make sure you put on Mosquito Spray, there is a slight chance to get Denge fever in Vietnam.

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Mui Ne Xua Cafe Hostel

Best Hostels in Da Lat, Vietnam: iColor Hostel

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 three best hostels in Da Lat are:

  1. iColor Hostel
  2. Da Lat Friendly Fun Hostel
  3. Komori House & Foods

1. iColor Hostel

iColor is a brand new hostel, located in a very peaceful area with incredible views across the mountains and just 5 minute walking to the bus station, the City centre and lake is just 1.5km away and can easily be reached by bike, taxi or on foot.

What makes this hostel special? Its views from the balcony. Here you overlook the mountains. Beautiful!

This is for us the most stylish hostel, and especially perfect if you have a bike.

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Views from iColor Hostel in DaLat

2. Da Lat Friendly Fun Hostel

Our personal favorite is iColor, but Da Lat Friendly Fun is also a cool place.

It is more a super friendly, easy-going hostel for all kind of travelers; of all ages! They organize food nights and family dinners. This is what makes the hostel so cosy and cool to mingle.

Book Friendly Fun Hostel here

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Da Lat Friendly Fun Hostel

NEW 3. 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!)

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Best Home Stay in Da Lat Vietnam

Best Hostels in Nha Trang: CCASA Hostel

First things first: We are not a huge fan of Nha Trang itself.

The city itself is very touristy, yet 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, you should stay at CCASA Hostel.

Go there, thank us later!

Sleeping in containers, cooking with design, and hanging out in giant hammocks under the stars; sound tempting?

CCASA Hostel is your answer to where to stay in Nha Trang in style and on a budget.

Three Shipping containers in red, yellow and blue are there to provide a good-night’s sleep, and an open space to socialize.

Book CCASA Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Nha Trang: CCASA Hostel

Best Hostels in Tuy Hoa: 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.

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Best Hostels in Tuy Hoa, Vietnam

Best Hostels in Quy Nhon: 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!

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Best Hostels in Quy Nhon: John and Paul Inn Hostel

Best Hostels in Kon Tum: Phuot Homestay

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.

It is one of the few places listed on Hostelworld and Booking.com. We just drove up to a cool-looking hotel and asked for the price and if we can see the room first. Done, we got a deal!

Book Kon Tum Hostels here

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Kon Tum and Ho Chi Minh Road Kon Tum and Ho Chi Minh Road

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:

  1. Tribee Bana – top backpacker-party place with best location
  2. Leo Leo Hostel – easy-going hostel with top location
  3. Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – “Western-Style” Party Hostel with pool and tours (location is ok)
  4. Cute home stay in the rice paddies – for couples
  5. Under The Coconut Tree – Beach Hostel for chill-out

Read our complete guide to best hostels in Hoi An.

1. Tribee Bana – Top backpacker hostel with best location

Number one on our list is Tribee Bana.

The Tribee Family runs 3 hostels, and we consider Tribee Bana the coolest one.

It comes with a top-location, perfect to explore Hoi An day and night. You can walk to the local food market in 2 minutes, and you are standing on the Japanese Bridge in 5-10 minutes.

Perfect location; check!

On top of that, we like their perfect fusion of homestay and backpacker hostel.

It has the lovely family vibe of a Vietnamese Hostel and at the same time the backpacker ambiance. They organize the family-dinner several times a week, depending on the guests staying here.

You can expect a free, unlimited breakfast, free mouthwatering street food tour (we highly recommend to join), and much more social activities like pub crawls.

Book Tribe Bana Hostel here

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Best Backpackers Hostel in Hoi An

2. Leo Leo Hostel – easy-going hostel with top location

Leo Leo Hostel is the more calm, easygoing version of Tribee Bana. If you are looking for hostels in Hoi An to chill and explore the Ancient Town slow-paced, stay at Leo Leo.

They also run the great family-dinner we always enjoyed. Their billiard pool table and everything around is the place to mingle, have a drink at night.

You can expect clean, spacious rooms and a cool roof top terrace with a view over a part of the ancient town.

Book Leo Leo Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Hoi An; Leo Leo Hostel - easy-going hostel with top location Hostels in Hoi An, Vietnam - the roof top terrace at Leo Leo Hostel in Old Town Hoi An

3. Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Hoi An – “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 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 light 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.

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Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Hoi An - Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Hoi An -

4. Cute Home stay in the rice paddies – for couples

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.

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Best Homestays in Hoi An - we love homestays with a view over rice paddies

5. Under The Coconut Tree – Beach Hostel

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.

Book Under The Coconut Hostel here

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Under The Coconut Tree - Beach Hostel

Best Hostels in Da Nang: Memory Hostel

Ever heard of Da Nang? Do not make the same mistake like most travelers: Do NOT skip Da Nang!

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

[Full Guide to things to do Da Nang coming soon.]

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.

From here you can see the dragon bridge. Come here with a drink to unwind.

Read our complete guide to best hostels in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Full Review of Memory Hostel

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Chillin at the Rooftop terrace - Memory Hostel Amazing vintage design at Memory Hostel dorms

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 two hostels in Hue we recommend.

  1. Bonjour Hostel – great for solo-travelers and backpackers
  2. SMLXL – neat hostel/ homestay inside a café – perfect for couples

1. 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.

Book Bonjour Hostel Hue here

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Best Hostels in Hue, Vietnam; Bonjour Hostel, Hue

2. SMLXL, Hue

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.

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Best Hostels in Dong Hoi: Dolphin Home

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!

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Best Hostels in Dong Hoi: Dolphine Home

Best Hostels in Phong Nha: Easy Tiger Hostel

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.

ENJOY!

Book Easy Tiger here

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Best Hostels in Phong Nha: Easy Tiger Hostel

Best Hostels in Ninh Binh/ Tam Coc: 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.

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Tam Coc Bungalow - riverbanks hostel in the

Best Hostels in Mai Chau: 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.

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Best Hostels in Mai Chau: Mai Chau Hostel Lounge

Best Hostels in Hanoi: NEXY Hostel

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.

Book NEXY Hostel here

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We wrote up a huge guide on the coolest hostels in Hanoi.

The 3 best hostels in Hanoi are:

  1. NEXY Hostel (great for solo travellers and couples)
  2. Cocoon Inn (top pick for female solo travellers)
  3. Little Charm Hanoi Hostel (best hostel for friends)

Read our complete guide: best hostels in Hanoi, Vietnam

Read: Full review of NEXY Hostel

Furthermore, we wrote a huge guide on the best things to do in Hanoi.

BEST Hostel in Hanoi, NEXY Hostel in Old Town Hanoi

NEXY Hostel one of the best hostels in Hanoi, Vietnam

Best Hostels in Hai Phong: May Hostel

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.

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Best Hostels in Hai Phong: May Hostel

Best Hostels in Ha Long Bay City (actually Ha Long City):

Truth be told, for us Ha Long Bay 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.

Best Hostels in Cat Ba Island: Woodstock Beach Camp

The Woodstock Beach Camp is a cool backpacker hostel on Cat Ba Island, in Vietnam.

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.

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!

Book Woodstock Beach Camp

Compare rates at: Hostelworld | Booking.com

Swing it! at Woodstock Beach Camp, the best hostel in Cat ba Island

Best Hostels in Sa Pa: Go with a local family

We wrote a guide on Sa Pa with accommodation and trekking.

Especially for Sa Pa, we recommend staying with a local family. It is the cultural experience you are looking for.

Of course there is a bunch of options you can book as well with Hostelworld and Booking.com. Homestays like Lustig Hostel also organize trekking.

Breakfast time at the Homestay in Sa Pa Playing children in Sa Pa Sa Pa in Vietnam - Visiting Hau Thao Village in a different world

All Hostels on a map

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.

Vietnam Itinerary

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?

Here you can find our Ha Long Photo Story and another epic 99 photos from Vietnam to boost your wanderlust.

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

Bonus: 24 Best things to do in Saigon

24 Things To Do in Vietnam - 10 Travel Tips for Vietnam to eat, cruise and enjoy
Hostel Rules and Etiquette - How to make friends at Hostels
99 Best Travel Photos from Vietnam

Hostel Guide

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.

The most important articles for you to read are:

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.

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!

Overnight Train from Hanoi to Sa Pa

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 Kiwi.com to find flights across Vietnam. JetAir is the Vietnamese Airline you will most likely end up booking.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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.

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Other 5 Star Hostels

Besides the listed accommodation, we also put together the best hostels in the world; the 5 Star Hostels.

We stayed in a former winery in Santorini, in a former jail-now 5 Star Hostel and many more.

And we share all of those unique budget accommodations with you.

Your Destination is not listed?

That simply means there is currently no 5 Star Hostel. 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.

The main things to pack are:

  1. earplugs
  2. eye mask
  3. key chain flashlight
  4. the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
  5. packing cubes
  6. generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
  7. quick-dry travel towel
  8. universal power adapter
  9. travel-sized toiletries

Read the full packing list here.

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Staying up to date

This list of the best Backpacker and Luxury Hostels, the 5 Star Hostels, will always stay up to date.

We will keep adding all the greatest budget accommodations. Whether it is a Design Hostel, Boutique Hostel, Eco or Green Hostel – we will have a close look on these backpacker accommodations.

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27 Best Hostels in Vietnam (+ Map)

Your Smart Packing List

It is 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. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.

The most important things to pack are: Read the full packing list here. Download Hostel Packing List