Best Hostels in Vietnam (+ Map)

Xin Xao! Are you looking for the best hostels in Vietnam?

We are Hostelgeeks and we discover the worlds greatest hostels and the best hostels in Vietnam. We traveled all the way from Hanoi and Cat Ba in North Vietnam, to Da Nang in Central Vietnam, and all the way to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and Nha Trang in the South. This list will help you backpacking Vietnam like a boss!

We’ve visited the different hostels and rate them for you. We want you to have it easy finding quality hostels without spending hours on research.

This is why we started Hostelgeeks, putting together the worlds most remarkable hostels, the 5 Star Hostels.

This list of cool hostels gives you access to hostels with character and a social heart, yet, it is not your party hostel. It is for everyone looking for:

  • travelers on a budget, yet in style
  • travelers between 25 and 40 (but not restricted to)
  • budget accommodation with social character

Put on a map: best hostels in Vietnam

Use the map and find all 5 Star Hostels in Vietnam.

1 hostel per destination & hostel lists

We only pick the #1 hostel for all destinations.

We unbox the hostels and check all their pros and cons. For each destination, there can be only 1 hostel be chosen to be a 5 Star-Awarded Hostel.

This is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.

And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.

Update: We now cover as well curated 3-best hostels guide to cities with no 5 Star Hostels such as Tokyo or Seoul.

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 12 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

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Hostel Guide for Vietnam

We know Vietnam and the hostels around the country – from Hanoi to HCMC and back. We were traveling during 3 months along Vietnam, 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.

We will show you how to book your hostel in a smart way, what to take into account and more smart tips like what is a Hostel.

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 find also accommodations who call themselves hostels, even though if they do not offer dorms or communal areas.

In Vietnam they use the names they hear from western travelers for everything. Don’t be surprise if you find a restaurant called hostel, or an hotel called Google (we saw it!) .

It might feel overwhelming to decide where to stay. 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 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.

Bear also in mind, 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.

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 you to spend more days in this beautiful country.

Vietnam has so many places to see and discover!

Did you know there is a dessert 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 has also a rainy season.

Trying to avoid rainy season is 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 to 17. It was quite punctual!

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 CatBa Island) it is a good idea to rent a motorbike.

That will give you more flexibility to visit the places.

New to Hostels?  Don’t forget to read how to book hostels (and which websites to use).

Fall in love with the Best Vietnam Hostels:

Any questions on traveling Vietnam? Drop us an email.

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. Portugal in summer is hot, and in winter you will need a good jacket. The north has more rain, so you really should bring a rain jacket. Most hostels offer umbrellas too.

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.

Download Hostel Packing List

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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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.