Sunday, 26 May 2019

The 12 best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City

How to find the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for your trip

One of the major travelling destinations in the country, Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest city in Vietnam and the most “western” one. In 1976, its current official name, Thành ph? H? Chí Minh, substituted Saigon, a term still commonly used. The new name was given to celebrate Ho Chi Minh after his death and even the briefest visit to Vietnam will give you an idea of the huge importance of the former leader of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

More than the capital Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC, or only HCM) mixes the different influences the country gained after centuries of different colonisations, wars and revolutions. For example, you can see French architecture in many buildings, including City Hall, an iconic mark of the French colonisation that ended in the south of Vietnam in 1955. To walk around Saigon is to be enchanted by the mixture of the East and the West and to learn the country’s history in every corner.

The main backpacker hub in Ho Chi Minh City is District 1, an area that offers many hostels, shops, restaurants, bars and stylish coffee shops and puts you in walking distance to many of the main attractions in the city. Among the hostels we’ve listed, only one is not located in District 1 and the majority of them offer free breakfast and have a rooftop for you to overlook Saigon with a cold cheap beer and travellers from all around the world. So start to practice your sin jow (phonetic “Hi!” in Vietnamese) and come with me to choose your perfect hostel in Ho Chi Minh.

Here is our guide to the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh:

Jump straight to:

  1. Best hostels in Ho Chi Minh for solo travellers
  2. Best hostels in Ho Chi Minh for couples
  3. Best party hostels in Ho Chi Minh
  4. Best hostels in Ho Chi Minh District 1
  5. Best of the rest hostels in Ho Chi Minh

Best hostels in Ho Chi Minh for solo travellers

Dablend Hostel

best hostels Ho Chi Minh - Dablend Hostel

Hostel highlights

  • Rooftop
  • Free breakfast
  • Games room

Vietnam is already every backpacker’s dream, but staying in a friendly and fun hostel like Dablend Hostel makes it even better. A cool rooftop, daily happy hour, free breakfast, games room, pod style beds and a lot more! This hostel has everything a hostel needs to be the happy house of solo backpackers in Saigon.

?  Address: 417/2 Hoa Hao, Phuong 5

?  Neighbourhood: District 10

? Nearest station: ??i h?c kinh t?(bus)

Dablend Hostel

Flipside Hostel

best hostels Ho Chi Minh - Flipside Hostel

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • 2 free beers a day
  • Free pub crawl

A cold beer by the pool overlooking Ho Chi Minh City can be one of your experiences in Vietnam, if you stay in Flipside Hostel located in the heart of District 1. This lovely hostel also offers a great atmosphere and friendly staff, making it a perfect fit for the solo backpacker looking for a social place to stay in HCM.

? Address: 175/24 Pham Ngu Lao

? Neighbourhood: District 1

? Nearest station: ?? Thám (bus)

Book Your Stay at Flipside Hostel

Long Hostel

best hostels Ho Chi Minh - Long hostel

Hostel highlights:

  • Homely atmosphere
  • Pub crawl every night
  • Board games and books

“Long Hostel would like to send our heartfelt thanks to all of our guests who have supported our hostel for many years” – these words from the hostel show that they’re all about family vibes.  After almost 3k reviews, Long Hostel has a 9.1 rating and many thankful reviews with compliments to the staff. The two free beers a day makes all the guests come together and create friendships.

? Address: 373/10 Pham Ngu Lao Street

? Neighbourhood: District 1

? Nearest station: Ch? Thái Bình (bus)

Book Your Stay at Long Hostel

Best hostels in Ho Chi Minh for couples

Prei Nokor Hostel

best hostels Ho Chi Minh - Prei Nokor hostel

Hostel highlights:

  • Internal garden
  • Pod style beds
  • Nice decor

A French building from the beginning of the 20 century guards a recently renewed hostel that steps up the hostel scene in Ho Chi Minh. Prei Nokor Hostel welcomes all types of travellers and offers, besides big dorms with amazing pod style beds, comfortable private rooms for couples and groups. This is the place to stay in HCM if you are in need of a little more comfort and fanciness.

? Address: No.47, Phan Chu Trinh Street, Ben Thanh Ward

? Neighbourhood: District 1

? Nearest station: Ch? B?n Thành (bus)

Book Your Stay at Prei Nokor Hostel

Goco Hostel

best hostels ho chi minh - Goco

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free beer
  • Super comfy beds

Located in a more chilled area of District 1, Goco Hostel gives the backpacker couple a comfortable place to rest. This review sums it up: “Room was super spacious and clean, great location and excellent hostel to meet other backpackers. It is walking distance from all the bars and shopping areas and offers great tours from the hostel”.

? Address: 214/1 Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward

? Neighbourhood: District 1

? Nearest station: Tr?n ?ình Xu (bus)

Book Your Stay at Goco Hostel

Best party hostels in Ho Chi Minh

The Hideout

best hostels Ho Chi Minh - the hideout

Hostel highlights

  • Big rooftop bar
  • Free breakfast
  • Daily activities

Are you ready to compete in the limbo dance with travellers from all around the world? I hope you are! At The Hideout, you can dance, then limbo, drink cold cheap beers overlooking Saigon and then go out to a pub crawl or to a party with the group. Oh! I almost forgot: the two first beers are on the house ?

?  Address: 275-281 Pham Ngu Lao

?  Neighbourhood: District 1

? Nearest station: Tôn Th?t Tùng (bus)

Book your stay at The Hideout

Hangout Hostel Hcm

best hostels Ho Chi Minh - hangout hostel hem

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • 2 free beers a day
  • Free walking tour

There is nothing that sounds better for a backpacker than the word FREE. And Hangout Hostel Hcm, knowing that, offers many free things. Here, paying $0, you will have: breakfast, a walking tour, two beers a day, pub crawl and mineral water. Another thing that is free at Hangout Hostel: meeting many other open-minded backpackers and building friendships. So, get your party mood ready, this is going to be a crazy and cheap ride.

? Address: 361A Ph?m Ngu Lao

? Neighbourhood: District 1

? Nearest station: Ch? Thái Bình (bus)

Book Your Stay at Hangout Hostel Hcm

Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Saigon

best hostels Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Saigon

Hostel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free pub crawl and walking tour
  • Great common areas with views

With two successful hostels in Hanoi, it was time for Vietnam Backpacker Hostels to have a HCM location. This chain is known for its parties and there is a simple reason why: their parties are great! Bringing together many backpackers that like to go out and socialise, this hostel is the place to be if you are in a Southeast Asian party mood.

?  Address: 200 Le Lai, Ben Thanh Ward

?  Neighbourhood: District 1

? Nearest station: Tôn Th?t Tùng (bus)

Book your stay at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - Saigon

Best hostels in Ho Chi Minh District 1

Town House 50 Saigon

best hostels ho chi minh - Town House 50 Saigon

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Stylish decor
  • Friendly staff

Mixing stylish decoration with friendly staff, this is the “home away from home” kind of hostel.  If you choose to stay at Town House 50 Saigon, you will have an oasis to rest in, after a busy day in HCM’s nearby restaurants and stores. Also enjoy the comfortable beds, the well-maintained bathrooms and air conditioning units.

? Address: 50 E Bui Thi Xuan

? Neighbourhood: District 1

? Nearest station: Tr?ng ??ng (bus)

Book Your Stay at Town House 50 Saigon

Vietnam Guide Home

best hostels ho chi minh - Vietnam Guide Home

Hostel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free tours
  • Rooftop

Raise your hand if you love street food! If you raised your hand as I did, this is your perfect hostel. Vietnam Guide Home offers a free street food tour every night, so you can make friends while tasting a fresh spring roll or a banh mi (the Vietnamese baguette). Other great features include free breakfast, free rice wine, a rooftop with a view and a communal guitar for those chill moments.

?  Address: 01 Luong Huu Khanh, ward Pham Ngu Lao

?  Neighbourhood: District 1

? Nearest station: Nhà th? Huy?n S?

Book your stay at Vietnam Guide Home

Best of the rest hostels in Ho Chi Minh

The Like Hostel & Café

best hostels ho chi minh - The Like Hostel & Café

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Rooftop
  • Great common areas

Plants everywhere, stylish decoration, areas to chill, big comfortable beds with individual light, curtain and socket, free breakfast and a great location. All this is combined at The Like Hostel & Café, a great hostel suitable for all types of travellers. If you are looking for a chill, but still sociable place to stay in Saigon, this is the place to choose.

? Address: 150/37 Nguyen Trai

? Neighbourhood: District 1

? Nearest station: Tôn Th?t Tùng

Book Your Stay at The Like Hostel & Café

Kiki’s House Saigon

best hostels ho chi minh - Kiki's House Saigon

Hostel highlights:

  • Great location
  • Spacious rooms
  • Communal kitchen

With many compliments for its free breakfast, Kiki’s House Saigon is a comfortable hostel that will feel like home. As a guest commented on a review, it offers “everything a traveller can need and more” and we bet you’ll have the same issue as this guest: not wanting to leave.

? Address: 205/14 Bui Vien street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward

? Neighbourhood: District 1

? Nearest station: Nguyê?n C? Trinh (bus)

Book Your Stay at Kiki's House Saigon

So now, after choosing your perfect hostel fit in Ho Chi Minh, you can start to get ready for the intense (and extremely fulfilling) adventure that exploring Vietnam is. T?m bi?t!

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