The Best Backpacker Hostels in Can Tho, Vietnam

Nguyen Shack Can Tho is an oasis of calm in this steamy southern city
Nguyen Shack Can Tho is an oasis of calm in this steamy southern city | Courtesy of Nguyen Shack Can Tho / Expedia
Photo of Claire Turrell
22 June 2021

Visitors once travelled to Can Tho for its floating markets, now they are staying for eco-chic stays, Vietnamese cooking classes and bike rides along the Mekong.

Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi are well-trodden cities on the tourist map. But Can Tho, the largest city on the Mekong Delta, is quietly garnering admiration with its eco-hideaways and planet-friendly activities. Here we take a look at some of the best.

Nguyen Shack Can Tho

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If you want to experience life on the Mekong, look no further than the Nguyen Shack in Can Tho. This rustic retreat hidden among two of its tributaries really will help you get away from it all. Arrive by boat or private car, then wander across a bamboo bridge to your grass-roofed dorm or suite. Take another bamboo bridge to the Riverside Restaurant where you can enjoy hotpot or try your hand at a Vietnamese cooking class.

Gikgo Hostel Can Tho

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Minimalist decor and crisp white sheets create a moment of Zen on your travels. Choose from double, triple, or quadruple rooms, each with an ensuite. The hotel also provides you with toiletries, a hairdryer and comfy slippers to make things extra-cosy. Start your day with a plate of eggs and toast, dragon fruit and melon at the in-house deli, as well as the obligatory Vietnamese coffee. Then book a free hostel bike to tour the city.

Chang's Hostel

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This ochre-coloured hostel with views of the lake offers one of the best locations in the city. The light and bright rooms give a nod to their surroundings with artworks made from fishing nets, conical hats and plates made from rattan. Within each ensuite, you’ll also find toiletries, towels and slippers. The hostel is surrounded by coffee shops and restaurants and you’re also in reach of the famed Cai Rang floating market.

Sunny Hostel

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Follow the multi-coloured striped walls to your dorm or suite to find spacious rooms with piles of fresh towels and extra bedding. The balcony of the coffee shop on the first floor is a favourite with guests, as are the complimentary bikes that are available for you to use. As it’s in the middle of Can Tho all the sights are on your doorstep. But if you’re weary from all that sightseeing, they also offer room service.

B Home Hostel

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New York loft meets Asian style. This city hostel in the historical district of Ninh Kieu comes with queen rooms and dorms. The queens feature futon-style doubles and the timber and steel bunks have privacy curtains. As well as having a 24-hour concierge that organises tours, they also encourage guests to mingle in the shared kitchen or bar whilst you can also enjoy a barbecue on the sun terrace.

Amazon1 Hostel

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The pastel patchwork of tiles and wooden loungers outside of your front door, will instantly make you feel at home. Open the door to your dorm or suite and you’ll find crisp gingham linen and minimalist blond-wood furniture, as well as free toiletries. The 24-hour concierge can help you manage your stay. And for those who want to do more, cooking classes and bike tours are also available at an extra cost.

Rabbit Hostel

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If you want to book this hostel you need to be quick as it is popular with repeat guests. They can’t get enough of the spacious rooms that come with free toiletries and towels and a flat-screen TV. The sun terrace is also a popular spot, as are the free bikes that you can use to tour the town. This back-to-basics city hostel will make you feel right at home.

K2 Homestay & Coffee

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We love the welcoming splashes of colour that decorate the halls and the cutesy kitchen with its hodge-podge collection of wooden stools and Chinese seats. The tropical colours can also be found in your chosen suite or dorm, along with minimalist furniture and a stylish bathroom. If you need a java jolt there is an onsite coffee shop. While it’s close to the river and one of Can Tho’s largest malls, it’s also away from the hustle and bustle.

Casa Inn Hostel & Coffee

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This is one hostel that wants to help you make the most of your holiday. The go-getting hostel organises endless activities for its guests, including coffee workshops, walking tours, bike rides, cooking classes and themed dinner nights. Another plus is the bright and breezy onsite coffee shop. Guests can book one of the double, king or family suites, or relax in the mixed dorm, which comes with lockers, reading lights and power sockets. We also love the picnic area in the dorm with its backdrop of leafy planters.

Kim Long Hotel

Kim Long Hotel, Can Tho

This charming hotel is close to the river. No two rooms are the same, but you can expect them to be spotlessly clean with a flat-screen TV and minibar. And if you’re feeling guilty about enjoying a hot shower, you need not; the eco-chic shower is solar-powered here. Other highlights include the rooftop terrace where you can snap your OOTD post, as well as a well-stocked bar ideal for a pre-dinner cocktail.

These recommendations were updated on June 22, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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