The Best Hostels in Vietnam

Inject contemporary cool into your Vietnam stay with a hip hostel hangout
Inject contemporary cool into your Vietnam stay with a hip hostel hangout | Courtesy of Nexy Hostel, Hanoi / Expedia
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29 January 2021

Fast-evolving Vietnam is constantly coming up with new ways to meet and exceed travellers’ needs. And when it comes to hostels for backpackers on a budget, there are no shortages of places to stay. Here are some of the best, all with their own distinct style to make the most of your adventure in Southeast Asia.

Seahorse Hostel & Bar, Da Nang

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Seahorse Hostel & Bar, Da Nang
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Located in the centre of Da Nang, known for its lively street-food scene, Seahorse Hostel & Bar is just a minute from vendors at the lively Hàn Market. The colourful dorms feature shared bathrooms and roomy bunk beds with privacy curtains. Meet people at the plant-filled cafe on the ground floor or at the bar that overlooks the Hàn River. They regularly hold events like live music, open mics and free cooking classes throughout the week.
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Hoi An Lovely Hostel, Hoi An

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Hoi An Lovely Hostel, Hoi An
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The family atmosphere at Hoi An Lovely will make guests feel right at home. Located within a short distance of Hoi An’s atmospheric lantern-draped Old Town, the spacious shared dorm rooms have regular sized beds and no bunks, maximising your comfort. The cosy common area features a huge dining table, where guests and staff gather for the free family-style dinners that happen three times a week, where Vietnamese specialties are served on the house.

The Secret Garden Hostel, Da Nang

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The Secret Garden Hostel, Da Nang
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For social butterflies, the Secret Garden Hostel in Da Nang features a rooftop pub that’s surrounded by plants for a tropical vibe. They have mixed and female-only dorms with wooden capsule-style bunk beds with curtains for privacy and lockers for storage. The bottom bunks come with small windows and a built-in work area. The rooms feature a minimalistic but stylish feel and balconies burst with bamboo plants.
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Dorm Saigon, Ho Chi Minh

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Dorm Saigon, Ho Chi Minh
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More poshtel than hostel, The Dorm is a zen-like place to escape the busy city streets of District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City. Located on the third and fourth floors of a colonial-era building, The Dorm features a large open-concept common area, kitted out with mid-century chairs, butter-soft leather benches and a kitchen area. The actual dorms are in keeping with the quality-over-quantity ambiance, with just a few wooden bunk beds to a room. On top of that, the rooftop terrace with linen-draped daybeds, festoon lights and tropical foliage is a great place to hang out at the end of the day.
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Meander Hostel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh

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Meander Hostel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh
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Meander is a boutique hostel in Ho Chi Minh’s District 1. With style and substance, their sleek, Scandinavian-like interiors focus on minimalism and functionality with a hint of playfulness. There’s a modern co-working space, and the upper floor also features a slide (because, why not?) to get downstairs. The dorms are airy, clean and full of natural light and have bonsai trees that lend a welcome touch of nature.

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  • Hay Hostel, Hanoi

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    Hay Hostel, Hanoi
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    Service is paramount at Hanoi Hay Hostel. Located in the Old Quarter, the property features a shared lounge, where guests gather for the free breakfast with both Eastern and Western options available. The dorms have large lockers, a personal fan, light and a curtain for privacy. All rooms have a balcony with city views. Best of all, the hostel is at the centre of Hanoi’s action, surrounded by bars, restaurants and coffee shops.
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    Banana Tree Hostel, Ninh Binh

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    Banana Tree Hostel, Ninh Binh
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    Located just a few steps from the Ngo Dong River and Tam Coc Pier, The Banana Tree Hostel offers a hint of the seaside in landlocked Ninh Binh – an area lauded for its limestone cliffs and rural scenery. The main feature of the hostel is the pool, which is surrounded by thatched-roof sitting areas, tropical greenery and a bar to mingle. Rooms are simple but cater every traveller’s needs, with pod-style dorms, private doubles, female-only and family options available.

    Nexy Hostel, Hanoi

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    Nexy Hostel, Hanoi
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    Injecting contemporary cool into your Vietnam stay, this hostel doubles up as a hip hangout. Colourful and vibrant, Nexy shows off hand-painted murals, a rooftop terrace with views of the lake and lots of areas to socialise. It’s great for the solo traveller, with a games room, TV lounge with bean bags, library with free computers and a bar. There are private rooms and lots of modern dorms, too – plus it’s located just 300m from Ngoc Son Temple, in the middle of all the capital’s action.
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    These recommendations were updated on January 29, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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