Nha Trang is a seaside resort city that draws in visitors thanks to a pristine beach, high-rise hotels and a laid-back yet luxurious vibe. Here’s our pick of the best hostels – all bookable on Culture Trip.
There’s so much to do in Nha Trang – from the huge white Buddha statue at Long son Pagoda and the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam to the Thap Ba hot springs and Dam Market shopping centre, it really would be a shame to use up your budget on expensive hotels. If you’re looking to save on accommodation but don’t want to sacrifice comfort, here are a selection of high-quality, low-cost hostels that will give you a great night’s sleep – if you’re not busy out partying in this lively backpackers’ resort.
How many backpacker hostels do you know of that have their very own plunge pool, just for guests? This new hostel is located in the backpackers’ hub of Nha Trang city, so if you can tear yourself away from the refreshing water, you’ll be at the beach or in the shopping market within five minutes. The hostel’s very own boat party includes all beer and food along with live music and snorkeling. Alternatively, head trekking, swimming and rock-climbing at nearby Ba Ho Waterfall.
Every room at the Ccasa Hotel comes with its own patio, plus a garden view. Chill with a book in the sun before heading down to Hon Chong beach – a sandy cove flanked by blocky, Flintstones-style boulders just a five-minute walk away. Every guest also has access to the shared lounge, the garden and – most importantly – the bar. If you find yourself partying too hard, the complimentary breakfast buffet will help you recover in the morning.
Impress the Nha Trang locals by renting a bicycle from Tabalo Hostel and showing off your wheelies. Alternatively, you could just cycle around the city and take in its wonderful landmarks, like the huge white Buddha statue or the Po Nagar Cham Towers temple complex. Guests also have access to a currency exchange service and an on-site restaurant, with a menu of tasty local dishes. The front desk is open 24 hours, so you don’t have to rush back if you’re out late.
Coffee is the perfect fuel for a backpacking trip around Vietnam. So it’s fairly handy when your hostel is also a local shop that sells traditional Vietnamese coffee. Polylu Coffee & Backpack Abode Hostel is also right around the corner from the long stretch of perfect sand at Tran Phu beach. Get your drink to go, then have a wander along the sand and a paddle in the calm shallows. Choose from one of six rooms: five are sharers, or if you’d rather keep to yourself, there’s a private room.
Dam Market is Nha Trang’s most popular marketplace. Its stalls sell everything from designer knock-offs and cheap electronics to local art and delicious dried seafood. But haggling over crabs can be tiring work, so it’s lucky that Mojzo Inn is just a 10-minute walk away. This hostel provides shared and private rooms as well as a laundry service, it’s also surrounded by cool bars – so you can hit the town and show off your newly bought garments.
This hostel is all about location. It’s an excellent choice if you’re planning on visiting the Long Thanh Gallery, which is just a few steps away, while it’s also close to other Nha Trang hotspots like Long son Pagoda and Dam Market. If you want to travel further out into the local region, the hostel is only a couple of blocks away from Nha Trang train station. There are nine guest rooms available, including a two-bunk bed dorm room that’s for women only.
Vitamin Sea is more than just a devastating bit of wordplay. It’s a fantastic choice for travellers on a budget. A few minutes’ walk away from the Alexandre Yersin Museum, this place features a shared kitchen and plenty of cafés and restaurants nearby. There’s also an on-site gym if you want to work off all those dried crabs you bought at Dam Market.
If Ta’or Hostel was any closer to the sea, you’d have to swim from your room to reception. This beachside boutique is on Tran Phu Beach and is popular with travellers looking to spend all day sunning themselves on the sand. If you’re looking for more than just a good tan, the hostel is three minutes away from Nha Trang Night Market and a short distance from Tram Huong Tower – the lotus-shaped, three-storey gift shop and landmark. All rooms are air-conditioned to boot.
Did you pick up too much stuff from the market? You might want to check into Vector Hostel. Its large shared rooms feature huge storage boxes where you can stash all your knock-off designer jeans and local craftworks. Stash away your stuff and kick back on your balcony, taking in the city skyline. The beach and food market are just a few minutes’ walk away, too.
The staff at iFriends Hostel are known for being friendly and helpful, whilst it’s also a great choice for budding seafarers – located a few minutes’ walk from Sailing Center Vietnam. If you’d rather cruise on dry land, bike hire is available too. The central location means there’s plenty of entertainment nearby.