The 7 best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City

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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 phố Hồ 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

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: Chợ Thái Bình (bus)

Book Your Stay at Long Hostel

City Backpackers

Hostel highlights:

  • Air conditioning
  • Free toiletries
  • Travel desk

Smack bang in the centre of Ho Chi Minh, you’ll find the humble City Backpackers Hostel amongst famous attractions such as Ben Thanh Market, the Opera House and Saigon River. All rooms come equipped with aircon, privacy curtains, private bathrooms and reading lights, perfect for the solo traveller who wants to sit back and relax after a stretch on the road.

🏠 Address:  7/1 Nguyen Trai Street, Ben Thanh ward, District 1

🏘 Neighbourhood: District 1

🚍 Nearest station: 22 Nguyễn Trãi (Bus)

Book Your Stay at City Backpackersl

 

Best hostels in Ho Chi Minh for couples

Vy Da Backpackers Hostel 

Hostel highlights:

  • Private rooms with balconies
  • Modern interior
  • Restaurant

Vy Da has some of the best private rooms in the Ho Chi Minh hostel scene, perfect for snuggling up with your loved one before a day of adventure. Just a 3-minute walk from Ben Thanh Market and Reunification Palace, you’ll be able to experience the center of the city first-hand the moment you step out the door.

🏠 Address: 64 Ly Tu Trong Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1

🏘 Neighbourhood: District 1

🚍 Nearest station: Thư Viện Khoa Học Tổng Hợp (Bus)

Book Your Stay at Vy Da

 

 

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 Thất Tùng (bus)

Book your stay at The Hideout

 

Best hostels in Ho Chi Minh District 1

 

Vy Khanh hostel

Hostel highlights

  • Homely vibes
  • Mini fridge
  • Cable TV

This friendly family run hostel is the place to call home in Ho Chi Minh city. The hostel is walking distance with all traveller-approved activities, bars and eateries.  All rooms are equipped with air conditioners, a mini fridge, cable TV and Wi-Fi.

🏠  Address: 241/11/6 Pham Ngu Lao

🏘  Neighbourhood: District 1

🚍 Nearest station: 187 Phạm Ngũ Lão (bus)

Book your stay at Vy Khanh

 

 

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 Thất 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: Nguyễn Cư 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. Tạm biệt!

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