Top Ho Chi Minh City Hostels 2017
6 Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City where you need to spend a night
So you’re traveling to Ho Chi Minh City. You’ve dog-eared all the sights you want to see in your guide book. You’ve dreamed about all the mouthwatering Vietnamese food you’re going to eat. But where are you going to sleep between adventures and meals? How are you going to meet other backpackers?
Your best bet is one of the awesome Ho Chi Minh City hostels. A hostel will be your home away from home, and it’s the easiest place to make new friends. Hostels are scattered all over the city, but it’s not always easy to pick out the best ones.
Not to worry, Mad Monkey has your back. We’ve waded through the reviews to bring you the Top Ho Chi Minh City Hostels of 2016. Awesome vibes, great reviews, even pub crawls – these places have it all. You’re welcome…
Ho Chi Minh City Hostel #1 – The Hideout Hostel Saigon
Party hard in Ho Chi Minh City
The Hideout Hostel Saigon won the 2016 HOSCAR award, making it officially the most popular hostel in Ho Chi Minh City! This 90 bed hostel is an awesome place to hang out and meet other backpackers. Perks include:
- Free breakfast every day between 7 – 10 am
- Free beer between 7 – 8 pm in The Hideout Bar next door
- Happy Hour drink deals every day between 8 – 10 pm
You won’t want to miss the super-popular Hideout Pub Crawl (watch the video below and you’ll see why…). It leaves the bar every day at 11 pm for a wild tour of Ho Chi Minh City’s nightlife. Every day except Sundays, that is. Hey, everyone needs a recovery day. Why not spend yours in The Hideout Hostel’s chill out room? It has mega comfy bean bags and sofas, a PlayStation, and a 50 inch TV with hundreds of new and old movies. Everything you need to kick your epic hangover after an epic night out.
If you’re more in the mood for some “me time,” your room won’t disappoint. All rooms come with comfy, strong metal beds, private shower/toilet facilities, and lockers for your belongings. You’ll get a clean set of bed linen, free fast Wi-Fi, Air Conditioning (off from 11am to 5pm), super clean rooms, and a city map with lots of insider tips from the team at The Hideout.
If you rock up to The Hideout Hostel excited for all this good stuff, and it turns out to be full, don’t worry! It has a sister hostel called The Hangout Hostel located just down the street. The Hangout Hostel offers all the same awesome deals and features. The building was completely renovated and opened fresh in January 2016. The crowd from The Hangout Hostel heads over to join the pub crawl each night. That means whether you’re staying in one or the other, you get to meet two hostels’ worth of backpackers every night. This is the place to be!
Ho Chi Minh City Hostel #2 – The Common Room Project
Have a luxury experience at a budget hostel
If you’re a fan of the finer things but your funds are limited, this is the hostel for you. The Common Room Project is a 48-bed boutique hostel promises a luxury experience on budget. A group of expats have created a beautiful retreat from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban chaos. The magic is in the details here: big, fluffy pillows, comfy mattresses, soft sheets, speedy wifi, and universal plugs at every bed. Traveling can be stressful. Take some time to relax and recharge at this bespoke hostel in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Common Room Project may be fancy, but it still offers all the social experience you’d expect of a hostel. They know that food brings people together. Every Thursday they host a community dinner. Stop by for a free cooking lesson from a local. You’ll make new friends as you learn. At the end of the evening your efforts are rewarded with a home-cooked Vietnamese meal.
Communal spaces like the Rooftop Bar, Sun Terrace, and Communal Kitchen are perfect settings for meeting fellow travelers. In the mornings eggs, bacon, toast, and coffee are provided in the kitchen for you to whip up your own breakfast. The social atmosphere and the classy touches make this one of our favourite hostels in Ho Chi Minh City!
Ho Chi Minh City Hostel #3 – Himalaya Phoenix Saigon Hostel
Get convenience and comfort all in one
The Himalaya Phoenix Saigon Hostel offers its guests convenience and comfort. It’s located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City District 1. You can walk from here to most of the city’s tourists attractions: the War Remnants Museum, the Fine Arts Museum, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, the Independence Palace, and more.
When you aren’t out exploring the city, you can relax in comfort in an elegant room. All rooms have air-conditioning, a hot shower, and strong WiFi. If you arrive earlier than check-in time (1pm), you can store your luggage for free and relax in the ‘chill out room.’ The free stuff doesn’t end there! Breakfast, city maps, and towels are all included. All of this is delivered with a smile. Book a room today and find out why The Himalaya Phoenix Saigon has earned a reputation for having superb, friendly staff.
Ho Chi Minh City Hostel #4 – SI.GOONG
Make this modern hostel your Ho Chi Minh City oasis
SI.GOONG is more than a hostel, it’s an experience. The space was designed by a passionate group of local designers. Modern dorm rooms have been woven into the framework of a 19th century townhouse. The result is a functional, comfortable, and visually appealing hostel that will win you over from first glance. The staff love to talk architecture, and they can give you some inside information and photography tips for exploring Ho Chi Minh City.
If you’d rather fill your Instagram with group shots than cool buildings, that’s an option too. SI.GOONG has lots of communal space to facilitate new friendships. There’s a relaxed, ambient Cocktail Bar on the ground floor. Up on the rooftop you’ll find an open kitchen and common area. The sweeping views and plant life create an oasis above the bustling city.
The little things are all taken care of at SI.GOONG. Breakfast is included. The rooms all feature air conditioning and comfy beds. The showers are hot and the water pressure is strong. You’ll never go hungry, because there’s an array of cheap Vietnamese street food stalls waiting right outside the front door. If you’re an early riser, you can explore the local morning market. If you’re more of a night owl, Bui Vien Road (“The Strip” that’s the heart of Saigon’s nightlife) is just a 6-minute walk away. Party it up till dawn knowing you can find your way home without any hassle.
Ho Chi Minh City Hostel #5 – Da Blend House
Explore beyond the backpacker area
Da Blend House offers a unique experience in Ho Chi Minh City. Most backpacker hostels are found in District 1, but Da Blend is located in District 3. You get to experience a side of local life that most tourists miss when you stay here. You don’t have to compromise for the distinction, though! District 1 is only a 10-minute walk away. You can easily reach Ho Chi Minh’s major sights and nightlife scene. Discover an authentic aspect of life in Vietnam.
There are also economic benefits to straying off the beaten path. Food and goods in District 3 are priced cheaper than in District 1. Every backpacker loves a chance to stretch their funds a little further! Inside, Da Blend also offers good value for your money. Their dorm rooms feature comfy beds, optic fiber internet, air conditioning, and private bunks with personal lights and outlets. They even throw in free drinking water! Common spaces like the pool table and the rooftop are great for relaxing and meeting people.
The team at Da Blend is a “blend” of Vietnam locals, expats, and travelers. They know Ho Chi Minh City intimately, and they love to share their tips with guests. They’ll tell you where to find the best eats, what to visit, and how to travel safe and make the most of your trip. Their goal is to be “your second home, even just for a night!”
Ho Chi Minh City Hostel #6 – Vietnam Inn Saigon
Meet travelers and make memories
Vietnam Inn Saigon is designed for backpackers who came to Ho Chi Minh City for social atmosphere and good times. All your needs will be taken care of, so you can focus on making memories. There are private and dorm rooms available. The clean, cozy accommodations are all newly decorated and feature elevator access, hot showers, air conditioning, high-speed WiFi, and big lockers. Services like laundry and airport transfers are also available.
When you’ve dropped off your pack and you’re ready to go make some friends, head up to the Rooftop Bar. This spacious patio was the first fully open-air skybar in Vietnam! Ho Chi Minh City is pancake-flat, so the view from the top of Vietnam Inn Saigon seems to go on forever. A free breakfast buffet is served up here every day from 6:30am to 11:00am.
If you fancy some sightseeing after breakfast, grab one of the free city maps and go. You’re within walking distance of all Ho Chi Minh’s famous attractions. The hostel is surrounded by restaurants, shops, and bars. Later on, get in on the Vietnam Inn Saigon pub crawl. This tour of Ho Chi Minh City nightlife runs 4 nights a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). You get the free pub crawl shirt when you check in. It’s your ticket to games, deals, and free shots at each of the 4 bars you’ll visit throughout the night.
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Stephanie Mayo is from Manila, Philippines. When she isn’t writing awesome articles for Mad Monkey Hostels, she enjoys traveling, photography, and movies.