You are looking for hostels in Vietnam? Good news, you have come to the right place.
On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Vietnam hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Vietnam.
All Cities in Vietnam
We list every single hostel in Vietnam and the world. In total, we have 53 cities in Vietnam for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.
Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.
Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Vietnam. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.
Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Vietnam
Vietnam is a country that can at some times feel like it has more motorbikes than people, but you will find every kind of adventure imaginable here in a country full of amazing people and rich history and heritage.
The major city in the south is Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to by many of the locals as Saigon. It became renamed after the unification of the north and the south at the end of the Vietnam War. A must do while you are in this crazy city is a trip out to the Cu Chi tunnels to explore the areas where the Viet Cong hid underground to fight during the war. There are hostels in the hundreds here so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding somewhere to sleep.
In the north, the major city is Hanoi. Hostels are in the hundreds here as well. The city has some great museums to visit detailing the history of the war (to be taken with a grain of salt as some of it is full of propaganda, but at the same time can be quite interesting). It is also home to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh himself. You can go and see his body that was embalmed and put on display for the nation to visit despite his wishes. There is a lot to see and do here, but the city is so buzzing that it can get quite overwhelming and full on, so make sure you take a few days to just chill.
Heading north from Hanoi you will find the popular Sapa region, known for its amazing hillside scenery. You should also head to Ha Long Bay and take a boat ride out into the bay with the stunning islands that rise sharply out of the misty waters. It is a stunning region of Vietnam to visit. You will find an abundance of hostels in each of these places too.
Heading south of Hanoi you will find some incredible towns. Take a bike ride through Hue and investigate how incense, straw hats, and rice are made and processed in the region. Further south of Hue is the amazing little town of Hoi An. When heading here make sure that you take an empty suitcase and a full wallet. You can literally get any kind of clothing that you want made to fit for you within days, including silk lined work suits and wedding dresses. The tailors here are amazing and the entire town thrives off of this skill. There is also some amazing food to be experienced here, so book your hostel for at least a couple of days to a week to get the full experience.
There are lots of hostels in Nha Trang and the beaches of Nha Trang are great to visit. While you are there you can also take a ride to the mud baths in the hills. They are a great fun experience and you can make a day of it.
You can get around fairly easily and cheaply in Vietnam on the train. Many are sleeper trains, so you can make the longer journeys overnight. Of course there are many more amazing places to visit along the way that aren't mentioned here. You could spend months discovering and exploring the ins and outs of Vietnam depending on time, but the places mentioned above are definitely not to be missed.
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FAQ on Hostels in Vietnam
There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
Finding Hostels and Prices
What hostel booking sites are best to use?
There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.
This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.
For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.
How much are hostels in Vietnam?
Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.
You can search for exacty hostel prices in Vietnam here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.
When to book hostels?
If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.
Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.
What to pack when staying in hostels?
There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.