Hostels in Ha Long Bay Hostels in Ha Long Bay

You are looking for hostels in Ha Long Bay? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Ha Long Bay hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Ha Long Bay.

All Cities in Ha Long Bay

We list every single hostel in Ha Long Bay and the world. In total, we have 2 cities in Ha Long Bay 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.

All Ha Long Bay hostels on a map

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 Ha Long Bay. 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 Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is a region in Vietnam that is a UNESCO designated Natural Wonder of the World. It is a very popular part of the country, with hundreds of tourists visiting it every year to get in touch with nature. It is at its best during the summer and fall months. Even in the winter, though, you will not find it too cold to have fun. Try to avoid visiting in the spring because fog tends to roll in across the bay at the worst possible times.

Staying in Ha Long Bay is not difficult at all, as there are many cheap hostels around the region. Try to get a hostel in close proximity to the bay itself. Not many hostels are located right next to the water, but you can try for those that are near enough to walk to and from. While spending your time at a hostel is a good idea, you should also aim to spend one night on one of the famous boats of the bay. It is cheap enough if you rent out a small bunk for the night.

The most attractive part of Ha Long Bay is the bay itself, which is a great place to sunbathe and swim. There are literally thousands of limestone formations in the bay and hidden grottos. You can visit some of these on land, while others can only be reached by swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, or diving. Cat Ba Island is an attraction just outside the main beach. The island has many beaches around it to relax on.
In Ha Long Bay, another place to visit is the floating village. Many families whose main source of income is fishing live in houses that float on the water. The fishing takes place in the homes themselves, which are surprisingly clean and well-maintained. The people in the region are among the friendliest and most humble you will ever see in Vietnam.

One last way to enjoy the end of a day in Ha Long Bay is to have dinner in one of the many limestone caves in the region. There are plenty of companies offering this dinner service in the cave. After a long day of water-based activities in the bay and the surrounding region, this is a great way to put an end to a day at the bay.

expert for Ha Long Bay hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Ha Long Bay hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Ha Long Bay - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Ha Long Bay. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Ha Long Bay. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Ha Long Bay

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, and 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 comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Ha Long Bay?

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 Ha Long Bay here on 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.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Ha Long Bay safe?

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.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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