9 Hostels in Dali, China

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Dali, China. You can choose from 9 Dali hostels. In total, there are 22 cheap places to stay in Dali such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $5 for a dorm.

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Dali Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Dali, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Cheapest hostel in Dali


(Dali Lao Shay Youth Hostel is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Dali


(The Jade Emu International Hostel is the best rated)

Average rating of all hostels


Hostels in Dali for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Dali for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Dali? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Dali alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Dali. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

Get to know Dali (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Dali. To help you make friends with Dali before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Dali is a lovely town in southwest China in the Yunnan province. This town used to be one of the backpackers' sanctuaries in China, and although it hasn't lost its magic, is getting more touristic and crowded. Anyway, you won't be disappointed with the town and the surroundings. You have the mountains and the mystic Erhai Lake and a lot of cultural aspects and sights to explore. If you like nature, this is the right place -- a few great hikes in the mountains or just cycling along the Erhai Lake is mandatory, don't miss anything.

The old town is surrounded by fortified walls and there is an easy walk that goes around the walls. A few kilometers north of Dali, you can find the Three Pagodas, one of the symbols of the town -– unfortunately you can only visit the outside area of the pagodas. Around Dali there are plenty of markets, so if you have the time, take half a day to explore one. If you have limited time in Dali, remember that nature makes this place really special -- trekking, cycling, or just crossing the lake on a small boat should be on the top of your priorities.

The best way to get in and out of Dali is by train, with one overnight sleeper train running from Kunming to Xiaguan. There are also buses that cover the entire province, but be sure to confirm that your bus goes all the way to Dali (many stop in Xiaguan). There is also one airport near Xiaguan that you can easily reach by taxi from Dali.

The hostels in Dali are usually very crowded during summer, so if you are traveling during this season, make sure you book in advance. Dali's hostels have average facilities and be prepared to trade cleanliness for price. The staff in Dali hostels seem to be too used to backpackers and usually they won't be a great help for your trip.

Written by local enthusiast for Dali hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Dali hostels CoffeeMarks

Other Nearby Cities
Lijiang Lijiang (143 Km / 89 mi.)
Yunnan Yunnan (145 Km / 90 mi.)

FAQ about Dali Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Dali. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Dali. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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FAQ about Dali Hostels

A hostel in Dali costs on average $5 for a dorm. A hostel in Dali with private rooms costs on average $40.

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The Jade Emu International Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Dali.
It offers: Bar.

Travel Tips for Dali - from the Community

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Your Packing List for Dali

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Dali and China.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

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

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Dali