Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh: 5 Hostels near the backpacker’s area

Ho Chi Minh City is a backpacker's haven. You have every point of interest centrally located in District 1. You have the Ben Thanh market, which turns into a night bazaar and eating place when the sun goes down. Then you have a couple of museums, the old post office, Notre Dame Basilica, the park and the Reunification Palace. You also have pagodas and temples within walking distance of each other. Not to mention the backpacker's area of Pham Ngu Lao, where the buses to Cambodia are also located. Everything is cheap as well, from massages to food, beer to coffee, which is why Ho Chi Minh is a favorite among travelers.

If you're looking for inexpensive and clean places to stay in the chaotic city life, look no further. Here are five hostels that have private rooms as well that won't take more than ten dollars from your pocket a night.

1. Prem Bistro and Dorm

Prem Bistro, Foursquare.com

Prem Bistro, Foursquare.com

Location: 129/4 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Rate: $10/night/bed in a dormitory

If you want great vegan food readily available downstairs then I suggest you check this place out. They have special lunch time offers for $2-3/set. Prem Bistro and Cafe serves good food, and is walking distance to Tao Dan Park and War Remnants Museum.

Name:
Prem Bistro
Address:
129/4 Vo Van Tan (Vo Van Tan - Ba Huyen Thanh Quan), Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
TEL:
+84 8 6279 9920
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Saigon Central Hostel

Location: 54/6 Ky Con, District 1, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Rate: $7 - $24/night

Six hundred meters from the Ben Thanh Market is the truly friendly place. Saigon Central Hostel does airport pickup if needed. It is also very close to the Fine Arts Museum and the Nha Rong Wharf. They offer dormitory beds to deluxe double rooms if you prefer a more private enclave.

Name:
Benh Thanh Market Saigon, Vietnam
Address:
Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. New Saigon Hostel

Location: 270 Bui Vien, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Rate: $8 - $35/night

It's clean, it has a minimalist design, and everything that you would need is there. There is turn down service every day and the reception staff speak good English. It's located near the backpacker street of Pham Ngu Lao, so it's not a problem going home late from partying. If you're traveling as a group, they have a triple room if you would like some privacy.

Name:
New Saigon Hostel
Address:
270 Bui Vien District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. Lily's Hostel

Lily’s Hostel, Foursquare.com

Location: 35/5 Bui Vien, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Rate: $8 to $30

It's a quaint hostel with a vintage vibe. The rooms are whitewashed with white beds and furniture, with the decor and the bed sheets bringing color. They have double and triple rooms, aside from their dormitory room.

Name:
Lily's Hostel
Address:
Vietnam
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. Eco Backpackers Hostel

eco backpackers hostel, Foursquare.com

Location: 264 De Tham, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Rate: $6 to $32/night

Eco Backpacker's Hostel hosts parties and dinners on their roofdeck, so you get a chance to mingle with all the other guests and the staff. The location is also great as it is near the Reunification Palace and the Fine Arts Museum. Aside from dormitory rooms, they also have family rooms and double bunk beds.

Name:
eco backpackers hostel
Address:
264, Vietnam
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

You can manage to explore Ho Chi Minh with less than twenty dollars a day, and that's with accommodation included. Try to budget your money and maximize your experience instead.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?