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
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.
- Prem Bistro
- 129/4 Vo Van Tan (Vo Van Tan - Ba Huyen Thanh Quan), Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- +84 8 6279 9920
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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.
- Benh Thanh Market Saigon, Vietnam
- Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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.
- New Saigon Hostel
- 270 Bui Vien District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
4. Lily's Hostel
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.
- Lily's Hostel
5. Eco Backpackers Hostel
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.
- eco backpackers hostel
- 264, Vietnam
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.