Most of the budget hostels in Ho Chi Minh City are located in Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, or the so-called Backpackers’ District which will offer you great social experience. But there are also other options outside this lively area. Check out this list and find one that fit your style.
Location: The backpackers’ district is about 9 km from Tan Son Nhat International Airport and 2.5 - 3 km from city's downtown Nguyen Hue Walking Street and other famous attractions of Ho Chi Minh City.
How to get there: You can get here with the shuttle bus at the airport (109) in 30-45 minutes or a cab from downtown in 10 minutes.
Price range: US$ 3 - US$ 11
Notes: this is a touristy area, so be mindful of your belongings and aware of scams before choosing any services
373/10 Pham Ngu Lao, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Located in an alley, this hostel with basic amenities has one of the cheapest offers. The rooms are designed much like a local house. The dorms with bunk beds or single beds are standard, but if you want some alone time, you can opt for the double-bed private room. They also have an airport transport service, free wifi, free breakfast, and non-smoking room options.
373/6 Pham Ngu Lao, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Also located in the alley No. 373 on Pham Ngu Lao Street, Phan Anh Backpackers Hostel has dorm rooms (bunk beds) and private rooms (single or double beds) with a simple and clean design. The price here is also among the lowest of budget hostels in Ho Chi Minh City. Besides amenities like free wifi, free breakfast, there is a free beer at certain hours in the evening. And if you are worried about carrying a bunch of luggage, they have the elevator for you.
1: 270 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
2: 373/16 Pham Ngu Lao, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1 (in an alley)
Also in the group of Phan Anh Backpackers Hostel, the two New Saigon Hostel offers you similar amenities like airport transport, free wifi, non-smoking rooms, communal area with desktops for work or entertainment, a smoking area, and an elevator. One is located on the main street, where you are just a few steps away from all exhilarating parties. And one is in an alleyway, away from the crowd and the noise.
262 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Kiki’s House is another choice for a budget hostel in Ho Chi Minh City. Right on Bui Vien Street is a small building with colorful furniture and decoration. The dorm rooms with capsule bunk beds or rooms with double beds can offer you more privacy when having a night rest. But it is no short of fun social activities at the communal area and the terrace bar.
264 De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
As the name suggested, this budget hostel in Ho Chi Minh City incorporates green spaces in their design like balconies and terrace with home-grown greens. And of course, it is a non-smoking property. You can opt for their single/double bunk beds or capsule dorms for more privacy. Free beer is offered at certain hours of the day, BBQ and many social activities are usually held at their terrace with a good view of the city’s center.
If you want to escape the noise and the crowd for a change, look for these budget hostels in Ho Chi Minh City which are a little out of the vibrant Bui Vien area.
Price range: US$ 10+
Location: 80/8 Nguyen Trai, Ward 3, District 5
In an alley, 10 km to Tan Son Nhat Airport, 5 km to Nguyen Hue Walking Street
How to get there: the most convenient way is to catch a taxi from the airport or the city’s center
Common Room Project is a green and quiet oasis to have a pleasant experience in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Their private rooms and dorms have a smart design that uses most of the space but still look stylish. It is a combination of the hotel's comforts and the hostel's community vibe. You can get to their rooftop terrace bar and BBQ area or communal kitchen to enjoy meals of popular Vietnamese dishes.
Besides the famous backpackers’ district, the nearby places (under 2.5 km) you should visit are a bit off-the-beaten-path like An Dong Market, Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, and Huyen Sy Church.
Location: 67 Ham Nghi, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1
9 km to Tan Son Nhat Airport, 1 km to Nguyen Hue Walking Street
How to get there: the airport shuttle bus going to the city’s center (109, 49) and walk for a few meters to get to the hotel or catch a taxi
Della Boutique is another combination of a hotel and a hostel. They have comfortable private rooms with double beds as well as a stylish dorm with large bunk beds. You can feel a bit of beach vacation vibe in their wooden furniture and rooftop bar set up. Many enjoyable activities like live music with DJ and BBQ parties here continue this celebrating theme.
As it is located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, you can get to any famous attractions like the Independence Palace, War Remnants Museum in 20 minutes, or closer places like Bitexco Tower - the Saigon Skydeck, Ben Thanh Market, and Fine Arts Museum.
Location: 135/23 Tran Hung Dao, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1
In an alley, 9 km to Tan Son Nhat Airport, 2 km to Nguyen Hue Walking Street
How to get there: the airport shuttle bus going to the backpackers' district (109) and walk for a few meters to the hostel or catch a taxi
Punto is another good deal for a budget hostel in Ho Chi Minh City. It is only 5-minute walk to backpackers’ district, Ben Thanh Market, Mariamman Hindu Temple, and Ho Chi Minh City Museum. And with 10-minute on a cab, you can easily get to the most recommended attractions like Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Post Office.
Their elegant decoration, the neutral color curtains for each capsule or at windows in private rooms, will make you feel warm and cozy. They also have a small counter bar which is decorated like a local street cafe, and a spacious, relaxing terrace.
© Written by Nhi Nguyen for itourvn.com
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