In one of my previous posts, I touched on eight things that made me fall for Vietnam. The history, the people, the culture, the coffee, the food….oh the foooood.
But one of the major factors that made my time here such an enjoyable one, was also the level of decent, yet affordable hostels available for backpackers. I spent a month backpacking from the north to the south and rested my head in a fair few places along the way and was pleasantly surprised to only have one bad experience during that time.
However there are three that really stick out in my mind. At all of these hostels the staff went to every effort to ensure you enjoyed your stay, from simply keeping the place free of bed bugs to organising fun social activities.
I made some amazing friends while staying at these hostels and memories that will last a lifetime – so if you’re ever in these following cities….be sure to check them out!
If you’re looking for a good time and non-stop partying in Hanoi…this is the place for you. Based in the pretty Old Quarter, you are a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s major attractions. They even organise daily walking tours to help you get your bearings and learn about the local history and street food.
I can’t speak highly enough of the staff – their knowledgeable team will help you with all your travel needs. They also really went the extra mile when I got food poisoning over the new year, finding a quieter room for me so I could get some rest.
The dorms ticked all the boxes in my eyes – clean, secure, spacious and comfy. There are a couple of spaces to hang out, like the downstairs cafe or you can camp out on the beanbags in the movie area while nursing your hangover from the night before.
Its atmosphere is always lively and most nights everyone would meet at the rooftop bar for happy hour before embarking on the pub crawl.
I stayed at this hostel the very first night it opened after meeting Leo, the owner, on an Easy Rider Motorcycle Tour of the Central Highlands.
He runs this hostel with his wife, and little boy Tin Tin (who provides much entertainment!) and I have to say, even though they had only been open one night, I was more than impressed.
Staying at Tiny Tigers feels more like a homestay than a hostel. They really made you feel a part of their family and every night we’d all sit down to have a “family dinner” cooked and prepared by Leo’s wife. After being plied with rice wine, you can rest your head on the incredible beds (I’d go as far as saying the comfiest I had slept on throughout my entire trip) and wake up to a guaranteed warm shower (which as some of you may know, can be quite the rarity in parts of Asia).
Leo’s knowledge of Vietnam’s culture and history is mind-blowing and he is always on hand to help you organise day trips and will even take the time to show you around the town himself, at no extra cost. They really are incredible hosts who go our of their way to make you feel at home, and I would definitely stay there again if ever I returned.
Hideout is another lively hostel that is in the perfect location for enjoying what this vibrant city has to offer. It was the last hostel I stayed at in Vietnam and the perfect place to enjoy my final days.
All the dorms have been refurbished, and come equipped with clean, modern en-suites. I stayed in a a spacious 10 bed mixed dorm (all boys, lucky me!) which had a balcony overlooking the park across the street.
It’s a great place to meet other solo travellers – the daily free beers at the hostel bar next door usually helps out with that! And like Hanoi Backpackers they too run pub crawls in the surrounding area, which is basically Vietnam’s answer to Khoa San Road in Bangkok – but way better!
The team at the travel desk are also really helpful and can plan any day trips for you (they’ll even come to wake you up if you just so happened to sleep through your alarm after stumbling in at 5am).
So there you have it – my top three hostel recommendations for Vietnam. Are there any others you stayed at that you would like to add to the mix?
Please note that this is an independent review. I did not receive any money, free alcohol or cookies to write good stuff about these hostels. All these views are my own.