Best Places for Backpackers in Vietnam.

Enjoy backpacking around Vietnam without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Vietnam.

Top 50 hostels in Vietnam.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Vietnam.

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Nhi Nhi Hotel

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Nhi Nhi Hotel

Just 30 km from Da Nang international airport, 5 minutes walking to Hoi An ancient town, located in the peaceful and quite place, Nhi Nhi hotel – an ideal address for staying and relaxing, shopping and sightseeing nearby. With the impressive architect style, the hotel offers 24 well – appointed r...
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Little Hanoi Hostel Le Thai To

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Little Hanoi Hostel Le Thai To

WELCOME TO LITTLE HANOI HOSTEL 2! Welcome to Little Hanoi Hostel 2! This quaint hostel is newly affiliated with the top-rated Little Hanoi Hostel at 48 Hang Ga Street and we are committed to providing the same level of service. Little Hanoi Hostel 2 is located in a quiet alley, right across...
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Stunning Homestay

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Stunning Homestay

if you want to enjoy your trip with the local people, we are the best choice for you. its around 8 km from Sapa town and Sapa bus station ,where is very peaceful , you can see the rice terrace , because when you come to Sapa for your trip, anyway you have to visit our village. Normally when you c...
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Hoi An Corn Riverside Villa

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Hoi An Corn Riverside Villa

We are Hoi An Corn RiverSide Villa, a completely newly built villa has been open since late December of 2017, comprising 13 rooms and located in the village of corn. Guests will find the theme of the villa is the image of corn on the cob during their stay at the property. The local and natural ch...
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Song Toan Hotel

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Song Toan Hotel

We are just located in the main city of Phong Nha Ke Bang. Come and stay with us and we will provide a traveling itinerary for you during your time here. We do offers other services such as tours and also pick up which we try to provide you a solution during your trip to Phong Nha Ke Bang. T...
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Greenfield Ecostay

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Greenfield Ecostay

Greenfield Ecostay is facing to the green rice paddy, garden, & many thing from the local rural. The room is designed with bamboo, wood material...very Eco & simple. On the other hand, you have time to play, take photo or just relax at among countryside feeling. Make sure, the tourist have great tim...
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Muine Volga Hotel & Apartment

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Muine Volga Hotel & Apartment

Mui ne Volga Hotel & Apartment is built in 2015 with the mission of providing you the most comfortable stay for your vacation with affordable price. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and we look forward to your your feedback. There are many Tourist Attractive Near by: Fer...
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New Sunshine Homestay

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New Sunshine Homestay

New Sunshine Homestay includes 4 rooms which designed modernly with warmly space and spacious garden view. When you come to New Sunshine Homestay, you will feel friendly welcome, experience the atmosphere of three genarations Vietnamese's family, find out the daily activities, the traditional worshi...
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Green Hope Lodge

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Green Hope Lodge

Green Hope Lodge welcomes guests with a combination of simplicity and elegance. Visitors will love the humble experience of staying in a traditional Vietnamese bungalow while enjoying delicious homemade Vietnamese cuisine. Each bungalow is accommodated with fan, its own in-suite bathroom and a...
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Dalat View Homestay

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Dalat View Homestay

Luxury interior design with amazing scenery of Da Lat city will get customers never want to leave. Professional staff, enthusiastic with the standard service will bring you comfort, convenience, and fun during their stay at the hotel. Souvenirs mentioned nowhere in Dalat that you can 'easy to buy,...
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Paradiso Phu Quoc Resort

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Paradiso Phu Quoc Resort

Located in Ong Lang beach which is one of the most beautiful beach in Phu Quoc Island, Paradiso Phu Quoc Resort is really an ideal destination for your vacations, with the large space and close to the Nature. Brought up to your sights with green everywhere from local trees like coconut trees, bamboo...
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Limestone View Homestay

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Limestone View Homestay

Limestone View Homestay is located in a quiet village is nearby most of famous sight seeing in Ninh Binh. We have eight rooms with quality facilities. All of rooms with mountain view and private bathrooms. We have a small restaurant with local food. Limestone view homestay has bikes for free an...
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Dalat Lucky D

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Dalat Lucky D's Hostel

Welcome to Lucky D's Hostel. It's run by FAMILY and ( safe and quiet place, only have 15 dorm bed ) located in the heart of Dalat city. From Lucky Hostel you can walking distance to all activities ( walking 5 minutes to Dalat market, night market), near Bank, ATM, Museums, pharmacy, bakery, coffee s...
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Hanoi Street View Hotel

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Hanoi Street View Hotel

Hanoi Street View Hotel offers a selection of cosy rooms with free WiFi in Hanoi. Each room has a flat-screen cable TV and private bathroom with bath, shower and hairdryer is included. Whether you are searching for a beautiful holiday by the beach, a memorable cultural discovery or an advent...
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Jamming The Hostel

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Jamming The Hostel

Located in the heart of the city, our hostel is close to all the place that needed for guest's stay: restaurant, shop, convenience store, bike rental shop, etc. Come to our place, guest can have a chance to get to know our local life, people and culture, also get to know other people around the...
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Phong Nha Friendly Home

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Phong Nha Friendly Home

A family runs this hotel that was built 2018 with a friendly atmosphere. This is the place for all tourists who want to meet other travelers as well as get a home-away-of-home-feeling in your traveling. We’ve got something really great going on here and we can’t wait for you to come and experience i...
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Summer Holiday Villa

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Summer Holiday Villa

Located in Hoi An, Summer Holiday Villa provides free bikes and outdoor swimming pool. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also welcomes guests with a restaurant and a terrace. Free Wi-Fi is at guests' disposal. Boasting a seating area, the rooms comes with air conditioning, a flat-scre...
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Lala Home

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Lala Home

Featuring free Wi-Fi throughout the property, Lala Home offers accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City, 500 metres from 23/9 Park. All rooms come with air conditioning and TV. Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Both a bike rental service and a car rental service are availa...
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John Homestay Nha Trang

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John Homestay Nha Trang

John Homestay Nha Trang is located in the center surrounded by supermarkets and shopping malls. You can easily visit popular places, drink at the packpackers street, go swimming, wake up to see sun rising from sea. John Homestay Nha Trang is a warm and friendly hostel that welcomes travelers from...
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Rose Garden Homestay

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Rose Garden Homestay

Situated in Ninh Binh City, Rose Garden Homestay offers accommodation with free Wi-Fi and garden views. There is a children's playground on site. Featuring a kettle, each room has a terrace with mountain views. All guestrooms also come with air conditioning and a desk. Rose Garden Homestay ser...
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Hanoi Prime Center Hotel

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Hanoi Prime Center Hotel

Hanoi Prime Center is perfectly located in the very heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter (36 Hang Huong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi ), offering you one of the most convenient places to stay in Hanoi . We offer the most competitive prices and want to make our hotel your base in Hanoi. Whenever you think of accommoda...
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Condodo Ben Van Don

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Condodo Ben Van Don

Condodo Ben Van Don is set in District 4 of Ho Chi Minh City, within 2.4 km from Takashimaya Vietnam and 2.6 km of Ben Thanh Street Food Market. At Condodo Ben Van Don, make yourself at home in one of 8 rooms including amenities such as air conditioning, free toiletries, free bottled water and sh...
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Trang An Central Homestay

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Trang An Central Homestay

Trang An Central Homestay is located in the Trang An tourist center, 6 km from Bai Dinh Pagoda. It offers free Wi-Fi and views of the mountains. Each room has a courtyard view of the river. You can enjoy an Asian breakfast. The on-site restaurant serves a variety of Asian dishes. Trang An Cent...
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The Glomad Danang Hotel

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The Glomad Danang Hotel

*Free Access to Swimming Pool* *Rooftop Bar* *Communal Area* Welcome to The Glomad Danang Hotel, a destination carefully crafted to deliver a Da Nang experience like no others. The Glomad Danang Hotel is located near one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, My Khe Beach, and only a co...
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Kaka Homestay Quy Nhon

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Kaka Homestay Quy Nhon

Quy Nhon is one of Vietnam’s exciting and vibrant cities. Boasting long stretches of pristine beach and a number of cultural sites within driving distance, it is little wonder why the city garners so much interest. Perhaps the city’s greatest asset is its potential to allow visitors to relax and...
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Joy House Hostel 2

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Joy House Hostel 2

Dear our beloved friends & guests here at Joy House 2, we make it easy, cozy and affordable for not only solo adventurers or couples but also groups of travelers. We ensure the quality and comfort of various types of rooms: from dorms to private rooms. There is some eateries selling local food, c...
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Sunny Riverside Homestay

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Sunny Riverside Homestay

Sunny riverside homestay - Experience a great blend of riverside relaxation, just a short bicycle to the old town. We have our own beautiful modern private rooms, all built around the pool. However interaction with the family is still a large part of the experience, and any guest who wishes to s...
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Good Morning Hoi An Homestay

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Good Morning Hoi An Homestay

Welcome to Good Morning Hoi An Homestay. Centrally located but in a secure and quiet place, you can find the right stay to explore the charming beauty of Hoi An. Make yourself at home in one of cozy rooms featuring air conditioning and underbed lockers. Private bathrooms include hot shower and fr...
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Hanoi Ecogreen Hostel

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Hanoi Ecogreen Hostel

Hello from Hanoi Ecogreen Hostel. Hanoi Ecogreen is a family-frinedly hostel located in the heart of the old quarter, perfect location for any fellow traaveler to explore: Sword Lake, Dong Xuan Market, City Gate, ... Shower cream and sampoo is provided for your convenience. High speed Wi-Fi i...
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Vuon Thu Guesthouse Garden

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Vuon Thu Guesthouse Garden

Conveniently located in Kontum, Vuon Thu Guesthouse Garden is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. Only 1 km from the city center, you are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. With its convenient location, the guesthouse offers easy access to the city's must-...
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Hanoi Ibiz Hotel

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Hanoi Ibiz Hotel

Nestled in the Old Quarter, Ibiz Hotel is a short 5-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. The hotel offers free internet and a restaurant. Rooms at Ibiz Hotel feature elegant décor and traditional Vietnamese elements. Each room is equipped with a smart TV. Some rooms also have a priv...
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An Homestay

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An Homestay

Located in the Heart of Hue city, An Homestay is a peaceful place to take a rest after a day exploring Beautiful Hue city. Our dorm can accommodate up to 4 guests with 4 beds (1,2 meter) Suitable for a group of friends or family with children. 2 Shared bathroom for 3 rooms with hot water and ai...
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Green Field Homestay

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Green Field Homestay

Green Field Homestay is a family run homestay offering 3 comfortable rooms for our guests to choose from. We have 1 double room, 1 twin room and 1 quad room. All are tastefully decorated, clean and comfortable and have air conditioning and private bathrooms. We also offer free Wi-Fi connection to al...
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Splendid Star Boutique Hotel

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Splendid Star Boutique Hotel

Splendid Star Boutique Hotel is where the visitors can stay when they are in Hanoi. It is designed in a modern mixed with classic style, with the motto of golden service, the hotel will certainly bring the tourists the most enjoyable experience. From the hotel, the guests can easily visit the an...
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Luxury Hotel

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Luxury Hotel

Ideally located in the heart of Hanoi's old quarter, Luxury Hotel is also close to the central business district, major non-governmental offices and the famous Water Puppet Theatre. it takes just takes 35 minutes from the Noi Bai Airport,...
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Kiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa

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Kiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa

Welcome to Kiman, a family run hotel. Kiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa is discreetly located in the centre of the world Heritage town of hoi an ancient town. This central location offers visitors the opportunity to experience the grace and elegance of Hoi An while staying in luxury hoi an accommodation....
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Edele Hotel

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Edele Hotel

The hotel is located extremely convenient location, Nha Trang Bay from approximately 500m west central neighborhood full of lively nightlife. From the hotel you can see the majestic beauty of Nha Trang Bay, one of the world's 29 most beautiful bay recognized by UNESCO. Moreover, the hotel is located...
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Rice Field Homestay

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Rice Field Homestay

We have 4 brand new well appointed modern rooms, all complete with a comfy double bed, en suite bathroom, hot water, air conditioning, flat screen TV with satelite. Each room also has it's own private balcony, with views overlooking the green rice fields of Cam Chau and surrounding area. You will be...
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The HillSide House Tuong Van Hue

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The HillSide House Tuong Van Hue

Providing the most authentic Hue experience, a homestay offers a true understanding of the lives of people in rural parts of the Hue people & Viet Nam country. Our Rooms is full modern equipment with 3 DBL room & 01 Triple Room. Private kitchen, Balcony & Living room with the whole view of downtow...
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Hoian Venus Hotel & Spa

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Hoian Venus Hotel & Spa

Hoi An Ancient town is known as one of UNESCO’s as the World Heritage Sites Viet Nam. In fact, within central Viet Nam itself, there is 4 UNESCO’s Heritage site that you could visit in your single journey! VENUS HOTEL & SPA is located in the town itself and it is accessible to most of the popular...
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Little View Homestay

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Little View Homestay

Little View Homestay is located in the heart of SaPa town. Just 3 minutes walk to the Square, Church and Sapa Lake. Our homestay has an ideal location overlooking to the Muong Hoa valley ,mountain Fansipan and all place popular for tourists.Little View Homestay offers all service from local people a...
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Cheerful Hoi An Hostel

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Cheerful Hoi An Hostel

Our Cheerful Hoi An Hostel is good location,just 8 mins to the center town and 2km to the An Bang .The hostel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.With slogan 'be fun be happy' we would like to bring everybody nice feeling like your home. All kind of room are very quite, include...
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Hanoi Golden Holiday Hotel

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Hanoi Golden Holiday Hotel

It’s located on one of 36 streets of Hanoi Old Quarter where is the main street . It's selling Bronze original craft street. It's very attractive for tourists who is planning to learn about Hanoi culture. Moreover, it is also centrally convenient to go to the tourist areas that can not be misse...
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Rong Homestay

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Rong Homestay

Welcome to Rong Cafe. Expect live acoustic nights and resident dj sessions, cocktails, cheap beer, tapas and everything else you could possibly need to party and have a good time. ;) As the first live acoustic cafe to be established in this city, this spot is a hidden gem and a part of the hi...
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All Aboard Hostel & Cafe

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All Aboard Hostel & Cafe

Welcome! All Aboard! Hostel & Café is a small hostel featuring espresso bar in a friendly neighborhood of Dalat. Started with a very first dorm room in 2017, we’re expanding the hostel and providing new services. Our dorm room usually for 6 people. Each bed has a locker, a reading light, a socke...
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Hoian River Palm Villas

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Hoian River Palm Villas

River Palm Villas Located on a romantic riverbank and an attractive green space, River Palm Villas Hoi An - the perfect connection between Nature, Culture and Hoianians wants to welcome international and domestic tourists to explore and to experience... River Palm Villa Hoi An is a miniature mode...
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Labevie Hotel

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Labevie Hotel

Labevie Hotel is located in Hanoi's Old Quarter, just 5 minutes' walk from the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake. Its modern rooms come with free Wi-Fi, a private bathroom and flat-screen TV. Featuring modern Vietnamese and Western decor, rooms are fitted with wooden flooring and air conditioning. Each comes...
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SANY Hostel

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SANY Hostel

SANY Hostel offers accommodation with spacious shared dorm rooms (3-4-5 people / room) with NO BUNK BED, as well as cozy private rooms with lockers, hairdryer, en-suite bathroom with hot water showers. All with high quality of mattress to bring good sleep to our guest. Comfortable, large common area...
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Hoi An Local Villa

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Hoi An Local Villa

Hoi An Local Villa, really resourceful for you after traveling for a long time. And if you are searching to party, feel free to take the bikes (FREE) to experience some good fiesta in the Old Town and then have the best sleep of your life! All rooms have balconies with a good view and you can watch...
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Herbal Tea Homestay

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Herbal Tea Homestay

Herbal Tea Homestay is a beautiful, friendly, family run business. It is in a fantastic location situated right between the famous Hoi An Ancient Town and Cua Dai Beach, in the quiet village of Cam Thanh. Both loactions are only a short 10-minute bicycle ride away and with free bicyle rental, which...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Vietnam.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Vietnam.

If you're already planning to visit Vietnam - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Pho Nagar Cham Towers

This temple is located at the North of Nha Trang city. Taken by its architecture, I was intrigued to see for myself the intrinsic carvings depicting the Gods. The temple is an active worship ground for Vietnamese Chinese and Buddhists. Also packed with tourists, be ready for a slight crowd. It was built by the Cham people who were of Hindu origins. The Cham people were known for their skills in sculpture and architecture. Their legacy can also be experienced in Cambodia and Thailand.

Jay Nair

The Flower Safari of Hanoi’s T?t

As a result of globalization, many East and South East Asian countries are starting to abandon the Lunar New Year, and instead celebrate the Western New Year. However, in Vietnam, even in the capital city of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, the people just cannot abandon the Lunar New Year, which has already been a huge part of their traditional culture.

Hiếu MD

Pu Luong Retreat – A true off-the-beaten-path experience in Vietnam

Pu Luong: A hidden gem in Vietnam You might have never heard of Pu Luong before, though places which this place is often compared to such as Sa Pa and Mai Chau appear ubiquitous in the numerous travel agencies on the streets of Hanoi. A quite new destination in North Vietnam, Pu Luong lies serenely in the mountainous north west of Thanh Hoa province, approximately 160 km from Hanoi. In the local language, Pu Luong means “the highest mountain”. This whole area is a spectacular nature reserve which until last year was still unheard of among both foreign and domestic travelers in Vietnam. Pu Luong Retreat is built based on the trending concept of an eco-resort with wooden bungalows surrounded by pure nature. It is situated on the second highest mountain in Pu Luong, overlooking a broad green valley where terraced fields are beautifully cultivated. Your first glance at this place might give a mixed familiarity, suggesting a place lying somewhere between the famous terraced fields of Sapa and the green valleys of Mai Chau. However, do not be fooled.

Fiona Mai

ZONA RIO-PLAZA DEL ZAPATO-ZONA CULTURAL.

Plaza del zapato is a place where you can find very good Vietnam food, and some other local restaurants with their own menus, as well as a lot of breweries with really good local beer, here the variety of styles for bars are as complete as in 6th street.

Brenda Shappu

5 Top Places I chose to visit during my limited “Tourist-time” in Singapore:

Initially before trying to live here, I’ve get to have a taste of what is to be like a tourist that was back in 2012. Everything about the country seemed to be perfect the city life, shopping, public transportation, amusement parks and museums, did I mention shopping already? It was cleanest city I’ve ever been to, something similar on how you want your city to be arranged in one of your social media games. Being a tourist, me and my friends decided to stay at Marina Bay Sands Hotel for a week. It did cost a bit of a fortune even if it was bundled with a few discounts coming from someone we knew, that’s only when it came to our senses that we are living the high life on a 6 star hotel. Chauffeured from the airport by a glamourous hotel coach, I felt like a Hollywood celebrity that time. The room was amazing, of course and top it all you’ll get to have an infinity pool on the 57th floor, you embracing all of Singapore’s skyline. Be aware that you cannot lift drinks or food from the bar if you don’t intend to consume them, as there is a sensor that would tell the staff that a product is sold once it has been lifted from the bar. Since I was attending a conference while on this trip (I just need constantly remind myself this), I chose the must-see places I should visit to make my trip complete and worth it, and proudly say that “Oh! I have experienced Singapore at its finest!”. 5 Top Places I chose to visit during my limited “Tourist-time” in Singapore: The iconic lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum which featured “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” and “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal” during my visit. This museum is also known as “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore”. The modern architectural wonder Helix Bridge  which provides a pedestrian connection across the head of the Singapore River between the city’s existing CBD and its new Bayfront district. The best time to appreciate this architectural wonder is at night time, as the stainless steel bridge consists of two helix structures that act together as a tubular truss – inspired by the form of curved DNA structure will be well lighted. The Universal Studios Singapore brought out the child in me! I went to this amusement park alone. Yes, alone in an amusement park. How boring could that be? Not even close to that word! I used my social butterfly special power to make friends with another tourist from Vietnam who was also travelling alone that day. We had a lot of fun together and my favourite attractions were The Mummy and  Transformers. The famous Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Shoppes are places no one should miss when traveling in Singapore. The Observation Deck, Infinity Pool and posh restaurant and bars of MBS are actually located in the Sands Skypark. It was an experience of  a lifetime to be floating in the largest rooftop infinity pool with the lovely view of the glittering city-skyline. For shoppaholics out there, who are drooling over branded stuff, posh services and fancy restaurants,  the Shoppes is the place to be. The Little India in Singapore. The name of the place speaks for itself. It is a bustling Indian quarter. I came here primarily to shop at a 24-hour shopping mall called Mustafa Centre, which basically offers everything in a cheaper price. I am serious about this. It sells EVERYTHING! You name it, most likely Mustafa Centre has it. After visiting Singapore as a tourist, I promised myself that I will put all efforts to be able to work and live in this progressive country. First, it’s clean and very organized. Second, there are heaps of job opportunity with enticing compensation package. Lastly, I just felt that living in Singapore must be the “Livin’ the Good Life” kind of lifestyle I have been dreaming of as a yuppie. After almost two years from my first time of visit, an opportunity to work and live in Singapore knocked on my door. Life had been good and it was a successful first year in the Lion City. I was traveling often for work around South East Asia, and I must say that it’s cheaper and more convenient to travel from Singapore compared to other neighboring countries. Direct flights are available to many destinations across the globe. Moreover, Changi Airport is world class! Not only as an airport but as a shopping haven. One of the best things about this country! I loved arriving early in the airport before my flight as much as possible, because I am excited to shop around as I don’t have to pay for GST even if I am working in the country. Naughty!

Jinice Bautista

Hectic and historic Phnom Penh

She was a nation limping from a bombardment of explosives on the Ho Chi Minh trail to flush out North supply lines spilling from the Vietnam War. Bombing killed up to half a million innocent Cambodians, leaving the overthrown King fragile, and the opportune moment for a new leader, Saloth Sar.

Lucian Reed-Drake

24 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam’s beloved national dish is best sampled at breakfast time (as the locals do), once you get over any preconceptions about eating savoury noodle soup first thing in the morning. Delicious bowls of the fragrant broth are served from hole-in-the-wall style cafes on every street corner – usually the more basic the cafe, the better the pho. You can order ‘pho tai’ (rare beef) if you only have one chance to try it, but there is a choice of different toppings if that doesn’t whet your appetite. True to most Vietnamese food, pho  comes with a small garden on the side for you to customise your bowl. At a local style cafe, if you pay more than 40,000 VND (2 USD) then you are paying too much. The best way to find somewhere for pho is simply to walk a few blocks, wherever you are in the city, and take a seat…likely on a plastic stool, but it will be worth it.

Lucie Sherwood

Unwind in Hoi An

Honeymoon in Hoi An, Vietnam Arriving at Auckland airport two days after getting married, I had my passport, a suitcase full of ‘kinda warm, and kinda cold clothes, and absolutely no idea where our destination would be. Hubby had decided that organizing the honeymoon was going to be his surprise for me. No complaints from me – do you know how much planning can go into a wedding? A blissful retreat? Backpacking? Beaches? Mountains? Having already traveled to multiple continents across the world, I was game for anything. After being told at the ticket counter that our destinations were different (That would have been a great honeymoon right?), my hubby lets me in on the first destination for our travels.   We were going to be going back to Hoi An, a place that we had visited together as friends a couple years prior.

Kathryn Taylor

4. Skip the Expensive Destinations

Okay, so maybe you are having difficulty saving money for your dream European vacation. The good news is, a lot of popular destinations, such as south-east Asia, are very cheap. For example, some days in Vietnam I spent as low as $10 a day. Our hostel was $5 per night, meals around $1-$2, we explored the town on foot (free!), and got a few trinkets at the market for $1. The bigger touristy areas as well as travel between cities will set you back more money, but in general you don’t need more than $20 a day.

Carolyn Walter

Dong Hoi- A bit of history, great cuisine and stunning caves!

I had been in Dong Hoi for three weeks now. Initially not even on my plans, I had ended up here based on a recommendation. The recommendation came during a drinking game in Hoi An, through a Danish girl called Elin. She told me to specifically go to Beachside Backpackers, a hostel situated a little out of the town center, right on the beach. And within no time, I had struck a good bond with the owners of the hostel- An, the Vietnamese hardworking man and his Irish girlfriend, Michaella.

Aniket Ketkar

Dalat- the most dalat-ful city in Vietnam

Dalat- the most dalat-ful city in Vietnam Although the hustle and bustle of Saigon is exciting and exhilarating upon arrival in Vietnam, it’s natural to become overwhelmed by the thousands of faces and its sweltering humidity. When this feeling arrives, I suggest jumping on a sleeping bus and heading straight for the mountain town of Dalat.

Claudia Zalmstra

Vietnam: Shopping in Nha Trang

Let’s start with the most pleasant thing. When we are thinking about Vietnam, the first that we imagine is a white beach, warm sea, and seafood! There are many marine inhabitants: shrimps, mussels, octopuses, scallops. You can buy them on the street or try in your hotel, but relying on my experience and taste – Vietnamese are the bad cookers. My octopus, cooked in 5 stars hotel, tasted like a shale. Despite these troubles with seafood, Vietnam can boast of many other delicacies, and a lot of them you can bring home.

Iva.wanderer

Vietnam’s Vibrant Coffee Culture

Travelling isn’t always about visiting a city’s tourist spots. It’s also about getting a feel of what it’s like to live as a local in a city that isn’t your own. And if you want to know what it’s like to be a local in Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, there’s no better way than by spending time in its numerous cafes. Vietnam’s Vibrant Coffee Culture Known for its unique coffee, Vietnam is also becoming increasingly popular among travellers for its numerous cafes. There’s no shortage of independently owned coffee shops in Saigon, visited by both locals and foreigners alike, each with its own unique concept, appealing interiors, and of course, impressive coffee. Whether you’re a serious coffee connoisseur, casual coffee drinker, café hopper, or if you just need your daily fix of caffeine, you’ll surely find a café to your liking in Saigon.

Dane Luna

Vietnam: Motorbike trip to the provincial mountains

Whilst planning our trip to Vietnam, we have had been fantasising with the idea of motorbiking around the country. My brother had completed a similar trip last year and had glowing reviews. The difference being, of course, that my brother is far more mechanically minded and engine savvy than either me or my partner. Regardless, we put these thoughts to one side and set off to Vietnam with a loose plan to purchase or rent bikes along the way.

Loz Treasure

Ho chi Minh – Experiencing the Vietnamese family culture

Ho chi Minh – Experiencing the Vietnamese family culture We spent our first days in Vietnam with a local family, who invited us to stay in their home through couchsurfing. If you don’t know what couchsurfing is, you should definitely look it up. It’s a website where people all over the world invites travelers to stay at their place for free.

Little Venture

Why You Should Visit Da Lat, Vietnam

Nestled in the central highlands between the popular tourist destinations of Nha Trang and Mui Ne sits the small town of Da Lat. Away from the coast and slightly out of the way, this has long been a popular destination for Vietnamese couples on their honeymoon. Also used as a resort area for the French during their colonization of Vietnam in the 70’s, Da Lat is beginning to get popular with foreigners again and for good reason.

Carolyn Walter

Skip the Tours and Find Home in Sapa Vietnam

Let me preface by saying that I’m a bit of a rebel. I tend to want to do the opposite of what I am supposed to do. Sometimes this gets me into trouble. But in Vietnam it resulted in me finding the loveliest, most welcoming, (and possibly my favorite) place I have ever stayed: My Tra Homestay.

serrana-gay

Da Nang: City of lights and beautiful beaches

Whenever people think of spending their vacation in a beautiful place, they end up traveling to Bahamas or Bali. Unfortunately, there is a beautiful and affordable option that most of the travelers miss. Da Nang is the wonderful city in the central part of the historic Vietnam that has many beautiful beaches and quite a few historical, tourist places. As a traveler, I was very surprised to see how people miss this heaven. In Vietnam, it is the third-largest city as it has the highest urban population and also an important port city in the country.

Dhinesh Rajarathinam

Your Guide To Moving To Vietnam

The first time I visited Vietnam I fell in love with the culture, the people, and the food. The price of everything wasn’t terrible either. I only planned to be in the country for a month and that wasn’t nearly enough time to enjoy all Vietnam has to offer.

Brady Gavin

Hanoi: Make your way to Vietnam on plastic stools

VISIT HANOI AS A LOCAL Two years ago, when I interviewed an American photographer for his first journey to Vietnam, he said: “Almost everyone in my county knows nothing about Vietnam except the war.” With the increasing number of construction projects and the influx of exotic culture, Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam is changing fast. It is a far cry from the image that makes it onto the screens around the world many decades ago. When Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) or Ao dai (Vietnamese national costume) started to depart from its origin, I have wondered what a “quintessential Hanoi” is. An apple didn’t hit my head while I was wandering around the French Old Quarter – an immersion point for most travelers. But right after I stumbled against a plastic stool on the pavement, it dawned on me that these low-slung chairs are so ubiquitous that they become indispensable to Vietnamese lives. In Vietnam, the pavement is rarely for the pedestrians. It is not just the motorbikes but mobile street vendors selling fruit, vegetables or souvenirs and local shops which also have expanded onto the pavements. However, once you get used to that bustle, you’ll realize that all of life aspects are played out on the streets which makes Hanoi become such a living city. But if it’s the stool’s curse to be emblematic of Hanoi’s pavement misuse, some are trying to embrace that legacy in a more positive way. You basically can do your own tour around Hanoi by taking a break on a plastic stool and watch the daily chaos. It’s really a good way for a first-time visitor to experience Vietnamese daily life, albeit challenging. STREET FOOD Even though there is no typical Vietnamese breakfast/lunch on the menu, many humble street stalls only serve you at a certain time. Bun oc (snail vermicelli soup) at No. 6 Hang Chai, for example, opens between 6 and 9 a.m. From the early morning, locals squeeze on to the rows of plastic stools, knee-to-knew with many others in a narrow corner. Heaped with snails and tomato, what is typically a gentle broth becomes a slightly sour, chewy dish. If you prefer an unusual take on the omnipresent Pho, come visit No. 1 Hang Trong in the late afternoon. It’s called “Pho bung” because there is no table to place your bowl and you’ve got no choice but carry it by your hand. Highly recommended addresses to visit: Mien luon – No. 2 Phu Doan (stir-fried rice vermicelli with small eels) Bun ngan Nhan – Trung Yen alley, a small alley off of Dinh Liet Street (vermicelli in Muscovy duck soup) Pho xao bap bo – No. 11 Hang Buom (fried Pho with beef shank) Bun thang – No. 32 Cau Go (rice vermicelli soup with chicken, pork and egg) My van than Phuong Beo – No. 9 Hang Chieu (Wonton noodles) Bun bo Nam Bo – No. 67 Hang Dieu (vermicelli with grilled beef) Bun moc – No. 57 Hang Luoc (vermicelli soup with mushroom meatballs) Bami Bread – No. 98 Hang Bac (banh mi) Banh mi P – No. 12 Hang Buom Banh mi pho – No. 97 Hang Bong Banh mi chao – No. 38 Dinh Liet (banh mi with Vietnamese-styled beef steak served on a frying pan) Opening hours: 7 a.m-10 p.m; Price range: $1.5 to 3 STREET CAFE It hardly costs you more than $2 to enjoy different styles of coffee in Hanoi, the capital city of a country which is one of the world’s largest coffee exporter. Head to Nguyen Huu Huan street in Old Quarter where to offer various pickings for both locals and tourists. Stop at Lam Cafe (No. 60) or Nang Cafe (No. 46) – two of the oldest coffee shops in Hanoi – for classic coffee drinks. Find a chair with a good view of the street and let yourself get used to the haze and taxing traffic. Even though it doesn’t look rustic as it used to be, it’s pleasant to watch lots of Vietnamese, regardless of age or class, spending hours gossiping, smoking and gazing at their smartphones.   Highly recommended addresses to visit: Tho Cafe – No. 117 Trieu Viet Vuong Street Giang Cafe – No. 39 Nguyen Huu Huan (try egg coffee) Cafe Pho Co – No. 11 Hang Gai Su Cafe – No. 96 Nguyen Huu Huan Dinh Cafe – 2nd floor No. 13 Dinh Tien Hoang Nhan Cafe – No. 39D Hang Hanh Hanoi House Cafe – No. 47 Ly Quoc Su Cong Caphe – No. 27 Nha Tho (near the Cathedral) STREET BEER

Dung Phan

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