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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Orchid Hotel

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Orchid Hotel

The Orchid Hotel in Hue is a new 'boutique' style hotel with 5 star rooms and amenities that one would not expect to see in a hotel of this class, coupled with well presented, friendly staff and excellent value for money the Orchid very much lives up to its corporate slogan, ''Always Most Pleasure''...
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New Vision Palace Hotel

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New Vision Palace Hotel

Talking about Hanoi, everyone tends to think about the Old Quarter with 36 streets. And New Vision Palace Hotel is honored to be an important part in maintaining and protecting the charming beauty of the old quarter – one of the most famous areas in Hanoi. Located in one of the most busy and lux...
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Freedom House

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Freedom House

Freedom House is located in a very beautiful valley of Sapa, around the house is terraced fields, so great view. It’s the traditional house of the black H-Mong people, amost everything make by wood. Coming here, you will have the best moments with different activities such as: hiking or trekking...
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Hotel La Perle Hue

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Hotel La Perle Hue

Welcome to La Perle Hotel A brand new hotel that features luxurious rooms and suites. We offer convenience to our guests by providing modern elevators, restaurants, and other great amenities. Offering fantastic value of money, our hotel is located right in the heart of ancient Hue city , in a lov...
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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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SuviHem

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SuviHem

SuviHem is a cozy family run hostel which is tucked away in an alleyway in a quite safe local neighborhood. The hostel itself is newly renovated and well facilitated to ensure your comfortable stay with us. We are an excellent choice if you are looking to escape the hustle and the bustle of downtown...
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Charming Homestay

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Charming Homestay

Charming Homestay is right between the old town and the Cua Dai beach -2km away from each, which takes only 10 minutes by bicycles or 5 minutes by taxi. It is very easy to discover many attraction places of Hoi An by our free bicycles. Ideally situated in a great location which is only 2 km from...
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Sunny Guest House

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Sunny Guest House

Sunny Guest House is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city and backpacking area. Sunny Guest House is in a alley and middle of Pham Ngu Lao street and Bui Vien Street that's why it is very quiet and peaceful, With special and distinctive decoration in each room gives guests variety of choices. Th...
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ETE Hostel

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ETE Hostel

A Cozy hostel in the heart of Dalat city. Bars, restaurant and attractions are walking distance. Dalat night market is 3 mins walk from our place and local bus station is right next door. We have 3 types of rooms and dormitories also available. Rooms are all equipped toilet and how shower inside...
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Hoi An Holiday Villa

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Hoi An Holiday Villa

Hoi An Holiday Villa has an outdoor pool and views of the garden, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find s...
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Trang An Nature House

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Trang An Nature House

About 7 km from Ninh Binh city, Our Trang An nature house is located in the Trang an landscape and cultural heritage of the world. The atmosphere and scenery of this tranquil place is suitable for those who want to relax, away from the noise in the city. Walking around the hotel you also have the...
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Dream Backpacker Hostel

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Dream Backpacker Hostel

Dream Backpacker Hostel is ideally located in the very heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, just few minutes walk to the Hoan Kiem Lake, Cathedral, Water Puppet Theatre, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature... There are many highly recommended restaurants, bars, pubs near by. English speaking Recepti...
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TimeMark Hostel

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TimeMark Hostel

Having a central location, Guest can easily access services in the area. Not only that, TimeMark Hostel close enough to walk to Bui Vien street, famous backpacker street, but far enough to have a good night of sleep. With a unique vintage/retro touch, TimeMark Hostel will leave a long-lasting imp...
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Bui Vien Miss Home

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Bui Vien Miss Home

Located in Saigon Center, Bui Vien Miss Home is a wonderful destination for any traveler favorite explore a new culture. It so close with many Ho Chi Minh typicals, That space you can visit and study about Viet Nam stories many years ago, example, Ben Thanh Market, Viet Nam war museum etc......
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Lazy Buffalo

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Lazy Buffalo

Welcom to Lazy Buffalo Homestay... Lets join with u and feeling like home to home....
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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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Green Hill Hostel - Homestay

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Green Hill Hostel - Homestay

Green Hill Hostel (Bar-cafe and restaurant).A wonderful place for travelers. Located on the way to Dong Van Geopark, take only some minutes from the central of city. Staying here, you can get not only a stay but also enjoy the beauty of nature and greenary scence of tree, many flowers, play wate...
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Cam Ly Homestay

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Cam Ly Homestay

Hello, my name is Tri and I would love to host you and your friends to visit my beautiful town in the mountains. I have been in tourism for many years and can customize tours to fit your budget. As a previous guide of waterfall repelling/canyoning, rock climbing, Easyrider tour guide and now I have...
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Sanouva Danang Hotel

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Sanouva Danang Hotel

Da Nang (Đà Nẵng) is Vietnam's third largest city, and is located on the Eastern Sea coast, midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and the largest city of Central Vietnam. The city itself has neither the atmosphere of Hanoi nor the hustle-bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, but has its share of sights an...
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Dalat Homestay

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Dalat Homestay

DA LAT HOMESTAY is located a bit away from Dalat center around 1.1 km, clsose to Crazy house, Vegetarian restaurants, Groceries, cathidral, Cam Ly water fall, and Market. With a nice atmosphere and reasonable prices will bring to guests a comfortable and satisfied. Private rooms and Dormitor...
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SGN Living

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SGN Living

'SGN Living' is a not only an accommodation, it's a lifestyle. This newly built stylish hostel is right smack in the center of Saigon. Slightly hidden in a quiet alley, buffered from loud street noise, the brand new hostel offers 24 high quality and private dorm beds, 2 private loft rooms with en su...
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Halo Homestay Da Nang

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Halo Homestay Da Nang

The warmth of the rooms and the hospitality of the people make HaLo a home away from home. Our homestay only 5 minute walk from My Khe beach and near the city centre. Rooms are clean and spacious with balconies. We love to hang out with you in our shared space and help you with the informati...
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Four of a Kind

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Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind hostel, where you can eat, sleep, drink, social. Located in central of Ho Chi Minh city and near by many attractive places and food tall, we try to give you the most comfortable bedroom to sleep, the most delicious local meal for eating, meet other friends and drink beer together....
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Orchid Garden Resort

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Orchid Garden Resort

Conveniently located only 2 kilometres from Hoi An town centre and 2 kilometres from Cua Dai beach. Two hundred square meter of garden provide a setting for over 100 species and 20 hybrids. The garden is designed in natural style. The colour of the garden depend on each season with five main kind of...
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Hanoi Old Quarter Homestay

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Hanoi Old Quarter Homestay

Hanoi Old Quarter Homestay opened as the interfering cultural place to connect friends with new friends. The homestay couldn’t be more authentic without my family, all raised and born in Hanoi. As a longstanding Vietnamese tradition, my family includes three generations: Me and my wife Nguyen Nhu...
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Europe Town

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Europe Town

“Come to us and feel the difference” Europe Town hostel is situated on a quiet street away from the noise and traffic, It is 10 minutes walk to the city centre also the market, while Crazy House is 10 minutes walk from the property. The nearest airport is Lien Khuong Airport, only 30 minutes by c...
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Jasmine Hostel

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Jasmine Hostel

Jasmine Hostel located in Ha Giang features a garden and a nice bar. Spacious dorms with shared bathroom and a common area including a kitchen available for the guests with all facilities. Breakfast is included every morning with a choice of American or Asian options. There is a 24-hour f...
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Brew and Breakfast

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Brew and Breakfast

Brew and Breakfast is a specialty coffee bar, roaster and hostel located in the stunning mountain town of Da Lat, Vietnam. We are a small, family run business and we live at the hostel with our dog (Komodo) and 4 cats (Arabica, Robusta, Mocha and Java). Our cute rooms and homey environment offer...
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Jozi Home

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Jozi Home

That is the Reason You need to Check In Jozi Home: Jozi Home is a small house but not small experience about local life, Because we love our city, we know exactly what our guests are looking for when they come to visit us and it is our pleasure to share it with you. Our hostel is a destination...
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Flipside Hostel HCM - Walking Street

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Flipside Hostel HCM - Walking Street

Flipside Hostels is proud to offer our latest addition to the family on the busy Walking Street of Bui Vien, right in the heart of District 1 nightlife. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a cheap, comfortable, clean dorm bed for you and your friends to rest your weary heads, or if you’re loo...
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Seastar Homestay

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Seastar Homestay

Our homestay have 5 room, 2 dom.room, 2double room, 1 family room. Beach is opposite 3 km Hoi an. This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Seastar Homestay is located in Hoi An just 100 m from Cua Dai public beach. The homestay provides a simple international breakfast and free Wi-Fi acce...
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Alleyway Home

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Alleyway Home

Alleyway Home is located in the central area of the city, Alleyway Home offers good accommodation dormitory room, private room and family room and convenient facilities, which definitely brings you a wonderful trip. Surrounding hostel is ranges of street food diners, convenient stores, ATM, super ma...
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Heart Boutique Hotel

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Heart Boutique Hotel

Centrally & ideally located! Our rooms are overlooked the centre part of Hanoi Old Quarter. Within 1 minutes on foot to attractive sights as Hoan Kiem Lake, the water puppet theatre and Ngoc Son temple. Walking distance to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & Museum and the temple of Literature. The most conveni...
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Koi Hostel

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Koi Hostel

Welcome to Koi Hostel! A Family who strive to make everyone feel comfortable, safe and to have as great an experience as possible during your stay with us. Beautifully new and furnished with Super-Strong wifi throughout the entire building. Our rooms offer a 10 and 6 mixed bed dorms. Each be...
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Mr Rot

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Mr Rot's Secret Stay

Mr Rot's secret hotel is brand new building run by the famous guide named Mr Rot who run the great well know secret tour at the Villa Pink house in Dalat that highly recommended on internet.this is the ideas that many tourists come to Dalat because of his secret tour. The super friendly Mr Rot ca...
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Cozy Hue Hotel

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Cozy Hue Hotel

Cozy hue hotel is located in the centre of Hue hotel ,there are 15 rooms with windows ,deluxe rooms with balcony and nice view ,breakfast included ,very strong wifi ,located in the heart of city at the tourist area ,there are some hotels surrounding 25 minutes to citadel by walk ,there are s...
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Luna Villa

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Luna Villa

Offering free WiFi and a restaurant, Hoi An Luna Villa Home stay is set in Hoi An, 3.5 km from Assembly Hall of Chaozhou Chinese Congregation. Assembly Hall of the Hainan Chinese Congregation is 3.6 km from the property. All units include a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Some units have a se...
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Hanoi Old Decade Hotel

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Hanoi Old Decade Hotel

Owned and run by a westerner, Hanoi Old Decade Hotel guarantees a truly amazing stay in Hanoi, one of the most exciting, vibrant and captivating city in South East Asia. Located centrally in Hanoi Olds quarter, Hanoi Old Decade Hotel offers 28 luxurious and boutique rooms with full of modern and wel...
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Canary Boutique Hotel

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Canary Boutique Hotel

Canary Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of Hue City, close to the Perfume River and Nhu Y River, with it's peaceful and safe surroudings. There is easy access to the numerous Hue tourist sites for guests who desire to explore the historcal and natural attractions of this beautiful and green ci...
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Cozy Nook Hostel

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Cozy Nook Hostel

We built the place ourselves and opened our doors in April 2015. We offer dormitory rooms for up to 8 people and private room, safe and free parking opportunities, individual lockers, hot showers, social space, included breakfast, laundry service, and free and fast Wi-Fi. Of course, we also organize...
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Dalat Friendly Fun

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Dalat Friendly Fun

Each of the four dorms are equipped with modern amenities, providing en-suit, hot shower, hair-dryers, towel, wifi access, a social area to meet friends, a common kitchen to cook in, secured parking. We've got free welcome drinks and fruits, free luggage storage, a lounge with cable TV. Dalat Fri...
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Vietnam Phuot Homestay

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Vietnam Phuot Homestay

Vietnam Phuot Homestay is an absolute gem in Vietnam. If you’re after an off the beaten track kind of experience and an opportunity to spend time with an amazing Vietnamese family, do this. Exploring the amazing Kon Tum countryside and sat down to delicious home-cooked meals with the family in the e...
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Lamo Boutique Hotel

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Lamo Boutique Hotel

Step inside Lamo Boutique Hotel, you will indulge yourself in the reminiscences of our country past. LAMO’s interior design and décor were inspired by a fusion of Vietnamese and French colonial styles in the 20th Century, known as Indochine. From the mustard-yellow walls to the white arched ceiling...
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A Van Giao

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A Van Giao

A Van Giao is ideal for transit: nearby Tan Son Nhat International Airport, 15 minutes from the city center by vehicule with all facilities nearby ... nice rooms, air-conditioner, IDD, satellite TV, refrigerator, etc. AIRPORT PICK UP SERVICE: Please provide your flight number and arrival date...
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Lotus Hoi An Boutique Hotel & Spa

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Lotus Hoi An Boutique Hotel & Spa

Conveniently located just a 5-minute drive away from Hoi An Ancient Town as well as Cua Dai Beach, Lotus Hoi An Hotel is an elegant resort-style hotel drawn from a range of styles and influences resulting in a perfect blend of Eastern culture and French architecture. Lotus Hoi An Hotel comprises...
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Amica House

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Amica House

Amica House is located in Tavan and Laochai villages in the middle of Muong Hoa Valley, surrounded by Hmong Villages and natural landscapes . There are 3 double rooms for rent , with nice view to the valley, river, villages , rice fileds and mountains. All the rooms have private bathroom and toile...
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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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Tree House Hostel

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Tree House Hostel

A friendly and fun hostel situated in the heart of Dalat. On a quiet street away from the noise and traffic, but just 50m from one of Dalat's many markets. The City centre and lake is just 1km away and can easily be reached by bike, taxi or on foot. We have both private rooms and dorm accommodati...
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Nam Long Plus Hotel

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Nam Long Plus Hotel

We'd love to personally invite you to our two family-run hotels: our original Nam Long and the new Nam Long Plus. Nam Long Plus is just a couple blocks away from Nam Long Hotel and opened. It is conveniently located in a residential area less than a block off the Nhat Le River, three blocks off Rt 1...
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Pretty Backpackers House

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Pretty Backpackers House

The Pretty Backpackers House is centrally located but in a very quiet and warm place; this is a kind of home stay for backpacker traveler in Dalat City. Pretty Backpackers house has 4 dorm rooms, maximum 8 pax per room. ROOM - Our bed wider than the other dorm (1,2 m * 2 m). In a ours room with...
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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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