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So you want to experience the vibrant culture of Vietnam but don't want to blow your budget on expensive hotels. Hostels are a perfect solution, giving you a cheap place to crash after a long day exploring the bustling cities and peaceful countryside. But with so many options at different price points, how do you know you're getting a good deal and staying somewhere safe? Not to worry, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know about finding an affordable hostel in Vietnam that doesn't compromise comfort or security. By the end, you'll be booking a spot in a top-rated hostel for just a few bucks a night, leaving you with more cash to spend on delicious street food, unique souvenirs, and unforgettable adventures. The open road is calling, my friend - let the journey begin!


Shared toilet and wash area

Hostel Costs in Major Cities: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and More

So you're headed to Vietnam and want to save some dong by staying in hostels. Smart move! Hostels in Vietnam can be really affordable, especially compared to hotels. Here's what you can expect to pay in some of the most popular cities:

In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), you'll typically pay between $5 to $10 USD for a bed in a shared dorm room. Private rooms in Hanoi and Saigon usually range from $15 to $30 per night. Da Nang and Nha Trang, two beach destinations, also offer good deals with dorm beds for $5 to $8 and private rooms for $12 to $25.

Some tips to keep costs down:

  • Book in advance on hostel booking sites. You can often find the best rates by reserving 2-4 weeks ahead of your trip.

  • Consider hostels away from city centers. Rates are usually a bit lower at properties 10-15 minutes from downtown. The savings can add up over multiple nights.

  • Ask about weekly and monthly discounts. If you're staying long-term, negotiate a lower price. Many hostels will knock off at least 10-15% for longer stays.

  • Avoid premium rooms when you can. Only upgrade from a basic dorm bed when you really value the extra privacy or amenities. The difference in price isn’t always worth it.

  • Take advantage of freebies. Look for hostels that include freebies like breakfast, Wi-Fi, walking tours, or activities. That’s an easy way to save money during your stay.

Budget-Friendly Accommodation: Dorms, Private Rooms, and Amenities

If you're looking to save some dong on your trip, hostel dorms, and private rooms are the way to go.

Dorms, where you share a room with other travelers, are always the cheapest option. You can get a bed for as little as $5-10 USD per night. The rooms range from 4 to 10 beds, with shared bathrooms. While not the most private, dorms are a great way to meet other backpackers and potentially find a travel buddy.

For a bit more privacy, opt for a private room. Double rooms with a shared bath start around $15-20 USD. You'll get your own space to sleep but still share the social atmosphere of the hostel common areas where you can swap stories with other globetrotters over a cold beer or cup of phin coffee.

Hostels provide basic amenities to keep costs down, but you'll get what you need:

  • Beds with linen - Bring your own towel, sleeping bag liner, or pillow if you want to be extra comfortable.

  • Shared bathrooms - Take flip-flops and be prepared to wait during peak times. Showers are usually hot, but not always the strongest pressure.

  • Common area - Meet fellow travelers, use WiFi, cook meals, and hang out. Some even have pools or rooftop bars.

  • Simple breakfast - Don't expect a gourmet buffet. Usually toast, fruit, eggs, noodles, or pho. Enough to get you going in the morning.

  • Lockers - Bring your own padlock to secure any valuables. Not all rooms will have safes.

  • Friendly service - Hostel staff are great sources of local tips and recommendations. They want you to enjoy your stay so don't hesitate to ask questions!

Tips for Booking Affordable Yet Safe Hostels

Compare reviews carefully

When booking a hostel in Vietnam, read reviews from multiple sites to get the full picture. Hostel management can easily pad their own Google reviews, so check sites like Hostelworld,, and TripAdvisor as well. Look for reviews mentioning cleanliness, safety, noise levels, and quality of facilities. If a hostel has mostly negative reviews warning about bed bugs, theft, or extremely rowdy parties, keep looking.

Consider location and amenities

A hostel’s location and amenities can make a big difference in your experience. Look for hostels within walking distance of major attractions that also offer free WiFi, linens, lockers, and a common area to meet other travelers. Hostels near bus and train stations may be noisier, while a place near nightlife could be a pro or con depending on your interests. Think about what environment will set you up for a safe, enjoyable stay.

Ask about security

Don’t be afraid to contact the hostel directly and ask what security measures they have in place. Look for things like 24-hour staffing, door locks and lockers, CCTV cameras, and on-site security guards. Make sure any dorms or private rooms you book have lockable doors and consider bringing your own padlock. Keep your valuables secure by not leaving bags or gear unattended, especially in common areas.

Hidden Fees and Additional Costs to Watch Out For

When budgeting for your hostel stay in Vietnam, keep an eye out for hidden fees and extra charges that can quickly add up. Some hostels advertise a cheap bed rate but then nickel and dime you with additional fees. Be aware of these so you can find the best deal and avoid surprises on your bill.

Linen and Towel Rentals

Some hostels charge for renting bed linens, towels, and other essentials. Prices range from 20,000 to 50,000 VND. It’s best to bring your own or choose a hostel that includes these in the bed rate.

Key or Card Deposits

Hostels often require a deposit for keys, key cards, or padlock keys to access rooms and lockers. Deposits are usually 100,000 to 200,000 VND and refunded when you return the item. Make sure you don’t lose the key!

Luggage Storage Fees

If you arrive early or leave late, you may be charged a luggage storage fee, of around 20,000 to 50,000 VND per bag. Some hostels include a few hours of free storage, so check with them first before paying.

Air Conditioning and Heating Rooms

Depending on when you stay and where you stay, you may need to ensure your room has air conditioning. As an example, there are many hotels in DaLat that lack air conditioners (because the weather is usually cold/cold). This might not apply during the summer in DaLat, especially since it has become very hot there during the summer in recent years.

Late Check-Out and Early Check-In Fees

Standard check-in is 2 pm and check-out is 11 am. If you arrive early or leave late, the hostel may charge an additional fee for checking in before 2 pm or checking out after 11 am. Fees are typically 50,000 to 200,000 VND depending on the time. Avoid fees by arriving and leaving during the standard check-in/out window.

By watching out for these hidden fees, you can avoid budget shock and find an affordable hostel option in Vietnam.

Vietnam hostels are generally very safe, especially if you exercise normal travel safety precautions. As with anywhere, be wary of pickpockets in crowded areas, and don’t leave valuables unattended. Hostels often provide lockers to store your belongings. Get travel insurance in case anything goes missing.


A dorm style hostel in Vietnam