Ho Chi Minh City is an energetic and chaotic city, Vietnam at its most vital. Popular on the backpacking trail for being a compelling combination of culture, modernity and history, there are many exciting things to do in Ho Chi Minh City.
This is a metropolis that will make your head spin. It’s a place to party, explore your spirituality and people-watch. And, at the end of a full day of exploring, check into one of the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for solo travellers.
BEST HOSTELS IN HO CHI MINH CITY FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS
9 Hostel and Bar
The stylish P Hostel and Bar is only a few minutes stroll away from the most popular sites in Ho Chi Minh City. Choose from partying in lively District 1 and exploring Ben Thanh Market or appreciating the beauty of the Notre Dame Church and the Opera House.
We adored the rooftop bar and chill-out area, and if you’re a digital nomad or are writing a blog about your solo travels, reliable computers and free wi-fi are available. The bunk rooms are brilliant value; they are pristine, cosy and with privacy curtains and a lockable storage compartment. If you prefer, private rooms with an ensuite are an option.
After a day in the city’s humidity, you’ll appreciate the excellent air conditioning and efficient showers. The staff are great too! They are happy to help with walking tours, trips further afield and transport to the airport. They offer free luggage storage too.
Like Hostel & Cafe
The Like Hostel & Café is in District 1 at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops, and it’s an excellent base for further exploration. Tao Dan Park, Mariammam Temple, and the War Museum are within walking distance. Book the bi-weekly free walking tour to learn more about this incredible city.
If you have to work as you travel, or want to keep in touch with home, you’ll be impressed with the reliable free wi-fi service. In addition, the cheerful front desk staff are on hand 24 hours a day, and they will help arrange tours, plan your onward journey and sort out any issues quickly and with a smile.
The industrial-style dormitory rooms have air-con, safe storage, privacy curtains, plus modern and clean private bathrooms. We loved this hostel’s friendly and relaxed ambience, and the rooftop bar is a brilliant place to meet fellow travellers.
Saigon Gao Hostel
The Saigon Gao Hostel is a small and friendly hostel that is remarkably quiet, considering how close it is to the bustling heart of Ho Chi Minh City. There are some excellent restaurants and a local market just a few steps away.
Guests can choose between colourful dormitories and luxurious private rooms, several with small balconies and great city views. Each spacious room also has a clean and well-maintained bathroom with hot water that six people share at the most.
If you’re keen to upload your travel photos, there is free wi-fi in all areas of the hostel. The comfy shared lounge is ideal for socialising, and female travellers report feeling super safe here. The staff are accommodating and will help you plan day tours and suss out transport. They will also happily share their local knowledge about the hidden gems most tourists won’t see.
Full House Hostel
The Full House Hostel is next door to Ho Chi Minh City’s party street, but its tucked-away location is peaceful to chill out and rest in. This newly built, modern hostel has superb staff and a host who loves to welcome guests and ensure they are happy.
Each well-appointed room has a wardrobe, TV, and a private bathroom with a shower and bed linen and towels provided. If you feel like chatting, there’s a welcoming lounge and a pretty roof terrace with fab views. There’s even a small garden.
The Full House is excellent value. There’s a laundry next door, a well-stocked kitchen for the self-caterers and dozens of wonderful places to eat mere moments away from the front door.
During your stay, your room will be cleaned daily, and you’ll receive a complimentary water bottle. In addition, we were impressed with the effective air conditioning, plentiful hot water and fast wi-fi.
City Backpackers Hostel
The City Backpackers Hostel offers comfortable and clean private rooms and dormitories in the centre of District 1. It is tastefully decorated in a natural style and has a shared lounge, self-catering kitchen and restaurant.
The Wi-Fi and air conditioning are reliable, and guests will appreciate the convenience of currency exchange and 24-hour reception and the luxury of room service. The hostel is in a busy area, with many bars, shops and cafes nearby, but once inside, it’s an oasis of peace and calm.
If you’re looking for great value accommodation that is more like a budget hotel than a hostel, the City Backpackers is an excellent option. The atmosphere is friendly, relaxed, and sociable without being ‘party central.’
One of the best things about this superb hostel is the team of staff. They are helpful and efficient and are happy to share their local knowledge on everything from the best coffee in the neighbourhood to public transport links.
Bui Vien Street Hostel
Bui Vien Street Hostel is just 4.3 miles from the airport and is in a great central location with many amazing sights within walking distance. The accommodation has a lively bar, relaxation area and a restaurant serving various cuisines, including vegan options. For self-caterers, there’s a well-stocked and clean kitchen.
We were delighted with the generous size of the beds. Each guest has a ‘pod’ with a privacy curtain, a comfy mattress, a mirror and lockable storage. Bed linen is included. The bathrooms are great too; the water is reliably hot.
Welcoming staff man the 24-hour reception desk, and they speak fluent English. They are happy to help with advice on where to eat, the most exciting parts of the city and shuttle services to the airport.
The Alleyway Hostel is in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, less than a mile from Tao Dan Park and close to the Fine Arts Museum and War Remnants Museum. The exhilarating chaos of Ho Chi Minh City nightlife is close by, but the hostel is peaceful enough for a good night’s sleep.
The rooms are all dormitories, and there is a female-only option. Each bed space has a privacy curtain, lockable storage, towels and bed linen. The bathrooms are super-clean and modern, with hot rain head showers and hair dryers.
The hostel décor was minimalist and monochrome with natural touches. A spiral staircase connects each floor. Some rooms have balconies, and there’s a lovely sun terrace with views over the city.
Long Hostel is in the Pham Ngu Lao area of District 1, near Ben Thanh Market. It is basic but clean and great for travellers on a tight budget. There’s free and fast wi-fi, a small business centre and all rooms are fully air-conditioned.
A complimentary breakfast is available daily, and the banana pancakes they serve are delicious and nutritious. Each room has a TV, bed linen and free towels. The beds in both the private and dormitory rooms are comfy, and guests have access to a regularly cleaned bathroom with a powerful shower and toilet.
We loved the informal and welcoming atmosphere of this hostel. The staff are chatty, eager to help and speak fantastic English. A laundry service, airport shuttles and free luggage storage are all available.
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