Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Review

People dancing in the bar at Hanoi Backpackers' Downtown  

Updated September 10th, 2018.

Vietnam Backpacker Hostels have developed a name for themselves as one the best hostel groups in all of Southeast Asia. With incredible tours on offer and perhaps the best social atmosphere in the whole city, it is little wonder that their reputation stretches far and wide…

They have two hostels in Vietnam’s capital, Vietnam Backpackers Hostel – Original and Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Downtown. Both are equally awesome and whichever one you choose to stay at, you’re guaranteed to meet people and have a great time!

Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – What Makes Them So Great?

Their Vietnam Tours!

When it comes to organising the best activities in Vietnam, Vietnam Backpacker Hostels are the experts! Whether you want to cruise around one of the 7 wonders of the world, Halong Bay, on their incredibly fun Castaways Island Tour, or explore the underrated rural gem of Mai Chau Valley, they have all the options covered.

Just pop into the hostel, take a seat at the helpful Travel Desk, and let their experienced staff guide you in the right direction. Looking to head south and want to check out all of the best attractions along the way? Don’t miss The Buffalo Run – a 7-day overland adventure from Hanoi to Hoi An. Guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your time in South East Asia!

The legendary Halong Bay & Castaways Island Trip!
The legendary Halong Bay & Castaways Island Trip!

Infamous Hostel Bar: 

The fun never stops at either of the hostel’s Hanoi bars. Two-for-one happy hours, entertaining drinking games and free shots. Themed nights, as well as quizzes and fancy-dress parties, are held frequently to keep things fresh and make sure that no two evenings spent in their bar are ever the same.

The bar closes at 11 pm but rejoice in the fact that every night, their Downtown hostel hosts free pub crawls leaving from the bar straight to the best nightlife spots in town. Don’t forget to fuel up before the shenanigans by sampling some of their delicious food also on the menu.

Travellers chill out atthe bar during the early afternoon at Vietnam Backpack Hostel - Downtown.
Travellers chill out at the bar during the early afternoon at Vietnam Backpack Hostel – Downtown.

They Just Make it SO Easy to Make Friends!

One of the best parts of backpacking is meeting like-minded people, and the Vietnam Backpacker Hostel scene is set up perfectly to make it extremely easy to engage with other travellers. While the bar is cranking in the evenings, during the day the chill-out lounge area upstairs (at Downtown) becomes the place to relax and socialise.

Decked out with bean bags and couches sprawled in front of the big screen TV, a pool table, new computers to use for free and an outdoor patio, it is the perfect getaway from the hectic streets of Hanoi. Forge new friendships that could last a lifetime all within the walls of their hostels.

Also don’t miss out on the free walking tours in the mornings, and great bicycle tours of the city – another great way to explore Hanoi and meet cool people.

Perfect Locations

Hanoi’s Old Quarter is one of the most fascinating neighbourhoods in the city, and both of their hostels are situated right in the heart of it, within walking distance of Hoan Kiem Lake.

Just step outside the doors to experience some of the best and cheapest eats in the whole country. There is more Bia Hoi (fresh beer) than you could shake a keg at. Most of Hanoi’s main attractions are within walking distance from both hostels, or you can easily rent a bicycle to head out to the outer districts such as West Lake.

Street vendors in the old quarter of Hanoi
The bustling streets of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Amazing Staff

Such a large and dedicated outfit needs experienced and knowledgeable staff, and Vietnam Backpacker Hostels has them in droves! With a healthy mix of local and foreign staff that are trained to cater to all your needs, they are one of the biggest assets the hostel has.

From the fun-loving tour guides to their helpful reception staff, everyone beams enthusiasm from the moment you step through the doors. Be careful though, because everyone seems to love their job so much, they might just persuade you to join the ranks…

Prices and Availability

Dorms start at just $8 US per night. Private rooms also available but they book up fast! (From $50 US per night). Good breakfast included.

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